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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: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, YankeeNets

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SportsBusiness Journal: Florida struggles to keep the boys of spring

While spring training blooms in gleaming new complexes clustered in the Arizona desert, its Florida predecessor is trying to hold onto its baseball heritage despite economic factors that have many Grapefruit League communities questioning the return on their investment. Several long-time spring ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: McGwire still helping sell tickets, no matter whose park homers f ...

Many of the balls Mark McGwire hit out of major league parks last year soared so high and far that they appeared to have wings. It looks as if they had legs, as well. With Opening Day approaching, the momentum built last year by McGwire's home run quest was carrying through to box offices acros ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals

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SportsBusiness Journal: american league: west

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels, New York Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Southwest Sports Group, Texas Rangers, Walt Disney Co.

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SportsBusiness Journal: east

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Time Warner

03/29/99
SportsBusiness Journal: central

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Fox, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, News Corp, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Tribune Co.

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SportsBusiness Journal: central

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins

03/29/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Defining the problem easy; next comes the hard part

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SportsBusiness Journal: Rich get richer off lucrative TV deals

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SportsBusiness Journal: A complex showman returns to The Show

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