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Duke-Kentucky at MSG a big draw for execs

By Michael Smith

Last night's Duke-Kentucky men's basketball game at MSG, part of the State Farm Classic, was a big draw for sports execs, including many who attended SBJ's Media Innovators conference. The Duke win was likely the last game at MSG for coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is retiring after this season. Sports Media Advisors Founder & CEO Doug Perlman, a Duke alum, brought seven teenagers to the game. Also attending: ESPN's Burke Magnus and Intersport’s Charlie Besser with his family (Besser’s son, Brennan, played for the Blue Devils). SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey was on hand, as was CBS Sports Chair Sean McManus, another Duke alum who spoke with SBJ earlier yesterday.

ESPN Events announced a three-year renewal for the season-opening event, taking it through '25 with State Farm on the title. The game drew 18,132 at MSG, or 92% of capacity.

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