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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 05 / 15

15 – Number of clubs that have scheduled MLB Ambassador for Inclusion Billy Bean for a visit during ’15 Spring Training ( “OTL Extra, ESPN3, 3/5 ).

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SBD/SBJ Podcast: Wednesday's Highlight

{podcast} Media writer John Ourand joins NHL reporter Ian Thomas and Alex Silverman to discuss ESPN claiming the U.S. broadcast rights to the '16 World Cup of Hockey in this week's NHL Wrap-Around podcast. Ourand shares exclusive details on what ESPN is paying the NHL to air the tournament, and th ...

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Polaris Ranger To Sponsor PRCA

The PRCA has inked a three-year deal that makes the Polaris Ranger the official utility vehicle (UTV) of the rodeo organization, as well as for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Financial terms were not available for the deal, which was negotiated in-house. Po ...

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Tweet Pic Of The Day....

Thank you @HLundqvist30 for touring our #Bronx warehouse! So thrilled to partner with the @HLundqvistFDN in 2015! pic.twitter.com/v5HNa6E9Jt — Food Bank For NYC (@FoodBank4NYC) March 3, 2015

03/04/15
Buzzer Beaters....

Prudential Center today announced it will host the AT&T American Cup gymnastics event on March 5, 2016, as well as the Nastia Liukin Cup the day prior ( Prudential Center ). Women In Sports & Events (WISE) today announced the formation of a South Florida chapter ( WISE ). The USTA has ...

03/04/15
Daily Digit....

$662,602  – Total cost of recent renovations to sports facilities at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisc., highlighted by updated locker rooms. The school provided more than $280,000, and "some members of the community questioned the appropriateness of spending such a large ...

03/04/15
Lightning Plan More Arena Upgrades

The Lightning today announced that they will spend $25M on Amalie Arena renovations over the next two summers, in conjunction with Hillsborough County, Fla. This continues upgrades that began in '11, in which the team has spent more than $60M. Upgrades will include new concession stands, rebuilt res ...

03/04/15
Twitter Me This....

Source: Former NFLPA staff counsel Arthur McAfee ( @amacman3 ) is officially on the ballot for the upcoming executive director election. — Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 4, 2015 Every time someone overpays for an NBA franchise, odds of a 2017 lockout increase unfortunately. Play ...

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Quick Hits....

"One thing we love about the Cubs is they love Latin players. Theo [ Epstein ] loves Latin players. So we have that on our side" – Cubs Dominican Operations Dir Jose Serra ( CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/4 ). "The rules we have, we don’t apply them in all the parts of the world. The t ...

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03/04/15
UFC Meets With New York Legislators

Officials and fighters from UFC were in Albany yesterday “to meet with legislators to discuss the long-stalled professional MMA legalization effort in New York,” according to Matthew Hamilton of the Albany TIMES UNION. Bills have “passed the Republican-controlled state Senate in re ...

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