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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 05 / 15

15 – Number of clubs that have scheduled MLB Ambassador for Inclusion Billy Bean for a visit during ’15 Spring Training ( “OTL Extra, ESPN3, 3/5 ).

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V Foundation, ACC Debut "V Throw Challenge"

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02/25/15
Calif. Bill Could Ban Chewing Tobacco In Ballparks

California state Rep. Tony Thurmond yesterday, citing the death of Baseball HOFer Tony Gwynn as inspiration, "introduced a bill that would prohibit all tobacco use at any California baseball venue, from youth and college diamonds to Petco Park," according to Chris Nichols of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIB ...

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02/24/15
Would More Sports Betting Hurt Nevada?

Legalizing sports betting across the U.S. "would be bad news for local street-corner bookies and the Internet’s unregulated off-shore gambling market," but the question of whether the idea could "hurt the Nevada sports betting industry" remains unanswered, according to Howard Stutz of the LAS ...

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02/03/15
Obama's Budget Targets CFB Tax Breaks

President Obama’s '16 budget "calls for ending a long-standing and sometimes mocked tax break for buying college football tickets," according to Brian Faler of POLITICO. Under an '88 law that is "still on the books, taxpayers are allowed to take a deduction for the charitable contributions col ...

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01/20/15
Union Leaders Discuss Diversity Issues

Sunday's edition of ESPN's "OTL" featured a roundtable of pro sports union leaders discussing Martin Luther King Jr. and how his legacy impacts sports today. MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark said of diversity in sports, “It's come a long way, but as I'm expecting a lot of the tone to b ...

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12/23/14
Delaware Governor Discusses Sports Gambling

ABC News’ Rick Klein and ESPN’s Andy Katz on their "Capital Gains" podcast discussed the state of sports gambling in the U.S. with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and ESPN’s David Purdum. Markell said gambling has gone well in Delaware even though “it is limited to the parlay card ...

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12/15/14
Browns WR's T-Shirt Angers Cleveland Police

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins yesterday "slipped on a black T-shirt" over his jersey prior to the team's home game against the Bengals as a "silent protest of recent deadly Ohio police shootings that drew an immediate and scathing response from the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association," according to ...

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12/12/14
Columnist: NBAers' Protests Could Open Pandora's Box

While the "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts athletes are wearing in support of Eric Garner and Michael Brown eventually "will go by way of the black hoody , a discarded relic of yesterday's cause," it currently is "fashionable, so to speak, for players to follow the protest and lend a voice without tyin ...

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12/11/14
"I Can't Breathe" Shirts Reach Collegiate Ranks

Georgetown's men's basketball players last night "became the latest athletes -- and the first in college basketball -- to don 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts," wearing them before its game against Kansas, according to Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com. The entire GU roster "took its final pregame warmup of ...

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12/10/14
Players Continue Speaking Out On Social Issues

With more high-profile NBA players choosing to wear the "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts in pregame warmups, a number that "will probably grow in the coming days," Commissioner Adam Silver is "trying to walk a thin line between protecting the business interests of the league and its sponsors and not app ...

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