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SBJ/Dec. 6-12, 2010/Coast to Coast
Coast to Coast
Published December 6, 2010
Braves Museum offers free tours
Through Dec. 22, the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame will offer free admission and free tours to children 13 and younger who make a donation of a new and unwrapped toy during the Toy for a Tour promotion. The Atlanta Braves Foundation will donate the toys to the Emmaus House for distribution to those in need in the Peoplestown neighborhood of Atlanta.
Conte Forum adds turnstile ads
Entry Media has contracted with Fenway Sports Group and Boston College to add the company's Turnstile AdSleeve Armcovers to Conte Forum. The participating sponsor is Thorbahn, a locally based employee benefits consulting company.
Fan suggests 'Bills bonds' to keep team
Investment banker and Buffalo Bills fan Steven Brady suggested that to keep the Bills in Buffalo, fans should loan money to the next owner by purchasing low-interest bonds that would reduce a new owner's interest payments, according to a report in The Buffalo News. Brady, on his website, www.billsbonds.com, suggests tweaking the Green Bay model of community ownership. Bills owner Ralph Wilson has stated his intent to keep the club in Buffalo, but uncertainty exists for what could happen under Wilson's successor.
Bills owner donates $1M to sponsor
Kaleida Health received a $1 million gift from Bills owner Ralph Wilson to support local adult day care and home care programs. The gift to the Kaleida Health Foundation comes through the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation. Kaleida Health has been the official health care system of the Bills since 2004.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.
Cycling returning to Rockies
Next year's inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge bicycle race will begin in Colorado Springs and end in Denver, crisscrossing Colorado's Rockies in between. The seven-day event, marking the return of professional bicycle racing to the state after a years-long absence, will be held Aug. 22-28 and cover nearly 600 miles.
Jackets seek jersey sponsor
Larry Hoepfner, executive vice president of business operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets, said the team is seeking sponsorship for its practice jerseys, according to a report in The Columbus Dispatch. In addition, the Blue Jackets will use virtual signs on their Plexiglas for 15 home games this season, according to the report.
Tavares leads list for Stars post
A Dallas Morning News report cited sources as saying that former Anaheim Ducks and Washington Nationals President Tony Tavares is the leading candidate to become interim president of the Dallas Stars. Tavares' contract would be complicated, the report noted, as it would need an out clause in case the team is sold.
Council paves way for IndyCar race
Edmonton city officials moved to save the local IndyCar race with a $3 million (Canadian) deal, according to a report in the Edmonton Journal. Approved by a 9-2 city council vote, Edmonton will arrange to pave ground on the east side of City Centre Airport to help turn a closed runway into a track, according to the report.
FORT WAYNE, IND.
Padres, Blue Jays teams plan series
Class AAA baseball is coming to downtown Fort Wayne next summer. The San Diego Padres' Class AAA affiliate, the Tucson Padres, will play a four-game series at Parkview Field July 14-17 against the Las Vegas 51s, the top affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Parkview Field is home to the Fort Wayne TinCaps, a Padres Class A affiliate.
Artists paint backboards at arena
The Miami Heat on Nov. 29 supported the Art of Basketball campaign, an upcoming exhibition of original works of art painted on official Spalding NBA backboards. The evening featured one "live painting" of a backboard by artists Willy Perez and Enrique Cruz on the main concourse of AmericanAirlines Arena. A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit NBA Cares.
Hornets don gold uniforms
The New Orleans Hornets have added gold alternate uniforms. The Mardi Gras-themed uniforms read "NOLA" across the chest and feature purple and Creole-blue pinstripes on the sides. The uniforms are scheduled to be worn for the first time for this Friday's game and then be worn for every Saturday game the rest of the season.
Globetrotters bowl turkeys for donations
Blenda Rodriguez and Hammer Harrison of the Harlem Globetrotters participated in the ShopRite Partners In Caring Turkey Bowl Invitational on Nov. 18 in Lodi, N.J. During the second annual event, Rodriguez and Harrison bowled replica turkeys down the aisles to help raise turkey donations for food banks across the Northeast.
Magic unveils black uniforms
The Orlando Magic has added black alternate uniforms. The team is scheduled to debut the uniforms for a game on Dec. 14, when Orlando plays at Denver.
Spectrum bricks on sale
Comcast-Spectacor is selling authentic bricks from the demolished Spectrum for $39.95. The bricks are packaged sitting on a wood base with a certificate of authenticity. They will be shipped four to six weeks after the demolition is completed in a commemorative Remember The Spectrum box. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation, the company's charitable arm.
Phillies pad fan club with goodies
The Philadelphia Phillies created a new package of enticements to get people to join the 2011 Fightin' Phils Fan Club. The club costs $24.99 to join. The list of perks includes a Fightin' Phils Fan Club hat and decal, a 10 percent off coupon at the team's online shop and its Majestic Clubhouse Store, access to Fightin' Phils pages on the team website, and other deals on tickets and merchandise.
Suns surround Tweetup with activities
The Phoenix Suns are scheduled to host their third annual Suns Tweetup, presented by Discount Tire, when the Suns host Portland on Friday. The night's featured activities include early entry for participants into US Airways Center, discounted pregame "Twitter Tailgate" concessions, an exclusive #SunsTweetup T-shirt and group seating with fellow tweeps.
Rattlers returning to MLL lineup
The Rochester Rattlers are returning to Major League Lacrosse for the 2011 season. The Rattlers, formerly part of the outdoor circuit, are relocating from Chicago and will play at Marina Auto Stadium. The team is owned by RocLax, a limited liability corporation created by Rob Clark that also owns the Rochester Rhinos soccer team.