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Bills' Brandon Replaces Black As Sabres President, Exemplifying Synergy Under Pegulas

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 28 / 15

The Sabres yesterday announced that Bills President Russ Brandon would take on the same role with the Sabres, the "strongest sign yet of the synergy that has steadily developed between the two franchises since October, when the Bills joined the Sabres under the ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula," ac...

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WNBA Approves Shock's Move To Arlington

The WNBA BOG on Thursday "voted unanimously" for the relocation of the Tulsa Shock to Arlington beginning with the '16 season, according to Eddie Sefko of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The Shock -- who "may be getting a nickname change, as well -- will play at College Park Center on the campus" of Univ. ...

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Penguins Embracing Hockey's Big-Data Move

With hockey becoming "more data-driven, building an analytics team is one of the Penguins' priorities," and they recently hired war-on-ice.com co-Founder Sam Ventura as a "consultant responsible for analytics only," according to Jason Mackey of the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW. Penguins VP/Hockey Opera ...

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Maple Leafs Hire Devils' Lamoriello As GM

Lou Lamoriello this morning resigned as Devils President and was subsequently "named the new general manager" of the Maple Leafs, according to Mike Johnston of SPORTSNET.ca. Lamoriello will be introduced by the Maple Leafs today at 2:00pm ET. He had "spent 28 years with the Devils franchise," winnin ...

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Cherington Takes Blame For Red Sox' Recent Woes

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington yesterday spoke in the visitors’ dugout at Minute Maid Park and "took the blame for things not working out the last two years," according to Nick Cafardo of the BOSTON GLOBE. Cherington said that there has been "some 'self-review' and 'internal analysis' on the moves ...

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Jaguars Become First NFL Team To Offer Emojis

The Jaguars have "entered the world of mobile device emojis with the creation of their own emoji keyboard," according to Dixon & Hanold of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. The Jaguars are the "first NFL team to launch a fully-functional emoji keyboard." QB Blake Bortles, LB Paul Posluszny, DT Sen’ ...

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Sources: Patriots Hire VR Firm STRIVR Labs

The Patriots "are expected to be the third NFL team to work" with Silicon Valley-based STRIVR Labs, which "develops immersive sports experiences," through virtual reality, according to sources cited by Shira Springer of the BOSTON GLOBE. STRIVR Founder Derek Belch said, "We’re trying to provid ...

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Vikings Restructure Peterson's Deal Despite Arrest

The Vikings and RB Adrian Peterson "officially have renewed their vows" after an "uncertain offseason packed with tension, hard feelings and distrust," according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The Vikings yesterday announced that Peterson and the team "'mutually agreed' to restructu ...

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Pacers' "Hoosiers" Jerseys Part Of Unique Deal

The Pacers' new "Hoosiers"-inspired jerseys "look great," and the team's deal with MGM Studios, which produced the movie, "feels like a conceptual coup," according to Paul Lukas of ESPN.com. Pacers Sports & Entertainment Senior VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Todd Taylor said the team ...

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Pelicans Looking For Their Own D-League Team

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said the team would like to own and operate an NBA D-League franchise and are "looking at some options right now throughout the Gulf Coast" and the state of Louisiana. He said he was unsure if it would be for "next year or the following year." Demps: "We think that’s the ...

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