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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 03 / 15

Saints TE Benjamin Watson will appear on Fox News' "On The Record" at 7:00pm ET for a discussion on using faith to fight ISIS.

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Crew Signs First Stadium Naming-Rights Deal

The Crew this morning announced the signing of Mapfre Insurance "as the first stadium naming-rights partner in team history," according to Adam Jardy of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. The facility formerly known as Crew Stadium will now be called Mapfre Stadium. Crew Chair Anthony Precourt said, "This ...

Tags: Facilities, Columbus Crew, MLS

Drew Sheinman Joining IMG Licensing

Veteran sports marketing exec DREW SHEINMAN has joined IMG as Senior VP of IMG Licensing. Sheinman will report to IMG Exec VP and IMG Licensing President BRUNO MAGLIONE and will be based out of N.Y. At IMG, Sheinman will lead key parts of the company’s licensing business, including op ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, IMG

Chargers Fans Vocal At Stadium Forum

An estimated 400 people last night attended a forum hosted by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's stadium task force, as Chargers fans offered "everything from constructive advice to outside-the-box ideas to desperate pleas to find a solution," according to David Garrick of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE ...

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Braves Borrowed $100M In '14 For New Ballpark

Liberty Media, the company that owns the Braves, said that revenue and operating profit for the club "declined last year, while the team borrowed" about $100M for its new stadium, according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. In a report filed with the SEC late last week, Liberty ...

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Smith To Face At Least Three People In NFLPA Race

At least three candidates will be on the ballot to run against sitting NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith for the union’s top job in an election to be held later this month in Hawaii. Former Navy Admiral and former NFLer John Stufflebeem confirmed last night that he was notified by NFLPA President ...

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TNT's Craig Sager Talks Return To Sidelines

TNT's Craig Sager on Thursday "will be right back where he is most comfortable -- on the sidelines in the face of NBA coaches and players" -- as he is scheduled to return to work for Thunder-Bulls, according to I.J. Rosenberg of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Sager, who has been absent from TNT ...

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$1.588M  – Value of the settlement between Ray Rice and the Ravens stemming from his wrongful termination grievance, according to sources. The "financial details were undisclosed" when the settlement was reached in January ( BALTIMORESUN.com, 3/3 ).

Giants WR Beckham Weighing Endorsements

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason "went to work on building a brand that had already prematurely grown beyond his wildest dreams," as he received marketing and endorsement offers from "most of the major companies associated with the NFL and its players," according to Jordan Raanan of the Ne ...

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Executive Transactions

Columbia Sportswear promoted Exec VP & COO  BRYAN TIMM to President & COO, while President & CEO TIM BOYLE will remain CEO. Columbia also promoted Senior VP/Legal & Corporate Affairs, General Counsel & Secretary PETER BRAGDON to Exec VP, Chief Administrative Office ...

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