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Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys In Talks To End Ecclestone Trial

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Prosecutors and attorneys for  Bernie Ecclestone are "in talks about a possible deal to end" the F1 CEO's bribery trial in Germany. His defense team today called for "proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proc...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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 ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLS

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

07/08/14
League Notes

ESPN.com's Phil Sheridan wrote when it comes to rules against PEDs, "the NFL’s system works." It works for the league, which "gets to suspend a few players each year and maintain the illusion that it is doing everything possible to crack down on PED use." It works for fans who want t ...

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07/07/14
Top NASCAR Teams Form Alliance

The top teams in NASCAR have united to form Race Team Alliance, a business association designed to improve revenue and save costs for Sprint Cup teams. The Race Team Alliance includes Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richa ...

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07/07/14
Brian France Addresses State Of NASCAR

NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France on Saturday said that he is "happy with how the Sprint Cup’s new Chase for the Cup format is working," but he also "mentioned the sport continues to grapple with continued declines in ticket sales," according to David Scott of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. France ...

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After World Cup, MLS Tries To Hold Onto Stars

Sounders D DeAndre Yedlin last month became the first American from MLS' developmental academies to play in a FIFA World Cup match, and since then, the publicity campaign to "turn him into the face of the league has been like one of his runs: swift, calculated and effective," according to Jorge ...

Tags: MLS, Leagues and Governing Bodies, FIFA World Cup, Seattle Sounders

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