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On Eve Of Indy 500, IndyCar Ponders Ways To Attract Fans For More Than One Weekend

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 22 / 15

The Verizon IndyCar Series with Sunday's 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 will again attempt to "leverage this morsel of national traction into sustained mainstream relevance" despite the fact that it "has failed" to do so before, according to Brant James of USA TODAY. Its most recent best ...

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NFL Faced With Tough Decision On "Deflategate"

The "blustering NFL has now been backed into a corner" following  the release of Ted Wells' report  on the Patriots' "Deflategate" scandal, according to Mark Bradley of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. It was "easy to come down on a rogue organization and to take a stand against domestic ...

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What Kind Of Punishment Will Brady Get?

Having to punish Patriots QB Tom Brady, one of the league's "brightest stars," is "new territory" for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to Stephen Holder of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. Based on the league's "previous actions, it does not appear that the question is 'if' but, rather, 'how severe'" ...

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Thomas Hiring Catches WNBA Prez By Surprise

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PGA Tour Purses Continue To Grow

The PGA Tour is "expected to award" more than $317M in total purse money during the '14-15 season that concludes in September, including the $10M purses at The Masters, PGA Championship and this week's Players Championship, according to Jason Sobel of ESPN.com. That is a more than 400% increase from ...

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Roger Penske Dishes On IndyCar, Belle Isle

Verizon IndyCar Series team Owner Roger Penske said from his standpoint, the product "has never been stronger or more competitive," according to Mike Brudenell of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Penske added although IndyCar is not the NFL, MLB or NBA, the sport needs a "better TV package." Penske: "We are ...

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Tim Finchem Discusses Myriad Topics

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Bettman To Testify In Concussion Suit

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered by U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson to "offer testimony in the concussions lawsuit filed by 60 former players against the league," according to Rick Westhead of TSN.ca. Nelson late yesterday ordered Bettman to "testify in July on matters related to the ...

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Jones' Suspension Good For UFC Brand?

UFC President Dana White said there is "no denying" the suspension of fighter Jon Jones will be a financial negative for the sport in the short term, but in the "long run, we feel it strengthens our brand," according to R. Thomas Umstead of MULTICHANNEL NEWS. White said, "We've made it clear that ...

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League Notes

PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio reported the Missouri Supreme Court last week "delivered what could become a fatal blow" to the NFL’s "obsession with allowing a non-lawyer to make legal decisions that could be influenced by business interests unrelated to what the law requires." In a laws ...

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