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Orlando City SC's Stadium Will Be Privately Funded In Full

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 29 / 15

Orlando City SC announced Friday that it will be privately funding the entirety of its new downtown Orlando stadium, as well as increasing the expected capacity. This comes after stadium construction was set back following a delay in $30M of funding from the Florida Legislature that would have helpe...

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Braves Sign Delaware North For New Ballpark

The Braves have signed Delaware North Sportservice as their new food provider for SunTrust Park, ending a relationship with Aramark that dates back 50 years over two stadiums, said Braves Exec VP/Business Operations Mike Plant. The team would not discuss some of the contract details, but indust ...

Tags: Facilities, Atlanta Braves

Bulls Brass Parts Ways With Thibodeau

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Blatter Wins Fifth Term As FIFA President

FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Friday was elected to a fifth term after Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein withdrew his candidacy before a second vote was taken. Blatter gained 133 of the 206 valid votes during the first round of balloting, while Ali earned 73. Since a two-thirds majority was not re ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, FIFA, CONCACAF

Warriors-Rockets Gets Big Viewership For ESPN

The Warriors' Western Conference Finals-clinching Game 5 win over the Rockets on Wednesday averaged 8.9 million viewers on ESPN, making it the most-watched NBA Playoffs game on any network this season. The game also was the most-watched NBA contest on ESPN since Game 7 of the '12 Heat-Celtics Easter ...

Tags: Media, NBA, TBS/TNT, ESPN

FIFA Sponsors Have Yet To Pull Out Of Deals

While many FIFA sponsors have "advertised their concerns" amid the scandal that broke this week, none of them so far "have said they are pulling out of their deals," according to a front-page piece by Vranica, Mickle & Robinson of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. 21 Sports & Entertainment Marketing ...

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Social Media Changing Athlete Endorsements

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Sponsors Detail Activation Plans For WWC

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St. John's AD Monasch Resigns

St. John's Univ. AD Chris Monasch "is out" after a decade with the school, according to Roger Rubin of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. SJU on Thursday announced that Monasch had resigned, but a source said that he "was forced out." NBA Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro is a "likely candidate" to replace Monasch.  ...

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Gary Matthews Jr. Lists $15.5M Home

Former MLBer GARY MATTHEWS JR. has put his Corona del Mar, Calif., home on the market for $15.5M, which is $12.5M "more than what he paid for the property" in '10. At that price, a sale "would be among the highest valued single-family home transactions ever for the Orange County community." The 6, ...

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