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In Expected Move, Judge Rules Against N.J.'s Sports Gambling Bid

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U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp on Friday night ruled that the state of New Jersey "cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost the state’s struggling horse racing and casino industries." The decision "was the expected outcome, since the judg...

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NASCAR/A-B OUTLINE BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES DEAL

NASCAR and A-B announced Friday a multi-year renewal of Busch beer''s title sponsorship of the Busch Grand National (BGN) Series. NASCAR also unveiled a new BGN logo and outlined a marketing plan desi

Tags: Anheuser Busch, NASCAR, R J Reynolds

11/16/98
FRANCHISE NOTES

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, CBS, Franchises, Minnesota Twins, MLB, New York Yankees, NFL, San Diego Chargers, Upper Deck, Viacom, Washington Redskins, YankeeNets

11/16/98
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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Los Angeles Sparks, Nike, WNBA

11/16/98
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Tags: NFL, Sprint

11/16/98
FOR SOME, IT'S TITANS, BUT FOR OTHERS, THE NAME IS ALL GREEK

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Tags: Anheuser Busch, Edmonton Oilers, Franchises, New York Jets, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Tennessee Titans

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EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

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Tags: NBA, NFL, PepsiCo, People and Pop Culture

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Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, MasterCard, New England Revolution, New York Jets

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