Author: Deborah Speer

A New Arena Filler: Representative Democracy

HAWKS VOTE YES: State Farm Arena showed off its voting setup at a media preview July 17. (Courtesy Fulton County) NBA venues and teams stepping up to take on Election Day responsibilities While arenas and, in some cities, polling stations are shut down as the 2020 primary and general elections ramp up, several venues and local governments have worked together to open up voting centers in at least five cities. State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Detroit and Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, plus Charlotte’s Spectrum Center, Bank of America Stadium and Bojangles’ Coliseum, have confirmed they will open facilities for voting assistance while Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee is working out a plan with the help of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and his More Than a Vote advocacy group. In Atlanta, where would-be voters were reported to have stood in lines for […]

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Packman New General Counsel at MSG Entertainment

Scott Packman now manages the legal affairs team at MSG Entertainment. (Courtesy MSG Entertainment) Scott Packman stepped into the role of executive vice president and general counsel at Madison Square Garden Entertainment on Wednesday. Packman, with more than 25 years of legal experience, will oversee and direct all of MSG Entertainment’s legal affairs. The move was announced Monday. Packman will work with the MSG Entertainment executive management team to support the long-term direction and overall management of the company, according to a statement. He’ll be responsible for managing the company’s legal affairs team, including all corporate, commercial, transactional, litigation, regulatory and day-to-day legal matters, and will report to Jim Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of MSG Entertainment. “His expertise and insights will be an asset as we continue to grow our Company, including through our state-of-the-art MSG Sphere venues,” Dolan said in the statement. Packman joins MSG Entertainment as the next […]

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Indie Venues Form Group, Hire Lobbying Firm

Post Malone performs in 2018 at Exit/In in Nashville, one of the nearly 450 venues that had become members of the National Independent Venues Association as of Friday. (Getty Images) D.C. firm Akin Gump will push issues for National Independent Venues Association Within two days, nearly 450 independent venues had signed on as members of the newly formed National Independent Venues Association, a trade association that has hired a major Washington, D.C., lobbyist and plans to lobby the federal government for economic relief because of the coronavirus pandemic. The association, which came out of a loose group spearheaded by Independent Venue Week and Marauder’s Rev. Moose, has hired powerhouse lobbying firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to represent the group on Capitol Hill. It has received donations from See Tickets, Lyte and other companies to facilitate that effort. “NIVA came out of a Independent Venue Week town hall that took […]

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