Green Sports Alliance Summit

GreenSportsAllianceThe Canadian Motor Speedway is proud to be a member of the Green Sports Alliance, along with more than 370 sports teams and venues, from 20 different sports leagues,  and 14 countries.  The Green Sports Alliance  leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The nonprofit does so by inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners, and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals, and other environmentally preferable practices.

For more information about the Green Sports Alliance and to see their membership list: http://greensportsalliance.org/members-benefits/

For more information about Canadian Motor Speedway’s Carbon Neutral initiatives: http://cdnmotorspeedway.com/about-cms/carbon-neutral-speedway/ and our Earth Week Blog.

 

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Claire, from CMS will be attending the 6th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Houston, June 28-30. The annual Green Sports Alliance Summit is the world’s largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability. The event brings together more than 700 industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans. The 2016 Summit program will cover the day’s most critical topics in professional and collegiate sports greening through The Power of Partnerships.

“Nothing can beat the power of sports when it comes to bottling and directing passion. This is just as true with sustainability-related initiatives as with any other cause.”
Green Sports Alliance Executive Director, Justin Zeulner

Green Sports Alliance 2016 Environmental Innovators of the Year Awards

Stanley Cup Champion Andrew Ference to be Honored Among Sports Greening Leaders at Green Sports Alliance 2016 Summit

Here’s a preview of of the Summit and some of the teams, stadiums, corporations, organizations and eco-athletes that will be involved: http://bit.ly/28MWaTo

 

Green Sports Alliance scoreboard

 

 

Tomas Tales, June 16, 2016

Money Bags Bernie is at it again!King Bernie

It’s like sitting on a financial time bomb, and the only person who knows what the timer’s set to is Formula One Group CEO Bernie Ecclestone.

King Bernie says Montreal’s lack of progress on promised improvements to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve facility on the Montreal waterfront may put the future of the Canadian Grand Prix in doubt.

Read that to mean he’s after an even higher sanctioning fee.
Again!

When Montreal renewed its contract for the Grand Prix in 2014, the city promised to upgrade the garages, control tower and medical centre at a cost of over $32 million, in time for the 2017 race.

When asked if he was optimistic the improvements would be ready for next year’s GP, Ecclestone said, “I doubt it. We’ll see if the 2017 Grand Prix gets the green light if the renovations aren’t complete. If they’re not finished, the city’s contract with F-1 could be in doubt.”

Ecclestone added, “with contracts, normally it’s got terms set out for what people are supposed to do – both sides. It’s been forgotten a little bit from the city’s side.”

Ecclestone is renowned for his flippant remarks that keeps people guessing what he really means, but the contract regarding renovations prompted an immediate reaction from Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.

Mayor Coderre admitted work on the upgrades is behind schedule, but that’s because Ecclestone himself is partly to blame for disagreements with the event promoter.

“When the promoter and Ecclestone don’t agree on how things should be done, that’s what causes delays.”

Despite the unsettling words, The Mayor assures fans Montreal’s 2017 Grand Prix will happen, and the City is holding up its end of the log.

Montreal has hosted the Canadian GP every year since 1978 – except in 1987 and more recently in 2009.

The Canadian Grand Prix was dropped off the 2009 schedule over a contract dispute over financial arrangements with former race promoter Normand Legault.

Local officials led an effort to revive the event, but failed when they could not meet Ecclestone’s very steep price.
The proposal was $75-million over 5 years, much less than the offer rejected by Ecclestone initially. It is also thought the deal included a promise to pay Ecclestone the money he was owed under the previous arrangement.

The City offered Ecclestone a 5-year package for $110-million in sanctioning fees as well as 75 % of the first $10-million in profit and 25 % of the rest.

In addition, the estimated $20-million from the race’s advertising and luxury box revenue would have gone to Ecclestone.

His counter-offer of a guaranteed $175-million over 5 years to keep Montreal on the F-1 schedule was too hefty for the city and the race was pulled.

F-1 manufacturers need races in North America to help them sell cars here and Ecclestone knows that despite his bluster.

The manufacturers have stated a successful race in Montreal in Canada helps to increase the sport’s fan base in the United States, a critical portion of their global sales target.

Ecclestone’s shadow-casting on The Canadian Grand Prix again could lead to a repeat of the same situation.

If Bernie’s price goes up again, would the City of Montreal simply tell him where he can jam his race?

I hope it never happens, but that’s more than possible.

Tale Pipes: … An extra slice of pizza for James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden, Indy 500 winner Alex Rossi and others who climbed into the grandstands at the Texas Motor Speedway to sign autographs to thank the fans who waited through lengthy rain delays. Very classy. These guys “get it!”… The TV crew, led by the always colourful Robin Miller also helped kill on-air time during the rain in Texas with spontaneous and often hilarious interviews with drivers. Compared to some NASCAR and Formula One people, the IndyCar community is a laugh riot…… Fabulous to have Ohsweken Speedway back at The Raceline Radio Network table on our co-flagship affiliate AM 900 CHML Hamilton. Ohsweken is the lone Canadian stop for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and they’re bringing in NASCAR’s Kasey Kahne as a special guest driver for the July 26th special. Kahne is scheduled as a Raceline Radio Network guest to promote his appearance.

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