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Throwback Thursday: Brave New Wide World

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 30 / 17

We turn back the clock to 20 years ago this week, when Disney opened its Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando with a Reds-Braves Spring Training game.  The "state-of-the-art playground" cost $100M to build and at launch included a 9,50...

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Cricket World Cup Marketing Watch

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UL HOF Restuarant Opening

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Franchise Notes

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Executive Transactions

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Names In The News

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GHO Swinging Without Title

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Greensboro Ready For Baseball?

The Greensboro NEWS & RECORD’s Mark Binker reports the Greensboro Board of Adjustments ruled that “professional baseball teams can operate in downtown Greensboro,” refuting opponents who noted “a

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MLB Has Money On Their Mind

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THE DAILY Goes One-On-One…

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