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Formula One track zoning approved
The Austin Zoning and Platting Commission voted 5-1 to approve zoning for a planned Formula One racetrack. Formula One developers have so far breezed through four city hearings as they race toward getting approval to break ground next month and complete a $250 million racing complex by mid-2012.
Goalie’s cereal hits shelves
Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has joined the list of athletes with his own brand of cereal. “Kick-Save Krunch” is being sold in area stores with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Miller’s Steadfast Foundation. The package comes with an offer from Buffalo’s New Era Cap Co. to purchase a commemorative hat, inspired by the goalie mask Miller wore during last winter’s Olympics.
McDonald’s partners with Bobcats
The Charlotte Bobcats entered into a new marketing partnership with McDonald’s. In addition to media elements, the partnership includes a $1 donation to the Ronald McDonald House for every game ticket sold to select home games in November, January and February through the McHappy Day and Share Your Heart programs.
Cubs want fans to shop early
For the first time ever, Chicago Cubs tickets are available before the holidays. Holiday Gift Packs went on sale Nov. 22, and buyers can select from seven different four-game packages on Cubs.com. Packages can be customized to include as few as two tickets per game or as many as 12 tickets per game in each package.
Browns pick Skyview for software
The Cleveland Browns and Skyview Networks signed a new multiyear broadcast software contract. Skyview, an integrated sports distribution company specializing in play-by-play broadcast systems, will provide its F.A.S.T. Inventory Management Software and Live Read Management Services to the team.
Ballpark vote delayed to Dec. 15
A vote on whether to build a ballpark in Escondido, Calif., for the San Diego Padres’ Class AAA team has been delayed until Dec. 15, according to a report in the Arizona Daily Star. The team will play in Tucson, Ariz., next year.
Knights to finance new football facility
Construction of a new operations building to house the University of Oregon’s football program will begin early next year, according to a report in The (Eugene) Register-Guard. The six-story building, targeted for a summer 2013 opening, will be entirely financed by Nike Chairman Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, according to the report.
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Twins’ spring home to expand
Lee County is close to acquiring 15 acres on the south end of the Minnesota Twins’ spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. With the additional land, priced at $5 million, the team would have additional parking, a fifth full-sized practice diamond and various projects around Hammond Stadium, according to the report.
Judge gives McCourts deadline
Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman gave Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie, until the end of the month to accept or reject his settlement proposal in their divorce trial, according to an Associated Press report. If the two sides reject the proposal, then Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon would rule on whether to uphold a marital agreement that would give Frank McCourt sole ownership of the Dodgers.
USC adding women’s lacrosse
Women’s lacrosse will be added to USC’s athletic program beginning in the 2012-13 season. It will become the 21st NCAA sport sponsored by USC, and the 12th women’s sport. Last year, USC announced the addition of women’s sand volleyball, to begin play in the spring of 2012.
$5M gift will help build athletes center
The University of Miami announced a donation of $5 million from the Ted & Todd Schwartz Family Foundation as the lead gift in the campaign for a new facility. The gift will create the Theodore G. Schwartz and Todd G. Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence. The expanded home for UM athletics will include an academic center, sports medicine facility, football locker room and gallery of champions.
Super Bowl XLVII gets $1M partner
Entergy signed a $1 million agreement to serve as the community relations and emerging business partner for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. The focus of the NFL Super Bowl Host Committee Community Relations activities will be to help rebuild and expand youth recreational opportunities in the New Orleans region.
Janus renews with triathlon
Precision Sports Entertainment agreed to terms with Janus Funds on its renewal sponsorship program for the 2011 Nautica NYC Triathlon. In 2011, Janus Funds will enter its fifth consecutive year with the triathlon. Janus Funds will continue as the title partner to the 5th annual Janus Financial Executive Challenge, a race-within-a-race targeted to financial advisers.
Stefanski calls Sixers games
Philadelphia 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski dusted off his announcing skills when he filled in as a color commentator for two Sixers games. Stefanski was a replacement for an ill Eric Snow, who joined the Comcast SportsNet Sixers broadcast team at the start of this season. Stefanski earlier in his career called Philadelphia college basketball games for cable sports channels in the city.
PIR plans $100M development
Phoenix International Raceway is planning for $100 million in long-term development at its track in Avondale, according to a report in The Arizona Republic. PIR would spend $15 million by November 2012 for repaving, a slight reconfiguration of the racetrack and a new media center.
Developers join forces for new arena
Developer Larry Kelley and his senior managers at McClellan Park partnered with restaurateur Ali Mackani to push for an arena at the site of Westfield Downtown Plaza. The Kelley team will lead the effort to develop a downtown sports and entertainment complex with Mackani’s C.O.R.E. Group.
Blues holding on-ice viewing party
On Saturday, Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park will be the site of an outdoor St. Louis Blues viewing party. A 35-foot screen will show the live TV broadcast of the Blues game at Edmonton. Fans will be able to watch the game as they skate, warm up at the bonfire and see the production of Fox Sports Midwest’s pregame and postgame shows originating from the rink.
Cardinals to use dynamic pricing
The St. Louis Cardinals plan to implement dynamic ticket pricing at Busch Stadium next season, and will divide the pricing into two segments: One in areas of the ballpark where there are full-season-ticket holders and prices will not be allowed to float below those annualized prices; and another where there are no season-ticket holders and prices will be permitted to move about freely.
Rays cutting some ticket prices
The Tampa Bay Rays are reducing or maintaining prices on more than 60 percent of their tickets for next season, according to a report in the St. Petersburg Times. The Rays also are likely going to reduce capacity at Tropicana Field by about 2,500 by extending the tarps that cover the seats at the top of the upper deck, according to the report.