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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 29 / 14

Josh Murray , a former minor league baseball player and the brother of Chiefs rookie QB Aaron Murray , last night was selected as the winner of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” ( Mult., 7/28 ).

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07/28/14
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$1.38B  – Amount by which the A's have "exceeded expectations" in the last 15 seasons under GM Billy Beane . The number takes into account statistics such as the average price of winning MLB games in that span and the team's payroll compared to other clubs. The A's "performed slight ...

07/28/14
The Daily's Hot Reads For Monday: Keeping Pace

The PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW's Travis Sawchick writes, "Dead time is playing a large part in baseball's pace-of-game problem ." And by stepping out of the batter's box, "nearly every batter contributes to the game's dead time with an idiosyncratic ritual" ( PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ). Also, new ...

07/28/14
Overnight Ratings: Brickyard 400, UFC

ESPN earned a 3.2 overnight rating for the Crown Royal 400 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday afternoon, which annually marks ESPN’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season. That figure is down from a 3.4 overnight last year, but up from a 3.0 in ’12, when the race ...

Tags: Research and Ratings

07/28/14
IMS Continues NASCAR Attendance Battle

The crowd for Jeff Gordon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 win yesterday "appeared to be between 80,000 and 90,000, less than half the number who witnessed" Gordon's first win at the inaugural Indianapolis Motor Speedway in '94, according to Jim Peltz of the L.A. TIMES ( 7/28 ). In Indiana ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, NASCAR

07/28/14
Executive Transactions

Oilers Entertainment Group named RICH MEYERS Oilers Dir of Game Presentation; and KEVIN RADOMSKI WHL Edmonton Oil Kings Dir of Business Operations ( Oilers )....The American Athletic Conference named BARBARA JACOBS  Associate Commissioner for Women's Basketball. Jacobs, who "has worked wit ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Executive Transactions

07/28/14
Large Crowd Turns Out For Baseball HOF Inducation

The '14 Baseball HOF Induction Ceremony yesterday drew an estimated crowd of 48,000 fans at the Clark Sports Center, marking the third-largest estimated crowd in the history of the event. The '07 ceremony drew an estimated 82,000 fans and the '99 ceremony crowd was estimated at 50,000 ( Baseball HOF ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, MLB

07/28/14
Jaguars, Panthers Unveil Stadium Upgrades

EverBank Field's upgrades were unveiled on Saturday prior to a friendly between DC United and EPL club Fulham FC, and those in attendance gave Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan "a standing ovation as he took the podium to debut the video boards," according to Meredith Rutland of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. Kha ...

Tags: Facilities, NFL, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers

07/28/14
Haslam Addresses Manziel's Party Persona

Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam III "weighed in on Johnny Manziel's rock-star lifestyle for the first time Saturday and issued a stern warning to his rookie quarterback," according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. Haslam said, "I don't want to wear this subject out. Johnny said it himself. ...

Tags: Franchises, Cleveland Browns, NFL

07/28/14
NBA Players Set To Vote On New Union Head

NBA players are scheduled to meet in Las Vegas today to elect a new NBPA Exec Dir. Three candidates -- Mavericks President & CEO Terdema Ussery, Information Technology Industry Council President & CEO Dean Garfield and Skadden Arps Partner Michele Roberts -- each will have 45 minutes to give ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA

07/28/14
Smith Apologizes For Domestic Violence Comments

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith this morning addressed comments he made on domestic violence during Friday's edition of "First Take" and called them the "most egregious error of my career." Speaking at the outset of today's show, Smith apologized for insinuating women could play a role in domestic violence ...

Tags: ESPN, SiriusXM, Media

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