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Christopher Botta is a staff writer for SportsBusiness Journal.

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Penguins again rock local-market TV ratings

04 / 14 / 14

For the fifth consecutive time, the Pittsburgh Penguins led the way among NHL clubs for local-market TV ratings for the league’s regular season. The ranking is based on an analysis of ratings information for clubs that make their Nielsen data available. The NHL’s regular sea...

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08/20/12
Fox slates more live EPL games

The English Premier League is returning to Fox. Delayed-match broadcasts will serve as lead-ins for NFL games on Fox at least three times in the coming months, marking the second consecutive year the EPL will receive visibility on the over-the-air network. While Fox Soccer, which carries a fu ...

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08/20/12
Stars consolidate medical services

The Dallas Stars have signed the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as the team’s official medical provider. The five-year deal marks the first time one entity will be managing the medical care of the Stars — a consolidation of services already in place at other NHL clubs ...

Tags: Franchises

08/13/12
Lenders unlikely to act against Devils

Lenders to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday have the right to force the team into bankruptcy, as a key contract provision in the club’s defaulted loans kicks in, but sources close to the situation say such action is unlikely to happen, at least not right away. The lenders, instead, appear w ...

Tags: Finance

08/13/12
NHL’s pay to Bettman nears $8M

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received almost $8 million in salary and benefits during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, according to the league’s most recent tax filing, up from a total compensation of $7.5 million the previous year. ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

08/13/12
ESPNFC new brand for soccer coverage

Coinciding with the opening of the 2012-13 English Premier League season and qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, ESPN is stepping up its commitment to global soccer coverage. Starting this week, ESPNFC will serve as the network’s singl ...

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08/06/12
Stars’ sales stirring after shake-up

The uncertainty of the NHL’s labor negotiations has not stopped the forward momentum of the Dallas Stars. Under new owner Tom Gaglardi, the franchise’s front office has undergone a major overhaul during the past eight months that is already showing results. The Stars had hit rock ...

Tags: Franchises

08/06/12
Penguins plan upscale shop

The Pittsburgh Penguins plan to provide their customers with a country club atmosphere this season. The team and concessions partner Aramark are creating a specialty store at Consol Energy Center that will feature high-end apparel. ...

Tags: Franchises

08/06/12
AS Roma wraps up in U.S.

A midsummer visit to the United States by Italian soccer club AS Roma started with three exhibition matches for its players and ended with two days of meetings in Disney World for its top executives. AS Roma drew more than 37,000 ...

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07/30/12
EPL makes its mark

Not content with playing only 18 games on these shores over two weeks in July, the English Premier League appears poised to become part of the American sports landscape on a much larger scale. “Its popularity in the U.S. is soaring,” said Matt Mirchin, senior vice president of global ...

Tags: In-Depth, International Football

07/30/12
EPL execs to watch

Perhaps the ultimate proof of the English Premier League’s effect in the U.S. is that one quarter of its clubs are owned by Americans: Arsenal (Stan Kroenke), Aston Villa (Randy Lerner), Liverpool (John Henry and Tom Werner), Manchester United (Malcolm Glazer) and Sunderland (Ellis Short). ...

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