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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against NFL Over Painkiller Distribution

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 17 / 14

A federal court judge today dismissed a lawsuit against the NFL brought by former players alleging the league failed to oversee the distribution of prescription painkillers. Judge William Alsup ruled that the lawsuit was preempted by federal labor law, as the NFL had contended, because the pl...

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MLB "Monitoring" U.S.-Cuba Relations

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Nationwide Increasing NHL All-Star Presence

Nationwide is "raising its profile in the Arena District" for the NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus in January. The insurer "will update its signage atop Nationwide Arena's east entrance with its new eagle logo and put a 28-foot-high mural of the logo on the company-owned parking garage." Nation ...

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Aspen Could Lose '17 FIS Event

Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) officials have suggested that Aspen "may risk losing" the '17 FIS World Cup Finals "unless Lift 1A is replaced." Aspen Skiing Co. officials "maintain that they were awarded the finals based upon the as-is condition of the base area, including the 42-year-old chairlift." Sk ...

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Garcia Resigns From FIFA Committee

Investigator Michael Garcia today resigned from the FIFA Ethics Committee "over the handling of his findings" on the '18 and '22 World Cup bid process. Garcia in a statement cited a "lack of leadership" at FIFA, but did not identify President Sepp Blatter by name. He said that he had "lost confi ...

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DC United Stadium Plan Approved

The DC Council today approved the development of a new soccer-specific stadium for DC United. The 20,000-25,000-seat stadium, to be located in the Buzzard Point neighborhood just a few blocks from Nationals Park, is expected to open for the '17 MLS season. Per the terms of the deal, the city wi ...

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Tonight's Events....

The Spurs will host "International Night" for their game against the Grizzlies in recognition of the nine international players on their roster.

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Luck Leaving WVU For NCAA

The NCAA today named West Virginia AD OLIVER LUCK to the newly created position of Exec VP/Regulatory Affairs, which will bring the national office regulatory functions -- academic and membership affairs, the Eligibility Center and enforcement -- under one umbrella. Luck will begin the position ea ...

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