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ARLINGTON, TEXAS
Rangers sale moves forward
Hicks Sports Group entered into a definite agreement to sell the Texas Rangers to Rangers Baseball Express, an investment group led by Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg and former Rangers pitcher, now team president, Nolan Ryan. The agreement must still be approved by Major League Baseball and various lending institutions.

Rangers, radio net sign pact
The Rangers and the Spanish Beisbol Network agreed to terms on a four-year contract to broadcast all 162 regular-season games for the MLB club, beginning this season. The games will be carried on Univision’s 1270 KFLC-AM in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Bowling campus opens
The International Bowling Campus staged its grand opening last week. The 100,000-square-foot site features a kids-friendly hall of fame and museum plus a state-of-the-art training and research facility, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News. It also will serve as the headquarters of the U.S. Bowling Congress, the sport’s governing body.

Hoosiers seat selection gets streamlined.

BLOOMINGTON, IND.
IU seat selection goes high-tech
Indiana University Athletics and the IU Varsity Club introduced a tool that lets season-ticket holders select their seats online. Ballena Technologies’ Seats3D product allows users to see a virtual rendering from any section and row inside Memorial Stadium and Assembly Hall. Fans can rotate the view in all directions and zoom in and out from that location.

BOSTON
WEEI mobile app proves popular
Sports talk radio hub WEEI-AM generated more than 8,000 downloads in the first three days of release of its new free iPhone application, “WEEI Live.” The Irving Oil-sponsored app, built with the aid of Michigan-based jacAPPS, features live and on-demand audio, news, video, scores, and other content.

CHARLOTTE
Jury finds architect firm negligent
Time Warner Cable Arena architect Ellerbe Becket has been ordered to pay more than $2.38 million after a Mecklenburg County jury found the firm negligent in its design and administration of construction. The lawsuit was brought by the arena’s mechanical and ductwork subcontractors.

CLEVELAND
Tribe, affiliates offer ticket combo
The Cleveland Indians, in partnership with their minor league affiliates the Columbus Clippers, Akron Aeros, Lake County Captains and Mahoning Valley Scrappers, are offering a unique ticket package called Around The Horn. The package gives local fans the opportunity to watch a game at each team’s venue at a discounted price and with exclusive benefits. Packages will be available at each club’s ticket office and online at each club’s Web site.

Hockey Shaq helps pack The Q
The AHL Lake Erie Monsters set a franchise attendance record Jan. 22. Quicken Loans Arena posted a mark of 18,626 fans for a night with a promotional giveaway and reduced concession prices. The first 10,000 fans received a Shaquille O’Neal Lake Erie Monsters bobblehead, compliments of FirstMerit Bank. Hot dogs and Pepsi products were $1 each, compliments of Sugardale, Pepsi and Fox Sports Ohio.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J.
Goldklang Group debuts Web series
The Goldklang Group, the New Jersey-based ownership group for the Charleston RiverDogs, Hudson Valley Renegades, Fort Myers Miracle and St. Paul Saints, created Be Your Own Fan TV, a bimonthly Web series designed to showcase all aspects of sports business. The offering aims to provide educational content in an entertaining format.

FOXBORO, MASS.
Pats won’t increase ticket prices
The New England Patriots will not increase ticket prices for the 2010 season after the team raised them prior to the 2008 campaign, according to a report in the Boston Herald. Patriots ticket prices still are expected to be the league’s fourth highest in 2010, according to the report.

GLENDALE, ARIZ.
Lawsuit against Cards dropped
The city of Glendale is dropping its lawsuit against the Arizona Cardinals over advertising restrictions and other disagreements on 95th Avenue near University of Phoenix Stadium, according to a report in The Arizona Republic. The city must pay the team $213,187 for legal fees, with the first installment of $128,765 due immediately, according to the report.

The Packers have a season-ticket waiting
list with more than 81,000 names on it.

GREEN BAY
Packers raising ticket prices
Green Bay Packers regular-season tickets will cost $8 to $11 more per game next season, the first ticket-price increase since the beginning of the 2007 season, according to a report in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The report quoted Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy as saying the move was “a difficult decision” but also one the team “had to make to remain competitive and to be prepared for a possible work stoppage in 2011.”

KANSAS CITY
US Lacrosse adds chapter
US Lacrosse, the national governing body for the sport, added the Great Plains Lacrosse Association as US Lacrosse’s 63rd chapter. US Lacrosse has grown to 63 regional chapters in 12 years since the organization’s inception. The new chapter covers the greater Kansas City area and includes Kansas and Missouri.

LOS ANGELES
Dodgers will pack for Taiwan
The Los Angeles Dodgers will travel to Taiwan and play two games against a team from the Chinese Professional Baseball League March 13-14. The games will mark the third time since 2008 that an MLB team has traveled to Asia. The two-game set in Taiwan will not be part of the Dodgers’ 2010 spring training schedule.

Auction proceeds will benefit charities
designated by the league, NFL
Players and teams.

MIAMI
Namath jersey could fetch $30,000
Hunt Auctions will partner with NFL Auction and NFL Players to produce The Super Bowl XLIV Live Auction in Miami on Sunday. The auction will feature more than 280 football-related items, including a Joe Namath New York Jets game-worn jersey. The jersey from the early 1970s is expected to bring between $20,000 and $30,000. Other items date from as early as 1890.

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL
Twins concessionaire taps PR firm
Delaware North Sportservice selected Beehive PR to provide public relations and marketing services to help introduce Target Field’s food and beverage and retail offerings for the Minnesota Twins. Beehive began working with Delaware North last fall. Target Field opens as the Twins’ new home this year.

SACRAMENTO
Goldman lending hand for arena
Goldman Sachs is the latest company to volunteer to help with efforts to get a new arena built in Sacramento. The company is providing its expertise to help a Sacramento task force evaluate seven proposals for a new sports and entertainment center. Goldman Sachs will provide the task force with financing and expertise and help identify an appropriate financing mechanism for the arena.

ST. LOUIS
Rawlings extends with youth league
Rawlings Sporting Goods and Babe Ruth League will continue their relationship allowing St. Louis-based Rawlings to retain its status as the official baseball and helmet of the league. The extended agreement specifies that Rawlings baseballs, softballs and helmets be used during all tournament play.

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