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Jim Delany Argues For Freshmen Ineligibility In Football, Basketball

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 17 / 15

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany in a 12-page letter sent Friday to media members wrote that "making freshmen ineligible in college football and basketball could help correct the imbalance between athletics and academics." Delany said that the letter "is not a proposal," but he did "lay out a plan ...

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Rogers' Pelley Leaving To Head Euro PGA Tour

Rogers Communications on Friday morning announced that Rogers Media President KEITH PELLEY will leave the company to become Commissioner & CEO of the European PGA Tour, effective this summer. Pelley will remain in his current role until then. A search for his successor will begin now and ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, European PGA Tour, Rogers Sportsnet

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04/17/15
Boston Marathon Sponsor Cautious In Marketing

Marketing the Boston Marathon "is a delicate task" following the '13 bombings at the event, and nowhere is there "greater focus on striking just the right tone than at John Hancock, the financial company that is the Marathon’s principal sponsor," according to Callum Borchers of the BOSTON GLOB ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Boston Marathon, John Hancock

04/17/15
Verizon To Offer "Slim" TV Packages Through FiOS

Verizon on Thursday announced that its FiOS service beginning Sunday will offer "slim" new TV packages that include "broadcasters such as ABC and Fox, as well as CNN, AMC, Food Network and others," according to Ramachandran & Knutson of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Consumers "can then add on 'channe ...

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04/17/15
Redskins Execs Get Earful During Fan Forum

The Redskins last week at FedExField held a fan forum "featuring about a hundred fans and a host of top team officials," and given an open mic and the ears of the team’s front office, fans "took advantage," according to Dan Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST. Execs on hand included Presiden ...

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04/17/15
Carson, Inglewood Stadium Reps Meet With NFL

Reps of proposed stadium projects in Carson and Inglewood met with NFL execs Thursday as the "competition to return the league" to the L.A. area continued, according to Farmer, Fenno & Logan of the L.A. TIMES. NFL Exec VP/Business Ventures Eric Grubman "attended both meetings," which included a ...

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04/17/15
NFL Coaches Look To Unload Homes

Bills coach REX RYAN is among a quartet of recently let-go football coaches to sell their houses this week. Ryan sold his Colonial Revival home in Summit, N.J., for $2.6M -- a "very healthy $400,000 more than the listing price." The five-bedroom, five-bath house was listed at $2.2M in February and ...

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04/17/15
Nashville Sounds Opening New Ballpark

The Triple-A PCL Nashville Sounds on Friday night host their home opener at the new First Tennessee Park against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The A's affiliate will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the game featuring Nashville Mayor Karl Dean , Sounds co-Owners Frank Ward and Masahiro Ho ...

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Tickets Needed For Mayweather-Pacquiao Weigh-In

Organizers of the May 2 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout are expecting a "massive fan turnout" for the weigh-in, so the promoters, MGM Grand Garden Arena and Nevada State Athletic Commission "have decided to charge a $10 admission to the weigh-in -- a first, at least in modern boxing history ...

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