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Tampa Bay, Ottawa Defect To USL, Again Raising Questions About Future Of NASL

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 26 / 16

The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury FC are "coming aboard" for the '17 USL season after defecting from competing league NASL, according to Ridge Mahoney of SOCCER AMERICA. If all 29 teams that played in '16 return, USL will field 32 teams in '17, as Reno will have an expansion team. Minnesota Unit...

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Gretzky To Play Role In NHL Centennial Plans

The NHL yesterday announced that Hockey HOFer Wayne Gretzky will be its "official ambassador for its many centennial activities" to celebrate the league's 100th anniversary, according to Helene Elliott of the L.A. TIMES. Gretzky, who had "kept a distance from the NHL" since leaving as Coyotes c ...

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Conor McGregor Remains UFC's Biggest Star

Conor McGregor was formally introduced yesterday as the headliner for UFC 205 -- the promotion's first card at MSG -- and it is clear that since Ronda Rousey's loss last November, McGregor has become MMA’s “biggest star, flamboyant in and out of the ring,” according to Victor ...

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Unified Team Responses Gaining Popularity

Great pregame gesture by Falcons and Saints before the #MNF tilt in the dome pic.twitter.com/YKUadsnGmI — Ricardo LeCompte (@RLeCompteWYFF) September 27, 2016 NFL Panthers S Tre Boston plans to meet with the Old Dominion football team this weekend to “discuss how the ...

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Carmelo Supports Kaepernick's "Courage"

Social awareness and the reaction to NFL and college football players protesting during the playing of the National Anthem continued to be a main topic of conversation in NBA training camps yesterday, and Knicks F Carmelo Anthony said he supports the "courage" that 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick had ...

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FC Cincinnati Helps USL Attendance Jump 33%

The United Soccer League saw a 33% year-over-year increase in total attendance across its ’16 regular season, which finished over the weekend. The USL drew a total of 1,496,493 fans this season, compared 1,132,218 last year, according to figures provided by the league. Average attendance ...

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Saints, Falcons Display Unity After Anthem

The Saints and Falcons last night "came together for a display of unity" by joining hands in a circle on the field before their "MNF" game, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. Saints coach Sean Payton and Falcons coach Dan Quinn "figured it was a great way for players to join the growing pr ...

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MLS Looking At Cincy For Expansion?

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More NFLers, College Football Players Join Protests

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NFL Keeping Vikings-Panthers In Charlotte

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Baldwin Wants AGs To Ask For Police Reviews

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