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USA Hockey, Women's National Team Reach Agreement To Avoid Worlds Boycott

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 29 / 17

Members of the U.S. women's national hockey team last night "agreed to a four-year contract with USA Hockey" to "avert a threatened boycott" of the upcoming IIHF World Championship, according to Allen & Perez of USA TODAY. The team will "hold a practice" tomorrow at 3:15pm ET in Plymouth, Mich.,...

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Former NFLers Register For Concussion Settlement

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