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MLB Network Absorbing MLB Productions In Ongoing Reorganization

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 04 / 15

MLB Productions, baseball's in-house TV and video production division, is being absorbed into MLB Network as part of the league's ongoing business reorganization under new Commissioner Rob Manfred . The move, aimed at creating operational efficiencies, resulted in a job loss of slightly less than h...

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Northwestern AD Bullish On Facilities Project

Northwestern Univ.'s chance of building a new multipurpose athletic practice facility that will primarily serve the football team "seems more artificial as time passes," but AD Jim Phillips is "unwavering and direct in saying" it will be built, according to Seth Gruen of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. ...

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12/22/14
North Texas Pleased With Alcohol Sales

Univ. of North Texas officials concluded that selling alcohol inside Apogee Stadium during football games this season "was profitable and did not impact public safety," according to Duncan & Vito of the DENTON RECORD-CHRONICLE. In six home games, UNT "sold 21,438 units of beer for a total gross ...

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12/22/14
Hawaii Seeks $6M In State Funding

Univ. of Hawaii leaders on Thursday asked state lawmakers for $6M over the next two years "to help the financially struggling university athletic department try to balance its books," according to Keoki Kerr of Honolulu-based KHNL-NBC. UH athletics officials predict a $3.5M deficit this year "at a d ...

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12/19/14
Luck Reiterates Stance On Likeness Compensation

Newly hired NCAA Exec VP/Regulatory Affairs Oliver Luck on Thursday said that he believes college athletes "should be paid for the use of their likeness," a position that "favors changing college sports in the very way that the organization has spent years fighting in court," according to Sharon Ter ...

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12/19/14
Hancock Talks Future Of CFP

College Football Playoff Exec Dir Bill Hancock said he does not "think there will be major changes" to the selection process because the selection committee is "satisfied with the way things went" in its first year, according to Zac Ellis of SI.com. Hancock: "That's not to say there may not be some ...

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12/18/14
WVU Looking For Luck's Replacement

With AD Oliver Luck leaving West Virginia, the school will "have one of its own in a position of power" in the NCAA, but will "have to find a new leader" for its athletic department, according to Cam Huffman of the Beckley REGISTER-HERALD. In his four-and-a-half years since replacing Ed Pastilong ...

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12/18/14
Pitt Fires AD Steve Pederson

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12/18/14
Lochmann's Resignation Comes Amid UM Staff Shakeup

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12/18/14
Fired Pelini Slammed Nebraska AD Eichorst

Former Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini "repeatedly blasted" AD Shawn Eichorst during a team meeting immediately following his dismissal as coach, "providing a window into his strained -- almost nonexistent -- relationship with his former boss," according to a front-page piece by Dirk Chatelain of ...

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12/17/14
Hollis Concerned By Booze-Heavy Gamedays

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