Friday, May 30, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmar buys L.A. Clippers from embattled owner Donald Sterling for a record 2 Billion.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Inagural College Football Championship

The College Football Championship Game is the official name for the new college football championship game of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The renaming of the national championship game is part of the establishment of the College Football Playoff that will begin at the end of the 2014 college football season. Under the prior Bowl Championship Series format, the game was known as the BCS National Championship Game. Under the older Bowl Alliance and Bowl Coalition systems, the championship game simply used the name of the bowl game in which it was played. The participants in the title game will be the winners of two semifinal games between the nation's top four teams, as chosen by the College Football Playoff selection committee. This will mark the first time that the top-level NCAA football championship has been determined by a bracket competition.
The location of each year's championship game will be determined by the playoff group's leaders, which considers bids to host the event from various cities and then makes a final selection, in a similar fashion to the Super Bowl or the Final Four. When announcing it was soliciting bids for the 2016 and 2017 title games, playoff organizers noted that the bids must propose host stadiums with a capacity of at least 65,000 spectators. Leaders say the championship game will be held in a different city each year, and cities cannot host both a semifinal game and the title game in the same year. AT&T Stadium, an NFL stadium in Arlington, Texas, was chosen to host the first game on January 12, 2015.
The winner of the game will be awarded a new championship trophy instead of the "crystal football", which has been given by the American Football Coaches Association since 1986; officials wanted a new trophy that was unconnected with the previous BCS championship system. The new College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy will be sponsored by Dr Pepper, which paid an estimated $35 million for the sponsorship rights through 2020.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN through 2026.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Super Bowl LII headed to Minnesota

If you build it, the NFL will come.
Next four Super Bowl locations
Feb. 2015ArizonaUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
Feb. 2016San FranciscoLevi's Stadium
Feb. 2017HoustonReliant Stadium
Feb. 2018MinnesotaNew Minnesota Stadium
Keeping with the tradition of rewarding teams with new stadiums, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that Minnesota was awarded the right to host Super Bowl LII.
After four rounds of voting, the league's owners selected Minnesota by a simple majority over New Orleans. Indianapolis finished third in the selection process.
Minneapolis will boast a brand-new, $1 billion stadium in advance of the 2018 game.
The 52nd Super Bowl is the second for the city of Minneapolis, which hosted Super Bowl XXVI at the recently demolished Metrodome in 1992.
There is a precedent for NFL owners returning to a cold-weather city -- Detroit hosted two Super Bowls, most recently after opening Ford Field for Super Bowl XL. Having a dome helped Minneapolis' cause.
One reason behind the league giving the nod to Minnesota is the nearly $500 million in public money going toward the team's new facility. The NFL likes to reward cities that invest in new stadiums.
The city also plans to pour money into downtown upgrades in advance of the Super Bowl.
The Vikings will play the next two seasons at the University of Minnesota while their state-of-the-art stadium is built on the former site of the Metrodome. The new field is set to open in 2016, giving the city plenty of time to work out any kinks in advance of the 2018 Super Bowl.
For fans concerned about cold weather in the Twin Cities, the Minnesota bid committee pointed out that there are eight miles of skyways.
The potential frigid conditions might bother some fans. NFL owners clearly don't share those concerns. Weather is fickle. We've had ice storms and snow at Super Bowls in Atlanta and Dallas, while it was downright pleasant at MetLife Stadium back in February.
In 2018, the Vikings and Minneapolis will proudly show off their new stadium to the world.

Monday, May 19, 2014

2 Weeks To Go For 2018 Super Bowl Hopeful Cities

The three cities vying to host the 2018 Super Bowl entered the home stretch Wednesday.
Organizers in Indianapolis and Minneapolis held news conferences to say they had formally distributed their bids to the 32 team owners, though neither group was willing to provide many specifics to the public. New Orleans organizers were even quieter.

With a May 20 vote looming, nobody wanted to give away any secret strategies.

''It's a very competitive process,'' Indy bid chairwoman Allison Melangton said. ''We've got 13 days to go and we want to take every competitive advantage we've got.''

Sorting out this contest could be a tough one for the owners.

Minneapolis will have a brand new stadium by 2018 and is hoping to join the long list of cities that invested hundreds of millions of dollars in shiny, new facilities. The NFL has frequently rewarded those cities, including Dallas, Indy and New York, with Super Bowls, though not always on the city's first bid. Minneapolis last hosted the 1992 Super Bowl.

New Orleans will build its pitch around the fact it has hosted 10 Super Bowls, tied for the most with Miami, and would like the NFL's title game to be a prominent feature in the city's 2018 tricentennial celebration. When the city last hosted the game, in 2013, a blackout caused a 34-minute delay of the game between Baltimore and San Francisco.

Indianapolis had the fewest problems of any recent host and the 2012 game was widely praised by fans, media and league officials with only one major complaint - not enough downtown hotel rooms. Indy organizers noted in their 900-page bid that two more large downtown hotels could be completed in time for the game.

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PGA, Trump Announce Major Partnership

The PGA of America announced today that it has entered a new partnership with The Trump Organization, selecting Trump National Golf Club -- Bedminster, N.J. as the site of the 2022 PGA Championship and Trump National Golf Club -- Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Va., as the site of the 2017 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

In August 2022, Trump National Golf Club -- Bedminster will host the 104th PGA Championship, which will mark the third New Jersey course to host a PGA Championship and the Championship's fourth overall visit to the state. The 78th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid in May 2017 at Trump National Golf Club -- Washington, D.C., will be the first time the most historic and prestigious championship in senior golf will be conducted in Virginia.

"The PGA of America is excited to begin a new chapter of major championship history by taking two of our premier championships to venues that bear the Trump label of excellence," said PGA President Ted Bishop. "Mr. Trump understands what it means to present both the finest venues in golf and an unforgettable experience for both our fans and the greatest players in the game. We look forward to having these exceptional sites identify a major champion in the PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid."

Donald J. Trump is chairman and president of The Trump Organization, which owns 16 world-class golf properties throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East, not including the spectacular Trump National Doral, the 800-acre facility that Mr. Trump has just rebuilt.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Book 2015 spots sooner, than later!

This year was one of the best Derby events yet!  Availability for 2015 is
limited and now is the time to book to secure the best deals and get your
pick at a ticket location! 

Other hot events for 2015: 
College Football Championship Game, Arlington TX
Super Bowl XLIX, Glendale AZ
Final Four, Indianapolis IN
Masters, Augusta GA

Who plans on coming to one of these events next year?