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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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06/07/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Rockies owner draws fire

When a company that occupies a significant presence in a region closes its doors and stops paying its employees as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, it's likely to cause some outcry. When the founder and president of that company also runs a sports franchise that pays its premier player $12.5 ...

Tags: Adolph Coors Co., Colorado Rockies

06/07/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Draft brings quiet year for Boras, salaries

The man whose clients have rewritten the economic order of baseball's amateur draft in recent years says he doesn't expect to see further strides taken in that direction this year. Scott Boras, the agent who in the last two years navigated J.D. Drew and Rick Ankiel to contracts that boosted bonu ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, Nickelodeon, St. Louis Cardinals

05/31/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Veeck steps down to be with daughter

Mike Veeck has resigned as marketing czar of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, saying that his proper place now is not in baseball but by the side of his 7-year-old daughter, Rebecca, who is going blind. Veeck, known for his outlandish promotions throughout the minor leagues, will remain on staff as a m ...

05/31/99
SportsBusiness Journal: NASCAR goes to school with technical-school partnership

Look out Georgia Tech. Here comes NASCAR Tech. In its quest to slap a license on every conceivable corner of the automotive aftermarket, NASCAR last week announced an "educational partnership" with Universal Technical Institute, a technical school that trains mechanics. The first NASCAR Techn ...

Tags: NASCAR

05/31/99
SportsBusiness Journal: MLB hits the Internet big leagues in deal with SportsLine

Major League Baseball is finally stepping up its Internet presence, announcing an alliance with CBS SportsLine that gives SportsLine its most significant chip yet in its battle with Disney for sports supremacy on the Web. Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN Internet division hosts the Web sites of the NFL, N ...

Tags: CBS Broadcasting Inc., ESPN, Excite Inc., MLB, NASCAR, NBA, NCAA, Netscape Communications Corp., NFL, NHL, Time Warner, Walt Disney Co.

05/24/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Tobacco settlement merely a pothole

It was government restriction that sent tobacco marketers scurrying into motorsports 28 years ago. Banned from advertising on television by federal legislation, cigarette manufacturers found another way to take their message to the public, slapping their names and colors on tracks, cars and race ...

Tags: Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., NASCAR, NFL

05/24/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Sox hope to retain Fenway's allure in a more lucrative park

Nobody misses Memorial Stadium, the predecessor to Baltimore's Camden Yards. Fenway Park isn't Memorial Stadium, though. As the Boston Red Sox consider ways to generate stadium revenue the way the Baltimore Orioles do, they know they face issues unique to a handful of pro sports teams. "It's ...

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Fox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Monster.com, New York Yankees, News Corp, YankeeNets

05/24/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Expos' low turnout 'criminal'

The threat that their Major League Baseball team might move appears to have driven the denizens of Montreal farther from the gates than they've been since 1976. At their current pace, the Expos are on their way to the lowest season attendance total since the year before they moved into their cur ...

Tags: Cleveland Indians, HOK Inc., MLB, New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, Team Marketing Report Inc.

05/17/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Auction house lowers gavel, raises record

Michael Jordan discards are worth more than many items that other people keep. The cast Jordan wore when he broke his left foot in 1985 fetched $8,737 recently at an auction that promoters are billing as the highest grossing sports auction ever. The Illinois driver's license that was issued to J ...

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Mastro Fine Sports Auctions, New York Jets, New York Yankees, YankeeNets

05/17/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Pair pin hopes on catching kids' eyes

For the last five years, Michael Shillan has watched as the baseball trading card industry, once valued at $1.2 billion a year, dwindled to about $300 million a year. All along, he has been convinced that the answer was so simple, it would fit on the head of a pin. Shillan had an idea for a p ...

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Fox, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, MLBAM, News Corp, Owned by Dayton Hudson Corp.

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