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NFL draft Nashville
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Ever since Nashville landed the NFL Draft a year ago, the hype has promised a huge economic impact for the city, along with massive media exposure.

Yet capturing the costs and the inconvenience is much more difficult.

As the three-day football fest begins, WPLN breaks down the math behind the Draft.

Every day in Nashville, music executives try to figure out how much money, time and effort to invest in amateurs. This week, as the NFL Draft comes to Nashville, that projection plight is mirrored in the world of sports.

Nashville soccer stadium rendering
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Nashville’s pursuit of a Major League Soccer stadium for its fairgrounds property took two steps forward on Monday night and set the Metro Council on a path toward decisive votes on Sept 4.

World Cup Plaza Mariachi Nashville
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The World Cup only comes around every four years. So this is the first chance for Plaza Mariachi in South Nashville to throw viewing parties.

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A handful of youth sports leagues in Tennessee are raising their safety procedures to achieve a new state certification. The endorsement is akin to the state's rating system for pre-schools. And health officials hope that it becomes something embraced statewide. The NFL's top doctor has even pledged to help spread the program across the country.

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Peter Pressman, a fixture among Middle Tennessee runners, died over the weekend from apparent cardiac arrest.

He was the president of the Nashville Striders running club and one of the sport's leading advocates locally. 

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Champion kickboxer and Nashville native Omari Boyd may be just what the sport needs to take off in the U.S. — at least that’s what some of his fans say.

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It’s just before the start of the fourth quarter of the Nashville NightWatch’s last home game of the season, and the players are behind by 11 points. In fact, the professional ultimate frisbee team has not won a single game this year.

The coach sets them a less ambitious target. “Our goal coming in was winning this quarter,” he says, before starting a team chant and sending the players back into the field.

The Nashville NightWatch has only been around for three years, and it's not known for winning many games. But it does have something that sets it apart from the other professional teams in the country: It has the only woman in the entire league.

Tennessee sports fans

New research finds that the Nashville Predators hockey team has leapfrogged over the Tennessee Titans as the most popular pro sports team in Middle Tennessee. That finding comes from MTSU’s consumer research office, which put out a scientific survey in the wake of the Predators’ playoff run.

Bridgestone Arena Nashville
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There’s a new term being floated: the Preds’ Effect.