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Fulton Homes Presents $76,500 to Suns Charities

Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker

Monday night just before tip-off of the Phoenix Suns-Memphis Grizzlies game, Fulton Homes Vice President Dennis Webb presented a $76,500 check to Suns Charities for the season-long “Proud to Own the 3-Point Zone” program. Throughout the season the Tempe-based homebuilder paid $100 each time a Suns player drained a three-point shot. Monies collected will go… Read More →

Phelps will start comeback in Mesa

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Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa on April 24-26. Bob Bowman, the swimmer’s longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Monday that Phelps… Read More →

Arizona scores NFL’s 2015 Pro Bowl

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The next Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona at the site of the Super Bowl, skipping Hawaii for the first time since 2010. The game will return to Hawaii in 2016, the NFL announced Wednesday. The 2015 game will be the third time the Pro Bowl is held in the same city as the… Read More →

Top 10 Green Collegiate Sports Initiatives

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A survey conducted from May through June 2013 by the University of Arizona Office of Sustainability and published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds that more collegiate athletic teams are adopting green and sustainable practices in operation of their sports facilities. The goal of the survey was to identify sustainability initiatives implemented in… Read More →

Spring training attendance grows

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Major League Baseball says spring training games drew a record average of 8,078 fans, up 7.3 percent from last year’s 7,527. The previous mark of 7,793 had been set in 2008. Overall attendance for 447 dates was 3,610,738, baseball’s fifth-highest total, the commissioner’s office said Tuesday. The Chicago Cubs drew 213,815 fans and an average… Read More →

Gilbert Will Host USA BMX Open House

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Representatives from the Town of Gilbert will host a second open house on April 8, from 6pm-8pm, at the Council Chambers at Town Hall, to discuss the potential partnership with USA BMX to develop a new facility in Gilbert. This open house will address the details of a potential agreement to go before Council for… Read More →

Spring Training means big business

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In 2012, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, Cactus League Association, and a coalition of municipalities that host the Cactus League funded two different studies, conducted by Elliott D. Pollack & Co. and FMR Associates of Tucson, to examine the economic impact of the Arizona Cactus League. The… Read More →

Players rally for Phoenix Suns Charities’ Jump Ball

Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker
February 24, 2014 by in Events | Featured | Nonprofit | Sports

Phoenix Suns Charities’ annual gala, THE JUMP BALL, will be headlined by a show-stopping tribute to Michael Jackson, featuring Damian Brantley, on Saturday, March 1 at Talking Stick Resort. Guests will also enjoy appearances by the entire Suns team and coaching staff, entertainment by DJ Roonie G., dinner, a silent auction and much more. The… Read More →

Ice Den Chandler Announces a $3 Million Upgrade

February 11, 2014 by in Business News | Sports

Ice Den Chandler, soon-to-be Arizona’s next premier skating venue, today announced an estimated $3 million repair, renovation and revitalization project to begin this spring at the two-rink facility recently purchased by Coyotes Ice. During the pre-purchase inspection process, it was determined that the Chandler facility, like the other Polar Ice locations, was in severe disrepair… Read More →

D-backs Announce 2014 Promotional Schedule

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February 8, 2014 by in Featured | Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today the 2014 promotional schedule, which includes six bobbleheads and more than a dozen additional promotional items and special theme nights throughout the season. The D-backs will also launch mini-plan sales at SUBWAY® D-backs FanFest today and includes options for a 10-Game Mini-Plan and Prime Seat 6-Pack. The D-backs will give… Read More →

Discount LPGA tix benefit local hospitals

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February 6, 2014 by in Business News | Events | Sports

The LPGA Founders Cup has teamed up with Scottsdale Healthcare to donate 100 percent of proceeds to charity from Good Any Day Tickets and Weekly Badges purchased through ScottsdaleHealthcareTickets.org for the LPGA Founder’s Cup, March 18-23 at Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. The charity ticket program offers a… Read More →

Mercury strike deal with Casino Arizona, Talking Stick

February 3, 2014 by in Business News | Sports

Today, the Phoenix Mercury entered into an exclusive, multi-year marquee partnership with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort that includes branding on the Mercury’s home and away jerseys. The new agreement also designates Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting sponsor of the Phoenix Mercury. The partnership was announced this morning by Mercury… Read More →

Waste Management Names Sustainability Challenge Winner

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January 30, 2014 by in Business News | Green | Sports

Waste Management (NYSE: WM) today announced that the Shell Houston Open has been named the winner of its inaugural Sustainability Challenge. In a contest that invited all PGA TOUR tournaments to detail their respective sustainable event initiatives, The Shell Houston Open received the highest ranking out of 24 tournament submissions for its cumulative score in… Read More →

Limelight Helps LiveExercise Reach Global Audience

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January 24, 2014 by in Business News | Sports | Tech

Limelight Networks (Nasdaq:LLNW), a global leader in digital content delivery, today announced that LiveExercise, the leading provider of online video at home workouts, has selected Limelight OrchestrateTM (“Orchestrate”) Video to power their online video content. LiveExercise is an online health and fitness destination dedicated to making healthy living affordable and accessible for all body types,… Read More →

D-backs Announce Most Valuable Partner Awards

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January 23, 2014 by in Business News | Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced the winners of last week’s Most Valuable Partner Awards, the unique award show designed to honor the best D-backs’ partners in a variety of categories. The awards ceremony was held at Gila River Casinos’ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino – Ovations Live! Showroom. Several D-backs players were on hand… Read More →

NFL Legend Ditka to Appear at Taste In Tempe

January 22, 2014 by in Business News | Events | Sports

Mike Ditka, NFL Hall of Famer and former NFL coach of the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, will make an exclusive appearance at the first ever Taste In Tempe, Sun., Feb. 9. Presented by CBS Radio (KMLE @ 107.9, 94.5 KOOL FM and LIVE 101.5), Tempe Center for the Arts and R Entertainment Company,… Read More →

Camelback Mountain trail reopens

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January 15, 2014 by in Business News | Sports

A popular and challenging recreation trail in Phoenix is open after a year-long renovation project. The Echo Canyon recreation area on Camelback Mountain now has twice as much parking. Other work included rerouting part of the trail and installing a permanent bathroom, a chilled drinking fountain and a shade ramada.

Fiesta Bowl executive director Shelton resigns

Fiesta Bowl, Junker Terminated
January 14, 2014 by in Business News | Sports

Robert Shelton has resigned as executive director of the Fiesta Bowl, 2½ years after he took the job amid a scandal that rocked the foundation of one of college football’s major events. Shelton said his leaving was a mutual decision by him and the bowl’s board of directors. Shelton left his post as president of… Read More →

Boot Campaign Partners with Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

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January 3, 2014 by in Featured | Nonprofit | Sports

The Boot Campaign and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series today announced a new partnership to show appreciation for troops and raise funds for military programs at the 2014 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon. A grassroots initiative which started in 2009, the Boot Campaign will become the benefiting charity of… Read More →

Bondurant joins SCCA Hall of Fame

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December 30, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

Bob Bondurant is ascending the podium once again. The legendary driver and driving educator has been elected to the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Hall of Fame, Class of 2014. He joins friend Dan Gurney and racing associates Kathy Barnes, Dr. Bob Hubbard, Jim Downing and Pete Hylton for the honor, which recognizes his… Read More →

Fulton, Suns 3-point Zone giving back

Goran Dragic, Brandon Knight

As 2013 comes to a close, the Phoenix Suns are near the top of the NBA’s Western Conference—and the U.S. Navy League and the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) have more money for the good work they do, thanks to the Suns’ sharpshooters. For more than 10 years Tempe-based Fulton Homes has partnered with… Read More →

Arizona lands 2016 championship game

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December 16, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

Arizona will host the College Football Playoff championship in 2016 and Tampa, Fla., will be the site of the 2017 title game. The conference commissioners who oversee the playoffs announced Monday their choices for the sites of the second and third championship games in the new postseason system that goes into effect next season. “This… Read More →

Phoenix Coyotes Owners Have Big Plans for the Team, Including a Name Change

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December 9, 2013 by in Sports | Video

For the first time since 2009 the Phoenix Coyotes have an owner, IceArizona. IceArizona is a group composed of several business leaders from across North America. Renaissance sports and entertainment LLC will act as managing partner of IceArizona. “It has been exhausting yet very rewarding, we are thrilled that we have been able to finally… Read More →

Sole Sports Named One of America’s Top Running Stores

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December 6, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

On December 5 at The Running Event, an industry-only trade show held in Austin, Sole Sports Running Zone was named as one of the top four running specialty store in the country in the 2013 Running Store of the Year competition. Each year, Competitor magazine and Running Insight accept public nominations to determine the 50… Read More →