Author: Tim Newcomb

IAVM Award Winner: Russ Simons

“I must be one of the last, if not the last, person to win this award who actually worked with Joe Anzivino,” says Russ Simons, winner of the annual IAVM award for 2021.

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Despite Delay, William Hill Making Progress in D.C.

Bookmaker William Hill still plans to make the biggest — and first — sportsbook splash in a Washington, D.C., stadium or arena when conditions allow for the construction and opening of a new 365-day-a-year sportsbook inside Capital One Arena, home of the NBA’s Wizards and the NHL’s Capitals.

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Ohio School Starts From the Top on Arena

A rendering shows the rebuilt Branch Rickey Arena, set to open at the end of October. (Courtesy Ohio Wesleyan University) Wood roof stays in complete rebuild at Ohio Wesleyan University By the time Ohio Wesleyan University cuts the ribbon on a completely revamped Branch Rickey Arena, only the wood roof structure will remain.  The $4 million re-creation of the arena — the home of the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, volleyball team and wrestling team — is underway with plans for an end-of-October opening. The project will give the 44-year-old arena new flooring, bleachers, scoreboards, lights, sound, locker rooms and gathering areas. It will also add air conditioning. “This has been a long time coming,” said Doug Zipp, athletic director at the university in Delaware, Ohio, about 25 miles north of Columbus. “This has been in the works for several years, and we have been spending the last two […]

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U.S. Open Deal Just Scratches Surface for Sport Group

COURT IS IN SESSION: The Miami Open has been been using Advanced Polymer Technology’s Laykold courts since 1985. (Courtesy Advanced Polymer Technology) New role as court provider opening doors, Laykold brand says The company named the first new hard-court provider for the U.S. Open tennis tournament in 42 years sees the new exposure as an opportunity to grow. “We have been waiting for an opportunity to showcase our quality at the world’s biggest tennis tournament,” said Jim Sacco, chief operating officer of Advanced Polymer Technology, a subsidiary of sport surface specialist Sport Group that will manufacture the Laykold courts for the Open. “We are delighted to have been chosen. We are grand slam ready.”  Laykold has been around since 1956 and has been the official surface of the Miami Open since 1985, but having the opportunity to move to the U.S. Open gives Laykold and parent Sport Group the footing […]

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