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Michigan AD Dave Brandon To Resign, Ending Controversial Four-Year Tenure

The Univ. of Michigan Friday afternoon will announce the resignation of AD Dave Brandon, who “will not return next school year,” according to a source cited by Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com. Brandon has been “at the center of controversy all season, including the football program’s misha…

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NBA Kings Officially Begin Construction On New $477M Downtown Arena

The NBA Kings yesterday “officially kicked off construction” of their $477M downtown arena, beginning an “all-out sprint to get the arena ready for the start” of the ’16-17 NBA season, according to Kasler & Lillis of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The on-site workforce, which “totals around …

Newly Rebranded ATP Memphis Open Cuts Ticket Prices For ’15 Tourney

Memphis Open Tournament Dir Erin Mazurek said ticket prices for the recently rebranded ATP event will be reduced by 15-20% “across the board” for ’15, according to Phil Stukenborg of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL. The tourney yesterday also “unveiled its guitar pick-shaped logo.” The UST…

NBA Hires WMG Exec Malcolm Turner To Serve As New D-League President

The NBA has hired WMG Golf Division Managing Dir MALCOLM TURNER as President of the D-League. Turner will report to NBA Deputy Commissioner MARK TATUM and begin the new job Nov. 12. The 18-team D-League, which begins its ’14-15 season on Nov. 14, has direct affiliations with 17 NB…

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Global Spectrum Extends Management Agreement For Sears Centre Arena

Trustees with the Village of Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Monday “recommended a five-year extension” to Global Spectrum’s management agreement for Sears Centre Arena, according to Eric Peterson of the Chicago DAILY HERALD. Global Spectrum “has turned around the fortunes” of the facility since…

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Anheuser-Busch Marketing Exec Adam Jacobs Joins Haas F1 Team As CMO

Haas F1 named Anheuser-Busch InBev Sports Marketing Manager ADAM JACOBS CMO. Jacobs will lead brand strategy and partnership development for the team, which will make its debut in ’16 as the first American-led F1 team in 30 years. Jacobs managed A-B’s Budweiser brand in NASCAR …

Analysts: MSG Could Double In Value With Proposed Split Of Company

MSG Co. “could double in value with the proposed split of the company ,” and it “could be worth” as much as $9.7B after separation, according to analysts cited by Atkinson & Kosman of the N.Y. POST. The company closed yesterday “with a market capitalization” of $5.1B. MSG has bee…

Executive Transactions

EPL club Chelsea appointed former Liverpool Managing Dir CHRISTIAN PURSLOW as its head of global commercial activities. Purslow will “lead Chelsea’s attempt to expand their brand as they seek to become a growing force on and off the field.” He joined Liverpool in Jun…

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AdvoCare Extends FC Dallas Jersey Sponsorship Through ’20

AdvoCare has extended its “multimillion dollar jersey sponsorship” deal with FC Dallas through ’20. The sponsorship began in June ’12, making Plano-based AdvoCare the “team’s first jersey sponsor.” As part of the extension, FC Dallas “plans to unveil a new away kit in 2015 and a new home k…

Chivas USA Averages Record-Low Attendance In Possible Final Season

Chivas USA drew a crowd of 5,571 to Sunday’s season finale against the Earthquakes at StubHub Center, dropping Chivas’ season average attendance to an MLS record low of 7,062. The game “may also have marked a permanent end to the team,” with incoming owners “expected to fold th…

Glue Maker Loctite To Advertise During Super Bowl Telecast

Glue company Loctite plans to advertise during NBC’s Feb. 1 telecast of Super Bowl XLIX with a “spot at the beginning of the fourth quarter.” The ad will be the “latest installment of its less-than-a-year-old #WinAtGlue campaign from Fallon, Minneapolis.” Loctite Marketing Dir Pierre…

Last Week To Participate In The 2014 SBJ/SBD Reader Survey

One week remains for you to make your voice count, take part in the 10th annual SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Reader Survey . The survey features 100 questions across leagues, teams, facilities, sponsorship, media, and more. Some of the questions that you will find in this y…

Reports: NFL Refuting That Five Games Planned For London In ’15

The NFL is refuting a London Daily Mail report that five games will be played in London next year, according to separate tweets from both ESPN’s Darren Rovell and the N.Y. Post’s Bart Hubbuch . The Daily Mail yesterday reported NFL officials “are bullish about the demand f…

Buzzer Beaters….

F1 has given the Caterham team “permission to miss the upcoming” U.S. Grand Prix and Brazilian Grand Prix “while a buyer is sought for the cash-strapped team.” The team hopes to have a buyer before the Nov. 21-23 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ( SKYSPORTS.com, 10/24 ).

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Jerry Jones: New Rule Could Make Super Bowl Bid Problematic

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones on Friday said that it “will be difficult for the franchise to bid on a Super Bowl because of a new rule that states NFL teams that are awarded the championship game will lose a regular-season home game.” Jones on Dallas’ KRLD-FM said, “That will put a…

Judge Set To Decide On New Jersey Sports Betting Injunction

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp at 4:30pm ET Friday is scheduled to announce his decision on “whether to grant a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting .” The leagues “had asked for a te…

Make Your Opinion Count With The 2014 SBJ/SBD Reader Survey

The 10th annual SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Reader Survey is currently underway, offering an opportunity for your voice and opinion to be heard. The survey features 100 questions across leagues, teams, facilities, sponsorship, media, and more.

* What is your biggest gr…

2014 SBJ/SBD Reader Survey Seeks Your Input On Sports Business

It’s time to make your opinion known as the 10th annual SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Reader Survey is underway. The survey features 100 questions across leagues, teams, facilities, sponsorship, media, and more. Some of the questions that you will find in this year’s …

Former GMs Bill Polian, Ron Wolf Finalists For ’15 Pro Football HOF Class

A nine-member Pro Football HOF subcommittee yesterday picked former GMs BILL POLIAN and RON WOLF “as finalists” for the ’15 class, according to Tom Silverstein of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Wolf said, “Just to be considered, a possibility of getting in, my goodness. It’s one of th…

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NHL Had Recent NFL Domestic Violence Issues In Mind With Voynov Suspension

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly implied the league had recent NFL domestic incidents “on its mind” when it suspended Kings D Slava Voynov for his domestic assault arrest yesterday morning, according to Ken Campbell of THE HOCKEY NEWS. However, Daly yesterday said that it was “not the onl…

AT&T Stadium Preparing For Possible Cowboys Playoff, CFP Title Game Conflict

The Cowboys could make their “first playoff appearance” since the ’09-10 season, which “poses logistical challenges with the possibility of an NFL playoff game and the college football championship just a day or two apart on the same field,” according to Jeff Mosier of the DALLAS MORNING N…