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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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Mayor: Vicksburg sports complex study delayed

Vicksburg officials are expected to present the latest feasibility report on the proposed sports complex with an artist’s conception of the facility in early 2017, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said The Vicksburg Post reports the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on May 25 approved a $50,000 contract with Canton, Georgia-based The Sports Force to do a feasibility study for a ...

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Sanderson tourney is run like a business ‘with a heart’

By JACK WEATHERLY The Sanderson Farms Championship pumps about $23 million a year into the economy of the Jackson area and the rest of Mississippi. In professional golf and business, those things don’t just happen. Such results take a lot of planning and execution. “It is truly full-time, year-round,” said Steve Jent, tournament executive director who has a five-person staff. ...

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Grove Park Golf Course’s future after its closing is cloudy

By TED CARTER A future use of the City of Jackson’s soon-to-close nine-hole Grove Park Golf Course is anyone’s guess, though at least one City Council member is far from confident a viable commercial use can be found for it. The City Council’s decision to cut another $150,000 from a Parks & Recreation Department budget blindsided Mayor Tony Yarber, spokeswoman Shelia ...

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(WATCH) MBJ BUSINESS SHOWCASE — In the swing of things: Sanderson Farms Championship 2016

Recently, we had a chance to talk with Steve Jent, tournament director for the Sanderson Farms Championship, to catch up on the details for this year’s event. The tournament this year will be held October 24-30, a bit earlier than last year. Some might remember that last year’s event was held in November, and was somewhat challenged by weather, although ...

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