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Pat Bowlen Relinquishes Control Of Broncos Due To Alzheimer's, Joe Ellis Taking Over

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 23 / 14

Pat Bowlen, one of the "most iconic" owners in NFL history, is giving up control the Broncos as he "acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer's disease," according to a front-page piece by Mike Klis of the DENVER POST. Team President Joe Ellis will have "final-say authority" over team matters and wi...

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Dish Network CMO James Moorhead yesterday said that subscriber fees for Comcast SportsNet Houston "remain too 'exorbitant' for the satellite provider to carry it other than on a voluntary basis for customers." He added that the price "remains the sticking point" in the carriage impasse. Moorhea ...

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ESPN Sets New Soccer Viewership Record

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SI today introduced a "reconstructed website for both desktop and mobile platforms, the latest and perhaps most dramatic step in a digitally focused transformation of the sports media brand," according to Eric Fisher of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The tile-based system, "nearly a year in developmen ...

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