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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 23 / 14

Sports On Earth's Patrick Hruby : "The NFL expects between 15 and 25 percent of its retirees to come down with neurodegenerative diseases! … How is that not a headline? I'm dead serious." Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel : "Won't embarrass the player, but at MAC Media Day today had one tell...

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07/21/14
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07/21/14
Patriots Sue Bacardi After Rum Maker Nixed Deal

The Patriots "are suing Bacardi for breach of contract after the rum maker backed out" of a 10-year, multimillion-dollar deal that "included plans for a 20,000-square-foot pavilion, to be called Casa Bacardi, on the grounds of Gillette Stadium," according to Callum Borchers of the BOSTON GLOBE. The ...

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07/21/14
Cycling Teams May Become Fixed Franchises

While a group of team owners "are seeking a cut" of TV rights from the Tour de France, another "proposed remedy for cycling’s general instability is to adopt a league structure like other sports, in which the teams are fixed franchises that can be bought and sold," according to Ian Austen of t ...

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07/21/14
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07/18/14
Westbrook Launches Fashion Line With Barneys

Thunder G Russell Westbrook on Thursday debuted a new fashion line at N.Y. retailer Barneys, which includes a "range of technical and eccentric pieces" that show his "affinity for all things big, bold and colorful," according to Jake Woolf of GQ. The Westbrook-XO-Barneys New York collection features ...

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07/18/14
Adidas' Mark King Optimistic For Future

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07/18/14
Steiner Sports Ramps Up Jeter Marketing

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07/18/14
FIFA Bans F1 Driver's World Cup Tribute Helmet

FIFA will not allow German F1 driver Nico Rosberg to use an image of the World Cup trophy on his helmet for this weekend's German Grand Prix, as the organization is "keen to enforce its 'intellectual property rights,'" according to Sarah Ebner of the LONDON TIMES. Rosberg on Tuesday " ...

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Breitling Building Bonds With Swiss NHLers

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