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Isiah Thomas Expected Backlash Over Role With Liberty, Insists He Is "Activist For Equality"

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 22 / 15

WNBA Liberty President and co-Owner Isiah Thomas said that he expected his hiring to be "met with furor because of the sexual harassment trial" in which MSG was ordered to pay more than $11M in damages, according to Marc Berman of the N.Y. POST. But Thomas has told friends for years that he "never f...

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Penguins GM Calls Reporter "(Expletive) Jerk"

In Pittsburgh, Rob Rossi reports he was the target last night of an "obscenity-laced diatribe" from Penguins GM Jim Rutherford following the team's Game 3 loss to the Rangers. While walking with reporters to the dressing room, Rutherford said repeatedly, "Thanks for your support," and ...

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Clippers' Ballmer Profiled In N.Y. Times

In N.Y., Karen Crouse profiles Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer, calling him a "loud and proud leader." Ballmer "commutes to games" by jet from Seattle. He said, "Time is our most precious commodity, and there are conveniences that wealth brings to essentially get you more time." Crouse notes a security ...

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Raptors GM Ujiri Fined For Expletive

Raptors President of Basketball Operations & GM Masai Ujiri "was fined $35,000 and the team docked $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for his expletive" on Saturday "when addressing fans before the Raptors' playoff opener" at Air Canada Centre, according to the AP. Ujiri on Saturday said, "People want ...

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Oilers Win Draft Lottery Over Sabres

The Oilers on Saturday night won the NHL Draft lottery and with it the "right to claim" OHL Erie Otters C Connor McDavid first overall in the June 26 Draft, according to John MacKinnon of the EDMONTON JOURNAL. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish's "seemingly endless rebuild just got put on a fast track, all t ...

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Grizzlies' Pera Discusses Public Presence, Arena

Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera discussed the "future of FedExForum and more" in an e-mail Q&A with Ronald Tillery of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL. Below are excerpts from the interview: Q : During a Twitter conversation with fans last summer you promised more transparency. Why haven’t [w ...

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Franchise Notes

In L.A., Helene Elliott wrote the NHL Kings have an "image problem to deal with" after the arrest of C Jarret Stoll for possession of cocaine and ecstasy in Las Vegas on Friday. The worst-case scenario would be that the Kings "have a hole at the heart of the we-are-family culture they've meticulousl ...

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Redskins Execs Get Earful During Fan Forum

The Redskins last week at FedExField held a fan forum "featuring about a hundred fans and a host of top team officials," and given an open mic and the ears of the team’s front office, fans "took advantage," according to Dan Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST. Execs on hand included Presiden ...

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Penguins Holding Watch Parties After All

The city of Pittsburgh and the Penguins announced Thursday that they will "hold watch parties for all home games of the team's opening-round series" against the Rangers, beginning with Game 3 on Monday at 7:00pm ET in Market Square, according to Jason Mackey of the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW. Game 4 ...

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In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin writes the "uncertainty that enveloped" the NBA Kings' front office and coaching staff is "easing, starting to resemble the framework of a deal." Kings VP/Basketball & Franchise Operations Vlade Divac has the "keys to the palace," and his voice "rings loudest." GM Pe ...

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Magic: Dodgers Not Hurting From TV Issues

Dodgers investor Magic Johnson yesterday said that he "does not believe the team's virtual disappearance from local television has damaged its standing in the community," according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. Johnson added that he did think the lack of television exposure has damaged the ...

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