Sports Business Rundown: Bass Pro Shops To Open 21 New Stores

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Bass Pro Shops is in the midst of an aggressive expansion that will see it increase its locations by more than a third by the end of 2015. The Springfield-based outdoor supplies company recently announced a 20-store expansion, in addition to the one store currently underway in Memphis.

When pursuing new locations, the retailer considers the number of hunting and fishing licenses sold near potential stores, as well as the proximity to areas conducive to those activities. It looks into how many boats have been registered nearby, and combs its own catalog and website data to determine sales made to the area.

Soccer match to benefit U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team

The Kansas City Shock of the national Women’s Premier Soccer League will play a fundraising match Saturday against the USA Deaf Soccer Women’s National Team.

The Shock will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the game to the USA Deaf Soccer Women’s National Team. The team relies heavily on donations to cover travel expenses. The match takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday at Kansas City Community College. Tickets are $12 each, and the game will include a raffle.

Number of the Week: $937,800

The Kansas City Royals signed first round pick Hunter Dozier, whom they selected with the eighth overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft on June 6. Dozier, who played college baseball at Stephen F. Austin University, inked a $2.2 million signing bonus. Dozier’s bonus falls between the bonus MLB slots for the 16th or 17th pick, and it’s $937,800 below the MLB’s slotted bonus for the eighth selection. Dozier was projected by Baseball America to be taken 39th, a pick slotted for a signing bonus of $1,433,400.

The Royals intend to use the remaining money to sign other draft picks, primarily Sean Manaea of Indiana State. Manaea, a left-handed pitcher, was chosen 34th overall.

Tweet of the Week

This tweet comes in response to an endorsement deal between David Freese and Imo’s Pizza. The St. Louis Cardinals star signed a three-year deal, which began June 1, with the local pizza chain.

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Billionaire hotel developer and philanthropist John Q. Hammons died May 26 at age 94. The southwest Missouri native and longtime Springfield resident was an avid sports fan, and his donations often reflected that. Hammons gave $30 million to fund JQH Arena, the Missouri State University basketball arena that bears his initials. He also bankrolled Hammons Field, the $32.5 million stadium that helped lure the St. Louis Cardinals’ Class AA team to town and serves as home of the Missouri State baseball team. Some say Hammons meant to MSU what Nike founder Phil Knight has meant to Oregon. The Kansas City Star’s Blair Kerkhoff has more on Hammons’ legacy in sports.

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