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Tennis Grand Slam Board Tweaks Rules To Speed Up Game; May Reduce Seeded Players

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 11 / 22 / 17

The Grand Slam Board on Tuesday confirmed that the Australian Open’s "request to raise" the shot-clock from 20 to 25 seconds and "strictly enforce it with an electronic shot-clock had been accepted" and will begin during January's tournament, according to Martyn Herman of REUTERS. The thr...

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Phoenix Open Adding Spectator Areas Around 17th Hole

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Alvarez-Golovkin Generated Third Biggest Live Gate

The Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas "generated $27,059,850 from 17,318 tickets sold," and the live gate is the "third biggest in boxing history," according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. The Nevada State Athletic Commission said that there were "934 com ...

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PGA Tour Has "Anticlimactic" End To Season

Golfer Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship yesterday near Atlanta, while Justin Thomas won the $10M FedExCup prize, leading to "plenty of drama but no satisfaction," according to Paul Newberry of the AP. The PGA Tour "must figure out a better way to end its season." Newberry: "It felt downri ...

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Chicago Will Host '18 Laver Cup

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Laver Cup Debuts This Weekend

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PGA Tour Could Changing FedExCup Finale

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