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What does $1.7B buy in NYC market? Two stadiums in one

09 / 20 / 10

Early in the New York Giants’ regular-season opener at New Meadowlands Stadium, the boo birds re-emerged after a winter of discontent to voice their displeasure with poor special teams performance by the Men in Blue. The next night, the same chorus could be heard over the Jets’ struggling offense. ...

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SMG vet to oversee KC changes

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FleetCenter's plan: limo service

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Phils’ auction may become annual

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Aramark plans new seats at Wrigley

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Tags: Aramark Corp., Baseball, Chicago Cubs

Conseco to host swimming event

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Tags: Ellerbe Becket, ESPN, Indiana Pacers

SMG to profit on San Juan arena

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Tags: HOK Inc., NBA, NHL, SMG

NFL gets free rent and free rein

There's a giveaway at Reliant Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday — it's the stadium itself. SMG will not charge the NFL to use the facility, an arrangement the league and Super Bowl markets have had since 1982, when the host committee in Detroit offered a rent-free Silverdome in its bid to ...

Tags: Football, NFL, SMG, Special Report

NFL keeps Super Bowl reuser-friendly

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Firms form joint venture to build 3 arenas

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Tags: ECHL, Hunt Sports Group, Miami Heat

Frisco still on schedule for MLS facility

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