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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 28 / 15

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MLB Eager To Quicken Pace Of Play

With MLB games taking longer than ever, and owners "eager to quicken the pace for a generation that hates to wait for anything," pace of play is a "serious concern in an industry of relative calm," according to Tyler Kepner of the N.Y. TIMES. MLB has "labor peace, rising revenue, a strong drug- ...

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01/19/15
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Former NFLer Sean Gilbert said that his campaign for NFLPA Exec Dir "has been a full-time job for the last year." Gilbert: “I wouldn’t say I’m politicking. I’m just trying to bring transparency to the process, going all over the country visiting with reps and players, visitin ...

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01/16/15
No Pitch Clock For MLB In '15

Incoming MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's "first order of business" when he takes over for Bud Selig next week will be "trying to negotiate an agreement" with the MLBPA implementing rules to reduce the time of games, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. Manfred and Selig at Thursday's owners mee ...

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01/16/15
MLB Names New Exec Council Members

MLB on Thursday announced a new makeup of the eight-owner Exec Council, the league's most prominent owner committee. The new panel will be chaired by Cardinals Chair & CEO Bill DeWitt Jr., who previously led the league’s Search Committee to find the successor for Commissioner Bud Selig. De ...

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01/16/15
MLB Expected To Surpass $4B In Payroll, Benefits

MLB “almost assuredly will cross” the $4B threshold as an industry "in payroll and benefits” during the ‘15 season, according to Jeff Passan of YAHOO SPORTS. With the signings of remaining free agents, teams “should guarantee at least” another $125M in ‘15 s ...

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01/16/15
Garber Admits Missteps In NYC FC Lampard Signing

MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Thursday said NYC FC's signing of EPL club Manchester City MF Frank Lampard and the subsequent announcement "could have been handled better," according to the AP. Lampard will not join the expansion club until July instead of at the start of the season as initiall ...

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01/16/15
Spire Capital Selling Majority Stake In PBR

Private equity firm Spire Capital Partners is selling its majority stake in the PBR nearly eight years after buying the controlling interest in the bull riding organization. PBR Chair & CEO Jim Haworth said Thursday that N.Y.-based Evercore Partners has been brought on to find a potential buyer. ...

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01/15/15
Silver: NBA Teams In Europe Far Away

Today's Knicks-Bucks NBA Global Games matchup at London's O2 Arena marks the fifth regular-season game there since '11, but while it "sold out in hours," an NBA team in Europe "remains a long way off," according to Matt Dickinson of the LONDON TIMES. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver yesterday said ...

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01/15/15
MLB Mulls Pitch Clock, Additional Challenge

MLB owners are "negotiating pace-of-game changes with the players union, but the initial adjustments will be more dramatic at the minor-league level," according to sources cited by Rosenthal & Morosi of FOXSPORTS.com. Sources said that a 20-second pitch clock "will be implemented at Double-A and ...

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01/15/15
Professional Futsal League Plans To Launch

The Professional Futsal League was announced Tuesday, with Mavericks President of Basketball Operations & GM Donnie Nelson serving as the "lead investor" in the venture and former FC Dallas President & GM Michael Hitchcock serving "as the new league's President," according to Buzz Carri ...

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