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Suh wins appeal, will play against Cowboys

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 17:13
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has won his appeal of his one-game suspension, sources told ESPN.com.
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Patriots' Blount: 'Nobody can stop us but us'

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 17:08
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount expressed his confidence Tuesday that recent offensive struggles won't hold the team back in the postseason.
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Rodgers feared he had season-ending injury

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 16:07
When Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down in the first half of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, he thought his season was over.
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Jags fire OC for overloading rookie Bortles

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 14:58
The Jaguars fired offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch after two seasons in which the team finished last in scoring and 31st in total offense.
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Aggies staffer fired for striking WVU players

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 14:54
Texas A&M Aggies student assistant coach Michael Richardson issued an apology for his actions on the sideline Monday in which he struck two West Virginia players in the first half of the Aggies' 45-37 win over the Mountaineers in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl
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Zimmer supports Peterson return to Vikings

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:51
While Adrian Peterson continues to await reinstatement from the NFL and ponder his football future, his coach with the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Zimmer, said he would welcome Peterson back.
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Aggies staffer sorry for striking WVU players

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:45
Texas A&M Aggies student assistant coach Michael Richardson issued an apology for his actions on the sideline Monday in which he struck two West Virginia players in the first half of the Aggies' 45-37 win over the Mountaineers in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl
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Saban 'not really interested' in return to NFL

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:10
Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says he's "not really interested" in returning to the NFL.
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Steelers preparing, but won't rule RB Bell out

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:02
The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for their first postseason game since 2011 as if they won't have star running back Le'Veon Bell.
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GM: Browns owner didn't 'push' Manziel pick

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 12:06
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer insisted Tuesday that owner Jimmy Haslam had no influence in the selection of Johnny Manziel in the first round of the draft in May.
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Go green: Michigan to sell Harbaugh jerseys

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 12:05
Michigan Wolverines to sell No. 4 Jim Harbaugh jerseys
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Coughlin, GM Reese to return to Giants in '15

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 11:13
The New York Giants are sticking with their coach and general manager after a second straight losing season.
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Michigan introduces Harbaugh as new coach

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 11:11
It's official: Jim Harbaugh is the new coach at Michigan.
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Cavs' Irving to return after 2-game absence

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:35
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving confirmed that he'll return to action on Tuesday night after missing two games with a bruised left knee.
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A New Look at Old Venues

NASC - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:50

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is crammed with all kinds of sporting events, not the least of which is the New Year’s traditional 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, featuring hockey (Chicago and Washington) playing outdoors, this time at the Washington Nationals stadium.

The outdoor series started as a made-for-TV New Year’s tradition in 2008, and since then has become one of the most popular and most-watched NHL games of the season. It’s spurred a similar Canadian series, the NHL Heritage Classic, and has NHL teams asking to either host, or take part in the series. 

These so-called “gimmick games” aren’t anything new, but they do emphasize the point that sometimes a change of venue can give new life, and bring new fans, to any sport. Basketball has been played on aircraft carriers and on the stage at Radio City Music Hall, even outside in the desert in the dead of winter. Collegiate hockey (as well as the NHL) has been played at the “Big House” of Michigan Stadium.

Golf balls have been hit off decks and docks and tennis has been played on the top of skyscrapers (as promotional stunts); Wrigley Field and Fenway Park have been the hosts for college football games in recent years and Yankee Stadium holds the annual Pinstripe Bowl.

Don’t have a beach to host the pro volleyball tour? No problem. For the AVP stop in Cincinnati two years ago, sand was trucked into the middle of the street and bleachers were set up on the sidewalks and voila, sand volleyball!

All this is to say, don’t hesitate to look at your facilities in different ways for different uses. Several years ago when the organizers of the Las Vegas Bowl weren’t able to use the stadium’s suites for hospitality, they took the end-zone space, put up a tent, brought in lounge chairs and big-screen televisions and created their own field-level exclusive hospitality area which became even more popular than the traditional suite box.

By looking at venues with a new, creative eye, sometimes you can make an event an even more exciting experience and bring in new fans at the same time. Make 2015 the year of maximizing your venues for the best experience possible.


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Allen tosses 2 TDs as Arkansas routs Texas

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 00:07
Brandon Allen threw for 160 yards and two scores as Arkansas rolled to an easy 31-7 win over Texas in the Texas Bowl on Monday night, the Razorbacks' first bowl appearance since 2011.
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