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Fanatics Gains Rights For NBA Replica Jerseys In Decade-Long Deal Beginning In October

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Fanatics has expanded its "collection of apparel rights to include manufacturing and sales of NBA replica jerseys," according to Terry Lefton in this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Sources said that the company has a "10-year-plus deal" that begins in October before the '17-18 NBA season when Nike "...

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Could San Diego Replace The Chargers?

Following the Chargers move out of San Diego, local talk has quickly "turned to replacing them with another NFL team," according to Showley & Weisberg of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Former NFL exec Jim Steeg, who also sat on San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's stadium advisory committee, said, "I ...

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Braves Pursuing Palm Beach County ST Complex

As the Astros and Nationals prepare to open their $148M Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, business and government leaders in central Palm Beach County are "buzzing with optimism" over a plan for a new Braves complex, according to Joe Capozzi of the PALM BEACH POST. A Braves rep "show ...

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NFL Divisional Overnights Down 3%

The NFL saw a 3% drop in combined overnight ratings for its four divisional round games this weekend. Leading the way was yesterday's Packers-Cowboys thriller on Fox, which drew a 28.2 overnight -- the best for any divisional game since Panthers-Cowboys drew a 28.6 in '97. Packers-Cowboys projects t ...

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Cubs Eliminate Print-At-Home Tickets

The days of print-at-home Cubs tickets "are over," as the team has introduced a "new mobile-focused ticket practice" for '17, according to Danny Ecker of CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS. Fans will have "two options for getting into games," including using hard copy tickets or MLB's Ballpark mobile app ...

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NHL ASG Breakaway Challenge Taken Off Roster

YAHOO SPORTS' Greg Wyshynski cited a report by Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos in which he said that the NHL All-Star Game Breakaway Challenge is "done." The contest was reintroduced at the '08 ASG as a "'slam-dunk competition' for the NHL, with trick shots and wacky props and players helpin ...

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L.A. Fans Boo New Chargers Logo

The Chargers' first public presentation in L.A. "didn't go over so well" on Saturday, as the crowd at Staples Center for Lakers-Clippers "promptly booed" the logo when it was presented on the video screen during the game, according to J ...

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Silver Says NBA Exploring Mexico City Franchise

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league is "exploring the possibility of adding a franchise in Mexico City," as well as a D-League team in Monterrey, according to Michael Wright of ESPN.com. Silver, speaking before Saturday's Spurs-Suns matchup at Mexico City Arena, said, "In terms of a fr ...

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Auto-Owners Insurance Extends NASCAR Deal

Auto-Owners Insurance (AOI) this morning announced a multiyear extension with Furniture Row Racing’s No. 78 Toyota driven by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. in a deal that will see the company up its investment. As part of the pact, Michigan-based Auto-Owners will move ...

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Greg Byrne To Be Next Alabama AD

Arizona AD Greg Byrne will replace the retiring Bill Battle at Alabama, with Battle expected to transition into an advisory role with the school once Byrne takes the reins. Byrne is expected to begin March 1 in Tuscaloosa. Battle, 75, is retiring after almost four years at his alma mater. The f ...

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber Addresses Expansion

MLS Commissioner Don Garber prior to the league’s SuperDraft on Friday discussed a variety of topics, saying the league is "still on the rise," according to Alicia DelGallo of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. He said, "The opportunity for us to be bigger, better, stronger, to get deeper in our comm ...

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