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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 15 / 14

A source said that A-B InBev is "talking to banks about financing" a potential $122B deal to buy rival SABMiller. The source said that A-B InBev "isn't in active discussions" with SABMiller, but rather is "waiting to line up its financing before making a formal approach." This comes "on the heels of...

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08/25/14
USTA's Contracts, Grants Put Into Question

Several of the USTA's current and recent board members "have benefited" from the organization's "grants and contracts, raising questions about the unofficial perks available to the men and women at tennis’s highest rungs," according to Pilon & Lehren of the N.Y. TIMES. The Junior Tennis Ch ...

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08/25/14
Addition Of Tablets To NFL Sidelines Lauded

The NFL is letting teams use Microsoft tablets on the sidelines this season for the first time, and it is a "wonder why they didn't get to it sooner," according to Fox' Troy Aikman. The HD quality of the tablets "is outstanding because the Polaroids were always dark." Aikman: "To be able to get the ...

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08/25/14
Little League CEO Considers Player Compensation

Little League Baseball CEO Steve Keener suggested that the organization in the future could possibly give back some of the $76M "in television rights fees the organization is reaping over the next eight years to the kids whose names, images and likenesses fill up flat screens every summer," accordin ...

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08/22/14
Suarez Could Be Huge Boost For NASCAR

Joe Gibbs Racing's signing of Mexican driver Daniel Suarez this week "represents the most important achievement yet in NASCAR's diversity efforts," according to Jeff Gluck of USA TODAY. Suarez, 22, represents a "chance to change the face of NASCAR and its fans." If he is successful on the track, Sua ...

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08/22/14
Olbermann: Rules In Place To Speed Up MLB Games

Keith Olbermann spent the first few minutes of his ESPN2 talk show Thursday on pace of play in MLB, and said Commissioner Bud Selig recently noted games “now take 17 maddening minutes longer than they did when he became commissioner.” Selig said the length of games “drives him ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLB

08/21/14
Manfred Talks Pace Of Play, Other Plans In Q&A

MLB Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred will inherit from Bud Selig a "robust game with strong financials, stable attendance, labor peace and competitive balance," but he also "inherits the warning signs of an aging fan base and more dead time within what are the longest games in the history of the sport ...

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08/21/14
Cohon Will Not Return As CFL Commissioner

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon "will not return for a third term when his current contract expires" in April, according to the CP. Now in his eighth season as CFL commissioner, "only Jake Gaudaur (1968-1984) and Sydney Halter (1958-1966) have held the position as long." Cohon said that he "made the ann ...

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08/21/14
Interest In FedExCup Playoffs Builds

The PGA Tour's FedExCup Playoffs began today at The Barclays in Paramus, N.J., and while "most were skeptical at first at the reasoning behind an end-of-season playoff in golf, it really has made the post-major PGA Tour season interesting," according to Shane Bacon of YAHOO SPORTS. Yahoo Sports' Jay ...

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08/21/14
League Notes

Former MLBer Curt Schilling yesterday said that he "suffered from oral cancer" from 30 years of using smokeless tobacco. Schilling: “I’ll go to my grave believing that was why I got what I got." In Boston, Maureen Mullen writes the hope is that Schilling’s announcement and the deat ...

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08/20/14
Report: NFL Eyes Pay-To-Play For SB Halftime

The Wall Street Journal report that the NFL is asking potential Super Bowl halftime performers to pay for the right to play during the game is the "single most arrogant thing I've heard of in my life," according to ESPN's Bomani Jones. He added, "You're going to take people that sell bazillions of r ...

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