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Political "Rev The Vote" Campaign Targets NASCAR, Could Increase GOP Voter Turnout

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 14 / 15

A new nonprofit is "seeking partnerships with racing giants like NASCAR and support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an effort that political strategists say could increase GOP voter turnout," according to Kellan Howell of the WASHINGTON TIMES. The campaign, called “Rev the Vote,” or...

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Several Teams Speak Out Against Indiana Law

The issue of the religious freedom law passed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence last week has "attained heightened urgency" as the Final Four prepares to tip off in Indianapolis, where the sports world "frequently finds itself ... for events big and small," according to Marc Tracy of the N.Y. TIMES. Seve ...

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NCAA Concerned About New Indiana Law

NCAA President Mark Emmert "expressed concern Thursday about Indiana's 'religious freedom' law, saying the Indianapolis-based group would examine 'how it might affect future events as well as our workforce,'" according to Mark Alesia of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. Emmert: "We will work diligently to assu ...

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NBA, WNBA Players Appear In LeanIn PSA

LeanIn.Org today launched #LeanInTogether, a public service campaign in partnership with the NBA and WNBA emphasizing how men benefit from equality and providing practical tips for men to do their part at home and work. The leagues created a PSA encouraging all men to "lean in." It includes app ...

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V Foundation, ACC Debut "V Throw Challenge"

The V Foundation is working with the ACC to launch a new social media-based fundraising campaign for cancer research called the “V Throw Challenge.” Like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that raised more than $40M in a month’s time for research on Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the V Fou ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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