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NBA Free Agency Begins With Teams Spending Big Money, Largely To Keep Players

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 02 / 15

NBA free agency kicked off Wednesday with "plenty of lucrative deals without much player movement," and teams spent "freely as the league waded into a new era of inflated payrolls," according to Scott Cacciola of the N.Y. TIMES. The Cavaliers re-signed F Kevin Love to a five-year deal worth around $...

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FIFA Could Hold Presidential Election On Dec. 16

An "emergency meeting" is likely to be held in Zurich on Dec. 16 to vote on a successor to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, according to Richard Conway of the BBC. Reps from all 209 member associations "will be invited ... to vote in a new presidential election." A final decision on the date "is no ...

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Olbermann: Immediate Suspension For Solo

ESPN's Keith Olbermann last night called for the "immediate suspension, with all rights of appeal," of U.S. national women's soccer team G Hope Solo after new information surfaced over the weekend following her arrest on domestic violence charges last June. Olbermann also said U.S. Soccer Feder ...

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NHL, Union Plan Personal Development Program

The NHLPA is "finalizing plans on a watershed program to help current players return to school and prepare them for a multitude of issues they will face in transitioning from playing careers to retirement," according to Rick Westhead of TSN.ca. The program will be "unveiled at a time when the union ...

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NFL Responds To Romo's Reaction

The NFL yesterday said that it "did not delay in its efforts to express concerns" about Cowboys QB Tony Romo's fantasy football-themed convention set to be held in a Las Vegas casino , and that it raised the issue as soon as it "became aware of the planned event," according to Mike Florio of P ...

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MLB To Re-Evaluate Fan Safety Measures

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred yesterday said the league will review all of its fan safety protocols following the serious injuries Red Sox fan Tonya Carpenter suffered Friday night at Fenway Park . “When you have an incident like this, you have to go back and re-evaluate where you are on all o ...

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Manfred Looking Into Change Of Time, Place Of Draft

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, presiding last night over his initial First-Year Player Draft since taking over the league’s top job in January, said he intends to make further progress with the NCAA to harmonize the sport’s calendar and aid the transition for amateur players turning pro. ...

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Critics: U.S. Soccer Deals With Solo For Wins

U.S. women's national soccer team G Hope Solo last night "walked onto the Winnipeg Stadium pitch" for the U.S.' 3-1 win over Australia to open the FIFA Women's World Cup and "demonstrated why she gets away with things few others could," according to Leander Schaerlaeckens of YAHOO SPORTS. It is "dou ...

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NASCAR Council Focused On Driver Safety

The goals of NASCAR's new drivers council are "coming into focus," as it seems most drivers "agree on at least a couple" of priorities, including future Sprint Cup rules and driver safety, according to Jim Utter of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Driver Jimmie Johnson said the council is "really focu ...

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Triple Crown A Boon For Horse Racing

American Pharoah winning horse racing's Triple Crown on Saturday was a "perfect moment that the sport had been longing for," and there will be in the coming days a "great deal of talk about whether a new Triple Crown champion will give horse racing a badly needed shot in the arm," according to ...

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Russia, Qatar Could Lose World Cups

FIFA Audit & Compliance Committee Chair Domenico Scala said that Russia and Qatar’s hosting of the next two World Cups "could be [in] peril if it’s shown bribes" helped those countries’ winning bids, according to David Li of the N.Y. POST. Scala is the "first high-ranking ...

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