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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 31 / 14

NBC Sports hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk  will face off against fans in a shoot-the-puck competition at Horseshoe Casino in Indiana.

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NBCSN will air the first installment of the 11-episode series, “Mecum Dealmakers,” a behind-the-scenes look at collectible car auctions, at 10:00pm ET.

Rice Apologies, Calls Suspension Out Of His Control

Ravens RB Ray Rice today for the first time publicly commented on the two-game suspension the NFL gave him for his domestic violence arrest in February, calling it something he did not "have any control over." Rice said, "That’s higher authorities. That’s something that the courts, the N ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL, Baltimore Ravens

The Daily's Hot Reads For Thursday: Sound Of Settling

The CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION's Brad Wolverton writes, "A tentative settlement announced on Tuesday in a class-action lawsuit involving athletes' head injuries would give the [NCAA] new authority to require tougher return-to-play rules and to diagnose potential medical problems " ( CHRONICLE.co ...

Golisano Reportedly Could Still Bid For Bills

Former Sabres Owner Tom Golisano was not among the three bids "known to have been submitted" for the Bills by the initial deadline Tuesday afternoon, but it "does not mean he won’t submit a bid in the future," according to a source cited by Jerry Zremski of the BUFFALO NEWS. The source said th ...

Tags: Franchises, Buffalo Bills

Charter Nearing Deal With SEC Net

A Charter Communications spokesperson yesterday said that the company is "nearing a distribution deal with ESPN to deliver the SEC Network when the channel begins airing" Aug. 14, according to Jason Morton of the TUSCALOOSA NEWS. With Charter’s 5.7 million customers, SEC Network "will launch i ...

Tags: Media, ESPN, Charter Communications Inc., SEC

NBA Adds Twitter Handle To Official Game Balls

The NBA will place its social media @NBA handle on its official Spalding game ball beginning with October's preseason games. This marks the second major cosmetic change to the ball this year after the addition of new Commissioner Adam Silver's signature after he took office in February. The addition ...

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Executive Transactions

The Packers signed Exec VP, GM & Dir of Football Operations TED THOMPSON to a new multiyear contract ( Packers )....Learfield Sports named five execs to GM roles for its local collegiate media rights entities: DAVID MCGREW at Marquette Sports Properties, MIKE SHAYOTOVICH at Indiana State U ...

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Adidas Cuts FY '14 Outlook, FY '15 Targets

Shares in adidas "tumbled" today after the FIFA Global Partner cut its '14 outlook and postponed '15 targets, "citing risks surrounding Russia and challenges at its golf business," according to Monica Houston-Waesch of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. adidas' Q2 profit fell to $192.7M (all figures U.S.) fro ...

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D-I Schools May Seek Antitrust Exemption

Universities with "big-budget sports programs may ask Congress to give the NCAA an antitrust exemption should a federal court rule that it is illegal to forbid college athletes from making money," according to sources cited by Sharon Terlep of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Major college conferences and N ...

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