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Financing the Olympics: are US cities up for the challenge?
Governing Magazine
A new revenue-sharing agreement with the International Olympic Committee gives the U.S. Olympic Committee a reason to be optimistic that an American city stands a serious chance at hosting the 2024 Summer Games. But in the wake of the recession, does any U.S. city even have the appetite for such an investment?
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3 more schools join 'Catholic 7'
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Butler, Creighton and Xavier will join the so-called Catholic 7 schools in the new basketball conference keeping the Big East name. Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, Marquette and DePaul left to form a new league for next season. The Catholic 7 negotiated to keep their basketball tourney in Madison Square Garden. Xavier and Butler are leaving the Atlantic 10, while Creighton departs the Missouri Valley Conference.
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College football playoff venues are determined
Yahoo Sports
College football is one game closer to securing sites for the first couple seasons of the new college football playoff. It was reported that the Rose and Sugar Bowl would host the first two semifinal games of the college football playoff on Jan. 1, 2015. The winners would advance to the national championship game on Jan. 15, 2015 at what many expect will be Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
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Tax breaks for amateur sporting events In Missouri
St. Louis Public Radio
Legislation that would provide tax breaks for amateur sporting events held in Missouri has become the first one sent to Governor Jay Nixon during the 2013 regular session. The incentives would equal about $5 per ticket sold, and they would be capped at $3 million a year.
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Should there be a Southern Crescent sports council?
Clayton News Daily
Do Clayton and Henry counties, Ga., need a regional sports council which could promote their athletic venues and access to travel infrastructure? If you ask Clayton County Parks and Recreation Director Detrick Stanford about it, he'll tell you something — whether its a sports council or some clever marketing campaign — needs to be done at least for Clayton County. "We need something to market the venues we have," said Stanford.
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Myrtle Beach, SC., sporting events bring tourists
WBTW-TV
The 17th annual Shamrock Invitational kicked off showcasing more than 50 universities. With many of the teams coming from out of state, the event not only draws attention to Coastal Carolina University, but to the city of Myrtle Beach. CCU Men's Track and Cross Country Coach Jeff Jacobs said the event grows every year, and it's gaining national recognition.
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Obstacle course craze has Floridians getting down and very dirty
The Miami Herald
Tara Wetzel was crawling on her hands and knees through mud and under sprinklers when she was zapped with one electrical shock after another — up to 10,000 volts at a time. But the stinging "Electroshock Therapy" wasn’t the worst part of the 10-mile Tough Mudder obstacle course Wetzel paid $180 to experience.
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Bowie, MD., wrestles with plan for new athletic option
The Gazette
The ice hockey rink in Bowie, MD., cannot accommodate an increase in players, city gymnasium officials say the basketball courts have been overwhelmed at times and a volleyball enthusiast says teams have trouble finding places to play. The many needs have made it difficult for leaders, who are weighing whether to add another athletic facility in the city and, if so, what type to build.
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3 more schools join 'Catholic 7'
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Butler, Creighton and Xavier will join the so-called Catholic 7 schools in the new basketball conference keeping the Big East name.

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Large-event organizers focus on dire weather threats
The Associated Press via Pocono Record
Event organizers have learned the hard way that the usual half-hour warning of severe weather might be enough for people in their homes, but it's not enough to clear people from big venues where concerts and football games are held.

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Sporting event tax incentives approved in Missouri Legislature
The Associated Press via KDSK-TV
State lawmakers are hoping that new incentives can help Missouri compete for big-time sports events.

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Gulfport to host college women's fast-pitch softball tournament in 2014
The Sun Herald
Gulfport, Miss., officials announced that the city will host The Mississippi Gulf Coast College Softball Classic next year from Feb. 28 - March 1 at the Gulfport Sportsplex. Teams from eight conferences, including the SEC, Big 12, ACC, Conference USA and Sun Belt Conference, will participate.
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