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NBA Players, Coaches Use MLK Day To Speak About Race Relations, President Trump

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 16 / 18

Cavaliers F LeBron James used Martin Luther King Jr. Day to "not only again voice his criticism" of President Trump, but to "express his fear of what the current leadership" in DC is inviting in America, according to a front-page piece by Marla Ridenour of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. James: "The state...

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Obama Says Kaepernick Within His Right

President Obama yesterday said that 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was "'exercising his constitutional right' to bring attention to racial injustice by not taking part" in the National Anthem at the start of 49ers games , according to Kim Hjelmgaard of USA TODAY. Obama, speaking in China after the ...

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S.F. Police Union Challenges Kaepernick

The S.F. Police Officers Association yesterday sharply criticized 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s recent statements about police brutality, saying he showed not just "an incredible lack of knowledge," but a "naivety and total lack of sensitivity towards police officers," according to Viv ...

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Kaepernick Raising Stakes For Other Athletes?

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem protest has "undoubtedly raised the stakes when it comes to social activism by high-profile athletes," and he has "certainly advanced a national conversation," according to Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY. Kaepernick "wasn’t the first and won’t be th ...

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Kaepernick To Continue Anthem Protest

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick before Friday's game against the Packers refused to stand for the National Anthem , and yesterday said he would "continue to sit" this season during its playing, according to Eric Branch of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Kaepernick for 18 minutes spoke with reporters about "gun ...

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Kaepernick's Protest Draws Mix Of Reactions

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick yesterday addressed his decision to sit during the National Anthem , saying that he "understood what he was walking into by making this statement," according to Will Leitch of SPORTS ON EARTH. The backlash against him likely is "going to be brutal." Additionally, ever ...

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Daily Fantasy Sports Returns To New York

New York regulators yesterday "approved the resumption of daily fantasy sports wagering" in the state, nine months after companies began "shutting down as they dealt with a legal challenge over whether their contests are illegal forms of betting," according to Tom Precious of the BUFFALO NEWS. The N ...

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DraftKings Changes To Comply With Regulations

DraftKings has spent months "developing new procedures and controls that will help the company comply with a long list of new government regulations," according of Curt Woodward of the BOSTON GLOBE. Fantasy sports customers have "already seen the effects, including a sign-up process that relies ...

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Rodgers Blames NFL For Athletes' Lack Of Voice

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers last week said that he "agrees with the idea that NFL players should speak out on social issues," but he also believes that the league's culture "discourages its players from being more vocal," according to Jason Wilde of ESPN WISCONSIN. Rodgers "praised NBA stars" for calli ...

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NJ Sports Betting Takes Another Legal Hit

New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports betting yesterday "suffered another significant -- and potentially fatal -- setback" when a federal appeals court "upheld a previous ruling invalidating a challenge to a federal law that limits such gambling to four states," according to a front-page pie ...

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New York Signs DFS Bill Into Law

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo late yesterday signed a bill legalizing daily fantasy sports in the state, largely ending a battle with DraftKings and FanDuel that represented a key flashpoint in a nationwide debate on the upstart industry. The state law, arriving nearly seven weeks after legislative app ...

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