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Friedman, Zaidi Given Major Credit For Dodgers' Return To World Series

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 20 / 17

The Dodgers on Thursday night advanced to the World Series and while the money spent on the team's payroll "surely helped," the club "truly ascended into the realm of the elite" when they hired President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi , according to Jared Diamond of th...

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Riley Tops List Of Those Impacting Heat Franchise

Heat President Pat Riley tops a list of 30 people who have "impacted the organization most -- from players to the front office" -- as the team kicks off its 30th season, according to Manny Navarro of the MIAMI HERALD. Riley was the "architect of the Heat’s three championships as team president ...

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Rams Uniform Changes Won't Come Before '19

In L.A., Vincent Bonsignore notes the "major changes" to the Rams' uniforms representing their move back to L.A. will not happen until '19 and possibly '20 to "coincide with the opening of their new stadium in Inglewood." By NFL rule, uniform changes "require a two-year notification and lock te ...

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Crew Want To Remain Viable In MLS

The Crew announced yesterday that they are "'exploring strategic options' to ensure" their long-term viability in MLS, a strategy that will "move forward with one of two options: remaining in Columbus at a new, Downtown stadium or relocating the franchise to Austin ," according to a front-page piec ...

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Jaguars Sorry For U.K. Anthem Demonstration

Jaguars President Mark Lamping last week apologized to local military officials for "not fully understanding the potential impact of several players' decision to kneel during the national anthem" before their Sept. 24 game against the Ravens in London, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. In an ...

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WNBA Stars Officially Moving To Las Vegas

MGM Resorts officially "has purchased" the WNBA Stars and " will move the franchise to Las Vegas " beginning with the '18 season, according to a front-page piece by Adam Hill of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. The move from San Antonio, which has "been in the works for several months, already has ...

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Rockies Increasing Ticket Prices For '18

In Denver, Patrick Saunders writes Rockies Owner Dick Monfort was "clearly enthused by his club’s first trip to the playoffs" since '09 when he "delivered his annual letter to season-ticket holders this week." The Rockies will be “instituting a modest" ticket price increase for '18. ...

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Crew Could Move To Austin Without New Venue

Crew Owner Anthony Precourt   announced today that he may "move his team to Austin" in '19 if a downtown Columbus soccer stadium "cannot be finalized in the next year," according to Grant Wahl of SI.com. Columbus Partnership President & CEO Alex Fischer, who heads a group of 60 ...

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Jags Dispute Protests Impacting Attendance

The Jaguars on Sunday drew their lowest attendance figure since Owner Shahid Khan bought the team in '11, and team President Mark Lamping said that the team "vehemently disagreed" with a theory that protesting players were a reason for the decline, according to Gene Frenette of the FLORIDA TI ...

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Golden Knights Already Beating Business Projections

Golden Knights Owner Bill Foley said that merchandise, sponsorship and ticket revenues are "trending above projections and he envisions a profitable first season before the deduction of interest, taxes and amortization expenses," according to Alan Snel of LVSPORTSBIZ.com. Foley said that sponso ...

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Coppolella Could Bring Lawsuits Against Braves

The Braves offered former GM John Coppolella a "financial buyout of severance," but he turned it down last week and has "hired an attorney with lawsuits possibly coming," according to sources cited by Bill Shanks of the MACON TELEGRAPH. Several sources were "amazed that Coppolella would be offered a ...

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