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  • Coast to Coast: Packers sell more shares

    Seven rows of seats will be removed so that Red can extend into the seating bowl.
    New restaurant space for Philips Arena

    Philips Arena in February will open Red, a 250-seat restaurant with tiered seating and views of the arena floor. The Johnson Studio, a local design firm, was enlisted to design the new $2 million space, which includes a centrally located show kitchen.

    Bulls extend with flagship station

    The Chicago Bulls struck a five-year extension of their radio broadcast agreement with WMVP-AM. All regular-season, playoff and three preseason games, and halftime, pregame and postgame shows will air on the station, owned and operated by ESPN, as the flagship station of the Chicago Bulls Radio Network through the 2016-17 season.


    Packers sell more shares in team

    The Green Bay Packers began their fifth fundraising appeal in team history last week by selling shares in the team. The shares, which cost $250 each, will help pay for $143 million in expansion and improvement projects at Lambeau Field.

    Businesses, buildings jockey for giant ads

    At least 17 businesses in downtown Indianapolis want to attract supersized Super Bowl ads by renting out their exteriors, according to an Indianapolis Star report. An online auction runs through Friday. Bids could run as high as $100,000, and the city will allow bigger-than-normal banners or wraps on buildings, as long as the ads relate to the Super Bowl.

    SEC investigating ballpark deal

    The Securities and Exchange Commission opened a wide-ranging investigation into the Miami Marlins’ ballpark deal with Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami, according to a Miami Herald report. The SEC is demanding financial information underpinning nearly $500 million in bond sales as well as records of campaign contributions from the Marlins to local and state elected leaders.

    Online vignettes mark the Predators’ history.

    Predators consider raising ticket tax

    The Nashville Predators might seek to raise the ticket tax for hockey games and other events at Bridgestone Arena as part of coming lease renegotiations, according to a (Nashville) Tennessean report. The tax is now 5 percent of the ticket price up to $1.75 for hockey games and 5 percent up to $2 for other arena events.

    Preds feature ‘15 Years’ online
    The Predators and Bridgestone Arena compiled “15 Years of Bridgestone Arena in 15 Days” to commemorate the arena’s 15th anniversary. The feature is running daily on, along with a year-by-year look back at significant stories and events that defined the venue, and facts related to the Predators and the arena.

    Sixers reduce online ticket fees

    The Philadelphia 76ers are reducing online fees for tickets bought on the team’s website for the coming season. The reductions include eliminating order fees and delivery method fees. There will be one comprehensive online ticketing fee of 14.25 percent of the face value of the ticket, with a $4 minimum charge.

    Kings look beyond Power Balance

    Power Balance’s bankruptcy reorganization further complicates the future of the Sacramento Kings, but the direct financial hit to the team isn’t huge. Power Balance owes the Kings $100,000. Of bigger concern is the potential need for the team to find another company to buy the arena naming rights if Power Balance can’t reorganize, or if the Kings determine that the Power Balance relationship creates more harm than value.

    New law allows vessel proximity

    President Barack Obama signed into law the America’s Cup Act of 2011, a piece of legislation waiving certain laws that prohibit foreign vessels from operating in American waters. The law was needed because portions of the Jones Act and the Passenger Vessel Services Act would interfere with the America’s Cup competition. In past competitions, the America’s Cup was held miles off shore in international waters. The 34th America’s Cup, to be held on San Francisco Bay in 2013, will be less than a mile off shore.

    Group suing over stadium parcel price

    A group calling itself Stand for San Jose that opposes the potential relocation of the Oakland A’s to downtown San Jose filed a lawsuit challenging a recent vote by the San Jose City Council that gave the baseball team the right to buy 5 acres, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. The council voted to approve a two-year, $50,000 option for the A’s to buy the land near HP Pavilion for $6.98 million. Stand for San Jose contends the land is worth at least $14 million.

    Speedway charity to distribute $273K

    The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will distribute $273,072 to 38 qualified youth organizations in Sonoma County for the 2011 season. Speedway Children’s Charities is the charitable arm of Speedway Motorsports Inc., and the Sonoma chapter has distributed more than $3.9 million since 2001.

    Ice-skating Blues fans try to get on camera at last year’s inaugural St. Louis Classic.

    Blues road game returns to rink

    Fox Sports Midwest will host the second annual St. Louis Classic at Steinberg Skating Rink on Saturday. The St. Louis Classic is an outdoor viewing party for a St. Louis Blues road game. Hockey fans will watch the Blues game, which will be played in  Nashville, on a 35-foot screen with ice skating as an option. Fox Sports Midwest will televise its pregame, postgame and intermission shows live from the rink.

    Media tour GOP event arena

    Republican National Convention organizers held an event allowing many media members their first look at the St. Pete Times Forum, according to a St. Petersburg Times report. The arena will host the GOP convention from Aug. 27-30. Organizers will use luxury suites as mini broadcast studios.

    Raptors, TVA Sports reach 2-year deal

    The Toronto Raptors and TVA Sports formed a two-year deal for the French-language broadcaster to air the team’s games in Quebec. The network will also broadcast matchups of marquee teams such as the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

    Sweets offer paid internships

    For the second consecutive year, the Walla Walla Sweets will offer aspiring sports professionals the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operations of a sports organization. The paid internships will start in late May and run through the middle of August.

    Jets partner with Pizza Pizza

    Canadian restaurant chain Pizza Pizza has a new partnership with True North Sports & Entertainment that makes the restaurant a sponsor of the Winnipeg Jets. As part of the agreement, Pizza Pizza will have on-site concessions at the MTS Centre this season. The chain has similar sponsorship deals at Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Montreal’s Bell Centre and with five NHL teams.

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