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Despite Smokeless Tobacco Bans In Some MLB Ballparks, Use Still Persists In Clubhouses

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 24 / 17

Laws against the use of smokeless tobacco now extend to 12 MLB ballparks, but there is "no evidence that municipalities are trying to closely monitor tobacco use inside clubhouses or that they are attempting to fine players for violating any of the recent legislation," according to Seth Berkman of t...

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McLaren Plans To Return To Indy 500 Beyond '17

Both F1 team McLaren Exec Dir Zak Brown and driver Fernando Alonso have said that their run at the Indianapolis 500 next month with Andretti Autosport-Honda "may not be their only attempts at winning the event," according to David Malsher of MOTORSPORT.com. Brown said, "I would like to s ...

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F1 Still Seeking Locale For Second U.S. Race

F1 Chair Chase Carey said that "one priority" for Liberty Media, which now owns the series, is a "second American race" to complement the current race at Circuit of the Americas, according to AUTOWEEK. Carey: "We have a great partnership with the circuit in Austin, but we believe we can add a race i ...

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New "Madden-Like" Football League Coming

An investment group called Project Fanchise is "planning to start a new indoor-football league that lets fans call plays in real-time from their mobile devices or home computers, make personnel decisions and even choose the warm-up music before games," according to Brad Reagan of the WALL STREET JOU ...

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Will Serena's Pregnancy Hurt WTA Tour?

The news of Serena Williams' pregnancy will "only add to the pressure" on the WTA Tour, which has had to "put up with so many unscheduled absences over the past year," according to Simon Briggs of the London TELEGRAPH. Williams is the "second leading player" to become pregnant, with Victoria Az ...

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NFL Revenue Gap Could Continue To Be Issue

The "gap between rich and poor teams in the NFL has gotten so wide in recent years that three of the underprivileged franchises have taken drastic action" by relocating, and by '30, "several more of the NFL’s low-revenue teams might face the same pressure," according to Brent Schrotenboer of U ...

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MLB, Umps Discussing Wearing Mics To Explain Replays

MLB and umpires are "expected to discuss a plan -- most prominently used in the NFL -- for crew chiefs to wear a microphone and explain replay rulings," according to Ben Walker of the AP. Under one possible scenario, they would "start at the All-Star Game on July 11 in Miami, tweak the process over ...

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Pro Rugby League's Second Season In Doubt

The Professional Rugby Organization (PRO), North America’s first pro outfit to be sanctioned by USA Rugby, debuted a "year ago this week," yet there has been no announcement for a second season due to "politics, money, and trails of alleged broken promises amid unvarnished ill will," acco ...

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Rice Joins NFL's Social Responsibility Program

Former NFLer Ray Rice has "taped an interview for what will be a 2-3 minute video conversation" as part of an hour-long "social responsibility program" to be presented to NFL teams beginning next month, according to Christine Brennan of USA TODAY. The NFL "came to Rice as it planned its program for ...

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MLBAM's Statcast Influencing Player Evaluations

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier's six-year, $53.5M contract extension last month could "change the way others evaluate players, and how they attempt to use" MLBAM's Statcast technology to "turn rows of numbers into tangible dollar values, ones that turn relatively unknown players into multimillion ...

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USWNT's Pugh Could Pick Europe Over NWSL

Mallory Pugh, the most "coveted teenager in U.S. women’s soccer, has decided to turn pro and leave UCLA before she ever played a game there," according to Grant Wahl of SI.com. Sources said that the Portland Thorns are one of Pugh’s "preferred destinations in the NWSL." However, other so ...

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