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NBA Kings Buy Controlling Interest In D-League Affiliate Reno Bighorns

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 21 / 16

The NBA Kings on Thursday said that the club has "bought controlling interest" in the D-League Reno Bighorns, according to Kasler & Voisin of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The Kings and Bighorns have been "affiliated for eight years, since the Reno club was founded, and Sacramento has controlled the Bigh...

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In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin noted NBA Kings Managing Partner Vivek Ranadive on Friday apologized for his comments in a USA Today article that drew an "angry rebuttal in Deadspin" from former GM Geoff Petrie. Ranadive said, "I wanted to sincerely apologize to Geoff Petrie and his team. I meant ...

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Morehouse: Penguins No Longer For Sale

Penguins President & CEO David Morehouse on Thursday, just ahead of the club beginning its 50th season, said that the "team is no longer for sale," according to Jonathan Bombulie of the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW. Morehouse appeared on KDKA-AM's morning show and said, "We did look at a bunch of d ...

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Shapiro Shares Thoughts On Chief Wahoo Logo

Former Indians GM and current Blue Jays President & CEO Mark Shapiro yesterday said that he was "personally bothered" by his former team's Chief Wahoo logo during his 24 years with the organization, according to the CP. However, Shapiro said that the people of Cleveland "thought differently ...

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NHL Panthers Create Local Grant Program

The NHL Panthers on Thursday announced the creation of the Florida Panthers Foundation Community Champions Grant Program, which will see donations of $25,000 "presented to a different local charitable organization at each home game," according to Craig Davis of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The pr ...

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Predators Hope Subban Can Grow Hockey In Nashville

The Predators in the offseason traded for D P.K. Subban, and the team is not only counting on him to "help them on the ice this season, but also to help sell the game in Nashville," according to Stu Cowan of the MONTREAL GAZETTE. The team is "off to a good start, with the Predators selling out a pre ...

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Jeff Vinik Says Lightning Break Even

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Oilers Name Wayne Gretzky To Exec Position

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Franchise Notes

In Pittsburgh, Joe Starkey reports the Penguins are now "off the block" 15 months after co-Owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle considered a potential sale of the team. Lemieux and Burkle "might be looking to add to their group of minority investors," but they are "firmly in control for the fore ...

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