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Morning Hot Reads: Dan With The Plan

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 05 / 15

The DETROIT FREE PRESS portrays Cavaliers Owner and Quicken Loans Chair  Dan Gilbert as "a modern-day version of Muhammad Ali in his prime." He is a "supremely confident guy, given to making brash, over-the-top predictions – and usually delivering on them." The Knicks are now...

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UFC Meets With New York Legislators

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Minding My Business With PSE's Mike Donnay

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Sources: 14 Cities Could Bid On CFP Title Games

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Chicago Mayor Rejects Cubs' Renovation Requests

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday "rejected two requests from the Cubs -- one for non-stop construction seven days a week to speed up a bleacher reconstruction project delayed by frigid temperatures, and a revised request" to build from 6:00am-10:00pm CT Monday through Saturday, according to a ...

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Maple Leafs Keep Ticket Prices Flat

Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan in a letter that went out this morning to season-ticket holders wrote that the Leafs "will not raise ticket prices for next season," according to Stephen Whyno of the CP. It is the "fifth time in seven years all ticket prices will remain the same across the boa ...

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MLS Offers MLSPU Version Of Free Agency

MLS and the MLSPU "reportedly staked out their positions regarding free agency on Tuesday, with the proposed cap on increasing free agent salaries among the issues putting a potential deal in peril," according to sources cited by Jeff Carlisle of ESPN FC. A source said that MLS' current offer "provi ...

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ESPN To Air World Cup Of Hockey

The NHL and NHLPA today formally announced that the U.S. media rights to the '16 World Cup of Hockey have been awarded to ESPN, with Canadian English-language rights going to Sportsnet and French-language media rights to TVA Sports. For ESPN, the deal makes it the exclusive net for all tournament ga ...

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Audi Inks Four-Year Deal With MLS

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ESPNU Celebrates 10th Anniversary

ESPNU today celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special "SportsCenterU" at 6:00pm ET. The telecast will include "highlights of the first show" from Stillwater, Okla., where the net launched on March 4, 2005, with an episode of "ESPNU College GameDay." In addition, ESPN Front Row "will feature ite ...

Executive Transactions

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