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11/21/14
Roberts Says Taylor Suspension Was Excessive

NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts called the NBA's 24-game suspension of Hornets F Jeff Taylor  "excessive, without precedent and a violation" of the CBA, according to Rick Bonnell of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Roberts suggested that the union is "prepared to appeal the suspension on behalf of Taylor ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA

11/21/14
Minneapolis Area Official Chooses Side In MLS Bid

Hennepin County (Minn.) BOD Chair Mike Opat on Thursday "made a surprise appearance" at MLS HQ in N.Y. during a meeting with league execs  to support the bid  for an expansion club headed by NASL club Minnesota United FC Owner Bill McGuire, according to a front-page piece by Kaszuba & ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLS

11/21/14
MLB Approves Five-Year Manfred Deal

MLB owners on Thursday unanimously approved a five-year contract for Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred. The deal will cover the ’15-19 seasons, and arrives three months after Manfred won the election to succeed Bud Selig in January. Financial terms were not disclosed, but sources suggested the de ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLB

11/21/14
NHL Calls For Dismissal Of Concussion Suit

The NHL said that players who were forced to retire early because of concussions and other head injuries "ought to have been able to 'put two and two together,' thanks to a number of newspaper and magazine stories and other news reports," according to court documents cited by Rick Westhead of T ...

Tags: NHL, Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/20/14
Hornets' Taylor Suspended 24 Games

The NBA yesterday suspended Hornets F Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he "pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property," but the length of the suspension "does not represent a new league standard for domestic violence ca ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA, Charlotte Hornets

11/20/14
NFL's Jeff Pash Addresses Peterson Suspension

NFL Exec VP & General Counsel Jeff Pash addressed comments from attorney Rusty Hardin, who represents suspended Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, concerning the NFL penalizing his client above the penalties doled out by the justice system. Pash: “What is a matter for the criminal justice system ...

Tags: NFL, Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/20/14
NFL Concussion Case Approval Still A Ways Off

Final approval of the preliminary settlement of concussion claims against the NFL likely will not come until early next year, class co-lead counsel Chris Seeger told reporters yesterday after the nearly four-and-a-half-hour fairness hearing in federal district court in Philadelphia. That is pre ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

11/19/14
Response Mixed On Peterson's Punishment

The NFL, having "fallen so far out of step with society in its seeming tolerance for domestic abuse cases," showed yesterday with its punishment of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson that the league is "going to come much closer to zero tolerance in these cases," according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSPORTS ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

11/19/14
More Feuding Looms Between NFL, NFLPA

The season-long suspension of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson  "has become a proxy fight for yet another round in the endless" NFL-NFLPA "battle that began with the last CBA negotiations" in '11, according to Don Banks of SI.com. The two sides "have become entirely predictable and tiresome at this ...

Tags: NFL, Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/19/14
LPGA Releases '15 Schedule

The LPGA yesterday released its '15 schedule, and for the first time since '01, it "will start in Florida," according to Greg Hardwig of the NAPLES DAILY NEWS. The Coates Golf Championship at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club "already had been announced, and will be played Jan. 28-31." The tour ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, LPGA

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