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Sports Business: The new-look Daytona Motor Speedway

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Sports Business: The new-look Daytona Motor Speedway

It may be the offseason for the Daytona Motor Speedway following February's Daytona 500, but that doesn't mean movement has come to a halt there.

Daytona is in the midst of a $400 million renovation to modernize the facilities, making them more comfortable as well.

As part of the construction, crews have had to remove parts of the existing stadium piece by piece to preserve the foundation. It's all set to open in January 2016.

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"Just another of the many marvelous architectural and construction feats that will cause this to be one of the iconic facilities in modern facility development when it opens," said Sports Business Insider Rick Horrow.

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NBC Sports Chicago delivers new Race In America: A Candid Conversation episode

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NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago delivers new Race In America: A Candid Conversation episode

Chicago, IL (June 18, 2020) – Following up on last week’s premiere airing, NBC Sports Chicago has announced it will deliver a NEW two-part Race in America: A Candid Conversation special presentation with Part I set to air this Sunday evening, June 21 at 9:00 PM CT.  This Sunday’s special will once again be hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s Laurence Holmes and will feature the following panelists: former Bulls/NBA great and current NBC Sports Chicago Bulls analyst Kendall Gill, former Bears defensive end/current NBC Sports Chicago Football Aftershow analyst Alex Brown, NBC Sports Chicago Bulls Pre/Postgame Live host Jason Goff and NBC Sports Chicago digital podcast producer Tony Gill.  Holmes and the panel will continue the discussion surrounding the death of George Floyd and how the effects his passing and countless others will have on race relations and hopeful mindset changes in our country moving forward.  NOTES: Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can also stream Race in America: A Candid Conversation online at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive; NBC Sports Chicago will also re-air Part I of this new special Thursday, June 25 at 9:00 PM; Part II air date/times TBA.

“It’s imperative that we continue the conversation about race relations, along with the simple fact that we just need to collectively listen and learn more from one another,” said Kevin Cross, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NBC Sports Chicago.  “I’m proud that our network can deliver a program like this to our diverse viewing audience to hear some honest and candid talk from some of Chicago’s most respected voices.”

Please note the following highlighted quotes from NBC Sports Chicago’s NEW special presentation of Race in America: A Candid Conversation, premiering Sunday, June 21 at 9:00 PM CT:

Kendall Gill
“It’s unfortunate that I have to say ‘this time,’ but I believe that this time there is going to be epic change in the world…this time we see all races are fed up with this crap. The country has to do something about it…everyone is fed up with this stuff and it’s about time for change.”

Alex Brown
“I think it’s just bringing awareness to what’s been still here forever. People have become really good at hiding it, that’s it. People don’t say anything. For me, it starts at home, that’s where it starts. I love that people are out and doing and helping so much, but we would truly get rid of it if we just started at home. This isn’t something that you’re born with, you have to be taught this hate. If we start teaching our kids the right stuff at home - and that’s everybody, I’m talking Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, whatever it is - everybody teach their kids the same thing, it’ll go away. It doesn’t take a lot of craziness to fix this whole thing, but it does takes time. It’s not going to happen in five years, it’s not going to happen in ten years, but 30 years of doing the right thing, we’ll be on a different road.”

Jason Goff
“It’s not just social justice anymore. There are a lot of people who are throwing these things out there like social justice, racial injustice, and human injustices. And I think that’s the part that we as Black men and women have to get across to everyone that it isn’t just about race, that it isn’t just about socioeconomic class, it’s about treating us like humans and all the rights that we deserve.”

Tony Gill
“Just the impact that young people have had, going out and protesting, helping with cleanup, all in a bad time has been inspiring, because now it’s ‘I have to actually get up and do something instead of going to Twitter or Facebook or Instagram and posting about all the wrongs right now that’s going on…I have to do something, and who can I bring with me to help contribute to doing something and helping out.’ That’s been the biggest thing that’s been affecting me. This is real, this is serious, and it’s affecting all of us in a real way, and now it’s time for everybody to acknowledge it, and now it’s the time for action as well.”

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Illinois legislature passes bill that could help build casino in Chicago

Illinois legislature passes bill that could help build casino in Chicago

The Illinois state legislature passed a bill that could help entice developers to build a casino in the Chicago city limits, according to the Chicago Tribune.

According to the report, both the House and Senate passed a bill which would restructure the tax structure for a potential casino-- something that had been viewed as an obstacle to draw interest from potential developers.

If a casino is built in the city, it would likely come with a sportsbook so that gamblers could stay closer to home to bet on games.

The bill now heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk where he is expected to sign the bill into law.

The Chicago casino could also help fund the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital plan that Pritzker signed last year.

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