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Rogers Announces On-Air Talent For NHL Coverage In '14-15

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 28 / 14

Rogers today announced new broadcast talent for coverage of the '14-15 NHL season. Rogers will employ a total of 39 on-air personalities for its telecasts of more than 500 regular-season games across nine networks. Glenn Healy , Kelly Hrudey , Mike Johnson and Darren Pang will serve as game an...

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Former MLBer Curt Schilling yesterday said that he "suffered from oral cancer" from 30 years of using smokeless tobacco. Schilling: “I’ll go to my grave believing that was why I got what I got." In Boston, Maureen Mullen writes the hope is that Schilling’s announcement and the deat ...

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Report: NFL Eyes Pay-To-Play For SB Halftime

The Wall Street Journal report that the NFL is asking potential Super Bowl halftime performers to pay for the right to play during the game is the "single most arrogant thing I've heard of in my life," according to ESPN's Bomani Jones. He added, "You're going to take people that sell bazillions of r ...

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Analytics On The Rise In NFL

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MLB Execs: Reinsdorf's Power Play Will Cost Him

Some MLB execs say that White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf "lost a lot of influence" after unsuccessfully fighting for Red Sox Chair Tom Werner to succeed Bud Selig as MLB Commissioner, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Despite having "virtually no chance of success" of getting Werner elected over ...

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NFL Preseason Looks Safe At Four Games

Even with expanded playoffs "likely on the way" for the '15 NFL season, the league's four-game preseason "probably is here to stay, as some owners of NFL teams have put aside the notion of cutting the number of preseason games," according to Mark Maske of the WASHINGTON POST. This "renewed support f ...

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How Selig Ranks Among MLB Commissioners

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Bristol's Spring NASCAR Date Moving To April

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Should Tennis Start To Encourage Crowd Noise?

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Manfred Had Old Guard Of MLB Owners

The election of MLB COO Rob Manfred as the next commissioner came down to "the old-guard owners in Manfred's camp defending his record, especially as a labor negotiator, against the charges" by White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf "that he was too soft," according to Bill Madden of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. T ...

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N.Y. Times Profiles New NBPA Exec Dir

NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts "was a long shot" for the position last fall when she was one of about 300 candidates, yet she "emerged from a monthslong vetting process as the person the players saw as best equipped to represent them at a crucial moment," according to a profile by Andrew Keh of the N ...

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