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Bill King

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

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Popular overseas bouts shift model for HBO

03 / 31 / 14

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...

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Rivalry fuels college hoops

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Election 2012: The sports battleground

Writers David Broughton and Bill King on how political campaigns have spent their money in sports. I n the weeks leading up to the Republican National Convention, viewers in Tampa who tuned in to the Summer Olym ...

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Univision's sports play

The head of America’s latest startup sports network stepped onto the patio of his Miami office, out into the thick air that lingered after a tropical storm. “I’ve been talking too long without a cigarette,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, who three months ago left his job as ...

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Key players in Hispanic TV

■ Univision The dominant player in Hispanic media launched a 24-hour sports network in April. While not yet available on Time Warner, Comcast or DirecTV, the channel will make a strong push for broader distribution behind a heavy rotation of Mexican soccer. On the air: Mexican soccer, ...

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Industry Salary Survey

As he tracks back through a decade as head of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon, which annually produces about 20 MBA graduates who specialize in sports, Paul Swangard has little trouble identifying the alumni who went to work for pro franchises. “I can literall ...

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Charter school fund finds its champion

Andre Agassi sat at the front of a first-grade class at a recently opened Philadelphia charter school, asking as many questions as he answered. How are you going to make yourself better? How many of you think you are going to college? Where? ...

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NBC bringing boxing back to network TV

NBC will bring pro boxing back to network television as part of a two-year extension of the “Fight Night” series that has aired on NBC Sports Network this year, taking another swing at a sport that last appeared on terrestrial television in 2004 and hasn’t run there consistently si ...

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UFC goes global

Dana White stood in a dressing room in the bowels of Philips Arena in Atlanta on a Saturday night in April, explaining why he needed two bags of IV fluids to get through a night watching other men fight. Food poisoning was the main culprit, he supposed. But his travel schedule deserved some of ...

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Boxing gets TV time

Not long after he took over as the head of Showtime Sports in November, Stephen Espinoza noticed what seemed an inefficiency in the way the network spent its production budget. Fight cards typically featured upward of eight bouts, some of which turned out to be exciting fare showcasing up-and-c ...

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Issues in the ticketing debate

■ Paperless ticketing Paperless tickets — the kind that require a buyer to show ID and swipe a credit card in order to enter the gate — were created to keep some high-demand seats out of the resale market. No issue has proved more inflammatory in the ticketing debate in the last thr ...

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