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New Interactive Football League Would Let Fans Call Plays; Deal Possible With Twitch

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 21 / 17

An investment group called Project Fanchise is "planning to start a new indoor-football league that lets fans call plays in real-time from their mobile devices or home computers, make personnel decisions and even choose the warm-up music before games," according to Brad Reagan of the WALL STREET JOU...

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USA Hockey, Women's Team Meeting In Philly

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03/17/17
USA Hockey To Reach Out To Women's Team

USA Hockey is "expected to reach out to players" on its women's national team, as well as their reps, in an effort to "restart negotiations over a labor dispute that has put their participation in the upcoming IIHF World Championships in jeopardy," according to Johnette Howard of ESPNW.com. The ...

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03/17/17
Penske: NASCAR Needs To Reduce Costs

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03/16/17
USA Hockey Ready For Women's Boycott

Instead of "sensing the public-relations nightmare that looms" in the form of the U.S. women's national hockey team potentially boycotting the IIHF World Championships , USA Hockey Exec Dir Dave Ogrean has "stunningly doubled down in his fight" against the team, according to Christine Brennan of U ...

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03/16/17
Judge Rules In Favor Of NHLPA In Wideman Case

A U.S. federal court judge has ruled in favor of the NHLPA and against the NHL by confirming arbitrator James Oldham's award to reduce Flames D Dennis Wideman's suspension. The NHL last June sued the union and filed a motion in U.S. District Court in N.Y. to vacate the award by Oldham to reduce Comm ...

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03/16/17
League Notes

ESPN.com's hockey writers discussed NHL participation at the '18 PyeongChang Games. Scott Burnside noted the league should "take a leadership role ... and say, 'We'll take whatever hit we need to take as a league to do the right thing, which is to continue to take part in the Olympics.' It's what th ...

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03/15/17
U.S. Women Could Boycott IIHF World Championship

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03/15/17
Galaxy In Trouble With MLS Over Social Video?

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03/15/17
New WTT Owners Now Focusing On Growth

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