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MLS, U.S. Soccer Partner With IMG On Global Media Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 22 / 14

MLS and U.S. Soccer today will announce that they have partnered with IMG to market and distribute global media rights for the two soccer organizations for the next eight years. The agreement, which will run from '15-22, will include MLS; both men’s and women’s national team matches...

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Chicago Sports Team Owners Get Together

Your browser does not support iframes. The various owners of the city of Chicago's six major sports teams on Thursday were all together at one place taking questions, "side-by-side in what longtime observers believed was an unprecedented event," according to David Haugh of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. F ...

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Royals' Glass Says GM Moore Will Stick Around

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Irsay Breaks Silence After Suspension

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Leafs Form Analytics Partnership With SAS

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Pirates Raising Ticket Prices For '15

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Rays' Silverman Ready For Challenge

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Franchise Notes

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