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Wrigley Field changes proposed
April 25th, 2013
04:05 PM ET

Facelift proposed for historic Wrigley Field

By Nova Safo, CNN

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(CNN) - A 99-year-old Chicagoan is considering a face lift. Chicago’s Wrigley Field is the second-oldest American ballpark after Boston’s Fenway Park. Over the past 80 years, the stadium has received only incremental changes. It still uses a manual scoreboard, with a crew of up to four people to operate it.

But the park may soon face change at a scale not seen in decades.

The owner of the ballpark’s resident baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, is proposing a $500 million renovation plan that would add a 6,000-square-foot video screen and a 1,000-square-foot billboard, along with even more advertising signs outside the stadium.

The Cubs also want to expand two of Wrigley Field’s walls, taking over parts of adjacent streets. And they want to build a hotel and a public plaza next door.

Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts told reporters that the economics of the old-world Wrigley Field can no longer compete with glitzy, luxury box-laced modern stadiums:

[1:52] “This plan will help us close the gap with newer, more economically efficient ballparks. And preserve Wrigley Field for the next generation of fans.”

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February 1st, 2013
10:00 AM ET

Looking for a better stadium deal

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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(CNN) - This Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The Ravens are just one of many examples in professional sports of franchises that pulled up roots and relocated.

The Ravens are the old Cleveland Browns, who left Ohio in 1996 for Baltimore and changed their name.

Franchises have threatened to move until getting what they wanted from their home city. And that trend is likely to continue.

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February 1st, 2013
06:56 AM ET

CNN Profiles: 'Blind Side' mom goes to the Super Bowl

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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(CNN) – Leigh Anne Touhy is not Sandra Bullock. Touhy is the real thing.

Nothing against Bullock. She deserved her Oscar for best actress in the film adaptation of Michael Lewis’s football masterpiece, The Blind Side.

But Leigh Anne Touhy, as you’ll discover if you listen to our conversation on this edition of CNN Profiles, is bigger than the big screen. Even on radio.

The movie, The Blind Side, focused on the decision by Touhy and her white Memphis family to adopt a teenage African-American boy from a housing project called, Hurt Village.

Sunday, Touhy’s adopted son, Michael Oher, will be playing in his first Super Bowl. Number 74. Baltimore Ravens.

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Hunt a snake that can eat a deer?
January 23rd, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Would you hunt a snake that can eat a deer?

By Tommy Andres, CNN

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(CNN) –  Graham Rogers unsheathes a long, thick knife from his waist.

[4:30] “This is a very special knife because this has got an engraving of Daniel Boone on it, who’s the great Kentucky outdoorsman and the settler of Kentucky, so we really hope that’s going to buoy us to success today.”

Rogers is wearing a beige fishing shirt and green pants tucked into tall rubber boots. He sports a pencil thin mustache and round, tortoise shell sunglasses that make him look like Howard Hughes on safari. He and his friend Blake Freeman are about to start law school, but before they dive into the books, they’re diving into the bush. They have driven down to southern Florida from Kentucky to join the nearly 1,000 people who have signed up for the first annual Python Challenge.

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Can Lance Armstrong compete again?
Lance Armstrong may have come clean to Oprah Winfrey because he wants to compete on a professional level again.
January 15th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

Can Lance Armstrong compete again?

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) - Why is Lance Armstrong  coming clean after denying doping allegations for so many years?

People close to the cyclist say he still thinks he has what it takes to compete professionally in triathlons, races that combine running, cycling, and swimming.

[1:29] “He’s trying to rehabilitate his image and get his ban lifted so he can compete,” said Bob Dorfman at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco. He specializes in determining a professional athlete’s marketing potential. “You’re looking at appearance fees that could be pretty large. Just given the attention and hoopla surrounding this Oprah thing, I think a lot of people would pay money just to come watch him race whether he does well or not.”

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