Facility NotesPublished May 23, 2012
In L.A., David Zahniser reports the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has supported AEG's proposed Farmer's Field, “issued a sharply worded critique Tuesday of environmental documents prepared for the project.” In a 16-page letter to city officials, the NRDC called on AEG “to rewrite and recirculate a recently released environmental impact report on the proposed stadium, saying it failed to fully analyze health risks created by cars that would travel to and from the 72,000-seat facility” (L.A. TIMES, 5/23).
WISHFUL THINKING: ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported boxing promoter Top Rank has talked about putting on a July 14 PPV card at Cowboys Stadium, "but now it looks like the talk is over and there won't be a show.” Originally, Top Rank Chair Bob Arum said that the card “would be headlined by Mexican star Juan Manuel Marquez.” But no deal “had been finalized with a television company to distribute the event and Marquez had no opponent.” The promoter “was talking to HBO about working on the show, and Top Rank certainly could have done it on its own, but time is running short to mount a legitimate" PPV promotion (ESPN.com, 5/22).
DECISIONS, DECISIONS: EPL club Liverpool Managing Dir Ian Ayre “insists progress is being made on a decision about the club's long-term future home with a new stadium and a redevelopment both still under consideration.” But the PA reports there is “a reluctance from owners Fenway Sports Group to move away from Anfield to a new build in Stanley Park because of the financial implications,” with an investment just over $472M “only delivering an extra 15,000 seats.” Remaining at Anfield has its own problems, however, “as expansion would infringe on the 'right to light' homeowners in the surrounding area are entitled to” (PA, 5/23).
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE: AT&T Monday announced that it has expanded its mobile Internet coverage at TD Garden by installing a new 4G LTE-capable distributed antenna system to serve customers throughout the facility. The installation consists of strategically-placed antennas, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily trafficked areas (AT&T).
Marketing and Sponsorship
Djokovic Signs Five-Year Deal With Japanese Brand Uniqlo After Leaving Sergio Tacchini
David Beckham Stars In Samsung's Olympic Ad For Galaxy Note Smartphone
Toyota Announces Contract Extensions With Three NASCAR Teams
Yeah, Baby! Nutritional Drink Follows Sponsor Albert Pujols To West Coast
Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFLPA Files Federal Collusion Charge Against NFL Due Stemming From '10 Season
NFL Votes To Require Knee, Thigh Pads By '13; NFLPA Opposes Unilateral Rule Change
David Stern Talks About NBA's In-Arena Experience, NBA TV Following Cable Show
Sources: Hunter Used Union Funds In Attempt To Overthrow Retired Players Association
Federal Mediation Group Asked To Participate In CBA Talks Between NFL, Refs
Gov. Cuomo Takes Control Of NYRA, Announces Reorganization Of Board
Warriors Have Long Road Ahead In Making New S.F. Arena A Reality
Barclays Center Cuts Parking, Scraps Plan To Offer MetroCards To Ticketholders
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Could Add More Signage To Boost Revenues
NASCAR HOF In Year Two Again Operates At Higher Losses Than City Of Charlotte Expected