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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 28 / 14

Media reporter  Joe Flint : "Very excited to be re-joining the WSJ on the media beat and very grateful to the LA Times for five great years." Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot : "For Johny Manziel's final team period today, the Beastie Boys' 'Fight for your right to party' blared...

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07/24/14
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The attorneys for Shelly Sterling yesterday said that they will "ask a judge to issue a ruling" allowing the $2B sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer to proceed, "despite pending lawsuits brought by Donald Sterling in both federal and civil court contesting his wife's authority to sell the franchis ...

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07/24/14
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07/24/14
Bears To Roll Out "Bear Down" Campaign

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07/24/14
NHL Panthers Hope Montoya Draws Cuban Fans

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07/24/14
MLB Franchise Notes

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07/23/14
Bowlen Resigning Control Of Broncos

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07/23/14
Sterling Files Another Suit To Block Sale

Donald Sterling "opened a third legal front Tuesday in his fight to maintain control of the Clippers, alleging in another lawsuit that he remained the team's rightful owner and demanding" that Shelly Sterling's $2B sale of the team to Steve Ballmer "be blocked," according to Rainey & Fenno of th ...

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07/23/14
Bengals Owner Taking Back Seat In Running Team

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The NFL Jets "are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders, while offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly," according to Barry Wilner of the AP. The program "begins with creating a simplified way to get into MetLife Stadium." Season-ticket hol ...

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