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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 30 / 14

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08/28/14
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ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto reported UFC "intends to further its anti-doping effort ... by implementing a random, out-of-competition drug-testing program later this year." UFC VP/Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner said that the promotion is "in discussion with 'four to five' independent drug-testing a ...

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08/27/14
NHL Denies Report It Will Add Four Teams

The NHL this morning "shot down" a report that it is planning to expand to Las Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle and Toronto, according to the TORONTO STAR. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said to French-language TV outlet TVA Sports, "Not in our plans. Nothing new to report on expansion." The four citi ...

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08/27/14
Darlington Change Highlights '15 NASCAR Schedule

Darlington Speedway is returning "to its traditional Labor Day weekend," one of a "handful of changes" to the '15 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, according to Jim Utter of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The Southern 500 was held on Labor Day weekend from '50-'03 before Darlington’s "lone Cup series date ...

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08/27/14
NFLPA's Smith Talks CBA, Upcoming Election

NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith said the organization has been "extremely pleased with the way the CBA has unfolded," as the salary cap has "increased dramatically." Appearing on ESPN2's "Numbers Never Lie," Smith said, "The players are taking the lion's share of television revenue, which is the larg ...

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08/27/14
New NBA Baselines Rules Focus On Player Safety

The NBA is "expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety," according to Brian Mahoney of the AP. The new regulations call for an "extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket stanchion ...

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08/26/14
Gilbert Lays Out Agenda For NFLPA Exec Dir Role

Former NFLer Sean Gilbert this morning outlined an ambitious agenda as part of his campaign for NFLPA Exec Dir, including agreeing to an 18-game regular season, while at the same time ripping apart the current CBA and shifting resources back to the players. Gilbert is running against incumbent DeMau ...

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08/26/14
Men's Tennis Lacks Diversity Of Women's Game

The women's draw at the U.S. Open is "teeming with diversity," as nine of the top 14 ranked U.S. women "are African-American, Asian, Latina or mixed race, including five of the top six," according to Douglas Robson of USA TODAY. There is "little doubt the landscape of American tennis, especially on ...

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08/26/14
Big Payroll Doesn't Equal Success In MLB

For the last decade in MLB, the "relationship between payroll and wins is almost nonexistent," according to Brian MacPherson of the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. Teams that once could "acquire the game’s best players through the depth of their pocketbooks now find themselves with diminishing opportuniti ...

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08/26/14
Cuban: Bud Selig Has Been "Horrible" Commissioner

Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban yesterday called MLB Commissioner Bud Selig a “horrible” commissioner and said, “The only growth was at the end of the '90s, and we know what happened there." Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show," Cuban said, "The things that he did behind the scenes, givi ...

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08/26/14
Could MLB Bend On Rose Ban For Right Price?

Last week marked the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose's lifetime ban from MLB, but ESPN's Keith Olbermann speculated the league might be willing to bend from its stance and allow Rose to appear at next summer's All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park if a corporate entity is willing to pay the bill. ...

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