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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 15 / 14

A source said that A-B InBev is "talking to banks about financing" a potential $122B deal to buy rival SABMiller. The source said that A-B InBev "isn't in active discussions" with SABMiller, but rather is "waiting to line up its financing before making a formal approach." This comes "on the heels of...

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09/15/14
Names In The News

Flyers Chair ED SNIDER on Saturday “shared news that he’s now cancer free after getting a big scare in May.” Snider: “I’m done. I have no cancer. It’s all gone. Well, you never want that Big C, but luckily it’s all gone. I’m totally healthy. It&rsqu ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture

09/15/14
Twitter Me This....

Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs : “#Habs golf tourney this am. Going to pay Youppi! a few bucks to waste the Dixieland band that drowns out the clubhouse-steps interviews.” FS1’s CJ Nitkowski : “A @Delta flight attendant just announced the passenger ...

09/15/14
Levi's Stadium Makes Regular-Season Debut

The 49ers' Levi's Stadium last night made its regular-season debut in a 28-20 home loss to the Bears, culminating a "half a decade of planning, a couple years of construction and several warm-up events." The game drew a crowd of 70,799, "which was bigger and louder than it had been in prev ...

09/15/14
Palm Beach Spring Training Has Funding Gap

A $30M "hurdle may put the price of attracting" the Spring Training home for two MLB teams "too far out of Palm Beach County's ballpark," according to Andy Reid of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The Astros and Nationals have proposed a $140M deal that "calls for building a publicly funded sta ...

Tags: Facilities, MLB

09/15/14
Dodgers Roll Out New Season Ticket Pricing

The Dodgers' ticket prices next year will be "higher than the ones set last fall but lower than the ones set in January, when overwhelming demand prompted the Dodgers to make additional season tickets available, at increases of up to 140% from the fall price," according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. T ...

Tags: Franchises, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB

09/15/14
NFL Plans Series Of Reforms

The NFL is planning a "variety of steps to try to tamp down criticism from Capitol Hill" following the " worst week in its history " from a publicity perspective. The league "soon will begin announcing the hiring of outside advisers and counselors on domestic violence, similar to the talent surge on ...

09/15/14
NFL Security Uses FBI-Style Structure

The NFL's security department is an "intricate and largely secretive three-layered security force -- mainly comprised of former federal agents -- in charge of staying in front of the league’s problems," according to a front-page piece by Babb & Goldman of the WASHINGTON POST. Its "emphases ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

09/15/14
Vikings To Address Peterson's Status

Sources expect the Vikings today to "further address" the roster status of RB Adrian Peterson , who was deactivated for yesterday's game as he faces an indictment on child abuse charges in Texas ( CBSSPORTS.com, 9/14 ). Meanwhile, No. 28 Peterson jerseys were "plentiful" for yesterday's ...

09/15/14
Rice, NFLPA To Appeal Suspension

Sources said that Ray Rice and the NFLPA are "poised to appeal" his indefinite suspension by the NFL as soon as today "by filing a grievance." The sources added that "due process and the precedent for other players facing increased punishment are among the reasons for appealing" ( Baltimore SUN, 9/ ...

09/15/14
Laugh Track....State Of Affairs

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon : “With all the controversy surrounding the NFL right now, there's talk that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice could replace Commissioner Roger Goodell. Well, if they're going to go with a Secretary of State to run the NFL, I'm just glad it is not our frien ...

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