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Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys In Talks To End Ecclestone Trial

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Prosecutors and attorneys for  Bernie Ecclestone are "in talks about a possible deal to end" the F1 CEO's bribery trial in Germany. His defense team today called for "proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proc...

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York Becomes Official HVAC Partner Of NHL

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06/20/12
Thunder Merch Takes Show On The Road

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06/20/12
Nike Twitter Campaign Banned

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06/20/12
U.S. Ad Spending Spurred By Sports

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, General Motors

06/20/12
Olympic Marketing Notes

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