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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 31 / 15

4.06 million – Average viewers for FS1’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points race this past Sunday. The audience for the race from Martinsville ranks fourth among all FS1 telecasts all-time, behind only three Giants-Cardinals NLCS games from '14 ( THE DAILY ).

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03/30/15
Boston '24 Looks To Switch Tone

Boston '24 has encountered a "rough reception" with its Olympic bid as it "travels across the city pitching plans that were developed behind closed doors, without consultation from local landlords, advocates, and neighborhood groups, all of which are accustomed to playing a role in approving and sha ...

Tags: Olympics

03/25/15
Boston '24 Execs Endorse Referendum Over Games

Boston Olympic organizers, "seeking to regain the public trust after eight weeks of bruising criticism and sharply declining support, reversed course on Tuesday and said they would sponsor a statewide referendum" on the effort to bring" the '24 Games to the city, according to a front-page piece by M ...

Tags: Olympics

03/24/15
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 ...

Tags: Olympics, USOC

03/23/15
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 ...

Tags: Olympics

03/20/15
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 ...

Tags: Olympics

03/16/15
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 ...

Tags: Olympics, USOC

03/13/15
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 ...

Tags: Olympics

03/12/15
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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03/11/15
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 ...

Tags: Olympics

03/09/15
Deval Patrick Quietly Joins Boston 2024 Team

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

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