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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 27 / 17

"We thought we had a deal for next year, but our dancing partner decided they were going to go a different route. It's really not a financial deal. It's more a logistics deal" – Rockies Owner Dick Monfort , on efforts to bring an MLB exhibition game to Albuquerque, home of the team's Triple-A...

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07/27/17
Daily Digit....

$350/hour  -- Rate Hawaii football coach Nick Rolovich paid to hire an "Elvis impersonator for two hours" to "follow him around" at the Mountain West Conference's media days in Las Vegas. Rolovich reportedly "wanted to rent a monkey that could ride around on his shoulder," but that "woul ...

07/27/17
MLS Bid Group Starts Pre-Construction

The group leading Sacramento's effort for an MLS franchise today announced it is "beginning pre-construction activities at the site of a 19,621-seat stadium in the downtown railyard." Sacramento Republic FC's construction crews "will be working in the railyard for the next several weeks," and the "t ...

07/27/17
Throwback Thursday: Stripes, Not Swoosh

Twelve years ago this week,  Andre Agassi  signed an exclusive footwear and apparel deal with Adidas, ending a 17-year relationship with Nike . Nike’s last deal with Agassi was reportedly worth $120M over 10 years. Agassi joined his wife, Steffi Graf , as an Adidas endorser. Agas ...

07/27/17
Channel Surf....

ABC's "Battle of the Network Stars" at 9:00pm ET will feature ESPN's Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore as hosts, with Cassidy Hubbarth and Cari Champion as sideline reporters. Former NFLer DeMarcus Ware  and former UFC fighter Ronda Rousey are team captains for the competition.

07/27/17
WTA Set To Launch Its New OTT Product

The WTA Tour on Monday will launch a standalone over-the-top network, dubbed WTA TV, which will stream nearly 2,000 matches from 55 tournaments. U.K.-based Perform Media, which owns the digital and linear rights for the WTA, will manage the OTT service. WTA matches until the end of last year were st ...

Tags: Media, WTA

07/27/17
Daily Download....

This video from Fox Soccer on USMNT MF Christian Pulisic highlights the young soccer star's exclusive deal with Panini America .

07/27/17
NHL Kings Sign Up Blue Shield Of California

Blue Shield of California has signed a multiyear partnership with AEG that will see the health care company become the exclusive health care partner of the NHL Kings and other AEG properties, as well as a founding partner of L.A. Live. The deal, which was brokered by AEG Global Partnerships, also ma ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Los Angeles Kings, AEG

07/27/17
NFL Network Prepares To Debut MediaCruiser

NFL Network last week tested its MediaCruiser in downtown Minneapolis, a portable set on wheels that will be "featured prominently" during Super Bowl LII, according to Michael Rand of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The set makes its formal debut next month during the Pro Football HOF weekend and ...

Tags: Media, NFL Network

07/27/17
Saban Proposes Changes To FBS Schedule, CFP

Alabama football coach Nick Saban said that the biggest issue in FBS scheduling is the "six-win threshold for bowl eligibility -- a standard he said 'holds the game down, quality-wise,'" according to Heather Dinich of ESPN.com. Saban: "You eliminate the six wins to get in a bowl game and now you can ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, NCAA

07/27/17
Golden Knights Name Killingsworth Senior VP & CMO

The Golden Knights yesterday hired Buccaneers CMO BRIAN KILLINGSWORTH as Senior VP & CMO, moving "quickly to fill the No. 2 vacancy" on the team's business side, according to Steve Carp of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Killingsworth, 40, will be responsible for coordinating the Golden Knights& ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Las Vegas Golden Knights, NHL

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