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Bucks' New Owners Committ To Adding Local Investors To Group

04 / 18 / 14

Speculation about investors "with Wisconsin ties" buying into the Bucks "may still come true despite Herb Kohl’s plan to sell the team " for $550M to N.Y.-based Fortress Investment Group co-Founder Wesley Edens and Avenue Capital Group Chair & CEO Marc Lasry, according to Rich Kirchen of ...

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MLB Franchise Notes

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03/21/14
Seahawks, MLS Sounders Set To Cut Business Ties

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03/21/14
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Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy has been "integral in the Packers remaining among the NFL's elite both on the field and off" during his six years in the role, according to Rob Reischel of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Murphy said the 7,000 seats added to Lambeau Field prior to the '13 seas ...

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03/21/14
Nolan Ryan Settling Into Advisory Role With Astros

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03/21/14
Owners Peg Int'l Growth As Top Priority

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03/20/14
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03/20/14
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Source: Local, National Investors High On Bucks

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