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NFL Facing Heavy Criticism On Social Media For Suspending Ray Rice Just Two Games

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 24 / 14

The NFL has suspended Ravens RB Ray Rice for two games without pay and fined him $58,000 following his domestic violence arrest in February for assaulting his then-fiance, according to sources cited by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. A source said that Rice also "will be asked by the NFL to take counseli...

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MLB Giants May Ban Culturally Insensitive Attire

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Raiders Up Cheerleaders' Wages, Working Conditions

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NBA Franchise Notes

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Franchise Notes

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Sterling Makes Contentious Court Appearance

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Monfort Could Alter Rockies' Front Office

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Rams To Use App To Ask About Fan Experience

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