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FCC Refuses To Block Dan Snyder Radio Station License Renewal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 19 / 14

The FCC has “dismissed an attempt to block the broadcast license renewal of a radio station that belongs” to Redskins Owner Dan Snyder ( WASHINGTON POST, 12/19 ). An activist attorney was “seeking to strip” the license of a Virginia radio station “because the outlet...

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12/18/14
Drake Continues Working On Raptors' Rebrand

Musician and Raptors Global Ambassador Drake has been busy working with the team's rebrand that "will be unveiled before" the team hosts the '16 NBA All-Star Game, according to Ryan Wolstat of the TORONTO SUN. Drake said, “I think people are going to be floored with what we have in stor ...

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12/18/14
49ers Cut McDonald Following Assault Probe

The 49ers yesterday "axed" DE Ray McDonald "after San Jose police said they are investigating the 30-year-old for an alleged sexual assault," according to Sernoffsky & Branch of the S.F. CHRONICLE. SJPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Heather Randol said that investigators "interviewed an uniden ...

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12/18/14
Stars' Gaglardi Purchases Team's AHL Affiliate

Northland Properties, the holding company for the Stars, yesterday announced that it had " completed the acquisition " of the AHL Texas Stars, bringing the two franchises "together under the same umbrella for the first time" since '11, according to Sean Shapiro of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN.  ...

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12/18/14
Franchise Notes

In Chicago, Rick Morrissey writes under the header, "Hey, McCaskeys, It's Not Personal -- You're Just Awful At This." Morrissey: "There has been one constant throughout my 14 years of writing columns in this town, and it’s the institutional ineptitude of the Bears. At almost every turn, they h ...

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12/17/14
White Sox' Tix Sales Spike Spurs More Moves

White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf was “encouraged by the response from Sox fans calling and signing on for more tickets next season, enough to give” Senior VP & GM Rick Hahn “a green light” to sign LF Melky Cabrera, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. ...

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12/17/14
Sharks On Verge Of 10th Straight Non-Sellout

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12/17/14
Kings' Ranadive Explains Role In Firing Malone

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12/17/14
AFL Pittsburgh Power Shut Down

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12/17/14
Bears' Leadership Under Fire

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12/16/14
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