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Bill King

Senior writer Bill King writes special projects and covers combat sports and educational programs.

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Cohon builds cultural identity for CFL

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 15 / 14

When Mark Cohon interviewed for the commissioner’s job at the Canadian Football League seven years ago, he closed with a caveat born of his early-career experiences at Major League Baseball, where the owners ousted Fay Vincent, and the NBA, where, at least publicly, they followed David Stern i...

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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04/21/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Boxing's great divide

Photos by: Getty Inages T here is much to soak in when you enter the posh, new Las Vegas headquarters of boxing promoter Top Rank. Gleaming stone floors, embossed with Top Rank Inc. in block letteri ...

Tags: In-Depth

04/21/14
SportsBusiness Journal: UFC Gym is working out

When the UFC and 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov combined on their first gym in the East Bay area near Oakland five years ago, the initial stream of customers looked much as you would expect at a large health club that hung a mixed martial arts promoter’s name atop its doors. About 80 ...

Tags: In-Depth

04/21/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Fight stories to watch

L as Vegas and Atlantic City have cemented themselves as the bookends for big event boxing in the U.S. New York remains New York, rich with history at Madison Square Garden and its adjacent theater, and busier than it has been in decades thank ...

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04/07/14
SportsBusiness Daily: PS4 To Sponsor Upcoming Top Rank Fights

Fight promoter Top Rank has signed Sony PlayStation to a wide-ranging sponsorship that will give the PS4 brand prominent placement in the upcoming Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto-Sergio Martinez PPVs, as well as an HBO card headlined by Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado. There also w ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Sony, Boxing

03/31/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Overseas bouts shift model for HBO

He can picture it already, the spectacle of petulant super middleweight contender George Groves riding to the ring atop a London bus, a crowd of more than 60,000 stretched to the far reaches of iconic Wembley Stadium for what likely will be the U.K.’s most lucrative fight ever. London-based ...

Tags: Media

03/31/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Award to honor Rooney’s leadership role

Dan Rooney, the Steelers and the NFL grew up together. That’s how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell began the preface he wrote for Rooney’s autobiography. Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney Photo by: NEWSCOM ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture

03/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: The RSN conundrum

The Arizona Diamondbacks landed what was an eye-popping $250 million rights fee from Fox Sports Net a scant seven years ago. They are likely to come close to tripling the value of that deal when it expires at the end of 2015. The D-backs’ situation shows how much leverage pro teams have gai ...

Tags: In-Depth, Media

03/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: RSNs by the 3s

3 That Flew New England Sports Network Late in 1982, the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and rights holder WSBK combined to create NESN, a premium cable network that would launch in 1984. The Sox held 48 percent, the Bruins 32 percent and the TV station 20 ...

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03/03/14
SportsBusiness Daily: David Reinsdorf Dies At 51

David Reinsdorf , a Chicago real estate exec who was the eldest son of White Sox and Bulls Chair Jerry Reinsdorf , has died at the age of 51. The teams released a statement on behalf of the family today but did not provide details. " Jerry , Martyl and the entire Reinsdorf family appreciate the ...

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Daytona draws new ads

Five NASCAR sponsors are scheduled to debut a combined six new commercial spots during Sunday’s Daytona 500 telecast on Fox, doubling the number unveiled during last year’s season-opening Sprint Cup race. Automotive endemics Ford, Chevy and Goodyear, along with Coca-Cola and Nationwid ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

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