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Judge Again Denies Preliminary Approval Of $765M NFL Concussion Settlement

04 / 17 / 14

U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody yesterday "denied preliminary approval" of the $765M settlement between the NFL and "more than 4,500 of its retired players in the concussions case that has been in the spotlight," according to Jeff Blumenthal of the PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL. Plaintiff layw...

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MLS Salaries Underscore Wide Disparities

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04/11/14
Second Group Of Former NHLers Sue League

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04/10/14
MLB Launches New Diversity Plan

MLB yesterday launched a three-part plan to "address the talent pipeline that impacts the diversity of on-field personnel, with a special emphasis on African-Americans," according to Paul Hagen of MLB.com. The first of three "broad initiatives now underway includes expanding baseball's existing prog ...

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04/10/14
New Replay System Gets Mostly High Marks

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04/10/14
NBA's Silver Addresses Raising Age Limit

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the topic of raising the league's age limit has "been on the burner" for a while. Silver appeared on "The Dan Patrick Show," and Patrick noted in Silver's short tenure, it "feels like there is a progressive attitude towards your approach here." Silver said of possib ...

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04/10/14
CFL, Players Union Begin CBA Negotiations

The CFLPA and the league "have set aside two days of meetings in Calgary" today and tomorrow to "begin negotiations" toward a new CBA, according to Curtis Rush of the TORONTO STAR. The league's current CBA is set to expire on May 30, and new CFLPA President Scott Flory said that the players "won't s ...

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04/09/14
NFL, Union Meet On Workplace Environment

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NASL Season Begins As League Eyes Growth

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