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Pro Sports Teams Show Increased Support For LGBTQ Community With Pride Nights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 28 / 16

U.S. sports leagues are "increasingly sending the message" that LGBTQ fans are "welcome" at venues, according to Jeff Green of BLOOMBERG NEWS. So far this year, about "three dozen professional baseball, soccer, and women’s basketball teams have hosted pride nights." NBA Chief Diversity & I...

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