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Bucks' New Owners Committ To Adding Local Investors To Group

04 / 18 / 14

Speculation about investors "with Wisconsin ties" buying into the Bucks "may still come true despite Herb Kohl’s plan to sell the team " for $550M to N.Y.-based Fortress Investment Group co-Founder Wesley Edens and Avenue Capital Group Chair & CEO Marc Lasry, according to Rich Kirchen of ...

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Magic's Attendance, TV Ratings Down

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04/14/14
Bills Prepare Portfolio For Potential Buyers

A Trump Organization rep said that Bills execs and the family of late Owner Ralph Wilson Jr. are "interviewing five investment banking firms that will put together a portfolio on the team’s assets" to be studied by prospective buyers, according to Tom Precious of the BUFFALO NEWS. Tr ...

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04/14/14
Jets Conduct Focus Group To Gauge Fan Experience

The NFL Jets hired research firm Luntz Global to "conduct a focus group with 22 current and former season-ticket holders and heard from unhappy fans about everything from MetLife Stadium" to the team not signing Patriots CB Darrelle Revis when he was available, according to a source cited by Br ...

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NHL Franchise Notes

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04/11/14
Leafs Name Brendan Shanahan As Top Exec

NHL VP/Player Safety & Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan on Friday was named Maple Leafs President and "will be given the final say in all high-level hockey decisions made in the richest organization in the league," according to James Mirtle of the GLOBE & MAIL. Shanahan had "been cour ...

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Bills Consider Niagara Falls For New Stadium

Several members of the Bills New Stadium Working Group said that they are "considering sites that would put it closer to the team's burgeoning Ontario fan base" in order to "bolster the team's long-term viability," according to John Wawrow of the AP. New York State Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who co ...

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Fire Expand Marketing, Outreach Programs

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Ricketts Expounds On Cubs Investor Hunt

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Did The Jets Pull Out Of "Draft Day" Role?

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