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    Maria Sharapova will
    headline Texas tennis

    Tennis coming to Cowboys Stadium
    The Dallas Cowboys are planning their inaugural Cowboys Tennis Slam for July 10, an offering that will feature both a Maria Sharapova-Serena Williams match as well as an Andy Roddick-John Isner match. The court will be set up in one of the end zones of Cowboys Stadium, with seating configured for 20,000 fans.

    NESN analyst to open restaurant
    NESN Boston Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy has a deal with the Cronin Group to open a new 200-seat Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will be at Liberty Wharf, the $43 million waterfront development in South Boston, according to a report in the Boston Herald. This would be the second namesake restaurant for Remy, with an existing site located near Fenway Park.

    NAHL team moving south
    The North American Hockey League board of governors approved the transfer of ownership of the Alpena (Mich.) IceDiggers membership and its relocation to Corpus Christi, Texas, for the 2010-11 season. The team will play home games at the 7,400-seat American Bank Center.

    At center: Michael Healy, vice president of
    park operations and vice president of Ilitch
    Charities; and Jordan Field, Detroit Tigers
    Foundation director.

    Red Wings bump up ticket prices
    Detroit Red Wings season-ticket prices will go up by an average of 11 percent next season, marking the team’s first price increase in eight seasons, according to a report in The Detroit News. The team sent out season-ticket renewals with prices ranging from $15 to $125 per game, according to the report.

    Tigers group awards $250K
    The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, presented nearly $250,000 in grants to 18 organizations during an on-field ceremony prior to the Tigers’ May 30 home game. The grants will directly support organizations that serve thousands of children and families throughout Michigan.

    Lacrosse championship going west
    Denver will host the 2014 World Championship for Men’s Lacrosse, which is expected to bring teams from as many as 38 nations to town for the event. It’s the first time the international event, held every four years, is being staged somewhere in the United States other than the East Coast. Denver was one of 10 U.S. cities that applied to host the tournament.

    NJSEA buys season tickets for VIPs
    The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority spent almost $1 million to lock up 142 season tickets for the New York Giants and New York Jets, seats that will be used by VIPs, including elected officials, according to a Bloomberg News report. Business partners, politicians and others associated with the NJSEA will be able to buy the tickets from the authority, which plans a service fee to recoup costs, according to the report.

    Royals click with Printroom
    The Kansas City Royals are partnering with Printroom on a fan photo program during select home games this season. Printroom’s professional photographers will take photos of fans at Kauffman Stadium. After selecting their photos online, fans can purchase the photos, which may be personalized with Royals custom-branded templates and borders.

    Marlins’ ticket transition under way
    The Florida Marlins started sending current season-ticket holders official notice of their priority appointment dates to purchase season tickets in the club’s planned new ballpark, opening in 2012. The first appointments will take place on June 15 for premium-seat Batters Box ticket holders.

    Arena refinancing plan discussed
    Minneapolis and Hennepin County may be on the cusp of a tax-sharing agreement that would allow the city to go ahead with new financing for Target Center’s debt and citywide neighborhood programs, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The city and county agreed to a deal in principle but have been hung up on a clause the county wants: a cap of $180.1 million on the amount from the tax-increment proceeds, according to the report.

    Aramark opens Flyers outposts
    Aramark opened four team store outposts in the city to sell Philadelphia Flyers jerseys and souvenirs, along with Stanley Cup merchandise, after the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1997. The four stores opened in the lobby of the Comcast Center, in a street-level space at Aramark’s corporate headquarters, and in gift shops at the National Constitution Center and the Kimmel Center.

    The Pirate Parrot will blaze a trail this
    month for prostate cancer awareness.

    Parrot will ‘Cruise’ for charity
    The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pirate Parrot mascot, in partnership with Mosites Motorsports, will embark this month on a 350-mile charity effort called Cruise for a Cure across the state of Pennsylvania. The motorcycle run, scheduled for June 28-30, aims to raise funds and increase awareness for prostate cancer research. The mascot will arrive in Pittsburgh on July 1 in time for the beginning of the Pirates’ series with Philadelphia at PNC Park. Fans can visit to view the Parrot’s route and make donations.

    River Cats honor Dallas Braden
    The Sacramento River Cats offered a $19 “Purr-fect Game Package” for their June 3 game to recognize Oakland A’s pitcher Dallas Braden, a former River Cat, for becoming only the 19th player in MLB history to throw a perfect game. The ticket was offered to the first 209 fans in the 209 area code of Stockton, Calif., Braden’s hometown.

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  • Sports biz on tap for fall TV show

    “The Real Score,” a new 60-minute sports information show, will debut Sept. 12 in 30 markets reaching more than 22 million homes. “‘The Real Score’ fundamentally believes that the viewer is much smarter than they are being given credit for,” said David Hersh, the show’s creator and its executive producer. “We intend to give the viewer access to some of the best minds in the sports industry and have them discuss the issues of the day, or use these leaders to provide an in-depth look at how the sports business works.”

    The initial list of contributing talent for the program includes Neal Pilson, Jerry Rice, Ron Shapiro, Peter Luukko, Pat Williams, Stan Kasten, Randy Vataha, Vince Dooley, Steve Phillips, Jim Tressel, Carl Peterson, Phil Esposito, Dawn Hudson and Eddie DeBartolo. Weekly features include In the News, offering a summary of the news of the week past and a view of the week ahead as presented by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.

    “The Real Score” is owned by Real Score Productions of Tampa. Real Score and Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. entered into an agreement that places the program on 20 Fox affiliates preceding NFL football programming and on similar time slots on 10 ABC, CBS, NBC, CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates. The show will be produced at the Sinclair studios of WBFF-TV in Baltimore. Sales for “The Real Score” are handled exclusively by DeBartolo Sports and Entertainment.

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