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Diamondbacks surpass $50 million in charitable giving

The Arizona Diamondbacks and their charitable arm, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, surpassed $50 million in charitable giving since their inception in 1998, it was announced tonight at the annual Evening on the Diamond at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Of that $50 million, 80 percent has been donated in just the last 11 years.… Read More →

Mark Grace will be D-backs analyst for FOX Sports Arizona

Whether during his days as a player, coach or television analyst, Mark Grace is one of the most popular personalities in Arizona Diamondbacks history. Now, fans will get to enjoy him even more as he will be joining FOX Sports Arizona as the network’s new “D-backs Live” pre and post game show analyst, FOX Sports… Read More →

County on Diamondbacks: ‘We’re not sure what they’re after’

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Sports

Maricopa County is unclear on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ end goal in their ongoing dispute over Chase Field. “We’re hoping to sit down and go over what exactly it is (the Diamondbacks) want,” Maricopa County Public Information Officer Fields Mosley told Cronkite News Friday. “We’re not sure what they’re after.” In the latest development in a… Read More →

Arizona Coyotes arena in Tempe? Not happening

Arizona Coyotes arena

The plan to build a proposed Arizona Coyotes arena in Tempe, near Tempe Marketplace, has been killed. On Friday, ASU released a statement saying that is has no intention of signing a development agreement, an option to lease, or any other agreement with the Coyotes. ASU did not give a reason for why it has… Read More →

Phoenix could be home for MLS expansion team

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Major League Soccer (MLS) has invited Phoenix Rising FC to submit an application for an MLS Expansion Team franchise following a meeting between MLS executives and Phoenix Rising FC owners last Friday in New York City. Phoenix joins a list of at least ten other cities competing for two MLS expansion team franchises that may… Read More →

You can hear the dribble now: Final Four closing in on first Valley visit

by in AZ Business Magazine | Sports

There’s a skill that’s important both in playing basketball and in hosting major sports events. Being nimble. And thus Arizona leaders and event organizers feel confident they are as prepared as possible to host the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four for the first time. As Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton pointed out today, championship events regularly… Read More →

Scottsdale-based fantasy sports company thrives despite legal challenges

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Sports

The popularity of daily fantasy sports games is exploding across the country, but Arizona residents are among those who have been left out of the action. Arizona is one of five states in which pay-to-play fantasy games are considered a form of illegal gambling. However, that hasn’t stopped Scottsdale-based Head2Head Sports from providing such games… Read More →

Arizona Sports Complex announces merger

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Arizona Sports Complex, which currently offers recreational soccer leagues for all ages starting as young as three-years-old, announced a merger deal with Future Starts International Enterprises. Together, the two youth related sports entities will be focusing efforts to provide new opportunities for children throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. Arizona Sports Complex (ASC) currently focuses efforts… Read More →

Fiesta Bowl will now be PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Playstation Fiesta Bowl

As part of an agreement with ESPN, the Fiesta Bowl has named PlayStation its new title sponsor. This year, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will be a College Football Playoff (CFP) Semifinal game played Saturday, December 31, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. “The Fiesta Bowl is pleased to partner with PlayStation to present… Read More →

Suns bring young talent and excitement into new season

by in AZ Business Magazine | Sports

The Phoenix Suns showcase one of the NBA’s youngest teams this season behind 19-year-old star Devin Booker. Booker was recently voted by the NBA’s General Managers as the player most likely to have a breakout season. Former Los Angeles Lakers ball boy, Time Warner Cable employee and current Blaze Radio NBA host, Eliav Gabay, shares… Read More →

Bank of Hope will sponsor Scottsdale LPGA event

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Bank of Hope, the largest Korean-American bank in the United States, announced its partnership with the LPGA as the title sponsor for the newly renamed Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Teaming up with LPGA, Bank of Hope has agreed to a three-year deal as title sponsor of the Phoenix event. The tournament will feature a full field… Read More →

Turf Paradise has an economic impact of $91M, study finds

Turf Paradise

A study, recently released by economist Dr. Margaret Ray of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia found that Turf Paradise Race Course generates an annual economic impact of $91 million to the state of Arizona. Since its establishment in 1956 as Arizona’s first sports franchise, Turf Paradise has continually been ranked among the… Read More →

Misty Hyman partners with CAP for Lake Mead campaign

Misty Hyman

Central Arizona Project has joined forces with an Olympic gold medal winner to promote its latest public awareness campaign. Misty Hyman, the former competitive swimmer and world record holder who captured a gold medal in the women’s 200-meter butterfly at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, will be a featured face and voice for “Project… Read More →

Arizona cyclist wins gold after hip replacement

Karl Baumgart, a 44-year-old Scottsdale resident and cycling competitor, won a national championship, four silver medals, and the overall “Best All Around Rider” award at the 2015 USA Masters Track National Championship. Just six weeks later, Karl continued on winning two silver medals at the 2015 Masters World Track Championships. These accolades were earned just… Read More →