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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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Collins: U.S. Ready For Gay Basketball Player

Wizards C Jason Collins made his first TV appearance since announcing he is gay during this morning’s edition of ABC’s “GMA.” The show led with an interview between Collins and George Stephanopoulos, who said, “That announcement from Jason Collins, that surpri ...

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Sports World Reacts To Jason Collins News

Wizards C Jason Collins' announcement on SI.com that he is gay, becoming the first active male athlete in one of the major U.S. pro sports to do so, was "greeted with an outpouring of support" from teammates, league execs and major NBA players including Heat G Dwyane Wade and Lakers G Kobe Brya ...

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Collins Has Good Shot At Making NBA Roster

Wizards C Jason Collins is due to become a free agent this summer, and six out of 14 NBA teams surveyed said that they expect to see Collins “in the NBA next season in the wake of his revelation Monday that he is gay,” according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com. The other eight teams surveyed b ...

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Are MLB, NFL Ready To Handle Athlete Coming Out?

The NBA is probably the "best equipped of the major sports leagues to handle" the announcement that an active player is gay, as it has been an "open-minded league in many ways as far as accepting people with differences," according to SI's Lee Jenkins. There has been "pretty much universal support" ...

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Rick Welts Supportive Of Collins' Announcement

Warriors President & COO Rick Welts nearly got “into $200 worth of trouble” when he was called “to give him a heads-up” about Wizards C Jason Collins’ pending announcement he was coming out as gay, according to Tim Reynolds of the AP. Welts, who two years ago p ...

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Brittney Griner Comes Out To Little Fanfare

WNBA Mercury C Brittney Griner "came out as gay Wednesday, casually mentioning the fact in an interview as if it were an afterthought," and the news media and sports world "seemed to treat it as such, too," according to Sam Borden of the N.Y. TIMES. Griner did "not treat the issue with any outward h ...

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Moore Not Asking For More Females At Augusta

The Masters begins Thursday, and South Carolina-based financier Darla Moore called her invitation to become one of the first two female members of Augusta National "humbling" and a "lifetime honor." Moore was invited to join the club last year along with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Ri ...

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Ayanbadejo Sees Progress On LGBT Acceptance

The sports world has been "plagued by homophobic slurs and close-mindedness in locker rooms, and that still exists today," but many advocates of gay rights have "emerged in several years, none more prominent" than Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo, according to Jordan Zakarin of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. A ...

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Are Major Sports Ready For Openly Gay Player?

MLB “blazed the trail toward racial equality when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947,” and USA TODAY's Jorge Ortiz wonders if the sport is “ready to take on a pioneering role when it comes to homosexual players and perhaps have the first openly gay active athlete in No ...

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Latest Ruling Halts NJ Sports Betting

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp on Thursday "granted a permanent injunction to bar New Jersey from  offering sports betting as well as a summary judgment, stopping the state’s efforts for now but likely setting up an appeal," according to John Brennan of the Bergen RECORD. Shipp ...

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