Venue News & Notes: Boxing Comes to Brooklyn

The fertile boxing ground that produced dozens of world champions, from Mike Tyson to Riddick Bowe, will soon have a regular series of fights in a glimmering new arena. Golden Boy Promotions has agreed to bring at least 12 shows each year to the New Jersey Nets’ new home in Brooklyn. The announcement was made this week by Los Angeles-based Golden Boy and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which is behind the 22-acre Atlantic Yards development. The centerpiece of the project, the 18,000-seat Barclays Center, is scheduled to open in 2012…

…The mayor of San Jose, CA, is stepping up his efforts to lure the Oakland Athletics to the city. Mayor Chuck Reed wants to put a measure on the November ballot to approve a stadium for the team, even though Major League Baseball has yet to decide whether the club can relocate. The A’s need the approval of baseball and other team owners to move to San Jose because the San Francisco Giants hold territorial rights to the area…

…No sooner has the excitement from the World Cup died down — along with the racket from the South African fans’ vuvuzelas — than campaigning for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments has begun. Whoever wins the right to stage these two showcases of “the beautiful game” will have a lot to live up to: this summer’s tournament has been hailed as one of the best in the history of the World Cup. But Japan, where the FIFA inspection team this week began its first examination of a bidding country, believes it is able to put on a comparable show for 2022. “We believe that our vision for the 2022 World Cup is very important, and we have the impression that the delegates here have very carefully examined our bid book and like our plans,” Satomi Tanekura, a spokeswoman for the Japanese bid, told Relaxnews…

…The Yankees unveiled an image mural in the right-field bleachers Thursday that pays tribute to George M. Steinbrenner, who passed away July 13 at the age of 80. Measuring 40 ft. wide and 13½ ft. tall, the image features a photo of the late principal owner on a Yankees-blue background with the trademark Yankee Stadium frieze across the top. The mural also bears Steinbrenner’s name, the years 1930-2010 and, in large type, THE BOSS…

…The group proposing a sports and entertainment complex as part of a three-way land swap gained a nod this week from Sacramento, CA, city leaders for a two-month extension to its exclusive negotiations with the city. Sacramento Convergence LLC, the city, and Cal Expo are making progress but need more time to work through costs and feasibility, make sure the parties are in alignment, and get special legislation adopted to allow Cal Expo land to be part of the swap, the City Council was told. The council agreed to extend the exclusive right to negotiate from late August to early November.

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