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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 08 / 16

"I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts" – White Sox GM Rick Hahn , as MLB's winter meetings wound down, saying the team is st...

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Pac-12 Commish Remains High On Asia

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Tags: Intercollegiate Forum

12/08/16
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Tags: Facilities, Vancouver Canucks

12/08/16
Delany Believes Four Best Teams Made CFP

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Tags: Intercollegiate Forum

12/08/16
Media Execs Not Advocating For Larger CFP

A panel full of media execs threw cold water on the idea of expanding the CFP yesterday during a panel at the '16 Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum. Just days removed from the annual CFP selection, five sports media veterans debated the merits of a bigger tournament and the status of confere ...

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12/08/16
NHL, Apple In Late Stages Of Partnership Talks

The NHL is in "late-stage negotiations to strike a partnership with Apple that could see the company’s iPads and other technology become commonplace on team benches," according to sources cited by Rick Westhead of TSN. A source said that the NHL has been in talks for "several years with Apple ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, NHL, Apple

12/08/16
Barstool Sports To Begin Radio Show On SiriusXM

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12/08/16
Golden Knights Denied Trademark Request

The Golden Knights’ trademark request "was denied" yesterday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because of a "'likelihood of confusion' with the registered mark" of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., according to Ben Gotz of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Saint Rose also uses the N ...

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12/08/16
MMA Attorneys Trade Accusations

The MMA Athletes Association yesterday issued an "urgent news" release alleging that attorneys were trying to stop the new trade association from attracting UFC fighters as members. "Yesterday, the MMAAA received a 'cease and desist' letter from a group of lawyers seeking to stop the MMAAA from sign ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, UFC

12/08/16
Indian Wells Renovation Nearing Completion

The second phase of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden renovation is in the "final stages of completion" just three months ahead of the '17 BNP Paribas Open, according to Andrew Jon of the Palm Springs DESERT SUN. It has "included a massive overhaul of Stadium 1, adding more than 100,000 square feet to ...

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12/08/16
Washington AD Committed To Improving Scheduling

The Univ. of Washington's non-conference football schedule this season ranked 127th out of 128 FBS teams, and AD Jennifer Cohen said the school is "committed to having" a stronger schedule moving forward, according to Adam Jude of the SEATTLE TIMES. Cohen said UW is committed to "finding a Power Fiv ...

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