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March 8, 2013
The Falcons and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have reached financial terms on a proposed new $1 billion stadium downtown to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome, officials said Thursday. Taxpayers will be on the hook for $200 million of the project's cost. Those funds will be raised by the city's hotel-motel tax, Reed said. The mayor made the announcement alongside Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal . The stadium will help the city compete for major events, including the Super Bowl, Blank said.
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February 23, 2013 | Inquirer Staff Report
Penn State will open its football season Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in New York's College Classic, the teams announced Thursday. The time of the game has not been set. The Nittany Lions and Orange have met 70 times, the second-highest total for a Penn State opponent. Penn State owns a 42-23-5 series advantage, winning the most recent games, in 2008 and 2009. The teams met every season from 1944 to 1990 but did not meet again until the 2008 game in Syracuse's Carrier Dome.
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February 20, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
PENN STATE'S Blue-White spring football game will kick off at noon on April 20. There will be no admission or parking fees for the game. Stadium parking lots will open at 8 a.m. and stadium Gates A, B, C and E will open at 10:30 a.m. The game will be shown live on the Penn State Sports Network. The traditional autograph session with the players will not be held after the Blue-White Game. The plan is to have the autograph session as part of training camp in August.  
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February 12, 2013 | Associated Press
The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a local referendum supporting their plan to have taxpayers pay for some of the costs of a planned upgrade of Sun Life Stadium, a person familiar with the discussions said Sunday. The Dolphins believe that approval of the referendum this spring by Miami-Dade County voters would help the club get financial help from the state legislature. A news conference was scheduled for Monday. Team and stadium owner Stephen Ross, who has resisted holding a referendum, apparently had a change of heart after the local delegation to Tallahassee left the stadium bill off its list of priorities for this year's session.
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February 12, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
EVEN IF VOTERS approve using tax money to help upgrade the Miami Dolphins' stadium, a deal might be contingent on the NFL awarding the 2016 Super Bowl to the city. The Dolphins confirmed Monday they've reversed their position and agreed to a referendum. A "no" vote would scuttle the plan. Should the measure pass, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said, county commissioners still ought to have final approval - and insist on assurances from the NFL that the city will host the 50th Super Bowl in 2016.
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February 12, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Norman Braman, who became a billionaire thanks to Florida car dealerships and investments in fine art and the Philadelphia Eagles, is no fan of taxes paying to upgrade Sun Life Stadium for the Miami Dolphins. "This is still welfare for a multi-billionaire. It's wrong," Braman said, according to WSVN-TV in Miami. This morning, South Florida's NFL franchise announced it would accept letting voters approve a deal that would fund $400 million worth of renovations. Supporting the deal was Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who said final OK by lawmakers should hinge on landing the 2016 Super Bowl.
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December 7, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE NFL KICKOFF could be nearing the point of no return. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league's competition committee would consider in the offseason replacing the kickoff. The league previously had moved the kickoff from the 30- to 35-yard line to cut down on violent collisions. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano suggested that instead of kickoffs, teams would have the option of punting from the 30-yard line and going for a first down in a fourth-and-15 situation. Schiano witnessed one of his players at Rutgers, Eric LeGrand, get paralyzed on a kickoff in 2010.
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December 2, 2012 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, thanking them for all they'd done before turning the gun on himself. Authorities did not release a possible motive for the killings, though police said that Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had been arguing recently. The two have a 3-month-old girl who was being cared for by family.
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October 28, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It was two hours before kickoff of Penn State's biggest game of the year, and a 17-year-old wearing a navy sweat suit weaved through a sea of white-clad fans outside Beaver Stadium. He was the biggest celebrity in sight. Fans stopped to say hello to Christian Hackenberg, the five-star quarterback orally committed to play for Penn State next season. They high-fived him. They wished him luck in his senior season at Fork Union Military Academy (Va.). They wanted to thank him for sticking with his commitment to the Nittany Lions, even through the crippling NCAA sanctions, even through Penn State's 0-2 start.
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October 21, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
IOWA CITY, Iowa - At Kinnick Stadium, the visitors' locker room is painted pink - a psychological tactic intended to calm Iowa's opponent. But nothing is soothing about this 70,000-seat venue, where the Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) will face Iowa (4-2, 2-0) Saturday at 8 p.m. The forecast calls for a Midwestern chill. Fans clad in black and yellow will heckle, cheer, and do everything they can to cool down Bill O'Brien's red-hot Lions. Penn State is riding a four-game winning streak.
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