In Newark, Ron Zeitlinger noted in spite of reports that the F1 Grand Prix of America in West New York, N.J., next year is off, "work is continuing." Mayor Felix Roque said, "As far as we are concerned, the race is still on. (Construction crews) are working diligently on Boulevard East, getting curbs and sidewalks done. ... They are out there today" (NJ.com, 8/26).
PEACH PIT: CBSSPORTS.com's Jeremy Fowler noted as the Chick-fil-A Bowl "looks to schedule kickoff games" for '15 and beyond, President & CEO Gary Stokan has had "exploratory talks with several high-profile schools." Stokan said that he has "spoken with USC, Michigan, UCLA and Notre Dame on a 'very preliminary' basis about future appearances." There have also been talks with Ohio State, "which Stokan says seems tied to the home-and-home model" (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/23).
ON YOUR SIDE: Nationwide Insurance Assistant VP/Strategic Sponsorships John Aman said that top-level sponsorship packages for the Sept. 9-15 Web.com Tour Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship "have sold out for the first time in the event’s history." In Columbus, Jeff Bell notes the hospital received $625,000 from the '12 event, and the "goal is to surpass that this year." The fact that this year’s tourney will be "one of four in the rotation for the new Web.com Tour Finals also is adding to the buzz for corporate sponsors." Aman said that the event being in the finals also has "boosted the overall pot of cash for players" to $1M from $800,000 last year, "prompting the need for more corporate support." It costs more than $4M "to run the tournament" (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST, 8/23 issue).
GOOD DRAW: In Edmonton, Terry Jones noted the golf world watched "a major-league scene" on Sunday in the final round of the LPGA CN Canadian Women's Open. Attendance at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club "reached 16,168 Sunday after growing from 13,616 Thursday, 13,992 Friday and 15,849 Saturday." Pro-am and practice day crowds early in the week also "drew 69,168, the second highest in history (to Vancouver’s 70,700 last year)" (EDMONTON SUN, 8/26).