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Bettman Praises Shanahan For Player Safety Work, Says No Replacement Lined Up Yet

04 / 18 / 14

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Wednesday said that former NHL VP/Player Safety & Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan, who became Maple Leafs President this week , "leaves a lasting legacy with his involvement with the league's player safety department, a position that did not exist until he to...

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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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03/03/14
Mark Cuban Spouts Off Against NCAA

Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban believes that it is "in the best interests of elite prospects" to play in the NBA D-League "instead of spending one season in college," according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN DALLAS. Cuban said, "I think what will end up happening -- and this is my opinion, not that of the leag ...

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03/03/14
Cherry: NHL Will Not Send Players To Korea

The CBC's Don Cherry on this week's "Coach's Corner" speculated NHL players "will not go to South Korea" to participate in the '18 Pyeongchang Games. He said, "I would bet the farm on it. Why should they go? Three weeks -- what, grow the sport in Asia? Who is kidding who?" He added, "It’s okay ...

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03/03/14
League Notes

THE MMQB's Peter King writes now that NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith "has told the current player reps he’d like to stay in the job" for as "long as they want him, the question is, Who will be the next generation of player leaders, and will they want Smith to continue when his current term exp ...

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02/28/14
Silver Pushes For Transparency With NBA Officials

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver appeared on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" Friday morning, with ESPN's Mike Greenberg noting, "You recently said you want the NBA to rival the NFL as America's most popular sport. What in your mind is the single biggest key to making that happen?" Silver responded, "To c ...

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02/28/14
NASCAR's Brian France Sits For Q&A

NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France this week sat for a Q&A with Bob Pockrass of SPORTING NEWS and discussed his decision to change  the Chase for the Sprint Cup format. Excerpts from the Q&A are below. Q : What made you comfortable rolling this out now as opposed to a year ago or ...

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02/27/14
Sources: Support Grows For More NFL Playoff Teams

There is "growing support" within the NFL for expanding the playoff field "by two teams, likely beginning in the 2015 season, and the chances are increasing that the franchise owners will consider and potentially vote on such a proposal when they meet next month," according to sources cited by Mark ...

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02/27/14
Gilbert Begins Candidacy For NFLPA Post

Former NFLer Sean Gilbert said he met with 25-30 agents who represent a large number of players at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis as part of his campaign to run against NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith for the union’s top job next year. “The purpose of meeting with agents is part of ...

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02/26/14
Source: Pro Bowl Could Move To Super Bowl Site

The NFL is "seriously considering moving the Pro Bowl from Hawaii to the Super Bowl site in Arizona this season to improve the game’s revenue and profile," according to a source cited by Pete Dougherty of the GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE. The source "didn’t know whether the controversial Ariz ...

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