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    “If there was no team here and somebody came to us and said, ‘We’d like to bring a team to Nassau Coliseum,’ our answer would be, ‘Are you kidding?’”

    — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, on the Islanders’ need for a new arena (NEWSDAY, 1/27).

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    Skating Forward
    Suffolk County exec says Islanders have deal to explore options of leaving Nassau.

    Tomorrow Never Knows
    ESPN reportedly to decide after Super Bowl whether to let Michaels out of “MNF” contract.

    Secret Service?
    Sources say NBA may launch probe into claims Thomas tried to get opposing players drunk.

    Fab Five
    Gillette using two Super Bowl spots to launch “Fusion” razor.

    Ducks On The Frozen Pond
    Henry Samueli says “Mighty” will be dropped from NHL team’s name next year.

    Slow Growing Season
    Majority of upgrades to Cotton Bowl postponed due to ongoing contract talks.

    Birds Of A Feather
    Richard Peddie, MLSE draw heat for running of Raptors after firing GM Rob Babcock.

    Grand Vision
    CBC to air 1,000 hours of programming from Turin Games over eight outlets.

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    The sports agency landscape is set for another shake-up as Wasserman Media Group has acquired the NBA and MLB practices of former SFX Sports CEO Arn Tellem. Tellem, who recently exercised an option to buy out of his SFX contract, will become President of WMG Management. Tellem brings with him approximately 50 clients each from MLB and the NBA, along with many of the agents from his SFX practice. Meanwhile, NBA agent Rob Pelinka, the only agent in SFX’ L.A. office not making the move to WMG, will become President of SFX Basketball L.A.

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