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The Daily's Hot Reads For Tuesday: Signing Language

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 22 / 14

ROLLING STONE's Steve McPherson writes of autograph seekers at NBA Summer League games: " It's possible there's nothing more American than the autograph . As a totem, it combines our obsessions with celebrity and talent with our desire for something more than mere experience, for something tangible"...

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06/10/14
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06/09/14
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06/03/14
Obama Reshaping Image Through Sports

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05/30/14
White House Hosts Concussions Summit

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05/28/14
Louisiana Legislator Pulls Workers' Compensation Bill

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Cuban Apologizes To Martin Family

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04/08/14
Tennessee Legislature Eliminates "Jock Tax"

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