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Agent Rob Pelinka Is Front-Runner For Lakers GM Job, Sources Say

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 21 / 17

Landmark Sports’  Rob Pelinka  has “emerged as a front-runner to become Lakers GM” under new President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, according to sources cited by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Pelinka reps former Lakers G  Kobe Bryant  and Ro...

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NHL Going With Just Two Bye Weeks In '17-18

Bye weeks in the NHL "have been oddly staggered this year, with some coming in December and others still waiting on the schedule," but next year there will be "only two bye weeks, featuring roughly half the league in both," according to Kevin McGran of the TORONTO STAR. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill ...

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D-Backs' Brass Hopeful For Franchise Turnaround

D-backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick and President & CEO Derrick Hall met with the media last Friday, and Kendrick said there is "real potential for a turnaround" heading into the '17 season, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Hall said the club's payroll is around $102M, but Kendri ...

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Florida AD Stricklin Puts Twitter To Good Use

New Florida AD Scott Stricklin is "not at all shy when it comes to sharing on social media platforms" and has become "one of the trendsetters on Twitter" among college ADs, according to Edgar Thompson of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. Twitter is an "integral piece of Stricklin’s approach to his job," a ...

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Inaugural SMT Live Podcast

With the Internet connecting us all, conducting your OTT service in a global marketplace is now more essential than ever before. Listen to industry experts, Mike Allen of the NBA and Chris Wagner of NeuLion, as SportsBusiness Journal’s Abe Madkour asks them about the importance of packaging co ...

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"NBA 2K17" Promoted On Candy Packaging

Candy company Just Born Quality Confections is rolling out limited-edition packaging for its Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales products that promotes the "NBA 2K17" video game. The packages will contain locker codes that can be redeemed for rewards with ...

ESPN Tops ComScores In Unusually Slow Month

The entire digital sports media category saw a significant decrease in consumption in January, according to monthly comScore data, with the ongoing U.S. political turbulence and interest in news related to the Trump administration a likely factor. The overall audience for digital sports media across ...

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Pirates Owner Says Club Underperformed In '16

Pirates Owner Bob Nutting yesterday "marked the start of spring training with his annual closed-door meeting with the players and coaches," and "much has changed since he delivered his first address" in '07, according to Rob Biertempfel of the TRIBLIVE.com. Nutting said the "degree of transformation ...

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Schools Increasingly Rely On Private Plane Use

Private planes are becoming "increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations," according to Collin Binkley of the AP. Documents show that at least 20 institutions "own or share ownership of planes for sch ...

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Everton Partners With British Open

Everton has partnered with the British Open, a "first" between an EPL club and the golf tournament. The two entities will deliver "exclusive content to fans in the build-up to the 146th staging of the tournament" at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in July. The club can "take advantage of the marketing plat ...

KFC Yum! Center Could Get Financial Help

The state of Kentucky is "taking its first steps toward resolving the KFC Yum! Center's financial problems in a long-awaited bill that could be approved" as soon as today. House Bill 330 would "extend the life" of a tax increment financing district program in the Louisville area from 20 years to as ...

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