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Texans' McNair Believes "Hard Knocks" Will Bring Positive Attention To Beleaguered NFL

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 28 / 15

Texans Owner Bob McNair believes the team appearing on HBO's "Hard Knocks" will "benefit not only his franchise but also the NFL at large, given all the negatives the league has confronted of late," according to Dale Robertson of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. McNair said, "The last year has not been t...

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Media Notes

VARIETY's Cynthia Littleton noted DirecTV Chair & CEO Mike White was "very enthusiastic about the results" of Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao PPV bout. He said the fight “blew the doors off in terms of sales.” White added that DirecTV "logged more than 1 million ...

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Video-Sharing Apps Pose Problems

Twitter "probably" has the "makings of a long-term problem with its media partners" in the wake of many people on Saturday night  streaming the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight  on its Periscope video-sharing app, according to Peter Kafka of RE/CODE. In retrospect, Twitt ...

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In St. Louis, Corey Noles noted the NFL’s official website "is hosting a 'Los Angeles Rams' page," but it is "clear that this is simply a remnant of the city’s long lost days" in L.A. Anaheim Stadium "is even listed as the team’s location," and the Raiders' page "does the same thin ...

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Top Rank Ready To Sue After Piracy Of Fight

Top Rank President Todd duBoef said that the company "plans to pursue legal action following widespread piracy of Saturday's Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on video-sharing smartphone apps and websites," according to Stuart Pfeifer of the L.A. TIMES. Many people "watched streams of the fight ...

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Mayweather Camp Disputes Credentials Claim

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Derby Draws Best Overnight In 23 Years

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NFL Draft Viewership Declines From '14

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Winston's Camp Denies ESPN First Interview

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston’s camp on Thursday "declined to grant ESPN the first post-draft interview" because they were "upset at the network's overall coverage of the top pick prior to the draft," according to sources cited by Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Instead, Winston "spoke with the NFL ...

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ABC Sees Dip For Conference Semi Openers

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