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SBJ In-Depth: Facilities – Concessions

These are not your father’s sports concessions. Food and beverage companies in sports have stepped up their game, offering a wider variety of sports staples like hot dogs, pizza and nachos while attracting fans with more discerning tastes by offering vegetarian, organic and gourmet o…

Nissan Expands Soccer Portfolio With Nashville SC Jersey Deal

Nashville SC has signed a deal with Nissan to become its first jersey sponsor. Nashville, whose U-23 PDL team will begin play in May ahead of its launch in the USL in ’18, joins EPL club Manchester City and the Mexican National Team’s U.S. tour in Nissan’s soccer sponsorship po…

Laugh Track: A Throwback Voice

Actor Hank Azaria appeared on TBS’ “Conan” last night to promote his new IFC baseball-themed comedy, “Brockmire.” Host Conan O’Brien said “you probably attacked” the character of Brockmire, a baseball announcer, “almost through the…

FedEx Signs Multiyear Extension With NFL, Adds Global Activation

FedEx has extended its long-running sponsorship of the NFL to stay on as the official delivery service partner of the league, the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. Financial terms of the multiyear extension were not disclosed. The deal will mark the continuation of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Pl…

Editorial Cartoon Of The Day….

Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoonist Mike Smith’s NASCAR-themed Twitter account, @StockcarToons , pays tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr. following the driver’s retirement announcement.

Today’s Events….

Topgolf will offer free five-minute golf lessons at all U.S. locations, excluding Las Vegas, in honor of National Golf Day.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Retiring As Active NASCAR Driver After ’17 Season

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he will retire after the ’17 season. Earnhardt and Hendrick Motorsports team Owner Rick Hendrick at 3:00pm ET this afternoon will discuss the decision during a press conference, but a team-issued release stated the two first discussed retirem…

ACBJ Acquires Remaining 50% Interest in London-Based Leaders

American City Business Journals, parent company of SportsBusiness Daily/Journal, has acquired the remaining 50% interest in London-based Leaders that it did not own. ACBJ acquired an initial 50% in Leaders in August ’14 . Leaders produces sports business summits in London and N.Y. and wil…

Charlotte Motor Speedway Adding Fan Experience Sun Deck In Turn 4

Charlotte Motor Speedway is “adding a solar-powered deck and entertainment area” to Turn 4 in an attempt to “enhance the NASCAR fan experience.” The 42,000-square-foot deck will “include food and beverage service, restroom facilities, picnic and high-top table areas and a sprawling concour…

NASCAR Unveils New Logo, TV Ad For Fifth Race To Green Program

NASCAR on Friday announced details of its fifth annual Race to Green program, which this year includes a new logo, TV ad and new design for its spot on NASCAR’s website. The program will run through next weekend’s national series races at Richmond and include a call to action …

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

The @Raiders have erected a billboard at the Russell Road site, their preferred stadium site, this morning. #RaidersStadium pic.twitter.com/3qbnEKcwIW — Joe Arrigo (@joearrigo) April 21, 2017

Albuquerque Isotopes Are Latest MiLB Club To Try One-Day Rebrand

The Triple-A PCL Albuquerque Isotopes will “change their names on June 16 to the Albuquerque Green Chile Cheeseburgers” to “honor the culinary staple of the state.” The team will play the Fresno Grizzlies, who also “will be wearing special food-based uniforms that they’ve …

Daily Download….

Linkin Park ‘s new single, “Battle Symphony,” is featured in this highlight video of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

NFL Loads Primetime Schedule With Top Draws After Ratings Dip Last Season

The NFL’s ratings slide last season “clearly impacted the league’s schedule-making process,” as the league “packed its prime-time schedule with its best draws,” according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. The league formally released its ’17 schedule Thursday night, and 10 teams “have the maxi…

SBJ In-Depth: Youth Sports

Managing all facets of youth sports — scheduling, travel, tournament management, facilities, social — is a daunting task for parents and coaches alike. Is there an app for that? We look at the mobile applications available to all stakeholders in youth sports to better manage ti…

76ers Co-Owner David Blitzer Discusses Team’s E-Sports Franchise

The first pro team to buy an e-sports franchise was the 76ers, but the team’s co-owner said it is still very unclear what was bought. David Blitzer , co-Owner of the 76ers, as well as the Devils and EPL club Crystal Palace, at the CAA World Congress of Sports called e-sports the Wild West…

In Other News….

Sources said that Fox Networks Group will “most likely not have a new ad-sales chief in place as it prepares to start TV’s ‘upfront’ negotiations.” The unit that oversees Fox, FS1 and FX, among other assets, “parted ways” with President of Ad Sales Toby Byrne in September…

World Congress Of Sports: Talks On Soccer, LA2024 Highlight Day 2

It’s Day 2 of the CAA World Congress of Sports today, and this morning’s sessions are highlighted by talks on the future of soccer and a look at L.A.’s bid for the ’24 Games. The day gets started with a panel discussion involving MLS Commissioner Don Garber , U.S. Soccer President Sunil …

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Braves Open SunTrust Park To Favorable Reviews, Standing-Room Only Crowd

The Braves defeated the Padres 5-2 in the first regular-season game at SunTrust Park on Friday evening in front of a “standing-room only crowd of more than 41,000,” according to Ricky Leroux of the MARIETTA DAILY JOURNAL. It was a “historic night, marked by pregame ceremonies featurin…

ESPN/ABC, TNT See Ratings Increases For Opening Weekend Of NBA Playoffs

ABC yesterday earned a 4.4 overnight rating for the Warriors’ 121-109 win over the Trail Blazers in their Western Conference quarterfinal Game 1, up 10% from a 4.1 for last year’s comparable Cavaliers-Pistons matchup. ESPN on Saturday averaged a 2.1 rating for a tripleheader …

K.C. Masterpiece: Patriots Likely Hosting Chiefs For “TNF” Season Opener

The Patriots’ Sept. 7 opener at Gillette Stadium will “almost certainly be against the Chiefs,” according to Ben Volin of the BOSTON GLOBE. A Super Bowl rematch with the Falcons was “an option, but they are likely to open the season at home” on “SNF” to debut Mercedes-Benz Stadium ( BOSTO…