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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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Commissioners Testify Against Sports Betting

Top-ranking officials from the four major pro sports leagues and NCAA "are certain that legalized sports betting in New Jersey would damage their games," but deposition testimony from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA Commissioner David Stern, among others, "left many sports betting industry ex ...

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Will Sacramento Sports Commission Disband?

Sacramento city officials have “recommended disbanding the Sacramento Sports Commission following the agency's default on a $400,000 loan, a stunning fall for the organization responsible for marketing the region to the world of sports,” according to a front-page piece by Ryan Lillis of ...

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Sports Orgs, Teams Donate To Sandy Relief

Multiple sports organizations and individuals have announced donations to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The following non-comprehensive list highlights some of notable donations to the recovery efforts from the sports world. SANDY RELIEF EF ...

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Sports Figures Have Rough Election Night

Election night was "hardly an All-Star night" for candidates with sports ties, according to the AP. Among the campaigns that came up short was that of former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R), who lost to Chris Murphy (D) in the U.S. Senate race in Connecticut. Elsewhere, Connie Mack IV (R), a descendant of ...

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N.Y. Franchises Team Up For Sandy Relief

Several N.Y. area teams are helping with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. In N.Y., Paul Schwartz reports the NFL Giants have donated $500,000, "splitting the money evenly between two major organizations, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City." ...

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Should Sports And Politics Mix?

Last night’s edition of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s “Chronicle Live” featured a discussion of whether “sports and politics mix.” The S.F. Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli said there is “really no upside” for athletes to express a political opinion or st ...

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Giants, Knicks Play Games Despite Sandy Cleanup

The Steelers-Giants game took place yesterday despite “some public debate about the NFL and the Giants moving forward with this game, while relief and recovery efforts continue" in the N.Y. area in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. NFL Comm ...

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Leagues Could Turn Over Docs In N.J. Betting Case

The NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and the NCAA -- in a suit against the state of New Jersey in its pursuit to legalize sports betting -- "may have to turn over 10 years' worth of documents regarding the potential impact of sports betting, fantasy sports leagues and even ‘March Madness’ office pools ...

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NJ Sports Betting Law Called Hypocritical

The NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL as well as the NCAA in court papers filed Monday said that the "contrary positions" of the new state law in New Jersey that allows betting on college and pro sports, but not on the state’s own college teams, “undermine the arguments the state is making in seekin ...

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ESPN Pledges $1M For Boys & Girls Club

ESPN pledged $1M for the construction of the Boys & Girls Club and Family Center in Bristol, Conn. The pledge is on top of a $400,000 gift ESPN made in '09 for land acquisition. ESPN Exec Chair George Bodenheimer made the announcement today, saying it was in commemoration of ESPN's 33rd annivers ...

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