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Senior writer Bill King writes special projects and covers combat sports and educational programs.

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Top Rank to go it alone promoting, distributing Pacquiao bout

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 12 / 16

Changing horses or, on occasion, abandoning the horse entirely is nothing new for boxing promoter Top Rank. Twenty years ago, its founder Bob Arum took what figured to be a big-selling fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez off pay-per-view and back to theater-based closed circuit ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: MLB tops leagues in lobbying efforts

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SportsBusiness Journal: Payroll disparity between MLB playoff teams, others hits $30M

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, New York Mets, New York Rangers, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays

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