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Sporting KC, Livestrong nominated for Sports Business Awards

Kansas City is getting a bit of national acclaim right now. On Monday, Sporting Kansas City and Livestrong Sporting Park were nominated for 2012 Sports Business Awards.

Sporting are nominated as the 2012 Sports Team of the Year while Livestrong is nominated as 2012 Sports Facility of the Year.

Sporting KC are the only MLS team nominated in both categories.

Sporting Kansas City are up against the Boston Bruins (NHL), Dayton Dragons (Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds), Stewart-Haas Racing (NASCAR) and the Texas Rangers (MLB).

Livestrong is nominated against Amway Center in Orlando, the Mercdes Benz Superdome in New Orleans and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The awards are presented by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.

The Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports for the period from March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012. Sports teams in the major and minor leagues and U.S. national teams, in leagues whose central offices are located in North America, were eligible. Sports facilities (new, renovated or established) in North America whose primary function is hosting and staging sports events were eligible.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that will be held Wednesday, May 23, at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.