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Teams pour more money, tech into preview centers

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 03 / 23 / 15

The explosion in sports facility development over the past 18 months has resulted in a key secondary trend — the high-tech, multimillion-dollar preview centers that teams build to market their new venues. The centers, the traditional sales space used to showcase premium seats for stadiums a...

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MLB pulls contract demand

Major League Baseball officials last week withdrew a demand that contract offers for players be placed in a information bank accessible to all teams, said Rob Manfred, MLB's chief labor executive. MLB Players Association associate general counsel Gene Orza said, "Yes, the clubs withdrew ...

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2002 NBA draft by agency

Editor's note : This story is revised from the print edition T he 2002 NBA draft was the first among the last three drafts in which an independent agent was able to challenge SFX Basketball in representing first-round picks. Bill Duffy, owner of Walnut Creek, Calif.-based BDA Sp ...

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Another top pick for KSR Sports

T o represent the No. 1 pick in any of the four major team sports is the dream of many agents. Gordon Kirke , agent for left wing Rick Nash , who was selected No. 1 by the Columbus Blue Jackets in last month's NHL draft, has done it twice. Kirke, a Toronto-based lawyer an ...

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2002 NHL draft by agency

S ports agency Octagon and the hockey agency headed by former great Bobby Orr were big winners in the 2002 NHL draft , each representing four players. The Orr Hockey Group, a company headed by hall of famer Orr that broke off from Woolf Associates in the last year, represents No. 5 ...

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NCAA cautions sports agents

B ill Saum, the NCAA's director of agents, gambling and amateurism, cautioned agents at the Sports Lawyers Association conference last month that they cannot give student athletes anything of value, including a can of Coke, while recruiting them. Agents and f ...

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Fehr, MLB trade shots

Baseball union chief Donald Fehr and league negotiators traded barbs last week over the stalled collective-bargaining negotiations, blaming each other for the hardball tactics that threaten a play stoppage possibly as soon as August. Fehr Fehr, sp ...

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Hoops union: No to luxury tax

N ational Basketball Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter said the union is not going to support the luxury tax on owners whose payrolls exceed certain levels in the next bargaining session with the NBA. Hunter also indicated that he might want changes in the curr ...

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NFLPA targets outlaw agents

The NFL Players Association has hired a special prosecutor to crack down on sleazy agents. Upshaw Gene Upshaw, executive director of the players union, said the prosecutor will be charged with buildi ...

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All 'Rosey' for Iverson's agent

A fter years of slowly but steadily growing his basketball practice, Leon Rose has cracked the upper echelon of NBA agents by signing Philadelphia 76ers superstar Allen Iverson and top draft prospect Dajuan Wagner . "It's been a wonderful year," said Rose, who has been reppin ...

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Yao selects 'own' NBA agent

Yao Ming, the expected No. 1 pick in this month's NBA draft, has hired a distant relative and a college business professor to represent him in marketing and contract negotiations. Yao hired Eric Zhang, an MBA student at the University of Chicago, and John Huizinga, a University of Chicago ...

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