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Empty Seats Spotted At Canada-Europe World Cup Of Hockey Game

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 28 / 16

Last night's World Cup of Hockey Final Game 1 featuring Canada-Team Europe was officially a sellout, but there were "empty seats throughout" Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Lots of people "paid for tickets but had better things to do." The event did compete with a home game for the Blue Jays, who...

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Marlins Pay Tribute To Fernandez

Last night's Mets-Marlins game in Miami "wasn't a night of baseball as much as a night of mourning" for Jose Fernandez , who died this weekend in a boating accident. Many in the crowd of 26,933 "came with tears and flowers" ( South Florida SUN-SE ...

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"It’s a scary-ass situation that if my son calls me and said he’s been pulled over, that I’m not that confident that things are going to go well, that my son is going to return home" – Cavaliers F LeBron James , on the state of race relations in the U.S. ( USA TODAY, 9 ...

Guber, Leonsis Buy E-Sports' Team Liquid

A group led by Warriors co-Owner Peter Guber and Wizards Owner Ted Leonsis has acquired e-sports franchise Team Liquid. The duo will serve as co-Chair of a new e-sports ownership entity, aXiomatic, and have hired former Mattel Toys and Sony Interactive Entertainment exec Bruce Stein as CEO.&nbs ...

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Feinberg Files Amicus Curiae Brief For MASN

Kenneth Feinberg, a legal expert on alternative dispute resolution and a former U.S. special master, has filed an amicus curiae brief in favor of MASN in the Orioles-controlled RSN’s ongoing media rights battle against MLB and the Nationals. Feinberg has been an arbitrator or mediator in hundr ...

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Blue Jays Offer Look At Spring Training Remodel

During a public meeting yesterday in Dunedin, Fla., officials "released an animated video showing a renovated version" of the Blue Jays' Spring Training home, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. During tonight's open house, residents "can make their way through informational stations explaining the ...

Nike Expected To Announce Q1 Earnings Drop

Analysts expect Nike today to report Q1 earnings of $0.56 a share on revenue of $8.9B. That "compares with per-share earnings" of $0.67 on revenue of $8.4B in the year-ago quarter. Nike itself said that its gross margin "would fall by 1 percentage point in the quarter, driven mostly by currency effe ...

Oilers Unveil Hunter The Lynx As New Team Mascot

The Oilers yesterday unveiled Hunter the Canadian Lynx as their new mascot, "named in honour of Wild Bill Hunter, the legendary player, coach and promoter who founded the Oilers and the WHA," according to Paula Simons of the EDMONTON JOURNAL. The team said that Hunter was "designed to be cuddly and ...

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Social Studies: Adidas PR Dir Michael Ehrlich

After spending nine years climbing up the ranks within adidas, Michael Ehrlich ( @adidasUSPRGuy ) is currently the Dir of PR in the U.S. Ehrlich leads the public relations department and works closely with everyone on adidas’ social media, community management and analytics teams. Ehrlich ...

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Flyers See Increase In Season-Tix Sales

In Philadelphia, Sam Carchidi notes the Flyers, "bolstered by a strong finish that produced a playoff spot last spring," have sold "nearly 18,000 season tickets per game, an increase of about 1,700 for each game." Flyers COO Shawn Tilger said, "Our renewal rate was 95 percent, which was among the hi ...

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The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Cimilluca, Lublin & Schwartzel cited sources as saying that Disney has "emerged as another potential bidder for Twitter." Sources added that Twitter, with a valuation of about $20B, has also "held preliminary talks with Salesforce.com." Recent moves by Twitter into ...

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