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Jersey ads lead to controversy in NBA, as WNBA profits

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The four major professional sports leagues have shied away from placing sponsored advertisers on players’ jerseys but the Women’s National Basketball Association has capitalized on the practice since 2011. And the NBA will soon follow the WNBA’s example. The revenue-generating move helps a league struggling to grow a fan base: game attendance is half that… Read More →

Arizona becoming training ground for Olympic hopefuls

Matti Harrison is training at the Phoenix Swim Club for the Olympic Swimming Trials in July. (Photo by Nicole Vitale/ Cronkite News)

The state of Arizona is no stranger to Olympians. A string of athletes from the state has pursued the Olympic dream and made it a reality. But they have done so outside of Arizona. Gymnast Kerri Strug left the state to train with Bela Karolyi in Texas and went on to win gold in 1996.… Read More →

Skepticism and excitement in Tucson over potential hockey team

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Hockey in the desert may be continuing to grow. On Tuesday, the Arizona Coyotes announced plans to purchase their American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, and move the team from Massachusetts to Tucson, pending approval of the league’s board of governors. The announcement said the relocated team would play at the Tucson Convention Center,… Read More →

Phoenix Final Four countdown clock debuts

Dan Lewis, Co-Chair of the Phoenix Final Four, JoAn Scott, Managing Director of the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship, Debbie Johnson, Co-Chair of the Phoenix Final Four, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego, Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring, Tempe Vice Mayor Corey Woods, and Dawn Rogers, Executive Director and CEO of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee.

With 345 days and counting until the tip-off of the 2017 NCAA Final Four, the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee (PLOC), Governor Doug Ducey, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, several other elected officials from the Phoenix Metropolitan area unveiled the official countdown clock Thursday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The clock will mark the days, hours and minutes until… Read More →

Stanton wants new arena for Suns and Coyotes

VCU, Butler, UConn and Kentucky will play in Houston this weekend for the NCAA basketball Final Four. Winners continue to the National Championship game

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announced plans to pursue a path to find a new home for the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and the Phoenix Coyotes while abstaining from raising taxes for a new sports arena at his State of the City address, Tuesday. The Suns ownership recently informed the Mayor that they will be searching… Read More →

Could downtown Phoenix survive without D-backs?

The Arizona Diamondbacks have called Chase Field home since 1998. (Photo By Blake Benard/Cronkite News)

Call it the Arizona Diamondbacks effect. Eighteen years ago the major league baseball team moves into new stadium digs, known as cutting edge for its retractable roof and acknowledged as an economic magnet for the businesses built on blocks surrounding the facility in downtown Phoenix. The team, whose downtown neighbors include the Phoenix Suns pro… Read More →

Final Four organizing committee hires staff

VCU, Butler, UConn and Kentucky will play in Houston this weekend for the NCAA basketball Final Four. Winners continue to the National Championship game

Four staff members have been hired by the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee (PLOC), which is collaborating with the NCAA to host the 2017 Phoenix Final Four. “We’ve put together a strong team with experience executing major sporting events in Arizona,” PLOC Executive Director and CEO Dawn Rogers said. “There is much work to be done… Read More →

College Football Playoff has $273.6M economic impact

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The 2016 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship generated $273.6 million in economic impact, highest among Arizona’s eight college football title games, according to a study by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. An estimated 65,401 visitors came to Arizona for the 2016 College Football Playoff… Read More →

Diamondbacks have the lowest Fan Cost Index in MLB

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have the lowest Fan Cost Index ($132.10) in Major League Baseball for the 10th consecutive season in a row, according to a Team Marketing Report. The D-backs finished almost $88 below the industry average of $219.53. The Fan Cost Index is a representative look at the costs for a family of four… Read More →

Could the Diamondbacks leave Chase Field?

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Maricopa County denied the Arizona Diamondback’s relief request from a provision in the team’s contract that hinders the team from seeking new stadium options until four years before the contract expires. Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, expressed his frustrations Thursday at a press conference after the dispute between the team and… Read More →

AAED will discuss economic impact of Final Four

VCU, Butler, UConn and Kentucky will play in Houston this weekend for the NCAA basketball Final Four. Winners continue to the National Championship game

Dawn Rogers, executive director and CEO of the Phoenix Final Four Local Organizing Committee, will be the keynote speaker at the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s (AAED) March luncheon.  It will be held on March 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix. Rogers will discuss how Arizona earned… Read More →

SRP will supply green energy for football title game

University of Phoenix Stadium, Photo: Flickr, Ken Lund

The College Football National Championship game between Alabama and Clemson will be powered by green energy provided by the Salt River Project, in support of the Arizona organizing Committee. The electricity needed to power the College Football Playoff National Championship, at the University of Phoenix Stadium, will be from 100 percent renewable energy resources to… Read More →

SRP planting thousands of trees to honor Cardinals

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To celebrate the Arizona Cardinals winning the NFC West division, and earning a record-breaking 58 touchdowns the Salt River Project is going to plan 5,800 trees in an effort to restor Arizona National Forests destroyed by fire. In the last three seasons, SRP pledged to fund the planting of 100 Ponderosa Pine trees for every… Read More →

Arizona looks for economic boost from sports

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Sports

The College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 11 is the next in a line of major sporting events coming to Arizona that has the potential for both short- and long-term financial benefits for the state, analysts and backers say. But while Super Bowl XLIX brought in over $700 million for the local economy, according… Read More →