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SMI's Admission Revenue Down 5% in '14; TV Money, Reduced Expenses Boost Profit

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Speedway Motorsports Inc. reported a $5.3M decrease in admission revenue across its eight tracks in '14, trending with lower attendance overall for NASCAR events last year, according to SMI officials. Some events were affected by weather at events held at Bristol Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speed...

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At Least Seven To Run For NFLPA Exec Dir

NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith will now face at least six challengers in an election for the union’s top executive position. Former NFLPA Staff Counsel Arthur McAfee and Michigan attorney Jim Acho both confirmed yesterday that they are official candidates for the election to be held March ...

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MLB Network Absorbing MLB Productions

MLB Productions, the league's in-house TV and video production division, is being absorbed into MLB Network as part of the league's ongoing business reorganization under new Commissioner Rob Manfred. The move, aimed at creating operational efficiencies, resulted in a job loss of slightly less than h ...

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MLS Offers MLSPU Version Of Free Agency

MLS and the MLSPU "reportedly staked out their positions regarding free agency on Tuesday, with the proposed cap on increasing free agent salaries among the issues putting a potential deal in peril," according to sources cited by Jeff Carlisle of ESPN FC. A source said that MLS' current offer "provi ...

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Steve Williams Joins Caddie Lawsuit

Attorneys representing a group of caddies in the class-action lawsuit against the PGA Tour "plan to re-file the complaint, expanding the original suit to more than 150 caddies," including Steve Williams, the former caddie for Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, according to Rex Hoggard of GOLFCHANNEL.com. ...

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Smith To Face At Least Three People In NFLPA Race

At least three candidates will be on the ballot to run against sitting NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith for the union’s top job in an election to be held later this month in Hawaii. Former Navy Admiral and former NFLer John Stufflebeem confirmed last night that he was notified by NFLPA President ...

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MLB, Union Mull Spring Training Games In Cuba

MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark said discussions are "ongoing" about the possibility of MLB games being played in Cuba, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSPORTS.com. When asked about MLB's relationship to the changing political climate between the U.S. and Cuba, Clark said, “There were conversation ...

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Kurt Busch Begins Reinstatement Process

NASCAR VP/Integrated Marketing Communications David Higdon yesterday said that suspended driver Kurt Busch "formally has accepted" the governing body's "terms to be eligible for reinstatement," according to Jeff Gluck of USA TODAY. Busch was suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware family court commissi ...

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Rousey/Tyson Comparisons Continue

Talk of Ronda Rousey's 14-second win over Cat Zingano on Saturday night was the most prominent topic on the afternoon TV talk shows yesterday, with ESPN's Dan Le Batard saying Rousey's dominance is "very good for the UFC" and that Rousey has become the "biggest star" for the MMA promotion. Le Batard ...

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Could Rousey's UFC Dominance Hurt Brand?

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who on Saturday defeated Cat Zingano in the fastest submission win in UFC championship history, "very well could be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport," according to Kevin Iole of YAHOO SPORTS. Rousey is "becoming such a phenomenon that it h ...

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MLS Players Tout United Front In CBA Talks

Timbers D Nat Borchers said that he "hasn't witnessed any schism between American and foreign players as it relates to the key issues" in the MLSPU's negotiations with the league toward a new CBA, according to Jeff Carlisle of ESPN FC. With the MLS season scheduled to begin on Friday, talks between ...

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