Coast to Coast
|The facility will look a lot like Wavegarden’s demo lagoon in Spain.
Surf’s up all day at new park
Austin will be the site for the first inland surf park in North America, set for a 2016 opening. The lagoon at NLand Surf Park will feature 11 surfing areas with four different expertise levels. Patented Wavegarden technology will create 1-foot, 4-foot and 6-foot waves every 60 seconds.
Cuban gift will fund IU tech center
Dallas Mavericks owner and Indiana University alum Mark Cuban is giving the school $5 million to build a state-of-the-art sports media technology center inside the renovated Assembly Hall, according to an Indianapolis Star report. The gift will help establish the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology.
|Rendering shows the building and ballpark.
Crews are installing panels on the Scripps Center on the riverfront that will make the building look like it’s wearing a Mr. Redlegs-style pillbox hat and mustache. Installation of the vinyl wrap was expected to be complete last week, several weeks ahead of the July 14 MLB All-Star Game. The decal was designed by Phoenix-based Blue Media.
Reds HOF video screen approved
The Cincinnati Planning Commission approved an ordinance allowing for a nearly 19-foot-tall and 32-foot-wide LED video screen to be mounted outside the Reds Hall of Fame at Great American Ball Park, according to a Cincinnati Enquirer report. The 6,900-pound board would be installed before the MLB All-Star Game next month.
Xavier plans Cintas Center upgrades
Xavier University is investing $25 million to revamp its Cintas Center basketball arena with a renovated club lounge area, a new hospitality area and an upgraded Wi-Fi system. The project will be spread over seven years. This is the first major renovation of Cintas Center since it opened in 2000.
Nationwide Arena fund drying up
A fund meant to buy new seats or replace the roof at Nationwide Arena already is running dry three years after the city and county agreed to use casino tax money to buy and operate the arena, according to a Columbus Dispatch report. So far, less than $400,000 has been deposited into the capital improvement fund, and only about $100,000 remains in the account.
|Scarves and shirts proudly support beer.
Team, brewer roll out apparel
Sporting Kansas City and Boulevard Brewing Co. unveiled the latest activation of their partnership: a line of co-branded apparel to be sold at Sporting Park and the brewery’s Dry Goods store. Also, a new limited-release beer called Sporting Saison will debut at the July 18 Montreal Impact-Sporting KC match.
LONG POND, PA.
ANC installing new screens at Pocono
Two new video screen towers will be installed at Pocono Raceway, each featuring two HD displays. The towers are being designed, installed and operated by ANC Sports Enterprises, making Pocono the first major NASCAR track to feature ANC’s technology. Each of the four screens will measure about 24 feet high by 30 feet wide.
|Props and Topps: The Jobu statue from “Major League” and Luke Skywalker’s light saber.
Photos: LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM & FACTORY
The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory teamed up with Topps to create a retrospective of Topps trading cards from sports and pop culture. Props, costumes and artifacts are displayed alongside their Topps cards, including these pieces: Luke Skywalker’s light saber, Indiana Jones’ whip, Adam West’s Batman costume, Ringo Starr’s 1964 drumsticks, and the Jobu statue from the movie “Major League.” The exhibit runs through Oct 4.
Stadium more than halfway done
New stadium construction for the Minnesota Vikings is 53 percent complete with $430 million worth of the work installed, according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune report. The final concrete will top out during the middle of this month, and steel work will be completed in September.
Isles to spend $5.1M on new facility
The New York Islanders will spend $5.1 million to build a new practice facility and corporate office space at Cantiague Park in Hicksville on Long Island, according to a Newsday report. The agreement requires the team to pay Nassau County $2.42 million in licensing fees over the next decade, as well as revenue from a new pro shop, the sale of naming rights and advertising.
|The team included Eagles staff, athletes and linebacker Connor Barwin (third from left).
Eagles run with Flame of Hope
The Philadelphia Eagles this month participated in the first Special Olympics Unified Relay. The Flame of Hope is on its way to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in late July. Eagles staff, along with linebacker Connor Barwin, participated alongside Special Olympics athletes.
Union in good hands with sponsor
The Philadelphia Union partnered with Allstate Insurance Co., making Allstate the presenting partner of the team’s weekly 90th Minute Radio Show. An Allstate agency owner will be on-site at each radio show to interact with fans and answer questions. Allstate also will be present at home games at PPL Park.
Sixers, DraftKings plan draft party
Phillies youth academy opens
Major League Baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies and the city officially opened the Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park. The academy will be the country’s only multisite Urban Youth Academy, with both outdoor and indoor facilities that provide free, year-round instruction to the more than 8,000 players in the Phillies Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program.
USGA going digital with scoreboards
U.S. Open impact of $140M predicted
Pierce County, Wash., and local authorities estimate the 2015 U.S. Open will bring a $140 million economic impact to the region. This is the fourth time the USGA has brought a national championship to a public golf course. This year’s event will have 5,200 volunteers with more than 4,000 from the state of Washington.
‘King’ season-ticket raffle returns
For the third consecutive year, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and Budweiser are presenting the King of Tampa Bay Sports raffle contest. Entrants can win two season tickets to more than 200 Tampa Bay professional and collegiate sporting events. The winner will be drawn June 24. Only 200 entries are available. A single chance can be purchased at $200, three entries for $500 and 10 entries for $1,500.
COAST TO COAST — BEYOND THE COASTS
Trump loses fight over wind farm
An Edinburgh court dismissed a request for a review of the Scottish government’s decision to approve the planned 11-turbine project near Donald Trump’s coastal golf development, according to a Financial Times report. The Trump organization said that the court decision was no surprise and would be appealed.
Anti-corruption legislation passes
The upper house of Switzerland’s parliament voted through a bill dubbed “Lex FIFA,” aimed at cracking down on corruption inside international organizations, according to an AFP report. The law would make it possible for federal prosecutors to launch corruption probes against FIFA, which is based in Switzerland, and around 60 other Swiss-based international sporting federations.
Team reaches 4-year deal with Nike
League One side Coventry City struck a four-year deal with Nike. The first team playing kits will carry the Nike logo after the club agreed to the deal with Just Sport Group, a U.K.-based distributor for Nike. The club’s retail store will be run in partnership with the new kit suppliers.
|Anfield stadium officials met with fan groups to assess affordability of match tickets.
LFC freezing all ticket prices
Liverpool FC announced a ticket price freeze on all general admission matchday tickets for the 2015-16 Premier League season. The club already announced a 10 percent reduction for junior season tickets and a price freeze on all adult general admission season tickets for next season.
West Ham signs up with eToro
West Ham United reached a social trading partnership with eToro. The partnership will take effect at the start of the 2015-16 Premier League season. EToro has more than 4 million users across the globe, making it the largest of all social trading networks.
Hotspur fans favor Wembley
Wembley Stadium is the overwhelming preference among Tottenham Hotspur supporters for their season in 2017-18, according to a poll by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust. The two options being pursued while their new stadium is being built are either Wembley or Stadium:MK in Milton Keynes.
Lotto replaces Nike for FSV Mainz
Bundesliga side FSV Mainz signed a five-year kit supply deal with Lotto Sport Italia, according to a SoccerEx report. The agreement will see the Italian sportswear manufacturer replace Nike as the kit supplier for the club from next season. Nike had been Mainz’s supplier since 2008.
Team considers ownership bids
La Liga side Málaga CF has on the table an offer to buy club owner Abdullah Al-Thani’s shares, according to an AS report. A Chinese investment group with which club directors have been negotiating for months has offered $33.7 million to take control of the club. There is also interest from a British group of investors.
School teams with Man City club
The new four-year partnership between Man City Women’s club and Manchester Metropolitan University is among the first of its kind in the U.K. In each year of the program, students from the events management course will have access behind the scenes to experience firsthand the buildup to Man City Women’s matchday events.
Acqua Lete, Napoli renew deal
Sparkling water brand Acqua Lete renewed its sponsorship deal with Serie A side Napoli for the 2015-16 season, according to a SoccerEx report. The deal sees Acqua Lete enter its 11th season as a sponsor of the club and its logo will once again be featured on the front of the team’s match shirts.
Events added to Winter Games
Four new events in curling, speedskating, downhill skiing and snowboarding were added to the 2018 Winter Olympics. After a decision by the International Olympic Committee executive board last week, the event list will feature curling mixed doubles, speedskating mass start, big air snowboarding and a team event in downhill skiing.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Maccabi Tel Aviv signs Hisense
Israeli Premier League side Maccabi Tel Aviv reached a new sponsorship deal with Hisense, according to a SoccerEx report. The Chinese electronics company becomes the official consumer electronics partner of the club. As part of the three-year deal, Hisense branding will be displayed on the club’s playing shorts.
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