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Twitter Reax: If Brady Had Nothing To Hide, Why Did He Destroy Phone?

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 28 / 15

Twitter was abuzz this afternoon with the news that Tom Brady's four-game suspension was upheld. Brady has indicated that he destroys his cell phone every four months, but Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole  writes, “Have to think that destroying records isn't going to be vie...

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Gold Cup Sees 6% Attendance Jump From '13

CONCACAF Gold Cup matches averaged 41,854 fans across 14 sites during the ’15 tournament, up 6.4% from the 39,348 average in ’13. The largest draw was the July 19 quarterfinal doubleheader at MetLife Stadium, with 74,187 fans watching Panama-Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico-Costa Rica. S ...

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Paolantonio Clarifies Bisciotti Comments

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio yesterday clarified comments he made over the weekend, noting he was "wrong to say" that Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti had pushed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to uphold Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension. Appearing on Baltimore-based WJZ-FM's "The Norris & Davis ...

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Iger Talks ESPN Going Straight To Consumer

Disney Chair & CEO Bob Iger yesterday said that he sees ESPN as a media property that "could be eventually sold directly to consumers like Time Warner's HBO, but not in the next five years," according to Matthew Belvedere of CNBC.com. Iger: "If we end up seeing more erosion in the so-called mult ...

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Hornets, FanDuel Sign Multiyear Deal

FanDuel has "signed on as a sponsor" of the Hornets as part of an agreement "worth an estimated $300,000 to $500,000 per year," according to Erik Spanberg of the CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Terms were not disclosed, but sources said that the value of the multiyear agreement is in the "mid-six figure ...

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Saints RB C.J. Spiller brings the ACC Digital Network's Jeff Fischel  to Mac's Drive-In – a well-known local eatery near Spiller's alma mater, Clemson – for a quick discussion about the school's football history and hometown traditions.

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NFL Owners Caught Off Guard By Leiweke Hiring

The NFL last week hired TOD LEIWEKE as its new COO , and many influential people at the ownership level of top NFL clubs "didn't learn" the league had hired him "until a few hours before the press release went out," according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSPORTS.com. The hiring "caught many of them b ...

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Boston's '24 Olympics Bid Folds

Boston’s "improbable bid" to host the '24 Games yesterday "collapsed ... after seven months and millions of dollars spent, ending a tumultuous effort racked by acrimonious debate, public relations blunders, and limited public support," according to a front-page piece by Arsenault & Levenso ...

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Rupp Arena Set For $15M In Tech Upgrades

The Lexington Center BOD yesterday "voted unanimously" to approve a $15M Rupp Arena "technology overhaul that includes a new center-hung scoreboard, wireless Internet for fans, and changes to the roof infrastructure so the arena can attract more concerts and major events," according to a front-page ...

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Tonight's Events....

The Red Sox will retire recent Baseball HOF inductee  Pedro Martinez ' No. 45 jersey before tonight's home game against the White Sox, with the ceremony to be repeated in Spanish tomorrow. Fans will be given replicas of Martinez' HOF plaque. The Orioles will host a social media night prior t ...

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