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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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SportsBusiness Daily: UFC To Expand Health Insurance Coverage

The UFC will expand the health insurance it extended to its fighters last year to include pre-existing injuries and conditions, a decision that the company says will increase premiums it pays for the approximately 400 fighters it employs globally by about 60%. UFC Chair Lorenzo Fertitta and Presid ...

SportsBusiness Journal: 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 ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Journal: 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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SportsBusiness Journal: 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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SportsBusiness Journal: 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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SportsBusiness Journal: Ticketing gets political

“Suppose a fellow is very hard up. Say I have a ticket to sell. It is worth $20. I will sell it for $10. Should the government intervene on behalf of the individual and say, ‘You shall not discount it for more than 10 percent’?” — Sen. Stephen Elkins, member of the ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Battleground states

FLORIDA Current law: Scalping legal since 2006; allows ticket purchase limits. In June 2009, passed a law that requires sellers to refund tickets when buyers are denied admission or events are canceled. The law also bans the use of “robot” software, which surfs for and secures ticke ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: The action’s on the floor

Minutes before Game 2 of the recent first-round playoff series between the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center, a late-arriving fan nudged his way into seat No. 36, so close to TNT’s Reggie Miller that he could sneak a peek at the analyst’s game notes. Fifty feet ...

Tags: Franchises

SportsBusiness Journal: Getting stars courtside for Heat

When LeBron James and Chris Bosh announced that they would join Dwyane Wade with the Miami Heat two summers ago, the most active broker of premium tickets in South Florida felt the aftershock from the other side of the world. Michael Lipman, owner of Tickets of America and the high-end sports and ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Mayweather-Cotto shatters records

Fight promoter Richard Schaefer scanned the poster for this Saturday’s pay-per-view bout pitting Floyd Mayweather against Miguel Cotto, rattling off the names of brands sponsoring the fight. “We needed two lines for all the logos,” Schaefer said, chuckling. “This is clearl ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

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