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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 31 / 15

4.06 million – Average viewers for FS1’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points race this past Sunday. The audience for the race from Martinsville ranks fourth among all FS1 telecasts all-time, behind only three Giants-Cardinals NLCS games from '14 ( THE DAILY ).

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Fred Wilpon Addresses Mets' Clubhouse

Mets co-Owner Fred Wilpon yesterday "addressed the team in a closed-door meeting that players described as motivational and inspirational, with the focus on winning," according to Peter Kerasotis of the N.Y. TIMES. Word "filtered through the Mets’ organization at the start of spring train ...

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Top Ten....Cult Of Personality

Last night’s Top Ten list was “Top Ten Signs You’re In A Lame Cult.” Letterman said the “Church of Scientology has come out against the film ‘Going Clear’” on HBO, which said “it’s a cult” ( “Late Show,” CBS, 3/30 ). 10 ...

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Final Jeopardy....

“Who was Pearl Buck ?”

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Final Jeopardy!

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Vail Resorts To Buy Australia's Perisher

Vail Resorts announced that it has bought Perisher ski resort in Australia for US$136M "from James Packer subsidiary, Murray Publishers and Transfield Corporate." The resort is on a lease until '48 "with a 20-year option to review" ( SMH.com.au, 3/31 ). Perisher is the "largest ski resort in the S ...

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Is WWE Network's Growth Sustainable?

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Night Moves....You Call That A Bagel?

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Twitter Me This....

MLB fantasy draft over. Projected stats have me finishing 10 of 12. Last year's stats had me finishing 12th. #Money — Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 31, 2015 In London today, Dana White predicted UFC 189 would do more than a million PPV buys and UFC 187 would do 800-850K. &mdash ...

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