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September 27, 2012

Panthers fans invited to join Yormark on charity rides

Florida Panthers COO Michael Yormark invites fans to join him in peddling for charity on his daily Red Heart Rides benefiting the American Heart Association.

Yormark began riding 40 miles each weekday on a stationary bike at the Panthers’ JetBlue Training Facility in Coral Springs – 20 miles in the morning, 20 at noon or in the afternoon – to raise $30,000 for the AHA’a Broward Heart Ball Campaign leading up to the Panthers’ scheduled regular-season opener on Oct. 13.

Supporters can donate $25 to sponsor a mile, or $100 to ride with Yormark for a session. All contributors will be acknowledged through social media and online updates, and ride participants will receive breakfast or lunch, two tickets to Panthers Opening Night and an “I Love Panthers Hockey” merchandise kit (proceeds from the kit go to the Florida Panthers Foundation).

All proceeds will go directly to the American Heart Association. Supporters wishing to contribute can log on to: www.heart.org/flpanthersredheartride

Those who want to ride should contact Roman Gorodetskiy at gorodetskiyr@floridapanthers.com

Yormark is on the Executive Leadership Team for the 2013 American Heart Association Broward Heart Ball, which will take place on April 20.

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Miami Marlins to give Greenberg long-awaited at-bat

Adam Greenberg will finally get his major league at-bat.

The Marlins announced Thursday that they have signed the former prospect to a one-day contract so he can bat in Tuesday’s game against the Mets at Marlins Park.

Greenberg, 31, made his major league debut on July 9, 2005 with the Cubs vs. the Marlins but was hit in the back of his head by a pitch from Valerio De Los Santos in his only plate appearance. He never made it back to the majors, though he recently played for Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualifying rounds, walking in his only plate appearance.

“I’m extremely proud to extend this opportunity to Adam,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a statement. “He has earned this chance as his love and passion for the game never diminished, despite his career tragically being cut short. I look forward to seeing Adam step up to the plate and realizing his comeback dream next Tuesday night.”

Greenberg is one of only two players ever to be hit by a pitch in his first-and-only major league plate appearance and never take the field, along with Fred Van Dusen (Philadelphia, 1955).

After spending the remainder of the 2005 season on the Disabled List, Greenberg, who suffered from vertigo following the incident, played in the minors and independent baseball from 2006-2009.

Greenberg has agreed to donate his one-day salary to the Marlins Foundation, which will then make a donation to the Sports Legacy Institute – an organization that advances the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, he was originally drafted by the Cubs in 2001 out of the University of North Carolina.

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September 25, 2012

Florida Panthers' lockout ticket policy has rewards, drawbacks

With no end to the NHL lockout in sight, Florida Panthers season-ticket holders are facing an Oct. 1 deadline to decide whether or not to let the team hold on to their money for the duration of the labor dispute.

The three choices outlined in a letter to ticket-holders are clearly designed to discourage fans from asking for refunds.

Those who agree to keep their full account balance with the team can opt to receive a 10 percent credit or a 5 percent payment for games that are canceled and not rescheduled.

While those are among the most generous options being offered by NHL teams, the Panthers’ third choice is raising the ire of some fans. Those who want their money refunded must wait for it until the NHL finalizes the 2012-13 season.

There’s an additional kicker:

"Upon selecting Option 3, your account is subject to cancelation. In the event the entire 2012-13 season is canceled, you will be offered the option to renew tickets at the market price at the time of your renewal for the 2013-14 season, however seat location cannot be guaranteed and seat/location cannot be held."

Thus, those who ask for money back for games that aren’t played forfeit their advantages as recurring season-ticket holders. It is being regarded as a slap in the face by an organization that has a knack for awkward customer relations.

Once the labor dispute is settled and the fate of the upcoming season determined, the Panthers will provide refunds to those who request them for games canceled, whether it is a portion or the entire home schedule.

For those who do agree to let the Panthers hold their funds through the lockout and receive 10 percent credit, it will be applied to playoff tickets or tickets for 2013-14. For those who choose to receive the 5 percent payment, it will be issued at the time the 2012-13 season actually begins. It is unclear if payment will be made if the entire season is canceled.

The NHL has left it up to each team to set its own policy for handling ticket money during the lockout. The Minnesota Wild are also offering a 10 percent credit on canceled games that can be applied to future games.

Other teams aren’t allowing nearly as much for the inconvenience. The Washington Capitals are offering 1 percent interest on funds for game that are not played. Most are offering between 1 and 5 percent interest to those who leave ticket money with the team.

Buffalo Sabres ticket-holders can opt for a 4 percent interest credit or a refund, which will be paid at the beginning of each month for games canceled the previous month. No mention of any punitive repercussions or loss of standing for those who simply want their money back for lost games.

During last year’s NBA lockout the league ordered clubs to pay 1 percent interest for lost games. The Miami Heat did better than that, giving a 5 percent payment and a discount on playoff tickets to those who left their money with the team.

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September 20, 2012

Miami Dolphins' Dansby, 3 Jets among 'most overpaid'

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Think NFL players are overpaid? Four of the 10 most overpaid will be on display in Sunday’s Miami Dolphins-New York Jets game at Sun Life Stadium, according to Forbes magazine.

Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby, due to make $10.7 million this season, is the second-most overpaid player of 2012, behind Jets linebacker David Harris, who is set to make $12 million in salary and bonuses.

The Jets were the only team with multiple players on the list: Wide receiver Santonio Holmes ($9.25 million) is fifth, cornerback Antonio Cromartie ($8.25 million) is seventh.

Forbes said all of the top 10 are good players but fall short of elite status to justify their hefty salaries. Harris was second-team All-NFL last season, but his deficiencies in pass coverage were cited.

Dansby, the league’s second-highest paid linebacker, didn’t make All-NFL in his first eight seasons.

Holmes has had one 1,000-yard season. Cromartie made one Pro Bowl, five seasons ago.

Others on the Forbes All-Overpaid team: Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph ($9.75 million), Jacksonville receiver Marcedes Lewis ($9.6 million), Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams ($8.7 million), Seattle receiver Sidney Rice ($8.2 million), San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis ($8 million) and Oakland running back Darren McFadden ($7.8 million).

Photo: Karlos Dansby, missing a tackle against Houston's Ben Tate, is the NFL's second-highest paid linebacker. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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September 19, 2012

Heat's Arison, Dolphins' Ross among Forbes' 100 richest Americans

Owners of three of Florida’s professional sports franchises were among the top 100 richest Americans on the latest Forbes 400 list, including Heat boss Micky Arison and the Dolphins’ Stephen Ross.

Arison, who Forbes listed 68th with a net worth of $5 billion, finished one rung behind Orlando Magic owner Richard DeVos for bragging rights in the state. DeVos, the founder of Amway, is worth $5.1 billion, according to Forbes.

Ross, the real estate developer who bought the Dolphins from H. Wayne Huizenga for $1 billion in 2009, is 83rd at $4.4 billion. Huizenga is 190th at $2.4 billion.

The highest-ranked team owner on the Forbes list is Paul Allen (Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers) in 20th place at $15 billion.

Tops among sportsmen is Ocale chief Larry Ellison, whose yacht BMW Oracle won the America’s Cup in 2010. Palm Beach mogul William Koch, who bankrolled the successful Cup defense in 1992, is 92nd at $4 billion.

As usual, Bill Gates occupies the No. 1 spot – for the 19th consecutive year -- this time with a net worth of $66 billion.

Donald Trump, who earlier this year bought Doral Golf Resort, home of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, is 128th at $3.1 billion.

Here are other sports owners on the Forbes 400:

151. Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys) $2.7 billion; 206. Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks) $2.3 billion; 250. Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers) $1.9 billion; 311. John Henry (Boston Red Sox), James Irsay (Indianapolis Colts), both at $1.5 billion; 360. Tom Benson (New Orleans Saints) $1.2 billion; and 392. Dan Snyder (Washington Redskins) $1.1 billion.

Miami auto dealer Norman Braman, the former Philadelphia Eagles owner who tried unsuccessful to block the Miami Marlins’ stadium project, is 298th at $1.6 billion.

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September 14, 2012

Dolphins alumni to hand out Perfect Season caps

Former Dolphins will be handing out the commemorative hats for the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1972 undefeated season at Sunday’s home opener.

Among them are several members of the team from the Perfect Season team, including Howard Schnellenberger, who was the offensive coordinator that season.

Here are locations where Dolphins alumni will be distributing the caps that all fans will receive as they enter the stadium:

Gate A: Mack Moore, Derek Wimberley
Gate B: Larry Ball, Bobby Harden, Anthony Harris, Louis Oliver
Gate C: Dick Anderson, Howard Schnellenberger
Gate D: Mark Duper, Roy Foster, Kenneth Poole, Larry Seiple
Gate E: Bob Kuechenberg
Gate F: Donald Brown, OJ McDuffie, Maulty Moore, Dwight Stephenson, Troy Stradford
Gate G: Bob Brudzinski, Larry Little, James Pruitt, Joe Rose
Gate H: Bob Griese, Lorenzo Hampton, John Offerdahl, Rodney Thomas, Jed Weaver

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Panthers up, Dolphins down in fan favor

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Another indication of how far the Dolphins have fallen as a franchise is in their ranking of 110 out of the 122 teams in the four major professional leagues in ESPN the Magazine’s Ultimate Team Rankings for 2012.

Rankings were based on input from fans in eight categories: bang for the buck, fan relations, ownership, affordability, stadium experience, players, coaching and title track.

Conversely, the Florida Panthers made the biggest leap in fan favor of any pro team, improving to 33rd from 111th last year.

The NBA champion Miami Heat led South Florida teams in 31st place. The Miami Marlins, in their first season in the new retractable-roof stadium, were No. 67, two places better than their in final season at Sun Life Stadium.

The Oklahoma City Thunder received the No. 1 ranking as the franchise that provides the greatest rewards for the emotion, money and time fans invest.

DolFan-protest.jpgAccording to ESPN the Magazine: “The Thunder turn fans into family.”

The conclusion was that the Dolphins have done the opposite: created a disconnect with fans during the dismal past decade.

Coincidentally, the Dolphins came to much the same conclusion from extensive surveying of season-ticket holders during the recent offseason and have begun efforts to regain fan trust and improve the game-day experience at Sun Life Stadium.

Winning must figure prominently into achieving that objective. The Bang for the Buck category in the Ultimate Rankings factors victories during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules.

This season the Dolphins are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1972 perfect season while attempting to end a three-year run of losing seasons behind rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and first-year coach Joe Philbin.

“Were re-emphasizing football at the center of everything we do,” Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said. “This is obviously a franchise that is fortunate to have great history, and we are going to continue to celebrate that history.”

The Panthers demonstrated how quickly fan perception and satisfaction can change as the ended a 12-year playoff drought while winning the Southeast Division championship in 2011-12.

“With the support of our owner Cliff Viner and his partners, we have worked hard not only to achieve success on the ice, but also to improve our customer service, in-arena experience and community outreach. So this great ranking is a testament to the hard work of many people throughout our franchise,” Panthers President and COO Michael R. Yormark said.

That positive turn for the franchise may be jeopardized by the impending lockout by NHL owners in the labor dispute with players that could begin when the collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

The top Florida franchises in ESPN’s rankings were from the Tampa Bay area: the Lightning seventh, the Rays 16th. The Jacksonville Jaguars were 65th, the Orlando Magic 77th.

Here are the top 10 pro franchises in the view of fans:

1. Oklahoma City Thunder
2. Green Bay Packers
3. San Antonio Spurs
4. Indiana Pacers
5. Memphis Grizzlies
6. Phoenix Coyotes
7. Tampa Bay Lightning
8. New Orleans Saints
9. Texas Rangers
10. Arizona Diamondbacks

Perhaps more enlightening is the list of teams that rank below the Dolphins, including several old-guard franchises that in the view of fans don’t go out of their way to please the paying customers.

At the bottom are the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to ESPN the Magazine: “The Leafs are like the Yankees -- an internationally famous franchise with a glorious history, devoted followers and staggeringly high prices -- except they play like the [Kansas City] Royals.”

Here are the bottom dwellers:

111. Montreal Canadiens
112. Chicago Cubs
113. New York Knicks
114. Edmonton Oilers
115. St. Louis Rams
116. Columbus Blue Jackets
117. Boston Red Sox
118. Washington Wizards
119. New York Islanders
120. Charlotte Bobcats
121. Sacramento Kings
122. Toronto Maple Leafs

Dolphins offer skin cancer screening

The Dolphins will be looking out for the health of their fans by offering free skin cancers screenings prior to Sunday’s home opener against the Raiders.

The screenings will be conducted by licensed dermatologists at Gate C from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The first 100 fans that get screened will win a pair of free tickets to the Oct. 14 game against St. Louis. Additionally, three fans who attended the screening event in June will attempt to kick a field goal from the 50-yard-line at halftime for a chance to win $10,000.

The event is in partnership with Melanoma Exposed™, an educational campaign aimed to raise awareness of melanoma and its risk factors. Dolphins CFO Mark Brockelman’s wife, Jan, passed away from melanoma in 2010.

Brockelman attended the first screening event in June, bringing with him his two daughters and Jan’s family and friends.

“This campaign is very meaningful to me and my family – it is our family’s mission to get the word out about melanoma and the dangers of sun exposure,” Brockelman said.

Panthers photo: Fans reveled in the Panthers' first trip to the playoffs since 2000 earlier this year. (Jim Rassol, staff file)

Dolphins photo: Fans registered their displeasure with Dolphins management during a protest outside the team's practice facility earlier this year. (Taimy Alvarez, staff file)

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September 13, 2012

Manning back on top in jersey sales, ratings, corn fields

Confirmation that Peyton Manning is all the way back to prominence after missing a season to injury came in the surge to the top in sales of his jersey during the first week of the NFL season.

Manning, who debuted with the Broncos by leading a victory over the Steelers, had the No. 1-selling jersey and fueled a 131-percent increase in sales of his new team’s merchandise in Week 1. That was based on sites administered by Fanatics.com, but not including NFLshop.com.

It has been a spectacularly impressive comeback for Manning, whose career appeared in jeopardy after a neck injury kept him out of 2011 and the Colts dropped him. The Broncos-Steelers game tied a ratings record for NBC's “Sunday Night Football,” with 27.5 million total viewers and was the most-watched regular-season game in 16 years. That landed Manning on the West Coast cover of Sports Illustrated this week.

In addition, Manning is the subject of an elaborate corn maze by Fritzler Farms in LaSalle, Colo. The farm’s annual corn maze has previously paid tribute to the likes of The Wizard of Oz, Elvis and Ray Charles.

Jersey sales are the way football fans pay tribute to their favorites. Manning has had the best-selling NFL jersey since he signed with the Broncos, according to the latest figures released by NFLshop.com. He was followed by Robert Griffin III, Tim Tebow, Andrew Luck and Eli Manning.

A blow to Tebow Mania, the Jets’ backup quarterback was not in the top 10 of Week 1 sales on the Fanatics.com list. Oddly, neither was RG III, whose Redskins debut was the other highlight on the opening week. Manning was followed by fellow QBs Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and brother Eli and Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

Meanwhile, fans with an interest in tracking the ongoing battle for jersey supremacy can do so at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Jersey Report, which ranks the top-sellers at its stores nationwide. Dick’s current leader for the year is Andrew Luck, Manning’s successor as Colts quarterback, with 6 percent of overall sales. Peyton is No. 2 at 5.69 percent and trending upward, and Eli Manning is third.

On Dick’s rookie list, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is sixth behind Luck, RG III, Cleveland’s Trent Richardson, Carolina’s Luke Kuechly and Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden.

Here are the season leaders in player jerseys and team merchandise for the Fanatics.com sites heading into Week 2:

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September 12, 2012

Miami Dolphins tickets, stadium prices below NFL average

The sub-par Dolphins remain below average in one regard that fans can embrace: the cost of attending a game at Sun Life Stadium.

The Dolphins’ average price for a non-premium ticket of $71.14 is well below the NFL average of $78.38 for 2012, according to the annual Team Marketing Report.

The New York Jets have the priciest ticket for the second year in a row at $117.94, just head of the Patriots ($117.84). The Super Bowl champion Giants, who share MetLife Stadium with the Jets, were next at $111.69. The Bears ($110.91) and Cowboys ($110.20) are the other teams above the $100 mark.

The Cleveland Browns have the cheapest average ticket at $54.20, followed by the Buffalo Bills ($58.36) and Jacksonville Jaguars ($59.54). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also had a lower average price than the Dolphins at $69.72.

The Dolphins’ average non-premium ticket ranks 18th among the 32 teams and is a 1.2-percent increase from 2011. The report calculated the average price of season tickets for general seating categories.

The average ticket league-wide increase by 2.5 percent this season. Ten teams raised prices by 1 percent or more, and six teams lowered prices by that amount.

The Dolphins’ average premium ticket of $200 is also below the league median of $243.70. The Patriots top that category at $566.67. However, the Patriots do not charge a personal seat license fee that some teams require in addition to the price of season tickets.

The Chicago-based sports marketing research firm also calculates the Fan Cost Index for all NFL teams. That is the average cost for a family of four to attend a game based on four average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four hotdogs, parking, two game programs and two adult-size adjustable caps.

The Dolphins’ FCI of $400.54 increased by 1.1 percent from last year, while the league average of $443.93 was up 3.9 percent.

While those figures are based on average prices, the Dolphins’ best deal for families is the Pepsi Zone on the 400 level: For $199 you get tickets for two adults, two kids, parking, food and access to youth-oriented football-related games and activities.

According to the Team Marketing Report, the Dallas Cowboys are most expensive for a family of four with a FCI of $634.78, while you can take the crew to watch the Jaguars for $342.70.
Balk at playing $7 for a small draft beer at Sun Life Stadium? The Chargers and Bills charge $9. Best deals are in Ohio, where the Browns and Bengals have some $5 beers available. The league average for a beer is up 15 cents from 2011 to $7.28.

The Dolphins aren’t the only team having trouble filling their stadium. Since 2007, average attendance in the NFL has declined by about 4.5 percent. During that time the average non-premium ticket has increased from more than $12.

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September 5, 2012

Heat, Marlins, Magic lauded for green initiatives

Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena and Marlins Park, and Orlando’s Amway Center are among the venues cited as figuring prominently in the green movement in pro sports in a report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council, in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance.

The report, Game Changer: How the Sports Industry is Saving the Environment, reveals the collective impact the industry is having on advancing environmental protection in North America, documenting innovative and cost-effective steps taken across all professional leagues.

The Miami Heat’s Triple-A became LEED-certified for existing buildings in 2009. The report quoted Jackie Ventura, the Heat’s operations coordinator, as saying the project resulted in $1.6 million in energy saving within the first year. It cost $73,384 to make the changes needed to obtain the certification.

“We also attracted about $1 million in new corporate sponsors, which include Home Depot and Waste Management, who aligned with our greening efforts as sponsors of our LEED initiative,” Ventura said in the report. “Being environmentally conscious improves our brand’s image so that we now talk with companies that never would have approached us before, such as Johnson & Johnson and Georgia Pacific.”

Marlins Park in May became Major League Baseball’s first LEED Gold-certified new ballpark. Among the ballparks green features, efficient plumbing innovations are designed to reduce water use by 52 percent, saving six million gallons of water each year compared to the national average for similar stadiums.

The Orlango Magic’s achieved that distinction among NBA arenas in 2010. The arena uses approximately 25 percent less energy and 40 percent less water than arenas of similar size and type, saving the team nearly $700,000 annually in energy costs.

“The motivation for sports to engage in greening is simple; the games we love today were born outdoors, and without clean air to breathe, clean water and a healthy climate, sports would be impossible,” said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, director of NRDC’s green sports project. “A cultural shift in environmental awareness is needed in order for us to address the serious ecological problems we face, and the sports industry, through its own innovative actions, has chosen to lead the way.

“Pro sports are showing that smart energy, water and recycling practices make sense. They save money and prevent waste. That’s as mainstream and non-partisan as it comes.”
Some highlights from the report, whichcan be viewed at the NRDC site:

Energy

Of 126 professional sports teams in the five major North American leagues, 38 have shifted to renewable energy for at least some of their operations and 68 have energy efficiency programs. Examples detailed in the report include:

• Solar – STAPLES Center has a 1,727-panel solar array covering 25,000 square feet of the arena’s roof. The 345.6-kilowatt system supplies 5 to 20 percent of the building’s energy use (depending on load) and produces 525,000 kilowatt-hours annually, saving an average of $55,000 per year.

• Wind – In 2012, Cleveland’s Progressive Field became the first professional sports facility to install a wind turbine, which generates more than 40,000 kilowatt hours per year.

• Renewable Mix - Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, home of the National Football League’s (NFL) Philadelphia Eagles, will be the first stadium in the U.S. capable of generating 100 percent of its energy through a mix of solar panels, a generator that runs on natural gas and biodiesel, and, soon, 14 wind turbines.

• Efficiency - The Seattle Mariners replaced an old incandescent scoreboard with a new LED scoreboard, lowering annual electricity consumption by more than 90 percent and reducing energy costs by $50,000 a year.

Water

Access to fresh, safe water is an increasingly dire concern across the globe. The report details myriad innovative water conservation techniques that have already been integrated into facilities. These include:

• Irrigation – San Francisco’s AT&T Park uses an irrigation clock that uses up-to-the-minute local data to establish zone watering times, saving 33-to-50 percent in irrigation water use. Changes in the composition of the infield surface have reduced field watering by 33 percent.

• Efficiency –Minnesota Twins’ Target Field installed low-flush, dual flush toilets and aerated faucets, which use 30 percent less potable water than conventional fixtures. This shift is saving approximately 4.2 million gallons of water annually.

• Water Restoration Credits – For the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals and 2011 Winter Classic, the NHL purchased over 4.5 million gallons in Water Restoration Credits from Bonneville Environmental Foundation to balance the amount of water used during the events. In early 2012, NHL Green introduced Gallons for Goals, committing to restore 1,000 gallons of water to a critically dewatered river in the Northwest for every goal scored during the regular season.
The NHL announced in April 2012 that the league replenished more than 6.7 million gallons of water.

Waste

Virtually all professional sports teams have developed recycling and composting programs. Meanwhile, all major sports concessionaires have developed environmentally preferable offerings. The increased demand for sustainable products - like compostable serviceware and recyclable paper products – has resulted in competitive pricing and far more waste being recycled and composted rather than sent to landfills. Examples include:

• Recycling – The Cleveland Indians have cut their trash in half from 1,262 tons to 613 tons by implementing an enhanced recycling program. This reduced the number of trash pick-ups by 64 percent, saving $50,000 annually.

• Composting – The Cardinals’ “4 A Greener Game” program, launched in 2008, is credited with recycling more than 1,836 tons of solid waste, more than 575 tons of yard waste, and more than 110 tons of composted organic material.

• Supply chain impact - The Montreal Canadiens implemented a purchasing policy requiring the organization buy only environmentally-friendly cleaning products. 80 percent of purchases now include products that are locally made and/or composed of reused or recycled content.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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