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Judge Again Denies Preliminary Approval Of $765M NFL Concussion Settlement

04 / 17 / 14

U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody yesterday "denied preliminary approval" of the $765M settlement between the NFL and "more than 4,500 of its retired players in the concussions case that has been in the spotlight," according to Jeff Blumenthal of the PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL. Plaintiff layw...

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03/07/14
League Notes

The AP's Doug Feinberg reports the WNBA and WNBPA Thursday night agreed to a new eight-year CBA, pending approval by the league BOG. The deal "allows both sides to opt out after the sixth season." The "biggest change in the deal is an increase by one in the team's maximum roster size to 12." Another ...

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03/06/14
Could MLB Labor Tension Jeopardize WBC?

There is "anxiety" within MLB for the first time in years "about the future of labor relations" between the league and the MLBPA, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSPORTS.com. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's successor will be "charged with the weighty task of continuing" the league's two-decade s ...

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03/06/14
Silver Dishes On NBA Growth, Tech, Culture

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the effort to grow the league "doesn't mean that we are trying to take away fans from the NFL." Silver, in an interview with USATODAY.com, said, "It’s that sports fans ... are fans of multiple sports, especially for those who play basketball, who follow colleg ...

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03/05/14
Garber Discusses MLS Expansion Plans At Length

MLS expansion "remains as hot-button [an] issue as ever," which was "apparent during an hour-long Q&A session" Commissioner Don Garber held yesterday in advance of the start of the '14 season, according to Avi Creditor of SI.com. Garber "took questions from fans and journalists, over social medi ...

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03/05/14
MLB Praised For Replay Implementation

Worries that MLB's " groundbreaking expanded use of replay this year will bog down the game with more dead time probably are not necessary," according to Tom Verducci of SI.com. There likely will be "bugs to work out," but the use of expanded replay is the "best thing to happen to baseball since ba ...

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03/04/14
First MLB Replay Challenges Made

The "first two video challenges in major league history" were made during yesterday's Blue Jays-Twins Spring Training game, as it was the "first to be played" under MLB's new replay system, according to Phil Miller of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The system "came into play in the sixth inning," whe ...

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03/04/14
NFL Considers PATs From 25-Yard Line

The NFL Competition Committee has "discussed experimenting this preseason with a longer ... extra-point try," according to Judy Battista of NFL.com. A committee member said that meetings over the weekend "included preliminary talks about placing the ball at the 25-yard line for the extra-point kick ...

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03/04/14
Kurt Busch To Attempt Indy-NASCAR Double

Kurt Busch and Andretti Autosport announced today that he "will try to become the first driver in 10 years to run the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day," according to Jenna Fryer of the AP. If Busch qualifies for the Indy 500, he "will then fly to Charlotte Motor Speedway to ful ...

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03/04/14
Andre Agassi Could Skip IPTL

Andre Agassi "will snub" the inaugural Int'l Premier Tennis League (IPTL) if it "clashes with Thanksgiving," according to Martyn Herman of REUTERS. Agassi was named in yesterday's "player draft for the new Asia-based event but said he had since learned the first match would clash with the November h ...

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03/03/14
MLB Unveils New Player Tracking System

MLBAM this weekend at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference unveiled a new player tracking system that holds the potential to open a broad new realm of measurement in the game. Developed with the aid of Sweden-based Hego Group and Denmark-based TrackMan A/S, the system combines optical tracking ...

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