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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 15 / 14

A source said that A-B InBev is "talking to banks about financing" a potential $122B deal to buy rival SABMiller. The source said that A-B InBev "isn't in active discussions" with SABMiller, but rather is "waiting to line up its financing before making a formal approach." This comes "on the heels of...

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NFL's Goodell Criticized For Handling Of Rice

Criticism continues to come in with regard to how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handled the domestic-abuse case involving RB Ray Rice and the backlash has led to questions about his future as the league's top exec. ESPN.com's Jason Whitlock writes under the header, "Roger Goodell's Epic Failure." G ...

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09/09/14
NFL Players React To Ray Rice Assault Video

NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith, in the union's first public comments since the  release and suspension of Ray Ric e , said, "The video is disturbing. As a father, as a husband -- when you see something like that, it's jarring. ... For our union and for our players, it's one of those ...

Tags: NFL, Baltimore Ravens, Leagues and Governing Bodies

09/09/14
NFLPA To Vote On New Drug Policy Proposal

The NFLPA's 32 player reps today will vote on a "radically revised drug policy after a daylong face-to-face negotiation with the league" in N.Y., according to player sources cited by Mortensen & Schefter of ESPN.com. Sources said that the proposed policy will include HGH testing "for the fi ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

09/09/14
FedExCup Playoffs A Rousing Success For PGA Tour

After a "slow start," the PGA Tour's FedExCup Playoffs have "become arguably the tour's greatest success," according to Jaime Diaz of GOLF WORLD MONDAY. Other than golf's four majors and The Players Championship "medal-play tournament golf is never as good as it is in the midst" of the playoffs. For ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, PGA Tour

09/08/14
NFL Reviewing New Ray Rice Video

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "is reviewing" a new video released early this morning showing Ravens RB Ray Rice "knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator" this past February, according to a source cited by Bill Price of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. The source said that Goodell did ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

09/08/14
NFL, Union Still Negotiating New Drug Policy

NFLPA reps today were scheduled to meet with league officials in N.Y. "in an attempt to overcome the final sticking points in negotiations regarding a new drug policy," according to sources cited by Mike Garafolo of FOXSPORTS.com. One source said that this marks the "first face-to-face meeting in ov ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

09/05/14
USTA Begins New Collegiate Tournament

A USTA-sponsored, four-day college tournament began Thursday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as part of a "high-profile initiative to reinvigorate and promote intercollegiate tennis," according to William Rhoden of the N.Y. TIMES. The invitation-only tournament, the "first of its kind ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, USTA

09/05/14
Goodell Consulted Experts On Domestic Violence

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "surveyed experts in the field" of domestic violence and sexual assault before building the league's new policy that includes a six-game suspension for first offenses and a possible lifetime ban with a second, according to Jane McManus of ESPNW. National Network ...

Tags: NFL, NFL Season Preview, Leagues and Governing Bodies

09/04/14
Patrick McEnroe Out Of USTA Role

USTA GM of Player Development Patrick McEnroe "will leave his job," as his efforts have "borne the brunt of the criticism as Americans have steadily lost their place in the upper echelon of professional tennis," according to Pilon & Lehren of the N.Y. TIMES. Sources said that USTA execs had "pla ...

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09/04/14
Bettman Denies NHL Expansion Report

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "has vehemently denied the NHL is considering expansion," according to Bill Beacon of the CP. Sports Business News last week via Twitter reported the NHL will expand into Las Vegas, Seattle, and Quebec City while adding a second franchise in Toronto by '17, but B ...

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