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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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MLL owner sees profit in passion play

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 04 / 15

Rob Hale admits that buying the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse was more of a passion play, which makes him like a lot of professional team owners. But he also sees a long-term growth potential that makes him feel like he got in on the grou...

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Tags: Franchises

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