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"We won the championship. We're drinking champagne, but we have 14 guys grinding it out at a ballpark trying to watch it on their cell phones. They are the ones missing birthdays and their son's first Little League game" – Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo , ...

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04/24/97
STADIUM NOTES

The Mariners have loaned another $10M to the team''s stadium project, which will keep construction on track through May (USA TODAY, 4/24)....FL-based Automation Inc. President Robert Black said his co

Tags: Facilities, Indiana Pacers, NCAA, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Mariners

04/24/97
MCI CENTER MAY NOT BE COMPLETED IN TIME FOR TEAM OPENERS

Bullets & Caps Owner Abe Pollin said yesterday that he does not have a "firm date" for the opening of the new MCI Center, "leaving open the possibility" that the teams will begin next season in their

Tags: Facilities, NBA, NHL

04/24/97
NEW POLL SURVEYS FANS FAVORITE SPECTATOR SPORTS

Figure skating has taken a "leap in popularity" among sports viewers, according to the latest USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll. Figure skating ranked the fourth most popular spectator sport. The poll surveye

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Time Warner

04/24/97
MARKETPLACE ROUND-UP

Advantage Int''l has been appointed by the England & Wales Cricket Board to handle global sponsorship sales for the ''99 Cricket World Cup in the United Kingdom (Advantage). ...Cohn & Wolfe has develo

Tags: Baltimore Ravens

04/24/97
ABL BRINGS ON TWO INVESTORS AND RECEIVES $6M IN NEW CAPITAL

Two investors have bought into the ABL for a total of $6M, "wiping out" the women''s basketball league''s opening- season losses and acquiring "substantial" equity in the league, according to Jody Mea

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

04/24/97
JURY BLAMES OFFICIALS, OFMA FOR FOOTBALL-RELATED LOSSES

In a report issued Wednesday, an Alameda County, CA, civil grand jury "faulted" public officials for "leaving taxpayers to bail out cost overruns and budget shortfalls" stemming from Raiders ticket sa

Tags: Franchises, Oakland Raiders

04/24/97
THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY TURNSTILE TRACKER

TODAY: NBA Eastern Conference Final Attendance ''96-97 YEAR-TO-DATE TEAM HOME DATES AVG. TOTAL % CAP ''95-96 AVG. TOTAL +/- ATTEND FROM ''95-96 CHA 41 24,042 985,722 100% 24,042 No Change CHI 41 23,86

Tags: NBA, The Back of the Book

04/24/97
FOR DEVIL RAYS, IT'S NOTHING PERSONAL, IT'S ONLY BUSINESS

The Devil Rays give "all prospective vendors" the "opportunity to buy season-tickets. And those who don''t buy are occasionally shown the door," according to Adam Smith in the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. Co

Tags: Franchises, Tampa Bay Rays

04/24/97
IF YOU BUILD IT...: HOCKEY ARENA TALK PICKS UP IN ST. PAUL

Talk of a new public-private partnership to build a hockey arena in St. Paul has "intensified" after business and political leaders received "strong signals" from the NHL that a new arena would "stron

Tags: Facilities, NHL

04/24/97
ZOELLER WITHDRAWS FROM GREENSBORO; NO WORD FROM TIGER'S CAMP

An "emotional" Fuzzy Zoeller withdrew from the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic yesterday in the aftermath of racially insensitive comments Zoeller made regarding Tiger Woods, according to Scott Mi

Tags: DaimlerChrysler, ESPN, IMG, PGA Tour, Sports Illustrated, Time Warner, Walt Disney

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