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Texas Seeking Basketball Coach To Spark Interest In Program

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 29 / 15

Univ. of Texas men's AD Steve Patterson  is tasked with making another key hire in the wake of the school's announcement that men's basketball coach Rick Barnes  "will not return after 17 seasons." Barnes, who made $2.55M this past season, "has a buyout" of $1.75M that "would have d...

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Rousey/Tyson Comparisons Continue

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Could Rousey's UFC Dominance Hurt Brand?

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MLS Players Tout United Front In CBA Talks

Timbers D Nat Borchers said that he "hasn't witnessed any schism between American and foreign players as it relates to the key issues" in the MLSPU's negotiations with the league toward a new CBA, according to Jeff Carlisle of ESPN FC. With the MLS season scheduled to begin on Friday, talks between ...

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Manfred: No Suspensions For Pace Violations

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Friday said that he "did not expect violations of MLB’s new pace-of-game regulations to result in the suspension of any player" this season, according to Alex Speier of the BOSTON GLOBE. Manfred said, "I think that we’re going to work into the pace-of-game ...

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Golf Searching For Next Superstar

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NFL Appeals Judge's Peterson Decision

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NBPA's Roberts Questions Media Availability

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Major League Lacrosse Eyes Houston Expansion

Major League Lacrosse Commissioner Dave Gross on Thursday said that the league "has strong interest in pursuing an expansion franchise in Houston and will use its June 13 All-Star Game at BBVA Compass Stadium as a test to see if a team could be successful" in the city, according to Cameron Wolfe of ...

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Big Papi Slams New Batter's Box Rule

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