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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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Ponturo, Kirmser Reflect On "Lombardi"

After an eight-month run, “Lombardi” will exit the Broadway stage this Sunday. The play, based on the life of the great Vince Lombardi, broke new ground by blending sports and theater, an avenue Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo will continue to explore as they bring the story of ...

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Nationals Host Military Appreciation Night

The Nationals last night hosted Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park, "less than 24 hours after President Barack Obama announced that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan," according to Howard Fendrich of the AP. The Nationals said that they began planning ...

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CBS' "60 Minutes" Profiles Albert Pujols

MLB Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols and his charitable efforts were profiled on CBS' “60 Minutes” last night, with CBS’ Bob Simon saying Pujols is "now the idol in the baseball-crazy city of St. Louis, but what we found most impressive about Albert can't be found between the lines of chalk on a baseball ...

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Several Sports Figures Donate To Japan Relief Efforts

In the aftermath of the earthquakes and tsunami that hit Japan earlier this month , several sports figures have made pledges to help in the relief efforts. Mariners RF Ichiro Suzuki said that he is donating about $1.25M to the Japanese Red Cross. The Mariners will “dedicate proceeds from the fi ...

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Toyota NASCAR Teams Not Yet Affected By Japan

Toyota officials on Thursday said that the “destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will not have an immediate effect on Toyota's business with NASCAR,” according to David Newton of ESPN.com. Toyota Racing Development USA President Lee White said that “fewer than 10 percent of the ...

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Reinsdorf Says White House Helped Him Pick Coach

Bulls Chair Jerry Reinsdorf yesterday indicated that he hired coach Tom Thibodeau after receiving a "glowing stamp of approval from President Obama and his closest team of White House advisers, who had long lobbied for Thibodeau's hiring," according to Lacy Banks of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Reinsdorf ...

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Tennis Players Rally For Flood Relief

With the floods this month in the Australian state of Queensland "generating headlines globally," top tennis players and Australian Open officials organized "Rally for Relief," which took place yesterday at Rod Laver Arena, according to Christopher Clarey of the N.Y. TIMES. Images of "flooded homes ...

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Brazil Readying For World Cup, Olympics

Last night's edition of CBS' "60 Minutes" examined Brazil's thriving economy with CBS' Steve Kroft reporting while "most of the world is consumed with debt and unemployment, Brazil is trying to figure out how to manage an economic boom" and with the World Cup and Olymp ...

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McCormack's Archives Go To UMass

By Bill King , Senior Writer, SportsBusiness Journal The Univ. of Massachusetts’ sports management program announces a landmark gift and corresponding new name today when it becomes home to the massive archival collection of sports marketing pioneer Mark McCormack. Renamed the Mark H. McC ...

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Differences In Giants, Rangers Fans

By Terry Lefton , Editor-At-Large Baseball is a sport filled with aphorisms, and after four games of the ‘10 World Series and two months of dominance by the Giants’ pitching staff over MLB hitters, “good pitching always beats good hitting” is one that’s more indeli ...

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