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Ray Lewis, Carmelo Anthony Lead Athletes Calling For Stop To Baltimore Violence

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 29 / 15

ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis and Knicks F Carmelo Anthony, two of Baltimore's "most recognizable athletes," yesterday "took to social media to share their thoughts on the violence in the city," according to Ian Begley of ESPN N.Y. Lewis "implored those involved in rioting to 'stop the violence.'" ...

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Tenn. State Senate To Discuss Player Tax Bill

Reps from the NHLPA, the NBPA and the Grizzlies are scheduled to appear at a Tennessee state Senate hearing today to discuss a bill that would repeal the state’s tax on NHL and NBA players. The hearing on the bill, which was introduced in February to repeal the '09 tax of $2,500 a game or ...

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Cali Bill Seeks Limit To Workers' Comp For Athletes

Professional athletes from "out-of-state teams soon could be out of luck if they seek money through the workers' compensation system for injuries suffered at California sporting venues," according to Marc Lifsher of the L.A. TIMES. A bill to "scale back the lucrative benefits that California has awa ...

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NJ Makes Final Appeal For Sports Betting

New Jersey yesterday made a "final appeal" to be able to offer wagering on pro and college sports, while lawyers for the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and the NCAA "reiterated their position why New Jersey should be forbidden to do so," according to Suzette Parmley of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. The two si ...

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CSN Bay Area Partners With You Can Play

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area has partnered with You Can Play project to produce a series of PSAs for the group which supports LGBT equality in sports. The PSAs debuted yesterday during the 5:00pm PT edition of the RSN’s “Yahoo SportsTalk Live.” Athletes who took part in the video ...

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Athletes Step Up For Tornado Relief

Golfers Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan, who both played collegiately at Oklahoma State Univ., have "announced plans to personally help out with relief efforts" following this week's tornadoes in Oklahoma, according to Will Gray of GOLFCHANNEL.com. Fowler yesterday "explained plans to enhance a ...

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Kevin Durant, Others Make Tornado Relief Donations

Thunder F Kevin Durant yesterday in response to the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma "anonymously pledged" a $1M donation to the American Red Cross through his charity, the Kevin Durant Family Foundation, according to Brandy McDonnell of the OKLAHOMAN. Durant's donation comes a day after "encouragi ...

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Stern Got Heads Up On Collins' Announcement

NBA Commissioner David Stern said the league "knew something was up" regarding an active player announcing he is gay prior to Wizards' C Jason Collins' announcement, though he did not specifically know it was Collins. Appearing on PBS' "Charlie Rose" Tuesday night, Stern said, "There was a lot going ...

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Collins Receiving "Overwhelming" Support

Wizards C Jason Collins continues to discuss his decision to announce he is gay, becoming the first active male athlete in any of the four major sports to do so, and he told the N.Y. TIMES' Frank Bruni, "I expected some support for my teammates, from my coaches, but to get all the support from every ...

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Arn Tellem Discusses Picking SI For Collins Article

NBA player agent and Wasserman Media Group Vice Chair Arn Tellem spoke to SportsBusiness Journal following the announcement that his longtime client, Wizards C Jason Collins, is gay. The following are excerpts from his conversation. Q : Why did you choose Sports Illustrated and Franz Lidz to bre ...

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Collins' News Won't Impact Wizards' Evaluation

Wizards C Jason Collins' revelation that he is gay will have "no influence" on the team's plans with him this offseason when he becomes a free agent, according to a source cited by Michael Lee of the WASHINGTON POST. Collins has "limited skills," so bringing him back was "never among the team’ ...

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