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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 23 / 14

Sports On Earth's Patrick Hruby : "The NFL expects between 15 and 25 percent of its retirees to come down with neurodegenerative diseases! … How is that not a headline? I'm dead serious." Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel : "Won't embarrass the player, but at MAC Media Day today had one tell...

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NFL Reportedly Interested In Using Ref-Cams

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CFL Could Expand ESPN Deal In U.S.

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Browns, Value City Furniture Partner For Camp

The Browns are partnering with Columbus-based Value City Furniture for a "pass that will give fans first dibs on spots to watch training camp and faster entry to FirstEnergy Stadium on game day," according to Kevin Kleps of CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS. The Browns "are asking fans who plan to attend a ...

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Names In The News

In S.F., C.W. Nevius profiled MLB Giants TV broadcaster MIKE KRUKOW and noted he is "suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion-body myositis." The condition "causes progressive weakness in the muscles of the wrist and fingers, the front of the thigh, and the muscles that lift t ...

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MLS Facility Notes

N.Y.-based Owl Spring Asset Management co-CEO Jason Ader yesterday said that he is "going to launch" a $350M effort to bring an MLS team to Las Vegas, "complete with a new covered stadium of 18,000-20,000 seats and players with international appeal." Ader said that he "has discussed the viability of ...

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NFL Jets Nix Paper Tix, Introduce Rewards

The NFL Jets "are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders, while offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly," according to Barry Wilner of the AP. The program "begins with creating a simplified way to get into MetLife Stadium." Season-ticket hol ...

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AT&T Rolling Out New Yankees Campaign

AT&T is debuting a new Yankees campaign this week from BBDO, N.Y., that  "takes the team's 'Let's Go Yankees' rhythmic chant to new levels," according to Aaron Baar of MARKETING DAILY. In one spot, two men "have an entire conversation, using only the four-beat chant." One chants, ...

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Speed Reads....

Former Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Dejan Kovacevic will launch his own website at DKonPittsburghsports.com ( BIZJOURNALS.com, 7/21 ). The Ashwaubenon, Wis., Village Board yesterday "unanimously approved" renaming a street Mike McCarthy Way in honor of the Packers coach within the ne ...

Today's Events....

The USGA, with support from AmEx, will execute its "Play 9 Day" promotion, encouraging golfers to fit a nine-hole round into their schedules.

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