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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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NHL Panthers Hire Odierno As Chair

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Thorns Dominate NWSL Attendance

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Warriors' Lacob Buys Franchise In New Esports League

Warriors co-Owner Joe Lacob and his son, Assistant GM Kirk Lacob, "have been accepted" into Riot Games' reconstituted North American League of Legends Championship Series as the "newest franchise owners," according to sources cited by Jacob Wolf of ESPN.com. The Lacobs will pay a $13M entry fee fo ...

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Jerry Jones Meets With Players To Discuss Anthem

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones met with players and coaches yesterday and informed them that his stance on protesting during the national anthem was "rooted in a desire to play the bad guy and deflect attention from the players," according to a source cited by Todd Archer of ESPN.com. The source said tha ...

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Red Sox Officially Dombrowski's Team

The Red Sox are "officially" President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski's team after the club fired manager John Farrell yesterday, according to Sean McAdam of BOSTON SPORTS JOURNAL. It was Dombrowski's call to fire Farrell and it will be "his call to choose his replacement." Some input " ...

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Franchise Notes

Rockets Owner Tilman Fertitta said that the franchise "will be a family business, with his children one day to take over." Fertitta added that he is "too old at 60 to gain the expertise to take over the basketball decision-making." Pointing to his oldest sons Michael and Patrick, Fertitta said that ...

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Golden Knights Get Sellout For Home Debut

The Golden Knights made their T-Mobile Arena debut last night in front of a crowd of 18,191, and for fans who had "eagerly anticipated" a major-league professional sports franchise in Las Vegas, it was "well worth the wait," according to Case Keefer of the LAS VEGAS SUN. The Golden Knights beat ...

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Labor Union Files Charges On Jerry Jones

A labor union that represents workers in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana has "filed a charge alleging" that Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones has "violated the National Labor Relations Act with his threats to discipline players if they protest during the national anthem," according to Hill & Davison of th ...

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Fertitta Wants Rockets To Be Long-Term Contender

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Ducks Sign Deal With Data Firm SSB

The Ducks have signed a partnership with Denver-based data analytics firm SSB to help the franchise establish a data platform to drive strategy, engagement and revenue. SSB now has partnerships with eight NHL teams and the league itself. The data firm will help the team manage and coordinate its dat ...

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