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NASCAR Schedule Changes Include Brickyard 400 Becoming Regular-Season Finale

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 24 / 17

NASCAR announced its '18 Monster Energy Cup Series schedule yesterday and the "biggest" move is Indianapolis Motor Speedway replacing Richmond as the site for the regular-season finale in an attempt to "breath some life into what used to be one of its biggest events," according to Bob Pockrass of ...

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Liberty Media OK With Alonso Racing In Indy 500

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04/17/17
NFL Eyes Replacement For Departing Dean Blandino

The NFL has a "handful of possible approaches" for replacing Senior VP/Officiating Dean Blandino, who resigned from his post late last week , according to Mike Florio of PRO FOOTBALL TALK. The league "could elevate Blandino’s current No. 2: officiating supervisor Al Riveron, a former ref ...

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04/17/17
Average Length Of MLB Games See Increase

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04/17/17
Mike Whan Grows LPGA In Face Of Obstacles

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04/17/17
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In Tampa, Caitlin Johnson reported USL Tampa Bay Rowdies Owner Bill Edwards is suing NASL for fraud, "claiming he never would have bought the Rowdies if he had known about a 'criminal conspiracy' involving the league." The lawsuit, filed in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court on Thursday, "seeks to vo ...

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04/14/17
MLB Continues To Lack Diversity

While MLB celebrates the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson "breaking the color barrier," it will only "camouflage the harsh reality that there are fewer African Americans in baseball than at any other time in the last 60 years," according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. A study done by USA Today ...

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RBI Working To Boost African-American Participation

With MLB celebrating Jackie Robinson Day on Saturday, an indication of baseball's health among African-Americans is participation at the youth levels. MLB VP/Youth Programs David James, who helps oversee the league's RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program, said of African-American participa ...

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NWSL Enters '17 Season With Raised Expectations

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04/13/17
St. Louis Sues NFL Over Rams' Move

The city and county of St. Louis and the Regional Convention & Sports Complex Authority are suing the NFL "over the relocation of the Rams 15 months ago," according to a front-page piece by Jim Thomas of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. The 52-page suit, filed yesterday in St. Louis Circui ...

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