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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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11/30/98
Bristol offers Vols chance at NASCAR-size crowd of 150,000

In its grand bid to take over the planet, stock car racing has set its sights on one of Dixie's jewels: a University of Tennessee football game that could break the sport's all-time attendance record. Management from Bristol Motor Speedway met in October with Tennessee Athletic Director Doug Di ...

Tags: NCAA

11/30/98
Virginia team exec scores with colleagues

In an era when owners buy struggling minor league baseball franchises with the plan of moving them to baseball-hungry cities, Calvin Falwell has kept the Class A Lynchburg Hillcats stable as the Virginia ground they play on. Though their attendance often has lagged behind other Carolina League ...

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, CHL, Cincinnati Reds, Connecticut Sun, Dallas Stars, Fox, Golden State Warriors, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Twins, New York Giants, New York Yankees, News Corp, Oakland Athletics, RDV Sports, Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, Southwest Sports Group, Time Warner, YankeeNets

11/23/98
Pricey free agents push up ticket prices

Ticket prices are rising along with salaries in Major League Baseball next year. Eleven clubs have announced some form of ticket increase for the 1999 season, with the bulk of them implementing across-the-board hikes. The Detroit Tigers and New York Mets both said they expected increases, though ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Walt Disney Co., YankeeNets

11/23/98
Keystone job: Keep unity in the union

Don Fehr's future walked through his office door in 1975, when Andy Messersmith, a 19-game winner who had played the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers without a contract, won an arbitration case that would change the inner workings of sports forever. Baseball's owners appealed the case in fede ...

Tags: Fox, Los Angeles Dodgers, MillerCoors, News Corp

11/23/98
New tobacco limits won't burn the big guys

NASCAR's Winston Cup and the leading CART teams backed by cigarette companies appear to have escaped largely unscathed from the latest agreements limiting tobacco sponsorships, but the NHRA may find itself looking for new support. The consensus from behind the scenes last week was that the motor ...

Tags: NASCAR, Penske Corp., Professional Sports Car Racing Inc.

11/16/98
Free agents offer hope at a big price

For a decade, the Detroit Tigers have been saying goodbye. Goodbye to Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris and Lance Parrish, the cornerstones of their 1984 World Series team. Goodbye to Cecil Fielder, their home run hero of the '90s. Goodbye to Travis Fryman, once entrenched as their building block for the fu ...

Tags: Detroit Tigers, MLB

11/09/98
Agents pitch sales ability

Randy Johnson's agent is doing the math, whipping through a series of figures that support his contention that his client, unlike all others save Mark McGwire and possibly Sammy Sosa, provides a road that leads a baseball franchise directly to the bank. "In terms of economics, I represent a guy ...

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Fox, Houston Astros, MSG Network, New York Mets, New York Rangers, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Southwest Sports Group, Subway, Texas Rangers, Time Warner, Toronto Blue Jays, YankeeNets

11/02/98
Top players may top Piazza contract

Mike Piazza raised the bar, but it remains to be seen how many of his glitzy free-agent classmates will follow him over it in the coming months, and how the baseball industry will respond to the continued swell of salaries. Piazza's recent signing of a seven-year, $91 million contract with the ...

Tags: New York Mets, San Diego Padres

11/02/98
That's racin' — over by the motor oil

The marketing director at ESPN Video has a clear vision of his product's place in the shopper's universe — or at least where he'd like it to be. ESPN Video signed up with National Sales and Service Alliance, a web of distributors serving automotive aftermarket stores, in an effort to get it ...

Tags: Action Performance Cos., ESPN, NASCAR, National Sales and Service Alliance, NBA, NFL, Pep Boys, Walgreen, Walt Disney Co.

10/26/98
IMG buys into NASCAR scene

NASCAR's image as a magnet for corporate dollars has received yet another boost with IMG's decision to jump into stock cars. The sports marketing giant has bought Charlotte-based Marketing Performance Group, an established provider of public relations, hospitality and marketing on several NASCAR ...

Tags: International Speedway Corp., McIlhenny Co., NASCAR, NBA, U.S. Tobacco

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