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Isiah Thomas Expected Backlash Over Role With Liberty, Insists He Is "Activist For Equality"

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 22 / 15

WNBA Liberty President and co-Owner Isiah Thomas said that he expected his hiring to be "met with furor because of the sexual harassment trial" in which MSG was ordered to pay more than $11M in damages, according to Marc Berman of the N.Y. POST. But Thomas has told friends for years that he "never f...

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Hornets Want To Own, Operate D-League Team

The Hornets "want to own and operate their own franchise" in the NBA D-League, and team execs have "contacted officials from seven cities around the Carolinas to gauge interest in being home to a D-League franchise," according to Rick Bonnell of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The goal is to "have this ...

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Will Crowds Still Come For Struggling Orlando City?

Orlando City SC's exhibition win over Brazilian club Ponte Preta on Saturday night was played before a "significantly smaller announced crowd of 20,501" than has gone to some of the club's first MLS home matches, according to Mike Bianchi of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. The fans attending the Citrus Bowl f ...

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Franchise Notes

The GUARDIAN's Stuart James notes EPL club Aston Villa CEO Tom Fox hopes Randy Lerner "will continue to be the club's owner for a 'long, long time.'" Fox: "Look, there may be people out there who in their own mind think they want to buy Aston Villa. It’s nothing that we know about it. People a ...

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Buccaneers Take Risk Drafting QB Winston

With the Buccaneers selecting QB Jameis Winston first overall in the NFL Draft, GM Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith have "gone out on a limb" and picked a player who will either "make them look like geniuses or get them fired," according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. The careers of Smith and Licht ...

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49ers Go With Black For New Alternate Uniform

The 49ers on Thursday unveiled their first alternative uniform in team history. The new look brings the team’s traditional accent color of black to the forefront as the primary color of the team’s jerseys and pants. It includes the team’s traditionally featured colors of red and go ...

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O's Originally Wanted To Swap Rays Series

The Orioles originally "wanted to swap" this weekend's series against the Rays for one slated to be played at Tropicana Field in July, but MLB decided that it "was already difficult enough costing the Orioles fan base five home dates in Baltimore this week, and would be unwise to affect another fr ...

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Thunder Give Donovan $30M Over Five Years

Univ. of Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan will "become the third coach in Thunder history after agreeing to a multi-year deal with the team" Thursday for a reported five years and $30M, according to Darnell Mayberry of the OKLAHOMAN. The coaching search started with Thunder GM Sam Presti ...

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O's Game With No Fans Described As Eerie

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Rockets Dismiss Digital Communications Manager

The Rockets have "dismissed" Digital Communications Manager Chad Shanks after the team's Twitter account "posted, removed and then apologized for a tweet to celebrate the end of the first-round series with the Mavericks," according to Jonathan Feigen of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. The tweet posted T ...

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Bucks Sparking Basketball Renaissance In Milwaukee

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