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ESPN To Renew Deal To Televise Pro Football HOF Enshrinement

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 28 / 14

ESPN this week is expected to announce that it "has signed a new seven-year deal to televise" the Pro Football HOF's annual induction ceremony through '20, "the league’s 100th anniversary season." ESPN Senior VP/Programming Acquisitions Burke Magnus said that the net is "paying the hall...

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Is Kraft Pushing For NFL Draft In Boston?

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft yesterday "made it sound" as though bringing the NFL Draft to Boston is "not something he would be heavily involved in," according to Shalise Manza Young of the BOSTON GLOBE. Kraft noted that Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is "looking into having the NFL Draft in the city." ...

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Talk Of NFL Developmental League Gains Steam

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NFL Forms Committee For '15 Draft Host

Cowboys COO & Exec VP Stephen Jones is "part of the working group that has been assembled" by the NFL to "explore the possibility of staging future drafts in cities around the league," according to sources cited by David Moore of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. More than a dozen cities have "expressed ...

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CFL, Players Reach Tentative CBA

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Triple Crown Could Boost Interest In Sport

A victory by California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes Saturday would deliver horse racing its first Triple Crown winner in 36 years and give the sport a "much-needed boost, according to CBS' Maurice DeBois. The net's Michelle Miller noted the sport is "hurting," as betting at tracks since '04 "has dr ...

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Selig Presides Over Final Draft As Commish

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Thursday night presided over what is scheduled to be his final MLB Draft as the league’s top exec before his planned retirement in January, but he said he has not begun to heavily dwell on events such as this being the final iterations of his baseball career. “ ...

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MiLB Sees Slight Jump In Cost Of Family Attendance

Minor League Baseball on Thursday said the average cost for a family of four to attend a game in the affiliated minors this year is $63.55, up $1.03 from a year ago. As is typical, Triple-A carries the most expensive tickets and concessions with short season Single-A and Rookie levels the cheapest. ...

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Bettman Declares '13-14 NHL Season A Success

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in his annual state of the league address yesterday "declared this season a rousing success based on record attendance and television viewership on NBC, healthy competitive balance, and the success of the six outdoor games played," according to Helene Elliott of the L.A ...

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Wiley Adds Name To NFL Painkiller Lawsuit

ESPN analyst and former NFLer Marcellus Wiley has "added his name to a lawsuit accusing NFL teams of illegally dispensing powerful narcotics and other drugs to keep players on the field without regard for their long-term health," according to Jim Litke of the AP. Wiley said, "The first thing people ...

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NHL In Great Financial Position As SC Final Starts

The '14 Stanley Cup Final begins tonight with the NHL having achieved "arguably the best financial position in its history," with many of Commissioner Gary Bettman's efforts yielding a league that "feels as modern as its cohorts," according to Sharon Terlep of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. It "has m ...

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