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Friday Boxing announcer  Michael Buffer  will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin - Daniel Geale championship bout at MSG. Late WGN Cubs and White Sox TV and radio announcer Jack Brickhouse will be honored during the afternoon Cardin...

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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 ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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 ...

Tags: MLS, Leagues and Governing Bodies

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 ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NASCAR

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 ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, LPGA, Golf, PGA Tour

07/08/14
Judge Approves Revised NFL Concussion Settlement

U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody yesterday "approved a preliminary settlement between the NFL and lawyers for the more than 4,500 retired players who sued the league" over concussion-related issues, according to Ken Belson of the N.Y. TIMES. Brody's consent means that the "more than 20,000 ...

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07/08/14
Ramifications Of RTA On NASCAR Still Unclear

The official formation yesterday of the Race Team Alliance , which is comprised of nine of NASCAR's top teams, was said to be a "cost-cutting vehicle," but the "ramifications could be far larger for NASCAR, which has been insulated from the market forces that have affected other sports with unioniz ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NASCAR

07/08/14
Canadian Junior League Players Considering Union

Canada’s largest private-sector union is "rekindling an effort to unionize 1,300 hockey players in the country’s major junior leagues, two years after the last attempt fizzled in scandal," according to Westhead & Cribb of the TORONTO STAR. Unifor, created in '13 from the merger of th ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Hockey

07/08/14
FXFL Looks To Become NFL Minor League

Player salaries in the fledgling FXFL "will be low, no more than about $1,250 per week, and the league will not rely on ad revenue from television contracts to stay afloat," according to Peter Bukowski of SI.com. The idea is to "go into cities wher ...

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07/08/14
MLS Notes: League's Future Direction, Selfies

In Denver, John Meyer writes in the "aftermath of Team USA's exciting run" at the FIFA World Cup, MLS should "keep doing what it has been doing -- growing slowly, spending prudently and waiting patiently as it attracts new converts." It should "not start throwing money at international stars, becaus ...

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07/08/14
Soccer Notes: Does FIFA BOD Need More Women?

ESPNW's Kate Fagan wrote FIFA "needs to include more women," as there are now 123 countries with "women's senior national teams, and women play in some capacity in all of FIFA's 209 member nations." The "lone woman and second-youngest member of the committee, 47-year-old Lydia Nsekera of B ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLS, FIFA, CONCACAF

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