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04/18/14
Barclays Center, MSG Rivalry Heating Up

Barclays Center vs. Madison Square Garden has become "the latest intrametro rivalry pitting borough against borough," according to Eriq Gardner of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The "war between the two giant sports and entertainment arenas has been fairly civil by Big Apple standards -- mostly because Man ...

Tags: Facilities, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Brooklyn Nets

04/18/14
Colts To Remain With Irsays Long Term

The Irsay family "is in firm control" of the Colts, and it is "highly unlikely that ever will change, even in the event Jim Irsay ... one day steps away and allows one of his three daughters to assume principal ownership," according to Mike Chappell of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. At issue is wh ...

Tags: Franchises, Indianapolis Colts, NFL

04/18/14
Final Ratings: NHL Playoffs, "Arnie"

NBC Sports Group got off to a strong start to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night. NBCSN and CNBC averaged 472,000 viewers for three games, up 53% from the nets’ three opening games last year, which aired on a Tuesday night. NBCSN averaged 486,000 for its two games (Blue Jackets-P ...

Tags: Media

04/18/14
Raptors Merch Moving Quickly

With the Raptors set to make their first playoff appearance since the '07-08 season, official jerseys, T-shirts and hats have been "flying off store shelves" around Toronto, and unofficial gear is "getting snapped up online," according to Gemma Karstens-Smith of the TORONTO STAR. Sales for Raptors ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Toronto Raptors, NBA

04/18/14
NBA Avg. Attendance Relatively Flat

NBA teams averaged 17,408 fans per game during the ’13-14 regular season, relatively flat compared to last season (+0.3%). The average is the best since ‘08-09. This season also marked the 11th straight campaign with league capacity at 90% or better. The Bulls lead all teams for the ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, NBA

04/18/14
Twitter Me This....

ESPN's  Darren Rovell : "Can’t find a sports banker who agrees with Cuban that new Bucks owners got a 'bargain.' All scratching their heads." Mavericks Owner  Mark Cuban : "@darrenrovell you think they know NBA numbers better than I do? Or upside of an arena better?" South ...

04/18/14
VW Advertising Around '14 World Cup

Volkswagen is "making a major ad buy across ESPN, ABC and Univision to tout its GTI during coverage" of the '14 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this June. VW's advertising push "will go head-to-head" with Hyundai, which has served as the tournament's official automotive sponsor since '02. VW ...

04/18/14
Facility Notes

In Las Vegas, Alan Snel reports AEG and MGM Resorts Int'l plan "to move the first chunk of earth" for their $350M arena behind New York-New York at "a groundbreaking ceremony set for May 1," with a projected opening in spring '16. It will "open without an NBA or NHL tenant because AEG and MGM pl ...

Tags: Facilities

04/18/14
Media Notes

SPORTING NEWS' Troy Machir noted FS1 will not discipline "Fox Sports Live" panelist Donovan McNabb for a DUI arrest in Maricopa (Ariz.) County this past January. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department on Thursday "released McNabb's mug shot." He spent "one day in jail and agreed to a plea dea ...

Tags: Media

04/18/14
Crosby Reclaims Top-Selling NHL Jersey

Penguins C Sidney Crosby, who led all NHL players with 104 points during the ’13-14 regular season, reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the league’s list of best-selling jerseys for the past year, according to data from Shop.NHL.com. Crosby fell to the No. 3 spot in ’11-12 and ’12-1 ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, NHL

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