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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 28 / 14

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07/25/14
NFL Follows Court's Lead On Rice Penalty

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07/25/14
Kraft: NFL Needs A Team In L.A. Market

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft on Friday said the lack of a football team in the L.A. market "isn't good for the NFL." Appearing on ESPN's "SportsCenter" live from the team's training facility, Kraft said, "We've gone a generation -- almost 20 years -- without a team in L.A. ... We have a generati ...

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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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07/24/14
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Rob Manfred Favorite To Succeed Selig

There is a "growing sense of inevitability" among MLB officials that the job to succeed Commissioner Bud Selig "will end up going to Selig's right-hand man," MLB COO Rob Manfred, according to Brian Costa of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Sources said that Manfred has the "backing of roughly 20" MLB owners ...

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