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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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10/26/98
LEAGUE NOTES

NFL: In L.A., T.J. Simers reviewed the ''98 NFL season, calling the league''s play "wretched." Simers: "TV ratings have fallen, and in some places there''s no sign of life. ... So why does this season

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL, Nike, PGA Tour, Philadelphia Eagles, Visa

10/26/98
AROUND THE OVAL: SEARS TO INCREASE MOTORSPORTS SUPPORT

Sears, Roebuck & Co. will "increase backing of motorsports sponsorships for its Craftsman and Diehard brands with an integrated marketing program and additional financial support," according to AD AGE

Tags: Champ Car World Series, NASCAR, NHRA, R J Reynolds, Sears

10/26/98
MLS AFTER YEAR THREE: LOGAN SAYS LEAGUE IS MOVING FORWARD

The expansion Chicago Fire defeated the DC United 2-0 to win the MLS Cup in front of 51,350 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena yesterday. In Chicago, Bob Foltman writes that the Fire completed "arguably the

Tags: ABC, AEG, Colorado Rapids, DC United, ESPN, Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLS, NASCAR, NFL, Walt Disney

10/26/98
SCHOTT AGREES TO GIVE UP OWNERSHIP OF REDS

MLB announced Friday that Marge Schott has agreed to relinquish her role as the Reds'' General Partner, as she will sell two of her general partner shares and three and a half of her limited partner s

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Franchises, MLB

10/26/98
TACCHINI DOUBTS THAT HINGIS WANTS TO STAY WITH BRAND

Sergio Tacchini''s Alessandro Tacchini, whose company pays Martina Hingis almost $3M a year in an apparel and shoe deal, said he believes Hingis is trying to "get out of her contract," with the Italia

Tags: Cablevision, Madison Square Garden

10/26/98
A'S ON MARKET AND FOUR MONTH SEARCH FOR LOCAL BUYER BEGINS

A''s co-Owners Steve Schott and Ken Hofmann on Friday exercised a clause in the team''s lease which puts the franchise up for sale and allows East Bay officials a four- month search for a local buyer,

Tags: Franchises, Oakland Athletics

10/26/98
ISLANDERS RETURN TO NASSAU SHOWING A COMMITMENT TO FANS

Islanders President David Seldin said that the team would move its corporate offices back to the Nassau Coliseum "within the next two weeks," according to Thomas Frank of NEWSDAY. The announcement cam

Tags: Franchises, New York Islanders, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins

10/26/98
MEDIA NOTES

MONDAY NIGHT MADNESS: ABC will unveil the first Bowl Championship Series poll standings during halftime of tonight''s "MNF" telecast and USA TODAY''s Rudy Martzke criticizes ABC for delaying the annou

Tags: ABC, ESPN, NBC, NFL, Media, Walt Disney

10/26/98
ESPN'S ALDRIDGE REPORTS OF LABOR TALKS OVER THE WEEKEND

NBA owners presented "several new proposals to the players on Sunday night," according to ESPN''s David Aldridge. The two sides "were still meeting with each other late Sunday" evening. A "small group

Tags: Detroit Pistons, ESPN, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Miami Heat, NBA, Orlando Magic, Palace Sports & Entertainment, RDV Sports, San Antonio Spurs, Time Warner, Utah Jazz, Walt Disney

10/26/98
FRANCHISE NOTES

In TN, 13,120 TENNESSEAN readers voted over a five-day period on a new name for the NFL Oilers. The name Tornadoes (2,194 votes) finished ahead of the Copperheads (2,135 votes). Oilers Exec VP Don Mac

Tags: Cablevision, Edmonton Oilers, Franchises, New York Yankees, NFL, YankeeNets

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