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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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Owners ready to order: They’ll have a Bud

Bowie Kuhn, who managed to serve for 16 seasons as baseball commissioner – twice as long as the combined tenure of the three men who have held the job since he was forced out – has a clear view of what it will take to drag baseball into the next century. “The next commissioner h ...

Tags: Baseball, ATT, Milwaukee Brewers, NFL, Chicago White Sox, Rado, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Blue Jays, Media, UPS, NBA, MLB, Detroit Tigers

Owners pledge to cut back on two-game sets

Major League Baseball owners, pleased with results from the first round of interleague play this season, insist they'll be able to produce future interleague schedules that will pass the muster of the Players Association. The owners have until July 1 to present the players' union with a 1999 sc ...

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, MLB

A travel agency promises: Have coaches, will travel

Ken DeMatteo has agreed to plan a fishing trip to New Zealand, an out-of-the-ordinary excursion for his travel agency, which typically books golf tours through Scotland and basketball trips to Italy and Spain. The tours feature prominent college coaches who host and help promote the trips, luri ...

Tags: Sports Travel International

Minor league dreams at a minor league price

With surveys pointing to affordability as a significant reason that minor league baseball has outpaced its major league parent in popularity in recent years, the Southern League has taken that core strength into the realm of fantasy — and says it's paying off. The Southern League is operat ...

Tags: New York Mets

Selig looking like the people's choice

Bud Selig, who as chairman of Major League Baseball's Executive Council has been acting as commissioner in the absence of one, remained the leading candidate to fill the role full time as owners emerged from their quarterly meetings in Seattle last week — though the question of how Selig would ...

Tags: Colorado Rockies, MLB

MLB thinks the once unthinkable

To save Major League Baseball from the perils of its ailing markets, it may have to abandon at least one of them. That was one of the the messages emanating from Major League Baseball's truncated owners' meetings, held last week in Seattle. "We can't consign a team to bankruptcy," said Bud ...

Tags: Bell Canada, Miami Marlins, Labatt Brewing Co., Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Walt Disney Co.

Exide credits NASCAR power

Finally, El Nino has met its match. El NASCAR. Despite the mellow temperatures that were expected to cut into the automotive battery market nationwide this winter, Exide Corp. announced a sales increase of $26 million for the quarter ending March 31. The company cited steady sales of i ...

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In MLB, it's pay — not play — to win

The phone in David Dombrowski's office is ringing again, chirping incessantly, as it seems it has been without pause for seven months. "I have to take this," says Dombrowski, general manager of the flea market that doubles as home to baseball's defending champions. In an instant, he switches his ...

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Rangers, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pro Player Inc., San Diego Padres, Southwest Sports Group, Texas Rangers, Time Warner, Toronto Blue Jays, YankeeNets

Wolff guiding merger of Northeast, Northern leagues

When minor league baseball impresario Miles Wolff brought his name and backing to the independent Northeast League recently, it injected instant credibility. The merger that followed can only increase that impact. The Northeast League and the Northern League, the latter of which has Wolff as its ...

Tags: MLB, Philadelphia Phillies

The power behind baseball's throne

You can hear the city's heartbeat from Paul Beeston's corner office; the honk and screech of cabs squirreling up New York's Park Avenue, the rhythm of a steel band playing across the street, the occasional random voice that fights its way through the din. x You can hear them all because, ...

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