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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 21 / 15

2 million – Downloads for “EA Sports UFC” during a two-month early launch window in Canada, South Korea, Singapore and Russia. The game was made available today in the U.S. for free on the App Store and Google Play ( EA ).

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Russell Wilson Tops Player Sales List

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson  for the second consecutive year retained the No. 1 ranking on the NFL Players Inc. Top 50 Player Sales List, which was unveiled today for FY '15. The metric is based on overall sales of licensed products from March 1, 2014, through Feb. 28, 2015, by more than 8 ...

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U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn will appear on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" at 12:35am ET.

CBS Up Big For RBC Heritage

CBS was the beneficiary of Jordan Spieth's win at The Masters last week, despite Spieth not winning the event and CBS not having live coverage on Sunday. The net drew a 2.6 overnight rating for the final round of the PGA Tour RBC Heritage yesterday, marking the event's best Sunday figure for the ev ...

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6  – Number of top-10 finishes for Danica Patrick in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Sunday's ninth-place result at Bristol Motor Speedway breaks a "tie she had with Janet Guthrie for the most top-10 finishes by a woman in NASCAR's top level" ( SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/19 ).

Buzzer Beaters....

USA Today Sports Media Group today launched BoxingJunkie.com , which will emulate MMAJunkie.com ( USA Today ). USANA Health Sciences today announced a deal with Heat F Luol Deng , who becomes the company's first NBA endorser ( USANA ). Under Armour today "confirmed it plans to grow its footw ...

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Welcome to Philly, @TimTebow ! pic.twitter.com/2A3UCH47Vy — PhillyPretzelFactory (@PPFpretzels) April 20, 2015

Sean Bratches To Leave ESPN At End Of Year

SEAN BRATCHES , one of ESPN’s most powerful execs, will leave the company at the end of the year. Bratches oversaw ad sales and affiliate sales for ESPN as Exec VP/Sales & Marketing. He will serve in an advisory role through that time. No replacement has been named. Bratches spent 27 year ...

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Executive Transactions

NFL Int'l Commercial Dir MARC REEVES , who led the league's Int'l Marketing, Fan Development & Partnerships, is leaving the league after five years.  Reeves, who was also serving as NFL Canada Managing Dir, is joining Nike as Senior Dir of Nike+ Member Services, N.A. Brand. Reeves will be ...

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NCAA, Defense Dept. Launch Concussion Study

The NCAA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense has launched a three-year, $30M project to "track the effects of concussion using data from as many as 37,000 student athletes," according to Jo Craven McGinty of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. NCAA Exec VP/Regulatory Affairs Oliver Luck said tha ...

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