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See this week’s issue of SportsBusiness Journal as well as for these stories and more.


This week’s In-Depth examines Citizens Bank Park and Petco Park.

NHL players lining up deals in Europe in case of lockout.

Fox executives bench “Scooter,” other MLB graphics after much-maligned debut.

Fleet deal makes Bank of America a sports lending Goliath.

One-on-One with former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.


Media Tracker: Early NHL playoff ratings, most-watched NBA games and market-by-market numbers for Red Sox-Yankees in prime time.

Global Sports: Training, equipment are priorities as Iraq is welcomed back to the Olympic Games; IOC proceeding with plans to insure Athens Games against costly cancellation.

Tube Talk: Ad buyers find plenty of inventory available for NBA playoffs, but networks say sales are strong; HBO Sports finds documentary subjects in 1936 Berlin, 2001 New York.

Breaking Ground: Ovations takes on incumbent Centerplate as Kemper Arena looks for food service contract; Portland Ridge Associates thinks golf courses might be next opportunity for naming-rights deals.

Labor & Agents: SFX Basketball signs a roster full of international players, including 2005’s projected No. 1 NBA pick; fledgling GSI Sports agency taking calls about first NFL draft prospect.