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Coast to Coast

Blackhawks raising ticket prices

The cost of Chicago Blackhawks season tickets will rise an average of 16 percent next season, with every ticket in the United Center becoming more expensive, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report. The most expensive seats will be $380 per game; the cheapest will be $36.

Turner doing second phase for Jags
The Jacksonville Jaguars started the second phase of their EverBank Field renovation project. Turner Construction Co. received a city building permit for the $3.1 million project, which includes buildout of the training room, coaches’ offices, the X-ray room and swimming pools.

Craft beers pouring at ballpark

The Lakewood BlueClaws, partnering with Shore Point Distributing, opened the Craft Brew House on the right-field concourse of FirstEnergy Park. The ballpark addition will be open at all remaining home games and will offer a series of 20-ounce beers priced at $7 each. The BlueClaws are a Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dodger Stadium hockey game set

The Los Angeles Kings will play host to the Anaheim Ducks in a regular-season game at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25. Part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the event will be the first outdoor regular-season NHL game played in the United States west of the Mississippi River. It also will be the southern-most outdoor NHL game ever and the first in California.

Workers’ comp bill clears hurdle
Legislation that would restrict most professional athletes from out-of-state teams from filing claims in California workers’ compensation courts won approval in the state Assembly. The bill, AB 1309, passed 61 to 4, advancing the legislation to the state Senate.


Highlighting the renovations is a modern, synthetic FieldTurf playing surface.
MCU Park polished and ready
Six months after the destruction of Super Storm Sandy, construction and renovations at MCU Park are complete. The first event at the reopened venue was last week’s CUNY Athletic Conference baseball tournament. The Class A Brooklyn Cyclones open their season at the ballpark June 18. Renovations included work in the executive offices, locker rooms, ticket office, catering areas and dugouts. LandTek also installed a FieldTurf synthetic grass system at the ballpark.

Duane Reade signs with race expo
Precision Sports Entertainment signed Duane Reade as the naming-rights partner for the New York City Triathlon’s Sports & Fitness Expo, scheduled for July 12-13 at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The expo is expected to attract more than 15,000 attendees over the two days.


Trotter played 12 years in the NFL and now works for ESPN affiliate radio station 97.5 The Fanatic.
Trotter takes film role
Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter is making his big screen debut in “The North Star,” an independent film based on a true story from the mid-1800s about the adventures of two slaves, Big Ben and Moses Hopkins, who escape from a Virginia plantation. Trotter plays Benjamin “Big Ben” Jones in the film.

AFL Soul sets up veterans game
The Philadelphia Soul and The Judge Group are teaming to stage the Army-Navy Veterans Arena Football Game on June 22 at Wells Fargo Center. The game, which will feature teams made up of veterans and active reservists, will be part of the AFL Soul’s Military Appreciation Night effort for that evening’s game against Iowa.
Frazier gym on National Register
Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier’s old gym in North Philadelphia is being added to the National Register of Historic Places. The site of gym is now partially occupied by a furniture store, but the building’s gym sign is still visible from the street. Frazier died in 2011.

Pirates sign multiple partners

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed sponsorship deals for 2013 with health care provider Highmark, State Farm Insurance and #1 Cochran Automotive. The Pirates also signed multiyear deals with Sunoco and Utz.

Norwich City to play exhibition 
Norwich City FC of the English Premier League has agreed to play an exhibition match at Raley Field as part of Sacramento Soccer Day on July 18. The game will mark the first time an EPL club will be playing in Sacramento.

Kings news leads to development talk
On the heels of news pointing to the Sacramento Kings staying put rather than moving to Seattle, prominent downtown interests said it’s time to look seriously at what could be developed in and around a new arena for the club. Downtown Sacramento developer David Taylor said there’s energy toward development of new office, housing and retail downtown because there’s a belief the Kings will be there.

Adidas to outfit UTSA

The University of Texas at San Antonio and Adidas entered into a three-year partnership, running through the school’s 2015-16 seasons. Adidas becomes the official athletic apparel provider for all 17 of UTSA’s intercollegiate sports programs, including football. The company will supply all players and coaches with apparel and equipment beginning in July.


Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930 and has a capacity of 80,795.
Rendering: NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame to study stadium additions
The University of Notre Dame plans to undertake a feasibility study on additions to Notre Dame Stadium, according to a South Bend Tribune report. The proposal could add about 3,000 seats to the stadium and make it a hub for other facilities, such as a student center, a media center, and/or a classroom and conference center.

Bulldogs auction hats for Boston

More than $25,000 was raised for the One Boston Fund in an auction of 24 game-worn Boston “B” hats. The maroon hats produced by Adidas were worn by Mississippi State players during the MSU-Auburn baseball game April 18. The effort was a joint venture of MSU athletics; Bulldog Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports and the multimedia rights holder for Mississippi State athletics; and NeuLion.

‘King’ to win year of tickets

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission rolled out a raffle contest called King of Tampa Bay Sports. Two hundred contest entries are available for a contribution of $200 each. A pair of tickets to more than 200 local events in the next year will be awarded, including admission to all five local pro franchises’ home games (Buccaneers, Lightning, Rays, Storm and Rowdies). The winner will be drawn on May 23 from three finalists at the commission’s annual Tampa Bay Sneaker Soiree event.

Sweets owner awarded franchise

The West Coast League plans to expand next year. Pacific Baseball Ventures, the ownership group of the WCL’s Walla Walla Sweets, was awarded a league membership for a team in Yakima. The soon-to-be-named Yakima club will begin WCL play in 2014.


Coventry City seeks new grounds
League One side Coventry City has begun looking for a new stadium for its home games next season after a dispute with the owners of its current ground, according to a Bloomberg report. Coventry is in disagreement with Arena Coventry Ltd., owners of the Ricoh Arena, over unpaid rent and game-day revenue.


Ticketmaster on board with Games
Ticketmaster was chosen to sell about 1 million tickets for sporting events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, according to a BBC report. The company will be responsible for online and telephone sales along with box office outlets at game venues.

Rangers ban BBC journalists
Scottish Third Division Rangers banned BBC journalists from the club’s stadium and its training ground after the broadcaster revealed a leaked document that indicated a plot to sack manager Ally McCoist, according to a Scotsman report.

Adidas to outfit West Ham through 2015
West Ham United reached a deal for Adidas to serve as the EPL club’s official technical supplier starting June 1. Adidas will produce the team’s uniforms, replica jerseys, training wear and equipment for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

Team gets half-million ticket requests
Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund received more than half a million ticket applications for the May 25 UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium, according to a Reuters report. Borussia Dortmund will play fellow Bundesliga club Bayern Munich.


Season-ticket holders are not cheering a plan to remove seats for 3-D camera installations.
Man U fans to be displaced by cameras
Manchester United fans slammed a move by the club to evict season-ticket holders from their seats to make way for Sky TV’s new 3-D cameras next season, according to a Manchester Evening News report. At Old Trafford, about 60 season-ticket holders have been told they will have to shift to more expensive seats, but will not be charged the difference for one season.

Man U revenue up 30 percent
Manchester United recorded a 30 percent increase in revenue in the third quarter on the back of more sponsorship deals, but the club also saw its wage bill rise by 25 percent from player signings and wage demands, according to a Financial Times report. Man U reported revenue of $142.5 million in the three months ending March 31.

Team at odds with league edict
Ligue 2 club Monaco plans to take legal action against a French football league edict that it must move its headquarters to France, ending tax exemption for the club’s players, according to a Reuters report. Monaco accused French football authorities of demanding a payment of $262 million to stay in the French championship without having to move.

Games gets list of forbidden foods
A list containing 11 forbidden ingredients that must not be served to athletes or spectators at the 2014 Winter Olympics was sent to the Games’ organizing committee in an attempt to prevent outbreaks of food poisoning, according to a Moscow Times report. The list includes homemade beer, dried fish and mushrooms. Macaroni po-flotsky, a pasta dish, has also been outlawed.

TVA Sports picked as French partner
CBC/Radio Canada, the official rights holder of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, chose TVA Sports as one of the official partners to broadcast the Sochi Olympics in French. Details about content to be aired will be announced in the coming months.

Qantas extends AOC partnership to 2016
The Australian Olympic Committee announced an extension of its partnership with airline Qantas, which has renewed its association with the AOC through 2016. Qantas will provide airline travel for the Australian Olympic teams competing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
   Qantas will also be the official airline of the Australian Youth Olympic team as it competes at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in 2014 and the Lillehammer Youth Olympic Winter Games in 2016. Qantas has a history with the Australian Olympic team that dates to the 1952 Helsinki Games.
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