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Mississippi State to spend $2M on new stadium sound system

Mississippi State University wants to replace the sound system at its football stadium. The state College Board on Thursday approved a plan to hire an architect to design the estimated $2 million upgrade for Davis Wade Stadium. In documents submitted to trustees, the university says the current sound system causes a delay in people at one end of the stadium ...

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Snopek, Johnson buy P360 Performance Academy in Madison County

Chris Snopek, former Ole Miss All-American and MLB player for the Chicago White Sox and Avery Johnson, from Brandon and former pitcher for Belhaven University, today announced that they have purchased the P360 Baseball Academy in Madison county. The purchase includes the national award winning Sox baseball program, which includes teams in the Jackson and Oxford markets and serves players ...

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Foshee on fundraising team

Stephen Foshee of Starkville is the new Mississippi State University Foundation assistant athletic director for development. Foshee will be a liaison between the Bulldog Club and the MSU Foundation as he works to secure major gifts for both organizations. He replaces Michelle McBride, who is now at the University of Pittsburgh. Foshee joins the Foundation from the Bulldog Club, where ...

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Fantasy sports bill approved, could mean small revenue bump

By BOBBY HARRISON The Mississippi Legislature, struggling for ways to fund state government in the midst of sluggish revenue collections, should have at least a little help on the way. On Wednesday, the 52-member Senate approved with six no votes and sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation regulating and taxing fantasy sports. If Bryant signs the legislation into law, it will ...

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Swim expert: Don’t drown in debt

USA Swimming official cautions Ridgeland to keep pool plan within budget By JACK WEATHERLY Economic impact is one thing. Paying the bills is another. That’s the advice for those proposing to build and operate a 88,000-square-foot facility to be called the Mississippi Aquatic Center in Ridgeland. Mick Nelson, facilities development director for USA Swimming, which governs the sport, offers guidance ...

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$33.6 million aquatic center at Ridgeland proposed

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi isn’t necessarily known as a “swimming” state. But a plan has been floated to change that. An 88,700-square-foot facility at an estimated cost of $33.6 million has been proposed for land to be donated by the city of Ridgeland for the Mississippi Aquatic Center. The facility would rely on corporate sponsorships — including the possibility of ...

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Greensboro, N.C. center a success for area but operates at a loss

By JACK WEATHERLY The Greensboro (N.C.) Aquatic Center has had an economic impact of more than $130 million since it was opened in September 2011. The facility also runs an annual operational deficit, according to Susan Braman, its director since its inception. This year, the deficit will be about $350,000 on a $1.5 million budget, she said. That’s much better ...

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Mississippi mulls regulations for fantasy sports betting

Fantasy sports betting operators could soon face an 8 percent tax on their Mississippi revenue. House Bill 967 would establish the tax and authorize the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate sports betting operations online or in casinos. The bill passed the House Gaming Committee on Thursday and moves to the full House for more debate. Mississippi legalized fantasy sports betting last ...

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Biloxi sues Shuckers’ owners over baseball stadium payments

The city of Biloxi has filed a lawsuit against Biloxi Baseball and Overtime Sports Management, owners of the Biloxi Shuckers. The Sun Herald reports the city says in the lawsuit that it has been unable to determine how much Biloxi Baseball owes the city for rent, advertising and ticket sales under a stadium lease because Biloxi Baseball and Overtime Sports ...

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