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Beeston Gets Standing Ovation From Fans

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Tags: Franchises, MLB, Toronto Blue Jays

NHL Las Vegas Group Sets Tix Prices

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Should Falcons Be Punished For Extra Crowd Noise?

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Tags: Franchises, Atlanta Falcons

Saputo Displeased With Impact's Ticket Sales

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Franchise Notes

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San Jose Appeals A's Lawsuit To Supreme Court

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Jays' Beeston Says Ownership Supports Him

Blue Jays President & CEO Paul Beeston yesterday during an hour-long interview on Toronto-based CJCL-AM "repeatedly insisted that he has the full backing of his bosses at Rogers Communications," according to John Lott of the NATIONAL POST. But Beeston did acknowledge that Rogers' "hunt for his r ...

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Lions Raising Season-Ticket Prices For '15

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Falcons' Blank "Embarrassed" By Crowd Noise Probe

Falcons Owner Arthur Blank yesterday said he was "embarrassed and angered" upon learning in November that the franchise was being investigated by the NFL for piping in crowd noise at the Georgia Dome, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. The investigation “ha ...

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