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David Samson Out With Marlins' Ownership Swap; Manfred Confirms Sale Financing

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 18 / 17

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told owners that the Marlins "will have a new COO and David Samson is out as team president," according to ESPN's Dan Le Batard ( TWITTER.com, 8/17 ). Manfred said Thursday that prospective Marlins Owner Bruce Sherman "informed him" Derek Jeter would "run day-to-day op...

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Jets Rookie Says Field Is "Perfect Place To Die"

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Goodell Not Involved With Ravens-Kaepernick Talks

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Hornets Unveil New Jumpman Jerseys

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Franchise Notes

In St. Louis, Jeff Gordon writes the MLB Cardinals are a "sloppy, underachieving team," and the roster "requires reconstruction." But at least the front office "hasn’t tried to con fans into thinking that everything is just fine." The Cardinals' lack of movement yesterday at the trade deadline ...

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DC United Not Selling, Seeking Additional Investors

DC United General Partner Erick Thohir yesterday said that he is "seeking additional partners but has no plans to sell his majority stake in the MLS organization," according to Steven Goff of the WASHINGTON POST. Thohir said, "If we don't find anyone who is really good for our team, we won't bring o ...

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Bisciotti Discusses Possibly Signing Colin Kaepernick

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Blue Jays To Raise Ticket Prices For '18 Season

The Blue Jays have started informing season-ticket holders that prices will rise by up to 17% in '18, the "fourth straight year their fans will face an increase," according to Shi Davidi of SPORTSNET.ca. Subscribers to the Premium Dugout and 500 Level Lower categories will get "dinged the most" ...

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Haslam Discusses Browns' On-Field Product, Ownership

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Pacers Unveil New Uniforms, Floor Design

The Pacers during a fan fest on Friday "unveiled new uniforms for next season, along with a new home-court floor design," according to Clifton Brown of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. Five Pacers players were at the event "showing off both the white and navy blue versions" of the uniforms. The change is "par ...

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Chargers Already Losing Fans In San Diego

For nearly two-thirds of adult San Diegans who were Chargers fans last year, the "thrill is gone," as just 36% of fans polled last week identified themselves as fans of the team that moved to L.A., according to Tom Krasovic of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. With 81% of respondents saying they wer ...

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