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Bill King

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

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Deep ties for UFC execs, celebrated HS program

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 10 / 14

This is not a movie scene. But it feels like one. A very strange one. A high school football game in a sold-out stadium on the edge of the Las Vegas suburbs, telecast in prime time on ESPN, delayed an hour by cloud-to-ground lightning and Old Testament rain. Dana White, the ever-amped, cranke...

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