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NFL To Let Cardinals Fans Preview Super Bowl XLIX Stadium App

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 21 / 14

The NFL at today’s Seahawks-Cardinals game will allow fans to preview the Super Bowl Stadium App in advance of the Feb. 1 game at Univ. of Phoenix Stadium. The mobile app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices, allows users to access three types of video content – in-game h...

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Heisman Audience Among Lowest In Last Decade

ESPN drew 3.15 million viewers for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday night, marking the telecast’s smallest audience in at least a decade. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was the overwhelming favorite heading into the telecast. The viewership was down 25% from Florida State QB Jameis Wi ...

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Carnival To Air First Super Bowl Ad

Carnival Cruise Lines "will air its first Super Bowl commercial" during the Feb. 1 telecast, "offering viewers a chance to win a yearly cruise for life," according to Jeanine Poggi of AD AGE. The company released "four potential spots" on its website and is "asking consumers to vote for their favo ...

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Year In Review: Hits & Misses

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Hancock Talks Future Of CFP

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Sabres Impressed With HarborCenter Facility

The Sabres on Thursday held their inaugural practice at the $200M HarborCenter facility, completing the "second of two major goals" for the mixed-use development, according to John Vogl of the BUFFALO NEWS. Sabres Owner Terry Pegula envisioned HarborCenter "making Buffalo a hockey destination while ...

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AHL OKC Barons To Cease Operations

When the AHL Oklahoma City Barons' season ends, it will be "the end of professional hockey" in the area "for the foreseeable future," according to Michael Baldwin of the OKLAHOMAN. Prodigal CEO Bob Funk, Jr. on Thursday announced the club operator will be "ceasing operations" after its five-year con ...

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Media Notes

In N.Y., Bob Raissman reports Cablevision’s approximately three million Optimum subscribers "received notices in billing statements that their sports TV surcharge will increase next month." The message said, "Due to increasing programming costs, you will see some changes beginning with your Ja ...

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MJ Leads eBay Athlete Merch Sales

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Year In Review: Hellos & Goodbyes

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