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Texas Seeking Basketball Coach To Spark Interest In Program

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 29 / 15

Univ. of Texas men's AD Steve Patterson  is tasked with making another key hire in the wake of the school's announcement that men's basketball coach Rick Barnes  "will not return after 17 seasons." Barnes, who made $2.55M this past season, "has a buyout" of $1.75M that "would have d...

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Boston Mayor's Backers Mobilize For '24

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's political machine is "mobilizing his campaign troops to throw their muscle behind the city-backed bid" to host the '24 Games "amid declining support for the Olympics and the growing likelihood it will be put to the voters" as a '16 ballot question, according to Matt ...

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Boston '24 Looking For Majority Support

The Boston Olympic bid committee said that it will move forward with a proposal to bring the '24 Summer Games to the city "only if a majority of the public shows support for the effort -- and the panel would be open to a statewide referendum to accomplish that," according to a front-page piece by Ma ...

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Poll: Public Support For '24 Games Slips Further

Public support for Boston's '24 Games bid "was already on the downslope, but it has plunged even further in the last month," according to WBUR-FM poll data cited by Katharine Seelye of the N.Y. TIMES. Only 36% of adults in the Boston region "support hosting the Games," while 52% oppose doing so ...

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USOC Brass Preach Patience In '24 Bid

The USOC's top execs "expressed full confidence Friday in the team overseeing Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Games, despite a drop in poll numbers and recent questions about the bid committee’s public relations strategy," according to Mark Arsenault of the BOSTON GLOBE. USOC CEO Scott ...

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Boston '24 Has Rough Week

The public -- and now public officials -- are "tired of Boston 2024 acting like a private club, being exclusive and secretive about everything from venue details to staff salaries," according to Shirley Leung of the BOSTON GLOBE. Even Boston '24 Chair John Fish "would have a hard time arguing" that ...

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Fish Defends Boston '24 Hiring Patrick

Boston '24 Chair John Fish yesterday "defended the hiring of former Gov. Deval Patrick and a slew of politically wired consultants and lobbyists ," saying that he "wanted to put the 'best players on the field' in his quest to land the Summer Olympics bid," according to Richard Weir of the BOSTON HE ...

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Boston '24's Patrick Getting $7,500 Daily

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick "scored a $7,500-a-day consulting gig" with Boston '24, according to Cassidy & Weir of the BOSTON HERALD. Boston '24 Exec VP Erin Murphy Rafferty said Patrick will be paid “based on the amount of his travel and efforts on behalf of Boston 2024 -- the ...

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Deval Patrick Quietly Joins Boston 2024 Team

Former Mass. Governor Joins Boston '24 Push, Possibly Creating Tensions With Incumbent

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Boston Mayor Continues Push For Olympics

Mayor Martin Walsh yesterday "delivered his strongest and most passionate case for Boston’s pursuit of the 2024 Olympic Games, tying the bid to a pledge to overcome years of political inertia to modernize a failed public transit system, and casting the Olympic effort as a rare chance to 'creat ...

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Boston 2024, Local Universities To Discuss Venues

Conversations about facility availability between Boston 2024 and local colleges "soon will begin in earnest," according to John Powers of the BOSTON GLOBE. What UMass-Boston, Harvard, Boston Univ., Boston College, MIT, Northeastern, Tufts and UMass-Lowell "will need to know is how early and for how ...

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