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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 30 / 17

TNT's Charles Barkley and Jack Links Beef Jerky mascot Sasquatch are playing a game of H-O-R-S-E, but the net's Kevin Garnett has other plans.

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Leslie Alexander Puts Beachfront Home On Market

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Philadelphia Sets New Bar For NFL Draft

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Revolution Stadium Talks With UMass Break Off

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Tags: Facilities, New England Revolution

CFP Eliminates Week Off Before Championship In '25-26

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CAA Leads Agencies With 9 First Round NFL Picks

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Adams, Davis Make Fashion Statements At Draft

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Did Political Leanings Affect ESPN's Bottom Line?

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NFL Creates New Exec Replay Position

The NFL has "posted a new executive-level position to oversee its replay program and potentially change who makes final decisions on game review, a significant shift" amid the pending departure of Senior VP/Officiating Dean Blandino , according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. The newly created role o ...

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Raiders Raise Eyebrows With Conley Pick

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie "shocked the league" Thursday night at the NFL Draft by selecting Ohio State CB Gareon Conley, who has "made headlines in the past few days after having been accused of rape," according to Ann Killion of the S.F. CHRONICLE. McKenzie said the team did its "due dil ...

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