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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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02/22/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Minors' baseball card sales heat up

The sports trading card industry is showing a pulse, but it's coming from a segment that in the past has performed well only in brief spurts — the minor leagues. Increased trading card sales were at the core of an 8.1 percent uptick in minor league baseball licensing revenues, according to ...

Tags: MLBAM, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, YankeeNets

02/22/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Rocket's N.Y. numbers less than stellar

If the New York Yankees are hoping last week's addition of Roger Clemens will help them spin turnstiles, as well as stay atop the heap, they'd better hope New Yorkers are more fascinated with the Rocket now that he's in pinstripes. The numbers say that Clemens has not been an attraction in Yanke ...

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

02/22/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Helton ascends in kingdom of France

It lasted only a moment, but for a moment shortly after he realized he really was going to do it — really was going to take the wheel of a NASCAR empire that never had been run by anyone not named Bill France — Mike Helton was spooked. "The fact is, it meant a lot for them to trust me ...

Tags: IEG Inc., International Speedway Corp., NASCAR

02/15/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Super Bowl betting slips on Atlanta

Legal wagering on the Super Bowl slipped this year but only by a modest 1.6 percent, according to unaudited figures issued by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Vegas oddsmakers blamed the dip on lack of interest in the Atlanta Falcons. "Atlanta just doesn't have public appeal," said Joe Lupo, rac ...

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

02/15/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Baseball's back — at least at the Hall of Fame

The recorded greeting at the Coop- erstown (N.Y.) Chamber of Commerce makes it clear that the nation's baseball loyalists are well along in planning their summer convergence. "Please be advised that there are no accommodations available for the 1999 induction ceremony in Otsego County," the v ...

Tags: Falk Associates Management Enterprises

02/08/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Stadium backers find a way in Pennsylvania

After watching public funding for their new stadiums teeter on a cliff for months, sports franchise owners in Pennsylvania found a way to make the $320 million price tag more palatable to legislators — guaranteeing that the state will get its money back through increased tax gains. That pla ...

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers, PNC Bank

02/08/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Minor leagues ink juicy deal

When Sam Rowse, president and fourth-generation proprietor of the family-run Veryfine juice company, speaks of his brand's marketing tack, he calls it an "underdog position." Ocean Spray has PepsiCo's deep pockets behind it. Minute Maid is pulled by Coca-Cola Co.'s powerful engine. Veryfine, ...

Tags: Ocean Spray, PepsiCo

02/01/99
SportsBusiness Journal: voices: Randy Selby Randy Selby

Randy Selby is the guy who busted the Northwestern fixers. An FBI agent who specializes in organized crime, Selby began working the case when Northwestern administrators notified law enforcement officers that they had unearthed a campus bookmaking ring that had ties to athletes. It took more tha ...

02/01/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Voices: James Delany

As commissioner of the Big Ten, James Delany governs the conference that is home to Northwestern University, an elite academic institution that, in spite of its reputation, was host to one of three high-profile collegiate point-shaving scandals uncovered in the last three years. SBJ: From wh ...

02/01/99
SportsBusiness Journal: voices: Bill Saum Bill Saum

One former law enforcement officer has likened Bill Saum to a "one-armed paper hanger, a one-man crusade against gambling." Saum, the NCAA's director of agent and gambling activities, was appointed to his current job in September 1996, a month before Boston College football players admitted to bett ...

Tags: NCAA

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