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Volume 20 No. 42
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Coast to Coast

Sox oppose condo tower plan

Opponents are lining up against a condo tower that entrepreneur Steve Belkin wants to build just two blocks from Fenway Park, according to a Boston Globe report. Among those opponents are the Boston Red Sox, who filed a five-page comment letter with city officials complaining that the proposed 340-foot tower would loom too closely over Fenway Park.

Indians adding payroll, ticket accounts

The Cleveland Indians’ 2017 payroll will go up, though by how much is unknown, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report. An MLB executive said that payoff for a trip to the World Series is usually $10 million to $15 million. Meanwhile, the team has added about 1,000 season-ticket sales so far, raising their total to 8,500-9,000 for next season.

Futures game set against Reds

The Cincinnati Reds will visit the Dayton Dragons’ Fifth Third Field when they battle their top prospects in a futures game April 1. The game will feature current Reds players against the organization’s top minor league talent in the stadium where many Reds players once played.

Jags hire Wasserman for esports effort

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Wasserman to help recruit a major esports event to EverBank Field. Zack Sugarman, Wasserman vice president of digital and properties, is leading the work for the agency.

The new suites include lounges and tiered balconies overlooking the starting gate.

Churchill adding suites, other upgrades

Churchill Downs Racetrack announced a $37 million capital project that will deliver more than 1,800 new seats for the 2018 Kentucky Derby through the addition of new luxury suites, interior dining tables and third-floor grandstand seats. The Starting Gate Suites capital project will encompass 77,250 square feet of new space on the north end of the 147-acre facility.

Local businesses look to Super Bowl LII

The NFL is giving Minnesota’s minority, veteran and LGBT-owned businesses an opportunity to earn contracts for Super Bowl LII, which will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4, 2018. On Friday, the NFL, in partnership with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, will launch the Super Bowl LII Business Connect Program, a networking event at the University of St. Thomas where local businesses will learn how they can compete for Super Bowl LII contracts.

STMA honoring tops in turf

The Sports Turf Managers Association and Minor League Baseball announced the 2016 Sports Turf Manager of the Year Awards sponsored by STMA and John Deere. The winners: Casey Griffin, Albuquerque Isotopes (Class AAA); Brock Phipps, Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals (Class AA); Greg Burgess, Greenville (S.C) Drive (Class A); and Matt Neri, State College (Pa.) Spikes (Short Season or Rookie). STMA will present the awards at the MLB winter meetings luncheon in National Harbor, Md., on Dec. 5.

Porzingis blocking for nonprofit

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis is donating $500 every time he blocks a shot for the remainder of the season to the RENS, a New York-based nonprofit metro area youth basketball program. The initiative is called “KrisStops.”

New Coliseum sets hoops tipoff
The new Nassau Coliseum will have a pair of games to tip off a Long Island Hoops program, according to a Newsday report. Stony Brook and Maryland will face each other on opening night of the 2017-18 season, and Villanova will play Hofstra on Dec. 22, 2017. The arena officially will be known as the New Coliseum presented by New York Community Bank.

Eagles extend with longtime partners

The Philadelphia Eagles reached an eight-year contract extension with Thomas Jefferson University and Rothman Institute Orthopedics. Jefferson is one of the longest-tenured partners of the Eagles, originally becoming a founding partner in 2004. Rothman Institute, orthopedic physicians for the team since 2004, joined this year as a marketing partner as well.

Sixers debut second
‘Banner Series’ wine

The Philadelphia 76ers, in partnership with Chaddsford Winery, launched the second bottle from their three-part “Banner Series” wine collection, which pays tribute to the Sixers’ three NBA championship teams. This second wine honors the 1966-67 championship team.

Sixers sign T-shirt partner
The 76ers added Northeast Philadelphia custom T-shirt printing and design company PrintFly to its roster of corporate partners. The deal provides the 14-year-old family-run company with a variety of online and in-game promotion opportunities, along with handling the Sixers’ T-shirt needs.

Local firm wins Kings’ billboard contract

From a pack of 10, a Roseville, Calif., company secured the contract for electronic billboards owned by the Sacramento Kings. Marquee Media is in charge of operating and managing the six digital Panasonic billboards after going through a yearlong request-for-proposal process. The billboards, five of which are now operating, are largely along major freeways near downtown Sacramento.

United to title sponsor Rock ’n’ Roll races

The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series reached a new multi-event sponsorship agreement with United Airlines, under which the airline will become title sponsor of two events in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco beginning next year. The events are set for March 11 in D.C. and March 26 in San Francisco.


Nestlé aligns with Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Nestlé Milo announced a sponsorship deal, the first agreement that Nestlé has ever made with a sports club. Nestlé will be an official club sponsor for the next four years. The agreement also includes the Nestlé Nesquik brand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

2022 Games seeks logo designs
Beijing is collecting emblem designs for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Designers from Beijing universities were the first to submit their work, with many more designs expected both online and offline.

Corona title sponsoring WSL event
Corona will be the first title sponsor of the World Surf League Championship Tour event in Jeffreys Bay. The event, set for July, will be called the Corona Open JBay. Corona and the WSL announced a multiyear partnership in March.

Wimbledon on BBC through 2024
The BBC extended its contract to broadcast Wimbledon for an additional four years, taking its partnership with the All England Club through 2024. The agreement means the Grand Slam remains free-to-air across BBC TV, online and radio.

Man U fan banned for online listing
A Manchester United supporter was banned from attending matches for three years after attempting to sell a ticket online, according to a (London) Daily Mail report. The team told all supporters before this season started that tickets offered for resale would constitute a three-year suspension.

Rio’s ex-governor arrested
Police arrested Sérgio Cabral, former governor of Rio de Janeiro state, on charges he extracted bribes over civil works projects, according to a Financial Times report. The projects include the $500 million renovation of Maracanã stadium for the 2014 World Cup.

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