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01/23/18
Future Salt Lake Games May Cost Less Than '02

The Salt Lake Olympic Exploratory Committee's first budget estimate shows the city "could host a future Winter Olympics for less than it cost to put on" the '02 Games, according to Aaron Falk of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. The Salt Lake Olympic Committee’s final bill in '02 totaled $1.389 ...

Tags: Olympics

01/23/18
Sources: ESPN Set To Announce Alex Rodriguez Deal

ESPN is "expected to announce a deal" for Fox MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez to join the cast of "Sunday Night Baseball," according to sources cited by Michael McCarthy of SPORTING NEWS. Rodriguez would "work 'Sunday Night Baseball' with Jessica Mendoza, Buster Olney and incoming hire Matt Vasgersi ...

Tags: Media, ESPN, Fox

01/23/18
NBA All-Star Jerseys Reportedly Move To Black, White

Nike's first NBA All-Star Game uniforms will "feature one team in black and the other in white, with all players wearing black-and-white versions of their regular team logos on their jersey chests," according to Paul Lukas of ESPN.com. The league for the past 15 years has "stuck to the traditional f ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

01/23/18
Indians' Revenue Seeing Steady Climb

The Indians in '14 were in "the bottom third of the bottom third" among the 30 MLB teams in revenue, but after consecutive playoff appearances, they are "well above the norm" in the league, according to Kevin Kleps of the CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS. President of Business Operations Brian Barren in ' ...

Tags: Franchises, Cleveland Indians, MLB

01/23/18
Billy Joel Returning To Wrigley Field This Summer

Billy Joel will return to Wrigley Field this summer for the "fifth consecutive year of headlining the ballpark," according to Miriam Di Nunzio of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Joel is "slated for a Sept. 7 concert, marking his 7th overall appearance at Wrigley." Previously announced Wrigley concerts in '18 ...

Tags: Facilities

01/23/18
Names In The News

USOC CEO  SCOTT BLACKMUN  has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will miss the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games while he begins treatment, the organization said yesterday. His prognosis or further details were not made available, but a spokesperson said it was unlikely Blackm ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture

01/23/18
SBJ In-Depth: Motorsports - NASCAR at 70

As the Daytona 500 signals the start of a new season and NASCAR enters its 70th year, we look at the new direction of the stock car series and its impact on teams and drivers, television partners, sponsors and fans around the country. What does the future hold for the organization? Publishing D ...

Tags: Classified Advertisements

01/23/18
UNLV Gets Another $1M For New Facility

UNLV today breaks ground on the Fertitta Football Training Complex, the school's upcoming $28M "state-of-the-art facility." UNLV yesterday announced that Las Vegas Sands will donate $1M toward the "73,000-square-foot, two-level complex," which is slated to open in early '19 ( LAS VEGAS SUN, 1/23 ) ...

01/23/18
Air Force Resumes Athletic Programs

With lawmakers reaching a deal to end the government shutdown, the Air Force Academy late last night announced that "all athletic events will resume immediately," with teams returning to practice in the hours before that announcement. Sources said that Fresno State men's basketball has "pinpointed a ...

01/23/18
Laugh Track: Super Best Friends

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said with the Patriots advancing to the Super Bowl against the Eagles, there is “finally some good news for Boston-area football fans who have been so starved for success.” The broadcast then aired a video of a smiling, waving Bill Belichick, with Kimmel n ...

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