Crime, Football and the N.R.A.: Takeaways From the N.Y. Governor Debate

The Democratic rivals of Gov. Kathy Hochul sought to attack her on varied issues, from the funding of a Buffalo Bills stadium to a decade-old endorsement from the N.R.A.

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Anaheim Mayor Resigns as F.B.I. Investigates Angel Stadium Deal

Mayor Harry Sidhu has not been charged, but a federal agent has accused him of providing confidential information with the hope of receiving $1 million in campaign aid.

#anaheim-calif, #baseball, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #mayors, #sidhu-harry, #stadiums-and-arenas

As A.C. Milan and Inter Return to Top, San Siro May Be Coming Down

The soccer teams that share the San Siro, which has hosted two World Cups and four European finals, want to replace it with a more modern arena. Not everyone is ready to see it go.

#architecture, #fans-persons, #inter-milan-soccer-team, #milan-italy, #milan-soccer-team, #populous, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas

The Oakland Athletics are the Loneliest Team in Baseball

With the Oakland Athletics having gutted their roster and flirted with Las Vegas, their once loyal fans appear to be in revolt.

#baseball, #kaval-dave, #oakland-calif, #oakland-athletics, #schaaf-libby-1965, #stadiums-and-arenas

How the N.F.L Learned to Like Las Vegas, Host of the Draft

After a long-held stiff arm to Las Vegas, the N.F.L. has in short order selected the city to host a Pro Bowl, a Super Bowl and a draft.

#adelson-sheldon-g, #davis-mark-1955, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football, #gambling, #las-vegas-nev, #las-vegas-raiders, #las-vegas-sands-corporation, #national-football-league, #nevada-gaming-control-board, #stadiums-and-arenas

Golden State’s Playoff Reappearance Doesn’t Quite Feel Like Old Times

The heart of the roster — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — is back in the N.B.A. playoffs, a world away from Oakland, the team’s soul.

#basketball, #chase-center-san-francisco-calif, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #las-vegas-raiders, #national-basketball-assn, #oakland-calif, #oakland-athletics, #playoff-games, #san-francisco-calif, #stadiums-and-arenas, #thompson-klay

Taxpayers Shoulder Costs for $1.4 Billion Stadium. Buffalo Bills Fans Cheer.

Critics have savaged the deal, which would use $850 million in state and local funds. But many in the city say keeping the Bills in Buffalo is good for civic pride.

#buffalo-ny, #buffalo-bills, #fans-persons, #hochul-kathleen-c, #national-football-league, #politics-and-government, #seneca-indians, #stadiums-and-arenas

What to Know About 2022 World Cup Travel to Qatar

Tickets are on sale for the world’s most popular sporting event, but concerns over worker exploitation and laws against homosexuality have complicated the decision to attend for some fans.

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New York Toughens Bail Law in $220 Billion Budget Agreement

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first budget also includes more than a billion dollars in child care funding, a green light for three casinos and a return of to-go drinks.

#bail, #budgets-and-budgeting, #buffalo-bills, #child-care, #democratic-party, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #stadiums-and-arenas

Buffalo Bills Strike Deal for Taxpayer-Funded $1.4 Billion Stadium

The agreement calls for $850 million in New York State and local funding, the largest taxpayer contribution ever for a National Football League facility.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #buffalo-ny, #buffalo-bills, #building-construction, #erie-county-ny, #football, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #stadiums-and-arenas

An English Soccer Team’s Existential Crisis: Is It Really in Wales?

The English soccer club Chester F.C. postponed a game after Welsh health officials claimed authority over its home. In an era when once loose British borders are stratifying, a curiosity may become a crisis.

#chester-fc-soccer-team, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #english-football-assn, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #wales

Hochul Unveiled a Sweeping Vision for New York. Now Comes the Hard Part.

After laying out her priorities in the State of the State address, Gov. Kathy Hochul must now work with the Legislature to back her with funding and new laws.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #democratic-party, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #stadiums-and-arenas, #state-legislatures, #state-of-the-state-message-nys

From a Burger King to a Concert Hall, With Help From Frank Gehry

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s ambitious new home for its youth orchestra is the latest sign of the changing fortunes of Inglewood.

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The Arizona Coyotes and Their Long Journey to Nowhere

The N.H.L.’s least valuable franchise, and its 26-season headache, won’t have a home as of June 30 after the City of Glendale said it would end their agreement.

#arizona, #arizona-coyotes, #finances, #glendale-ariz, #hockey-ice, #meruelo-alex, #national-hockey-league, #phoenix-ariz, #stadiums-and-arenas

Bob Blitz Held the NFL to Task Over the Rams’ Relocation

How an N.F.L. insider turned into St. Louis’s best weapon against the league in the battle over the Rams’ relocation.

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NFL to Settle Lawsuit Over Rams’ Departure for $790 Million

Rams owner Stanley Kroenke is expected to pay the entire amount, ending the four-year court battle over the team’s move to Los Angeles in 2016.

#football, #kroenke-stan, #las-vegas-raiders, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-chargers, #los-angeles-rams, #national-football-league, #nixon-jay, #st-louis-mo, #stadiums-and-arenas, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Win Or Lose, the Knicks and Lakers Are Worth Billions

Sports franchise valuations are guesses, with few data points for comparison. But prestige franchises like these can defy all calculations.

#basketball, #cuban-mark, #los-angeles-lakers, #madison-square-garden, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #stadiums-and-arenas

Islanders Are Finally Home Sweet Home

The N.H.L. team lost its first game at the new $1.1-billion UBS Arena but they lost in style. The seats are comfy, the concourses spacious and the bathrooms big and numerous enough that fans won’t miss any goals.

#belmont-park, #fans-persons, #hockey-ice, #nassau-coliseum, #new-york-islanders, #stadiums-and-arenas, #ubs-arena-elmont-ny

N.H.L. Partnership With Chemical Company Leaves Environmental Watchdogs Cold

A new report accuses the league of using its N.H.L. Green program to promote refrigerants that will contribute to global warming.

#chemours-company, #global-warming, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #ozone, #stadiums-and-arenas

Why Crypto.com Is Putting Its Name on the Staples Center

What’s Crypto.com, which is paying $700 million for the naming rights to the sports venue?

#advertising-and-marketing, #anschutz-entertainment-group, #bitcoin-currency, #computers-and-the-internet, #crypto-com, #entrepreneurship, #kris-marszalek, #los-angeles-calif, #stadiums-and-arenas, #staples-center, #virtual-currency

L.A.’s Staples Center will be renamed Crypto.com Arena.

The rebranding, which will take effect on Christmas Day, is the latest example of a company at the center of a technology boom paying to rename a well-known sports arena.

#los-angeles-calif, #names-organizational, #stadiums-and-arenas, #staples-center

After Islanders End 13-Game Road Trip, a New Home Arena Awaits

The team will play its first game at its new home, UBS Arena, on Saturday against Calgary, nearly six weeks after the N.H.L. season began.

#elmont-ny, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #stadiums-and-arenas, #trotz-barry, #ubs-arena-elmont-ny

Will Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena Make Good on Its Promise?

The operators of Climate Pledge Arena, home to the N.H.L.’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken, plan to reduce and offset its entire planet-warming footprint. They still have a lot to prove.

#amazon-com-inc, #energy-efficiency, #fans-persons, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hockey-ice, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #seattle-wash, #seattle-kraken, #stadiums-and-arenas, #sustainable-living

The Hidden Gem of Sports Travel: USMNT Away

Hitting the road for a World Cup qualifier might be one of the most unsung fan experiences in U.S. sports. Expansion of the tournament might change it forever.

#confederation-of-north-central-american-and-caribbean-association-football-concacaf, #fans-persons, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-mens-national-soccer-team, #world-cup-soccer, #world-cup-2022-soccer

I Had a Chance to Travel Anywhere. Why Did I Pick Spokane?

After 18 months of pandemic parenting isolation, the writer Jon Mooallem knew just where the cure might lie: a minor-league baseball game in eastern Washington.

#baseball, #colorado-rockies, #fans-persons, #mascots, #minor-leagues, #native-americans, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #spokane-wash, #stadiums-and-arenas, #travel-and-vacations

A New Kind of Homecoming All Over College Football

After the disruptions of 2020, teams from coast to coast are playing in their own stadiums for the first time since 2019.

#albuquerque-nm, #colleges-and-universities, #fans-persons, #football-college, #stadiums-and-arenas, #university-of-new-mexico

Settling Scores at a Fist-Fighting Festival in the Peruvian Andes

Each year on Dec. 25, thousands of locals gather in the town of Santo Tomás — dressed in elaborate costumes — to dance, drink and duke it out.

#andes-mountains, #boxing, #peru, #stadiums-and-arenas, #travel-and-vacations, #women-and-girls

Why a Vote This Tuesday Could Force the Athletics Out of Oakland

A vote on Tuesday could be the final straw that pushes the Athletics out of Oakland. For a nomadic team that has moved twice before, everything old is new again.

#baseball, #kaval-dave, #las-vegas-nev, #oakland-calif, #oakland-athletics, #stadiums-and-arenas

Minor League Parks, Stripped of America’s Pastime, Await New Fates

A reorganization by Major League Baseball has left 40 municipalities seeking long-term solutions for their abandoned stadiums.

#atlantic-league, #baseball, #hagerstown-md, #hagerstown-suns, #major-league-baseball, #minor-leagues, #real-estate-commercial, #stadiums-and-arenas, #staten-island-nyc, #staten-island-yankees

At Euro 2020, a Riot of Color After a Protest Is Barred

When Euro 2020 organizers blocked a Pride display at a soccer stadium in Munich, arenas in other cities silently rallied to the cause.

#bayern-munich-soccer-team, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #union-of-european-football-assns-uefa

Munich Wanted to Light Its Stadium in a Pride Rainbow. European Soccer Said No.

The lighting plan was meant as a statement against a new law in Hungary, whose team is taking on Germany on Wednesday. UEFA said the request was too political.

#bavaria-germany, #discrimination, #fans-persons, #german-bundesliga, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #munich-germany, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #union-of-european-football-assns-uefa

At the French Open Grounds, a Guided Tour of Change

A tennis writer has watched Roland Garros evolve and grow for 30 years, for better or worse.

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N.B.A. Fans Wanted a Show. They’re Also Getting a Reckoning.

The entertainment of the playoffs has been coupled with a pressing message from players that fans have disrespected them for too long.

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Ugly N.B.A. Fan Behavior Is Back With Popcorn Toss and Spitting Incident

Inappropriate behavior by fans toward Washington’s Russell Westbrook and Atlanta’s Trae Young has highlighted a pitfall in the return to packed arenas for the playoffs.

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The Biggest Dance Show in Town? At a Brooklyn Nets Game

Since February, the Brooklynettes have performed live at Barclays Center to crowds that are smaller than usual — but huge for dance.

#barclays-center-brooklyn-ny, #basketball, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-nets, #brooklynettes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #long-criscia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #singh-asha-1990, #stadiums-and-arenas

The Sandwich Economics of the Masters and Augusta National

Experts say $1.50 pimento cheese sandwiches are not just about hospitality. Instead, they are a low-cost way to cultivate one of the biggest brands in American sports.

#augusta-ga, #augusta-national-golf-club, #golf, #local-food, #masters-golf-tournament, #payne-billy, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sandwiches, #stadiums-and-arenas

Champions Crowned, N.C.A.A. Returns to Its Pre-Covid Problems

If anything, the coronavirus pandemic only deferred, highlighted or exacerbated the issues confronting college sports.

#basketball-college, #baylor-university, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #emmert-mark, #gonzaga-university, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-women, #stadiums-and-arenas, #vanderveer-tara

The Rangers Play Baseball in Front of a Packed House

Playing without capacity restrictions for their home opener, Texas hosted the largest American sports crowd of the pandemic.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #baseball, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #texas-rangers, #toronto-blue-jays

Biden Says He Would Support Moving All-Star Game Over Georgia Voting Law

In an interview on ESPN, President Biden discussed the restrictions passed by the state’s Republicans last week and encouraged baseball fans to abide by social-distancing protocols.

#baseball, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #espn, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

N.C.A.A. Tournament: Same Courts, Same Game, New Emptiness

The coronavirus pandemic means that some of the spirit of March Madness is notably missing from the self-contained tournament in Indiana.

#basketball-college, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indianapolis-ind, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #stadiums-and-arenas

Man Says He Lived in Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium for Years

Several people corroborated parts of the account of Tom Garvey, a Vietnam veteran and former stadium employee who described his “secret apartment” in a recent book.

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Yankees, Mets Get Permission to Open Stadiums to 20 Percent Capacity

Both teams will be permitted to operate their stadiums at 20 percent of capacity, expanding New York’s reintroduction of spectators at sports events.

#baseball, #cohen-steven-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fauci-anthony-s, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #stadiums-and-arenas, #steinbrenner-hal, #stroman-marcus-1991

Nets and Knicks Welcome Back Fans for First Time

The Nets and the Knicks were the first teams to take advantage of New York’s relaxed rules on attendance at sporting events. It was … different, but also a welcome bit of normalcy.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #harden-james, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #stadiums-and-arenas

N.C.A.A. Basketball Tournaments Will Welcome Fans After All

Some epidemiologists say it’s a bad idea, because the games will attract people from all over the country to Indianapolis and San Antonio, the cities that will host every game of the men’s and women’s tournaments.

#basketball-college, #college-athletics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hinkle-fieldhouse, #indianapolis-ind, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-women, #san-antonio-tex, #stadiums-and-arenas

Indoor Dining Resumes in N.Y.C.

In the coming weeks, New Yorkers will also be able to return to sports arenas and attend larger weddings across the state.

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Maskless Crowds Gather in Tampa After Super Bowl Win

At least one police officer appeared to get knocked to the ground as a large group of fans shoved each other in the city, a video showed.

#football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #raymond-james-stadium-tampa-fla, #stadiums-and-arenas, #super-bowl, #tampa-fla, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

Behind the Scenes at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Putting on a Super Bowl halftime show is always a mammoth undertaking. The pandemic introduces many more logistical puzzles.

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A ‘Super’ N.F.L. Playoff Weekend Is Missing Something. Can You Guess What?

No, not Tom Brady. He made it. But the pandemic is forcing teams to keep large numbers of fans away.

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In Pasadena, Moving the Rose Bowl Makes For Unusual Rancor

The Rose Bowl moved to Texas from California to accommodate fans. But in Pasadena, city officials worried the maneuver could threaten its long-held ties to the game.

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Conservationists Cry Foul After Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence Put at Risk

The Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence is considered a seminal example of 20th-century architecture. But the new American owner of the soccer team there says it no longer does its job.

#architecture, #commisso-rocco-b, #fiorentina-soccer-team, #florence-italy, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #stadiums-and-arenas