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NFL Facing Heavy Criticism On Social Media For Suspending Ray Rice Just Two Games

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 24 / 14

The NFL has suspended Ravens RB Ray Rice for two games without pay and fined him $58,000 following his domestic violence arrest in February for assaulting his then-fiance, according to sources cited by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. A source said that Rice also "will be asked by the NFL to take counseli...

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Dolphins Look to Reclaim South Florida Market

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Vikings Suspend Priefer Three Games

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Yankees Deny Hiking Prices For Jeter Ceremony Game

The Yankees yesterday "shot down" a N.Y. Post report from Saturday indicating that the organization "had hiked ticket prices from $16 to $250 for the Sept. 7 game honoring Derek Jeter in a pregame ceremony," according to Jason Rubinstein of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. The Yankees in a statement said, "The ...

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MLB Franchise Notes

In Florida, Little & Rousos reported Lakeland city officials and the Tigers announced Friday an agreement that would "keep the team" playing Spring Training games in Lakeland for another 20 years. The team's Lakeland Spring Training tenure is "already the longest at a single city" in MLB. The de ...

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In L.A., Lisa Dillman reports the NHL Kings "already have sold out of season tickets" for '14-15. The team said that its season-ticket base "is 16,000 and that season-ticket renewal was in excess of 95%." The base number "includes partial season-ticket plans." The Kings "have sold out 120 consecutiv ...

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Monfort Blaming Front Office For Rockies' Woes?

Rockies Owner Dick Monfort on Thursday during a radio interview "seemed to start assigning blame" to Senior VP/Major League Operations & Assistant GM Bill Geivett and Exec VP, Chief Baseball Officer & GM Dan O'Dowd for the team's 40-55 start to the season, according to Nick Groke of the DEN ...

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Tickets High In Demand For CFL's Return To Ottawa

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Bucks Reveal List Of Local Minority Investors

The Bucks yesterday revealed an "initial list of local investors in the franchise," according to Charles Gardner of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The investors include Fiduciary Management Inc. Exec Chair & Portfolio Manager Ted Kellner, Kapco Inc. President Jim Kacmarcik, Good Karma Brands Fo ...

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Orlando City Halfway To Season-Ticket Cap

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