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Dipoto's Exit Is Latest Bad PR News For Angels, With Many Assigning Blame To Arte Moreno

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 02 / 15

The resignation of Angels GM Jerry Dipoto on Wednesday "brought an abrupt end to the tumultuous" tenure for the "forward-thinking executive whose numbers-based approach sometimes clashed with the supposedly set-in-his-ways [Mike Scioscia], baseball's longest-tenured manager," according to Mike DiG...

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Hawks GM Danny Ferry Officially Steps Down

The Hawks today announced that GM Danny Ferry has officially stepped down following an indefinite leave of absence that began in August. The leave was triggered by the unauthorized release of an audio recording containing a brief portion of a lengthy conference call with team ownership and others d ...

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Data Now Big In MLB Cards' Front Office

The MLB Cardinals' analytics efforts, which began in '03 with salaries and hardware that cost less than $1M, have expanded into an arm of the front office "that impacts decisions everywhere, from the boardroom to the dugout, the training room to trade talks," according to Derrick Goold of the ST. LO ...

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Coyotes A Boon For Glendale Tax Base

There is "no disputing" that the Coyotes attract more people -- and their money -- to businesses around Gila River Arena, as Glendale's monthly reports on the arena "show that the city easily pulls in more sales taxes during hockey season," according to Hansen & Doerfler of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. ...

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Wirtz' Blackhawks Considered Model Club

Every professional in Chicago "could learn something" from the Blackhawks, "particularly the people running the other sports teams in town," according to David Haugh of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Each team "could benefit from the Hawks' strong but clear approach to problem-solving by asking themselves WWH ...

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Phil Jackson Talks Future Of Knicks

Knicks President Phil Jackson last week said he is "trying to help turn it around the best way I can," but he sees GM Steve Mills as the "future of this franchise," according to a Q&A with Scott Cacciola of the N.Y. TIMES. Jackson said, "I can see Steve having a lasting tenure here, and this is ...

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Suns' Sarver Wants To Buy Spanish Soccer Club

Suns Owner Robert Sarver “confirmed that he's leading a small group of investors interested in purchasing” La Liga club Levante, according to Russ Wiles of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Sarver “previously made a failed bid to buy ” Scottish club Rangers for nearly $30M. Sarver said ...

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MLB Franchise Notes

In Tampa, Marc Topkin wrote the Rays are “always looking to be ahead of the game, seeking whatever edge they can on and off field, then when other teams catch on and catch up, moving on to the next frontier.” That now “appears to be high-tech injury risk assessment and prevention.& ...

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Judge Finds Tom Benson Competent

Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson "will remain in control of the teams and his billion-dollar fortune after a New Orleans judge on Thursday found the 87-year-old capable of managing his own affairs, blocking his estranged heirs' attempt to take over," according to a front-page piece by Sayre & ...

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Hawks Sale To Be Official Next Week

The sale of the Hawks and Philips Arena to a group led by Ares Management Chair, co-Founder & CEO Tony Ressler "will be finalized on Wednesday," and an official announcement "will likely come the following day," according to Chris Vivlamore of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Ressler will be th ...

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Clippers Unveil New Logo, Uniforms

The Clippers on Thursday "handed out thousands of red T-shirts" across the L.A. area to publicize the team's new logo and uniforms -- the "latest step in a thorough rebranding," according to Greg Beacham of the AP ( 6/18 ). In L.A., Melissa Rohlin notes the team distributed the shirts at "over 32 ...

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