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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 05 / 15

15 – Number of clubs that have scheduled MLB Ambassador for Inclusion Billy Bean for a visit during ’15 Spring Training ( “OTL Extra, ESPN3, 3/5 ).

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Laugh Track....Shirt Off His Back

Former Russian and NHL player  Viacheslav Fetisov appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” last night to promote the new documentary, “Red Army,” about the USSR hockey team. Host Jon Stewart said, “Hockey in the '80s and '90s really d ...

03/05/15
Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Presidents and the White House.” “When the current presidential occupant of the White House was born, this president was living there.”

03/05/15
Kings Plaza Sculpture Reaction Mixed

Social media, NBA Kings fans and the Sacramento art world have “buzzed with emotions ranging from disgust to joy" since the franchise, the city and local art officials announced they had picked a sculpture by artist Jeff Koons as the "centerpiece" for the public plaza of the team's new arena, ...

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03/05/15
Arrow To Sponsor Hinchcliffe In IndyCar

Arrow Electronics has agreed to serve as primary sponsor of Schmidt Petersen Motorsports' No. 5 car, which will be driven by  James Hinchcliffe  in the '15 Verizon IndyCar Series. The deal is being formally unveiled today during Arrow's Internet of Things Immersions tour event in San Jose. ...

03/05/15
Night Moves....Skating On Thin Ice

Last night’s 1:00am ET edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” led with Trail Blazers-Clippers, which was the lead-in to the broadcast, followed by 76ers-Thunder, Grizzlies-Rockets, Cavaliers-Raptors, the NBA Eastern Conference standings and Broncos QB Peyton Manning restructuring ...

03/05/15
MLS, MLSPU Reach New CBA

MLS and the MLSPU late last night announced that they had reached an agreement on terms of a new CBA. The new deal, which covers five years through the '19 season, ensures the league starts the season on time tomorrow. The deal will now allow for limited free agency based on age and experience, a fi ...

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Quick Hits....

“I will try to understand the pace of game and how it relates to young people wanting to become more of a baseball fan. I’m trying to understand that completely” – Cubs manager Joe Maddon , who met yesterday with MLB officials to discuss new pace-of-game rules ( CHICAGO TRI ...

03/05/15
Speed Reads....

The NFL Giants and the estate for Lehman Brothers have “settled their long-running dispute over a soured interest-rate swap tied to the financing” of MetLife Stadium. Lehman sued Giants Stadium LLC in '13, claiming it was owed $100M "under the swap" ( WSJ.com, 3/4 ). Orlando City SC ...

03/05/15
Twitter Me This....

Is this a false statement? Right now, the vast majority of players in MLS make more here than they would make overseas... #MLSCBA — Jeff Bradley (@JerseyJBradley) March 5, 2015 Press release lands to inform us that Barcelona's impoverished footballers have received luxury watche ...

03/05/15
Adidas' Q4 Loss Rises To $155M

adidas today reported a "significantly wider" Q4 loss, "capping a tough year" for the company. adidas said that its net loss for the period ending Dec. 31 was $155.1M (all figures US), compared with a loss of $11M in Q4 '13. The company "blamed the loss on higher input costs, negative currency effec ...

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