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Friday Boxing announcer  Michael Buffer  will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin - Daniel Geale championship bout at MSG. Late WGN Cubs and White Sox TV and radio announcer Jack Brickhouse will be honored during the afternoon Cardin...

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Callaway Sales Up In First Half Of FY '14

Callaway Golf today reported sales increases for the first half of FY '14 despite decreases in its Q2 numbers. The company cited the late start of the '14 golf season, high retail inventory industrywide and anticipated promotional activity as reasons for the Q2 declines. But for the first ...

Consumers Recognize World Cup Sponsors

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Franchise Notes

In Milwaukee, Rich Kirchen reported Bucks co-Owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry have retained L.A.-based Mercury Public Affairs partner Adam Mendelsohn, who previously worked for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and on behalf of the NBA Kings' "efforts to build an arena." Mendelsohn served ...

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EverBank, Jaguars To Extend Deal

Sources said that Jacksonville-based EverBank today will announce that it has signed a 10-year extension to "retain the stadium naming rights with the Jaguars" through the '24 season. The deal is "expected to exceed the average" of $3.32M per year that the Jaguars received when EverBank signed a fiv ...

Former Coaches Joining CFB Telecasts

ESPN formally announced Thursday that former coaches Mack Brown and Butch Davis have joined the net as college football analysts, primarily working on Saturday studio programming. Brown will serve as a studio analyst every Saturday on ABC, appearing on "College Football Countdown" to provide pregame ...

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Judge To Let Kings Arena Project Proceed

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley  is "poised to remove what is probably the final legal barrier before construction can begin" on a new NBA Kings arena. Frawley "rejected a citizen group's request for an injunction that would have stopped" the $477M project from moving forward " ...

Potential '24 Bid Cities Meeting With USOC

Leaders from potential '24 Games bid cities Boston, DC, L.A. and S.F. today will meet with the USOC in “the first gathering to include representatives from all the major interested parties.” It will mark the city leaders’ “first major meeting” with USOC CEO Scott Black ...

People & Personalities

The Big Ten Network has hired several former athletes that played for new conference members Maryland and Rutgers to serve as analysts for the outlet. Former UM football players Shawne Merriman and Scott McBrien, along with former men's basketball player Drew Nicholas, are joining the net as an ...

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Final Ratings: British Open, NBA Summer League

ESPN finished with a 2.3 final rating and 3.3 million viewers for the final round of the British Open on Sunday, down from a 3.1 rating and 4.4 million viewers last year. Sunday’s telecast saw Rory McIlroy enter with a six-shot lead en route to a two-shot victory over Rickie Fowler and Sergio ...

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SBJ In-Depth: Sports Media

The media business continues to drive growth in the sports industry as the value of rights deals keeps climbing and new platforms provide more opportunities to engage consumers. Behind the jaw-dropping numbers, however, are the strategies among networks and their partners to make the most of this gr ...

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