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"I would hope it causes the athletic directors at schools like Texas and Oklahoma to get a little excited as well and realize that they could do something truly special. To me, Bristol just gave proof positive that the concept is legitimate, has legs, and is something that more colleges should consi...

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Guaranteed Rate Sponsoring White Sox Event

Residential mortgage firm Guaranteed Rate “doesn't formally put its name on the White Sox ballpark until Nov. 1,” but the company is “hosting a Rock-n-Roll night at the ballpark Oct. 1,” according to Lewis Lazare of the CHICAGO BUSINESS JOURNAL. Guaranteed Rate CEO Victor C ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Chicago White Sox

Trail Blazers' Allen Discusses Team Spending, CBA

Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen said the team had a "very good year last year" on the business side, noting the franchise this season also has increased its payroll, according to a Q&A with Joe Freeman of the Portland OREGONIAN. Allen also discussed his spending last summer, his expectations ...

Tags: Franchises, Portland Trail Blazers

Golden 1 Center Brings Game Sound To Suites

NBA Kings Managing Partner Vivek Ranadive yesterday said that fans in the luxury suites and lofts in the soon-to-open Golden 1 Center will "have the courtside action piped into their seating areas," according to Dale Kasler of the SACRAMENTO BEE. Kings President Chris Granger said that the ...

Tags: Facilities, Sacramento Kings

Boren Says OU Undecided On Big 12 Expansion

Big 12 BOD Chair and Univ. of Oklahoma President David Boren yesterday said that the school has "not yet reached an institutional opinion" on Big 12 expansion, despite reports earlier this week saying otherwise, according to Jake Trotter of ESPN.com. Boren, following the reports that he had cha ...

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Taylor Swift To Perform At U.S. Grand Prix

Circuit of the Americas Chair Bobby Epstein is "going all out to make" this year's F1 U.S. Grand Prix the "best ever," as he has signed Taylor Swift to perform a concert during the Oct. 21-23 event, according to Kirk Bohls of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Epstein said that he "expects to ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Formula One, Circuit of the Americas

Cuban Says "No Way" He Runs For President

Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN yesterday "shut down the notion" of a future presidential run after new Mavs F HARRISON BARNES "hinted the day before that Cuban could run in 2020," according to the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Cuban during an interview with KRLD-FM said, "There's just no possible way. T ...

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Conor McGregor Remains UFC's Biggest Star

Conor McGregor was formally introduced yesterday as the headliner for UFC 205 -- the promotion's first card at MSG -- and it is clear that since Ronda Rousey's loss last November, McGregor has become MMA’s “biggest star, flamboyant in and out of the ring,” according to Victor ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, UFC

Russo Re-Ups With SiriusXM For Three Years

SiriusXM Radio's Chris Russo has signed a new three-year contract with the company that will see him continue to host his daily show "Mad Dog Unleashed" from 3:00-6:00pm ET on Mad Dog Sports Radio ( SiriusXM ). On Long Island, Neil Best notes Russo's new deal is his third at SiriusXM since '08 and s ...

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South Carolina-Under Armour Deal Worth $71.5M

South Carolina's 10-year extension with Under Armour was officially signed on Friday, and at $71.5M, it is the "10th-most lucrative apparel deal in college athletics," according to David Cloninger of the Columbia STATE. UCLA recently signed a 15-year deal with UA at more than $18M annually , but ...

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Indians Seeing Uptick In '17 Ticket Sales

The Indians clinched the AL Central division on Monday, and their impending playoff appearance "already is making an impact" on the club's '17 gate numbers, according to Kevin Kleps of CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS. Indians Senior Dir of Ticket Sales & Service Tim Salcer said that the clu ...

Tags: Franchises, Cleveland Indians

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