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Andy Markham will chair WM Phoenix Open

Golfers practice Monday at TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Photo by Albert Gossie

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, have named Andy Markham Tournament Chairman for the 2017 edition of “The Greatest Show on Grass”, which will be played January 30 – February 5, 2017, at TPC Scottsdale.  Additionally, The Thunderbirds announced that Carlos Sugich has been named Assistant… Read More →

WNBA turns 20, players keep eye on league growth

The Phoenix Mercury selected guard Diana Taurasi with the first overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft. (Photo courtesy Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Twenty seasons. Many doubted the WNBA would be around that long when the women’s professional basketball league began play in 1997. “In the beginning, a lot of people didn’t take women’s basketball seriously,” Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner said. “They thought it was a joke.” But the league’s early stars gave it credibility, and this year, the… Read More →

Carson Palmer, and other celebs at Calais Campbell’s charity tournament

Calais Campbell with Governor Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community, who hosted Campbell’s golf tournament at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler. (Photo by Mike Boylan/Cronkite News)

When Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden entered the NFL last year, veteran Calais Campbell helped guide the rookie through his first season and provided the support any young athlete might need. Golden returned the favor of support Friday, as did many of Campbell’s other Cardinals teammates, joining the defensive end at his fourth annual Celebrity… Read More →

Shea Homes partners with Arizona Cardinals

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Shea Homes Arizona announced that it has signed on for the 2016-17 season by the Arizona Cardinals. This will be the second consecutive season the homebuilder is taking on the role of Proud Partner of the Arizona Cardinals. “The fit between Shea Homes and the Arizona Cardinals is truly a perfect match,” said Ken Peterson, vice… Read More →

Golf Classic will help TGen cancer research

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The 14th annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic — a multi-million-dollar fundraising spectacular supporting pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) — is set for Aug. 27-29. More than 250 golfers and guests are expected at this three-day event, which features a Saturday night baseball game at historic Fenway Park, a Sunday gala dinner… Read More →

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 →