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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 23 / 14

Sports On Earth's Patrick Hruby : "The NFL expects between 15 and 25 percent of its retirees to come down with neurodegenerative diseases! … How is that not a headline? I'm dead serious." Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel : "Won't embarrass the player, but at MAC Media Day today had one tell...

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07/14/14
James' Decision Marks Big Day For NBA

The NBA "couldn't have had a better day" on Friday, with LeBron James' return to the Cavaliers dominating the news cycle, according to the N.Y. Daily News' Mike Lupica. A free-agency process that leaves fans "waiting to see where guys are going to make their next $100 million makes fans resentful" t ...

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07/14/14
Helton Says NASCAR Not Threatened By RTA

NASCAR President Mike Helton on Friday said that the formation of the Race Team Alliance "posed no threat to NASCAR’s governance of the sport," according to Vega & Harms of the BOSTON GLOBE. Helton said, "Any perception that there could be animosity based on this topic is incorrect and v ...

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07/14/14
DEA Investigating NFL Prescription Drug Abuse

Still "reeling from allegations that it covered up the long-term dangers of concussions," the NFL is now "facing a possible blitz from federal drug agents looking into the abuse of painkillers and other drugs" in the league, according to Michael O'Keeffe of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Sources said tha ...

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07/10/14
Concussion Settlement Key To NFL's Continued Prosperity?

THE MMQB's Andrew Brandt reviews the NFL's revised concussion settlement  and writes it was an "important step towards resolution of what I saw as a viable threat to the NFL's continued unsurpassed prosperity." Brandt writes he "always thought this case would settle," as team owners "want ...

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07/10/14
LeBron's '10 "Decision" Called Big Moment For NBA

LeBron James is dominating the sports news cycle as he continues to weigh his options in free agency, similar to the path he went down four years ago before announcing his intent to leave the Cavaliers and sign with the Heat in the made-for-TV special "The Decision." The hour-long ESPN show has been ...

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07/10/14
League Notes

In Toronto, Steve Buffery writes UFC's decision last week to move UFC 178 on Sept. 27 from Toronto to Las Vegas "smacks of disloyalty." UFC President Dana White insisted that the card was "never written in stone for Toronto and switching the card was strictly a business decision." However, whil ...

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07/09/14
Execs Predict MLS Attendance Will Grow After WC

Galaxy President Chris Klein and MLS President & Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott predicated that enthusiasm over the FIFA World Cup "would gradually send more fans through turnstiles" at league stadiums, according to Jim Peltz of the L.A. TIMES. Abbott: "There will be increased attendance. Over ...

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07/09/14
RTA "Worst Nightmare" For France Family

An ESPN roundtable discussed the recently formed Race Team Alliance , with ESPN.com's Ed Hinton saying it is the "worst nightmare" for the France family, which owns NASCAR. Hinton: "Just the idea of those nine teams' haulers pulling out of a garage area on a Friday or Saturday amounts to a nuclear ...

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07/09/14
Star Winners Boost Interest In LPGA

The LPGA at this point in the '14 season "might offer a more compelling product" than the PGA Tour, as the "average world ranking of a winner this season has been 12.8," according to Ryan Lavner of GOLFCHANNEL.com. Only three of the LPGA's 16 winners this season "have been ranked outside the top 25 ...

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