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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 18 / 17

D-backs Advisor Tony La Russa will leave the organization at the end of the month. He served as the team's Chief Baseball Officer from '15-16 before shifting roles ahead of the '17 season ( D-backs ). Switzerland's federal government today said that it would "contribute almost" US$1.02B toward ...

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The Cavaliers last night during the season opener against the Celtics "decided not to show a tribute video" for former G Kyrie Irving in his return to Cleveland after being traded in the offseason, according to Joe Vardon of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. Cavs Exec VP/Communications Tad Carper said tha ...

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Proposed Chicago Concert Tax Irks City's Pro Teams

The United Center and its two biggest tenants -- the Blackhawks and Bulls -- yesterday "decried" Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to "jack up the city’s amusement tax on large concerts while eliminating it for smaller venues," according to Mitchell Armentrout of the CHICAGO SUN-TIME ...

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NBA Patch Deals Average $9.3M Annually

More than half of the NBA's 30 teams have signed jersey patch deals "for an average" of $9.3M annually, according to a source cited by Lombardo & Lefton in this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The average patch deal value compiled by Wasserman, which did deal evaluations for 15 NBA teams, includi ...

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Meeting Productive For NFL Owners, Players

One potential "side benefit" to President Trump's attack on the NFL over the anthem is that one owner at yesterday's meeting with players over the issue called it the "best dialog he'd ever experienced with players," according to Peter King of THE MMQB. Falcons Owner Arthur Blank said, "I thought ...

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Jaguars Sorry For U.K. Anthem Demonstration

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Executive Transactions

Univ. of North Dakota AD BRIAN FAISON is retiring Dec. 31, "ending a wild nine-year run where major changes became routine." Faison "will stay on as an adviser" through June 30 at his "regular rate of pay" ( INFORUM.com, 10/17 )....The Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay named S.F. State Univ. AD CHARLE ...

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Media Notes

In Dallas, Matt Mosley wrote CBS' Tony Romo is "having too much fun in the booth" and likely would not return to the NFL if the Packers asked him to play QB in wake of Aaron Rodgers' injury. Romo is "not going to put CBS in that position." Maybe he would have given it "some thought if he was st ...

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Auston Matthews Brand Room To Grow In U.S.

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Cowboys To Host '18 NFL Draft At AT&T Stadium

The Cowboys will host the '18 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26-28. Cowboys Exec VP & Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson wrote on Twitter she is "so excited" for the franchise to host the annual event. The Star in Frisco also will be used in some capacity during the cour ...

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Target Center's $140M Renovation Nearly Complete

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