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04 / 16 / 14

NBC Sports Group has collaborated with chef Thomas Keller 's Bouchon Bakery on a "Puck Cake" to kick off NBC's coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. More than 6,500 of the cakes will be produced with the logos of the 16 playoff teams and are being distributed to athletes, celebrity hockey fans and ...

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Bubba Likely To See Sponsorships Grow

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04/16/14
FIFA Launches Final World Cup Ticket-Sales Phase

The last ticket sales phase for the ‘14 FIFA World Cup in Rio began yesterday on FIFA.com, and “within four hours, 126,837 tickets had been sold,” according to Michelle Kaufman of the MIAMI HERALD. In all, 2.9 million tickets were “made available to fans, and 2.57 million had ...

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04/16/14
Areso Bullish On AAC's Post-BCS Future

While the five top college football conferences have "cobbled together their power and TV value into a cartel that now dominates the sport," AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said that his league "isn’t going away," according to Kevin McNamara of the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. Aresco "can’t speak mo ...

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04/16/14
NBA Franchise Notes

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04/16/14
Vikings, Twins Owners Want Expansion MLS Club

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLS

04/16/14
Golf Media Notes

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04/16/14
Ticket Demand High For Blues-Blackhawks

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New Bowl Game Set To Debut In Orlando In '15

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A Lighter Buzz

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