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Trump Takes On NFL: League Airs Ad Promoting Unity After Comments

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 25 / 17

With President Trump "taking aim at the NFL and its players who protest during the national anthem, the league has broadcasted a message of unity" by airing a "one-minute ad that it produced for the Super Bowl earlier this year," according to Brian Stelter of CNN.com. The league said it was...

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Woods To Endorse Full Swing Golf Simulators

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Schwab Re-Ups With PGA Tour For 20 Years

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