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Christopher Botta

Christopher Botta covers hockey and soccer for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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U.S. To Host '14 CONCACAF Women's Championship In October

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 24 / 14

The U.S. will host the '14 CONCACAF Women’s Championship from Oct. 15-26, with first-round matches at MLS stadiums in K.C., DC and Bridgeview, Ill., and the semifinals, third-place match and championship game at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The top three finishers will qualify for the '15 Women&rs...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Skipper On MLS TV Rights Investment

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Tags: Franchises

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Tags: Media

05/12/14
SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN takes over out-of-market package

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Tags: Media

05/12/14
SportsBusiness Journal: MLS’s big play

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Tags: Media

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

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Tags: Media

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Tags: On The Ground

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