Jessica Boehm
Sep 27, 2022 - Sports
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Glendale LVII: Rihanna to headline Super Bowl halftime show

Rihanna poses for a photo.
Rihanna at her 2021 Met Gala party in New York. Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Rihanna will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in Glendale, the NFL and the international superstar announced over the weekend.

  • This will be Rihanna's first public performance since early 2018.
Jessica Boehm
Sep 23, 2022 - Sports

Bob Iger? Michael Bidwill? Here's who has the best odds of buying the Phoenix Suns

A man talking while sitting in a red chair.
Bob Iger, former CEO and chairman of The Walt Disney Co. Photo: Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Vox Media

You can place a bet on anything these days, including who will be the new owner of the Phoenix Suns.

  • Sportsbook Bovada released its odds as to who is most likely to purchase the team from owner Robert Sarver.

Robert Sarver selling the Phoenix Suns. Here's what we're watching

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver looks toward the camera
Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver said Wednesday he was "beginning the process of seeking buyers" for the teams after being suspended by the NBA for one year for workplace misconduct, Axios' Jacob Knutson reports.

Why it matters: A report from an independent investigation earlier this month found that Sarver "repeated the N-word when recounting the statements of others" and engaged in "inequitable conduct toward female employees," substantiating prior allegations.

Jeremy Duda
Sep 21, 2022 - Sports

Your neighborhood Arizona sportsbook is open for business

Illustration of the football, money tongue, and basketball emojis.
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADOG) granted 10 licenses for businesses that don't qualify for full sports wagering to run brick-and-mortar sportsbooks.

  • They were awarded to horse racing tracks Turf Paradise in north Phoenix and Arizona Downs in Prescott Valley, seven bars in metro Phoenix and one in Tucson.
Jeremy Duda
Sep 20, 2022 - Sports
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Glendale LVII: Minimizing construction impact on Super Bowl

A partially completed hotel and resort that is under construction
VAI Resort is under construction south of State Farm Stadium. Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Glendale city officials are hoping to minimize the impact of the ongoing construction of a massive hotel and resort during Super Bowl week next year.

Details: VAI Resort is under construction on the east side of Loop 101, just south of State Farm Stadium.

  • With about 1,200 rooms, the resort will boast Arizona's largest hotel.
Jessica Boehm
Sep 14, 2022 - Sports

Who is Robert Sarver, the suspended Phoenix Suns owner?

A group of people sit on a basketball court side line.
Robert Sarver, center, has not been well-liked in Phoenix. Photo: Ralph Freso/Associated Press

Robert Sarver, a banker and Arizona native, bought the Phoenix Suns in 2004 for $401 million — an NBA record at the time.

Early life: Sarver was raised in Tucson and started working for his father's company American Savings and Loans at 16.

Jessica Boehm
Sep 13, 2022 - Sports
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Glendale LVII: Cardinals showed they're not Super Bowl-ready

A football with a Super Bowl logo sitting on a mountain.
Photo: Courtesy of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

State leaders are working in overdrive to make sure the best of Arizona is on full display when thousands of visitors descend upon the Valley for Super Bowl LVII — but there's one thing they can't seem to get game-day ready: the Arizona Cardinals.

Catch up quick: The past two years, the teams from the cities hosting the big game won it. That hadn't happened in the previous 54 Super Bowls.

Cardinals game day: Where to tailgate, park and more

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals throws the ball during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Football is back and we've got you covered if you intend on heading to the stadium this season.

  • Here's what you need to know to be game-day ready.

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