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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 27 / 15

The GLOBE & MAIL notes in the NHL's "salary-cap era, now in its 10th season, the one person" who can make the "difference between good and great" is the GM. Team-building "while finding market efficiencies has become paramount." SHREVEPORT TIMES: "Thanks to nearly $1.5 million in losses ove...

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Kobe Bryant Sells L.A.-Area Mansion

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Callaway Profits Beat Q1 Expectations

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Red Sox' Lucchino Could Join Boston '24

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Pitt Hires Utah State's Barnes As AD

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Tags: Colleges

Renderings Released For Raiders-Chargers Stadium

The Chargers and Raiders "have completely overhauled their design" for a $1.7B shared stadium in Carson, Calif., according to Farmer & Fenno of the L.A. TIMES. The new design is the "result of almost two months of collaboration" between the franchises. The revised plans "show a futuris ...

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Leafs Optimistic Fans Will Buy Rebuild

MLSE Chief Commercial Officer Dave Hopkinson believes the Maple Leafs still "have something to sell their season-ticket holders that hasn’t been there in recent years," and that is "real, long-term hope that things will improve," according to James Mirtle of the GLOBE & MAIL. Hopkinso ...

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MLB Still On Pace To Reduce Game Times

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Cablevision Offering Cord-Cutting Package

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Flames Merch Flying Off The Shelves

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