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Volume 21 No. 34
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Coast to Coast

2019 championship relocated
The United States Golf Association announced that the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be relocated from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., to accommodate a turf grass transition project at Chambers Bay. The championship will take place from May 25-29.

StubHub ups its tech with Toshiba
Toshiba American Business Solutions completed its installations at StubHub Center with a new high-definition scoreboard and ribbon displays. The new board is on the south end of the stadium, opposite the 5,100-square-foot LED scoreboard that — at 36 by 125 feet — is the largest scoreboard in MLS. Both the Los Angeles Chargers and LA Galaxy call the StubHub Center home.

Roethlisberger Foundation gives to K-9 units
Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced the 11th and 12th grants of the 2017 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The foundation will distribute grants to the West Chester and Fort Mitchell police departments. West Chester police will use the funds to replace a recently retired K-9 while Fort Mitchell police will use the money to help maintain their K-9 unit.


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban being fitted for a BedGear personalized performance sleep system.
BedGear signs with two NBA teams
BedGear announced partnerships with the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics. The company will become the official sleep partner of the Mavericks for the second straight year and the Celtics for the first time. BedGear will fit each athlete with a personalized performance sleep system, offering performance pillows and mattresses, based on his sleep position, body frame and temperature, to help him get maximum recovery at night.

Nike ups its contract with Oregon
The University of Oregon signed an 11-year, $88 million deal with longtime athletics sponsor Nike. Oregon will receive $2 million a year in cash from Nike until 2023, and $2.5 million a year until 2028. The school will also receive $5 million worth of apparel annually to start, gradually increasing to $6 million for the 2022-23 school year. The deal includes a $3 million signing bonus, according to the Eugene Register-Guard.

Sony stays with PGA Tour
Sony signed a four-year renewal with the PGA Tour as title sponsor of the Sony Open in Hawaii through 2022. The new deal begins after the 2018 tournament is held in January at Waialae Country Club. The 2018 event marks the 20th year of Sony’s title sponsorship, one of the longest-running title deals on the tour.

Nantz, Vineyard Vines unite for Alzheimer’s

Vineyard Vines extended its partnership with CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz to produce and sell a custom-designed collection benefiting the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC). The collection, which includes belts and ties, is inspired by the Forget-Me-Not flower. Twenty percent of the proceeds goes to the NNAC, located in Houston. Nantz opened the center in 2011.

Royals start annual giving week
Royals Charities, the charitable arm of the Kansas City Royals, are holding their third annual giving week. The event started last Friday and runs until Saturday. Members of the Royals front office will make visits to various organizations throughout the area distributing grants totaling $88,000. As part of the giving week, El Centro High School will receive a $25,000 grant for new furnishings for five classrooms, and Wreaths Across America will receive a $12,000 grant.

NASCAR 2018 race gets sponsor
Las Vegas Motor Speedway and South Point Hotel & Casino announced a multiyear agreement. The fall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event will be branded as the South Point 400, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The event will take place Sept. 16.

Microsoft to stay on NFL sidelines

Microsoft renewed its NFL rights deal. Under the deal, Microsoft continues as the NFL’s official sideline technology sponsor and its Surface tablets will remain on NFL sidelines, where they have been since 2014. Terms for the renewal were not revealed.

Magic joins Habit for Humanity
The Orlando Magic joined Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando last Tuesday for a ceremony to present the Pugh family with keys to their new home. Through the Magic Volunteer Program (MVP), Magic employees and Jewett Orthopedic staff teamed up to build the Habitat for Humanity home. The team has sponsored nine homes via the organization.

Wings is ‘new’ name for NLL team
Comcast Spectacor announced the name of its new National Lacrosse League franchise will be the Philadelphia Wings. That was also the name of the city’s previous professional lacrosse team, which relocated to Connecticut after the 2014 season. Comcast Spectacor received more than 7,000 entries, asking fans to suggest names.

MiLB gives back after hurricanes
Minor League Baseball Charities announced the distribution of over $180,000 to charities assisting with recovery from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. MiLB’s 160 teams combined to raise over $300,000 for disaster relief in the Southeast. The Corpus Christi Hooks, the AA affiliate of the Houston Astros, made a donation to the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group.

Stockton to host 2018 championship
The Stockton Ports, in conjunction with Visit Stockton, will host the 2018 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship at Banner Island Ballpark for the sixth consecutive year. The championship will be held from May 24-26. Four of the 10 schools in the conference will qualify for the tournament.


Alfa Romeo returns to Formula 1
Sauber Formula 1 reached a multiyear technical and commercial partnership with Alfa Romeo. The Italian car manufacturer will join Sauber as title sponsor. The partnership, which includes strategic, commercial and technological cooperation, will enable the exchange of engineering and technical know-how and provide new opportunities for the two organizations. From 2018, the team will be known as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, as reported by Reuters.


Tottenham’s future home will be the most expensive stadium in Europe.
Tottenham’s stadium cost skyrockets
Tottenham FC has more than doubled the projected cost of its new stadium to $1.35 billion, making it the most expensive stadium in Europe, according to the Daily Mail. Club Chair Daniel Levy said that the skyrocketing cost of Tottenham’s new home is in part due to the complexity of the project. Construction remains on schedule. The remaining costs will be covered through a number of sources including debt, stadium naming rights and advance hospitality ticket sales.

London mayor takes over stadium
London Mayor Sadiq Khan took control of the former Olympic stadium used by the Premier League’s West Ham United after an independent review disclosed rising costs and mounting losses, according to Reuters. Khan said the projected annual losses are around $27 million.

KSV Esports acquires LoL champs
KSV Esports acquired the 2017 League of Legends World Champion Samsung Galaxy. The global esports startup will field the squad in the League Champions Korea competition next year under a new brand. Alongside the acquisition of Samsung Galaxy, KSV Esports announced it had opened a new Shanghai office, adding to its locations in Seoul and San Francisco, as noted by the Esports Observer.

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