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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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02/01/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Gambling's threat gains new respect

There was no scarlet "G" emblazoned upon Dion Lee's chest to let you know he'd been gambling again, no ruby pinky ring to hint that Kevin Pendergast had begun mimicking the mob. Nothing to lead you to believe that the two would conspire to commit the supreme crime against sport — shaving point ...

02/01/99
SportsBusiness Journal: voices: Kevin Kaminski Kevin Kaminski

Las Vegas Sports Consultants not only sets the line that most casinos use as their benchmark but also serves a policing role on behalf of the sports books and, at times, the leagues and the NCAA. When large wagers on one side move the line at a casino, it's the consulting group's job to find out wh ...

Tags: NCAA, Tribune Co.

02/01/99
SportsBusiness Journal: 'Watching everyone else lose'

You'd never have guessed it was me. If you were an athletic director, a coach, a compliance officer or a counselor, you'd never have picked me out as a guy your athletes should stay away from. I wasn't a big gambler. I had never gambled on anything but casino games, never until a year before I s ...

Tags: NCAA

02/01/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Policing the playing field

It strikes Major League Baseball's security director that he is discussing this subject on so hallowed an afternoon, hours before Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount will learn that they've been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. From the south, in Boca Raton, Fla., Pete Rose watches somb ...

Tags: Falk Associates Management Enterprises, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL

01/25/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Caddies link with PGA Tour on merchadise on merchandise

The group that wants to improve benefits and working conditions for professional golf caddies has added an important ally — the PGA Tour. The Professional Caddies Association, a grassroots organization that provides discounted health insurance, apparel and marketing opportunities for caddi ...

Tags: B.U.M., LPGA

01/25/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Minors show major interest in product

The item, a plastic baseball with a rain poncho stuffed inside, captured Jim Hummerstone's interest the moment he saw it at a trade show last year. "I represent 160 affiliates across the minor leagues, and they're always looking for something innovative," said Hummerstone, the Major League Base ...

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

01/18/99
SportsBusiness Journal: MLB's lesson: Only time heals wounds

Here is a cold, hard reminder for those who believe that the NBA's marketing wizards will succeed in begging, bribing and spinning their way back into the hearts of dissident fans: Along the arduous road back from its last work stoppage, baseball tried ticket discounts, advertising campaigns, t ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Miami Marlins, NBA, New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Time Warner, Toronto Blue Jays, YankeeNets

01/18/99
SportsBusiness Journal: NBA's new cap looks smart to baseball

Many in baseball couldn't help salivating when they saw their basketball brethren impose a ceiling on salaries, even though those who have been involved in previous labor go-rounds recognize the vast difference between the two leagues' revenue landscapes and labor histories. Baseball's players u ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, MLB, NBA, New York Rangers, NFL, Philadelphia Phillies, Phoenix Suns, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Southwest Sports Group, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Walt Disney Co.

01/18/99
SportsBusiness Journal: An apology we'd pay to see: NBA gets a pie in the eye

The man who came up with the ad campaign meant to ease tensions between baseball and its fans four years ago says he'd like to see the NBA adopt the portion of his plan that baseball vetoed. Jeff Goodby, co-chairman and creative director of the San Francisco ad agency Goodby, Silverstein and Pa ...

Tags: NBA, Oakland Athletics

01/11/99
SportsBusiness Journal: A deal for the history books

As he watched NBA owners cling to their position during the lockout, even as millions in revenue swirled down the commode, University of Chicago economist Allen Sanderson was reminded of the story of a man who nearly gave his life trying to keep a mugger from getting away with $2. "Why,&quo ...

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Colorado Rockies, Microsoft Corp., NBA

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