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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 11 / 14

“I guess you’re moving now too” – ESPN’s Chris McKendry to NBA reporter Brian Windhorst ( “SportsCenter,” ESPN, 7/11 ). "I was waiting for a long time to use, or to play, the hand that was dealt to me in Nagano" – Former Canadian snowboarde...

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11/20/97
LEAGUE NOTES

NFL: The NFL set an all-time weekend paid attendance record last week when 999,778 fans attended its 15 games. The 15 games averaged 66,652. The previous weekend paid attendance record was set on Nove

Tags: ESPN, Leagues and Governing Bodies, National Lacrosse League, NBA, NFL, Walt Disney, WNBA

11/20/97
SONICS AIM TO SHOW THE SOFTER SIDE OF ITS PAYTON PLACE

The Sonics'' marketing strategy this year aims to "familiarize fans with the players'' human side," according to Mike Roarke of the PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL. To help form a "long-term relationship

Tags: Franchises, NBA

11/20/97
REPORT HAS THOMAS LEAVING RAPTORS IN NEXT 24-48 HOURS

A press conference "will be held no later than tomorrow" to announce that Raptors minority Owner and Exec VP/GM Isiah Thomas "will be leaving Toronto, regardless of whether he decides to take a televi

Tags: Franchises, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, NBA, NBC, Toronto Raptors

11/20/97
NIKE'S KNIGHT RESPONDS TO CONGRESSIONAL CRITICISM

Nike Chair Phil Knight "defended his company''s labor practices" yesterday in a letter to congressional critics, and "extended an invitation for members of Congress to tour the facilities to see for t

Tags: Nike

11/20/97
DAYTONA HAS THE CAPABILITY TO MAKE A SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN

The Daytona 500 "has reclaimed its spot as NASCAR''s top payday," according to Mittman & Miller of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS. Daytona International Speedway President John Graham announced yesterday

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NASCAR, PepsiCo

11/20/97
MARKETPLACE ROUND-UP

ADVERTISING: Chicago-based DiMeo Doroba has produced two new 30-second spots for the Bulls with an ongoing theme of the "Most Valuable Ticket in Town." As the Bulls approach their 500th consecutive se

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, ESPN, MasterCard, NHL, PGA Tour, Walt Disney, Wendys

11/20/97
MEDIA NOTES

In N.Y., Richard Wilner previews the NFL TV rights negotiations. Westinghouse CEO Michael Jordan said that despite the record bidding expected for the rights, CBS would "play in the NFL. We can afford

Tags: Anheuser Busch, Cablevision, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CBS, CFL, Comcast-Spectacor, Detroit Red Wings, New York Liberty, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Nike, NTRA, Philadelphia Flyers, Media, Viacom

11/20/97
EVENT & ATTRACTION NOTES

ABC has been negotiating to lease space for "Good Morning America" in a 33-story building on Broadway in Times Square. The plan "would include an ESPN-sports themed restaurant" (Peter Johnson, USA TOD

Tags: ABC, ESPN, Events and Attractions, Walt Disney

11/20/97
CORESTATES, WE HARDLY KNEW YA' -- FIRST UNION TO TAKE NAME

First Union Corp. Chair Edward Crutchfield said that following the First Union acquisition of PA-based CoreStates Financial Corp., First Union''s name "will go on" the CoreStates Center and that First

Tags: Comcast-Spectacor, Facilities

11/20/97
WELCOME TO HIS SPORTS BAR, LET'S HOPE HE WON'T SCARE YOU

Rock star ALICE COOPER''s new sports bar, called "Alice Cooper''stown," will open in downtown Phoenix this week, according to Martha Netherton of the PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL. Cooper: "It will be the

Tags: MLB, People and Pop Culture

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