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FCC Refuses To Block Dan Snyder Radio Station License Renewal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 19 / 14

The FCC has “dismissed an attempt to block the broadcast license renewal of a radio station that belongs” to Redskins Owner Dan Snyder ( WASHINGTON POST, 12/19 ). An activist attorney was “seeking to strip” the license of a Virginia radio station “because the outlet...

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