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    BALTIMORE
    Ravens near perfect on renewals
    The Baltimore Ravens have a season-ticket renewal rate at around 99.5 percent. The Ravens did not increase ticket prices this season, continuing with a pattern of raising prices every other year. Last year, price increases ranged from $5 to $15 a ticket.

    CHICAGO
    Wolves pick marketing agency
    The Chicago Wolves selected Chicago Sports Entertainment Partners as the team’s new sports marketing agency of record. CSEP will provide digital and experiential marketing, advertising, and strategic counsel during the Wolves’ coming AHL season.

    CINCINNATI
    Bearcats banking with Fifth Third
    Fifth Third Bank has become the official bank of the University of Cincinnati football team. Fifth Third’s message will show up on signs inside and outside Nippert Stadium. It will also get exposure through TV, radio and print ads and through online media at GoBearcats.com.

    DALLAS
    Cuban to donate $100K to city
    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is planning to donate $100,000 to the city of Dallas to help offset a revenue decline that has a majority of council members favoring a tax hike, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

    GREEN BAY
    Packers cite reasons for LLC picks
    Confidentiality and convenience were the major reasons behind the Green Bay Packers using five limited liability companies to locate and purchase land near Lambeau Field, according to a report in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The team acquired about 28 acres near the stadium for what is anticipated to be part of a sports and entertainment district.

    GREENVILLE, MISS.
    Churchill Downs buying casino
    Churchill Downs reached an agreement to buy a local hotel and casino for $138 million. Although Churchill operates a casino at its Fair Grounds racetrack in New Orleans, the Harlow’s Casino Resort in Greenville will be the company’s first property not tied directly to a racetrack, according to a report in Daily Racing Form.

    LOUISVILLE, KY.
    Charity backs out of suite leases
    Dismas Charities backed out of leases for suites at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and the KFC Yum! Center after details of the leases came to light. Dismas Charities operates 26 state and federal re-entry centers in 12 states and serves as a transition point for nearly 7,000 offenders returning to society from prison each year.

    KFC Yum! Center adds partners
    Louisville Arena Sports & Entertainment Properties unveiled six new partners for the KFC Yum! Center. The new sponsors are Local Kentucky and Indiana Ford Dealers, Vivid Impact Co., Cintas, Yale Kentuckiana, Tennant Co. and the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

    MIAMI
    Dolphins debut cycling challenge
    The Miami Dolphins are launching the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, a two-day, 170-mile trans-Florida charity cycling event to benefit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. The event, scheduled for November, is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

    MILWAUKEE
    Driver’s TD sparks AirTran sale
    AirTran Airways last week held a one-day fare sale for travel to and from Milwaukee in honor of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver’s 50th career touchdown catch. The one-way, $50 fares were offered for 14 destinations, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Driver has been an AirTran endorser for years.

    MEMPHIS
    Cellular South stays with WTA
    Cellular South agreed to continue as title sponsor of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event in Memphis through next year. The 2011 Cellular South Cup will be played at The Racquet Club of Memphis, Feb. 11-20.

    MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL
    Auction begins for Twins statues
    The Minnesota Twins and Minneapolis Downtown Council started auctioning five Twins Around Town statues that appeared throughout downtown Minneapolis over the summer. The auctions will run until Sunday, and opening bids are $5,000. The statues represent the 1963, 1984, 2004, 2007 and 2008 seasons. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Minnesota Twins Community Fund.

    NEW YORK
    BSE, Lagardère want tennis at Barclays
    Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and Lagardère Unlimited are working to bring major professional tennis to the Barclays Center. BSE and Lagardère will develop and co-promote at least two tennis events annually at the planned arena, which will include both current and former stars of the sport.

    PHILADELPHIA
    Flyers reward ticket holders
    The Philadelphia Flyers hosted a barbecue for 700 season-ticket holders who renewed their season tickets ahead of the club’s established deadline. Flyers players, coaches and alumni attended the barbecue, held at the AT&T Pavilion at the Wells Fargo Center. Fans were able to pose for photos with the Prince of Wales Trophy, won by the team last season as the NHL’s Eastern Conference champion, as well as take a locker room tour and go on the ice to take shots on goal.

    QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC

    NHL facility funding debated
    Canada Prime Minster Stephen Harper last week opposed full public funding to build an arena that could attract an NHL franchise, according to a report in The (Toronto) Globe & Mail. Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume had been asking the federal government to invest $175 million (Canadian) into a new arena that one study projected would cost about $400 million.

    SAN DIEGO
    AECOM to study stadium impact
    City officials selected international planning and engineering firm AECOM to conduct a study on the future of city-owned Qualcomm Stadium and its business prospects with or without the NFL Chargers, according to a report in The San Diego Union-Tribune. The study is expected to last six weeks before a report is issued.

    SAN JOSE
    Coke pouring at Frys.com Open
    Coca-Cola was named the official soft drink of the 2010 Frys.com Open, scheduled for Oct. 14-17 in nearby San Martin, Calif. The event is part of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series. San Martin is 25 miles south of Fry’s Electronics headquarters in San Jose. Additionally, Audi will be the official vehicle of the tournament, providing 30 courtesy vehicles throughout the week of the event.

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.
    Track won’t host IndyCar in 2011
    The IndyCar Series will not return to Watkins Glen International next year. WGI President Michael Printup cited multiple factors as reasons behind what was called a joint business decision, including cost of competition, operational expense, paid attendance, both sponsor and market support, and future growth potential.


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