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NASCAR Supports Confederate Flag Removal, But Will Still Allow It For Fans At Tracks

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 24 / 15

NASCAR yesterday announced that it "supported the effort by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse" in the wake of the Charleston shooting, according to Jim Utter of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. NASCAR "has a long-standing pol...

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Obama To Speak On Trade At Nike HQ

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Lewis, Anthony Call For B'More Violence To Stop

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Protests Erupt Outside Of Camden Yards

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"Rev The Vote" Targets NASCAR Fans

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Several Teams Speak Out Against Indiana Law

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NCAA Concerned About New Indiana Law

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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"

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Calif. Bill Could Ban Chewing Tobacco In Ballparks

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Would More Sports Betting Hurt Nevada?

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