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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 30 / 14

84%  – Percentage of respondents to a poll on BUFFALONEWS.com who want Terry Pegula to be the Bills' next owner. Following Pegula, Donald Trump earned 6% of votes,  Jon Bon Jovi  and his Toronto group 3%, Tom Golisano 3%, and a "yet-to-be-discussed owner" 2%. At ...

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07/30/14
SBJ In-Depth: College Football Season Preview

The upcoming college football season promises to be one of the most memorable in history as it builds toward the first playoff for the national championship. The playoff comes at a time when college football’s stature continues to soar, fueled by landmark media rights deals and a rabid fan bas ...

07/30/14
Names In The News

The Vikings yesterday retained N.Y.-based attorneys TED WELLS and ROBERTA KAPLAN , who have “expertise in jury trials and gay rights,” for defense in the case brought on by former NFLer CHRIS KLUWE . Earlier this year, Wells “provided the NFL with a report on an atmosphere ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture

07/30/14
Browns Eye Univ. Of Akron For Future Training Camps

The Univ. of Akron's InfoCision Stadium "is under consideration" by the Browns for upcoming training camps, according to a front-page piece by George Thomas of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. Browns coach Mike Pettine and team officials "have expressed interest in moving from Berea in recent months." Brow ...

Tags: Facilities, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys

07/30/14
Source: NBA BOG To Move Quickly On Clippers Sale

The NBA BOG is "expected to approve the sale" of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer "quickly after the transaction from Shelly Sterling to Ballmer is complete," according to a source cited by Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY. With Sterling and Ballmer "targeting Aug. 15 to complete the dea ...

Tags: Franchises, NBA, Los Angeles Clippers

07/30/14
NASCAR Not Likely Adding More Eldora Events

NASCAR officials have had "no discussions" about adding a Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series race at Eldora Speedway , according to Bob Pockrass of SPORTING NEWS. NASCAR Senior VP/Racing Operations Steve O’Donnell said of the Camping World Truck Series being the only NASCAR series to hold a race ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NASCAR

07/30/14
DirecTV Defiant On SportsNet LA Carriage Impasse

DirecTV "refuses to back down" in its carriage standoff with Time Warner Cable over the Dodgers-owned Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA, according to Ted Johnson of VARIETY. DirecTV yesterday in a statement "again pushed Time Warner Cable to agree to a deal in which DirecTV could offer the games ala ca ...

Tags: Media, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Los Angeles Dodgers

07/30/14
Hyperice Seeing Success With Kickstarter Campaign

California-based recovery technology company Hyperice is two-weeks into a "45 day Kickstarter campaign" for a "vibration-enabled foam roller" called Vyper, and the company has already raised more than $84,000 of its $100,000 goal, according to Michael Carney of PANDO.com. Product backers can pay $24 ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

07/30/14
SMI Sees Slight Revenue Drop In Q2

Speedway Motorsports Inc. blamed bad weather at two races and a weak economy for a slight decline in revenue during Q2. The company reported revenue for the quarter of $175.9M, down from $176.8M for the same period last year. Revenue for the first half of the year was $260.4M, down from $261M i ...

Tags: Finance, Speedway Motorsports Inc.

07/30/14
Lakers Introduce Byron Scott As New Coach

Yesterday was a "feel-good day for the Lakers," as they introduced new coach Byron Scott, who was "blunt and to the point but also somehow refreshing," according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. TIMES. Scott, who played 11 seasons with the Lakers, provided a "touch with yesteryear the franchise needed, ...

Tags: Franchises, NBA, Los Angeles Lakers

07/30/14
League Notes

ESPN's J.A. Adande said of the NBA possibly extending the All-Star break, "Players really do want this extra time. ... They think it would lead to them being more fresh for the second half of the season, better quality of play, but not at the expense of playing more back-to-backs." Adande: "Just sta ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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