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‘It’s more of a true minor league now’

04 / 21 / 14

The NBA-owned D-League, once an eight-team operation playing solely out of the Southeast, is now a coast-to-coast business marked by sharply rising franchise values and enough demand from NBA teams to suggest further expansion could be ahead. The D-League played its 2013-14 season with 17 teams. ...

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04/01/11
NHL campaign has all the answers

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. “Questions Will Become Answers” is the tag line for the NHL’s new early-season marketing campaign, replacing the “Is This The Year?” campaign that debuted in 2008. Like the old campaign, “Questions” is aimed at increasing viewershi ...

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03/28/11
Competitor looks to expand abroad

The endurance sports media and event company Competitor Group Inc. has acquired the Madrid Marathon with the goal of expanding its popular Rock ’n’ Roll marathon series into Europe and Asia. The Madrid Marathon was first held in 1978 and now includes a shorter 10K race, with both events attracting ...

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03/28/11
Owners discuss easing equity rule

The NFL discussed lowering the amount of equity an heir of a team must control when assuming ownership of the club, sources said, a change that would be the latest league policy shift to reflect the hurdles posed by estate planning. Currently, a family must own at least 30 percent of a team, with t ...

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03/28/11
NASL hires Downs as commissioner

The North American Soccer League has hired David Downs, former executive director of the United States’ 2022 FIFA World Cup Bid Committee, as commissioner heading into its inaugural season as North America’s Division II soccer league. NASL David Downs Downs, 55, will start at t ...

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03/28/11
Early sales point to rebound for MLB

Major League Baseball is poised to end its three-year attendance slide based on preliminary ticket sales data for the 2011 season, set to begin Thursday. Commissioner Bud Selig declined to project a specific attendance increase for the season. But after drawing 73.06 million fans in 2010, down 0.4 ...

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03/28/11
How NFL, players fight PR war

No NFL game has been missed and no practices canceled, but there’s been no shortage of trash talk across the league in recent weeks. Phrases like “liar,” “modern-day slavery” and unions across the board have “exceeded their bounds” have become commonplace. And the combination of Twitter, Facebook a ...

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03/21/11
Shoemaker to lead NBA China

The NBA is counting on newly hired NBA China CEO David Shoemaker’s experience in running the WTA out of Beijing to translate into more growth for the league’s China business. “China is such a vast country and we are really just starting to penetrate the fan base,” said Heidi Ueberroth, president of ...

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03/14/11
AFL back with new teams, owners

The Arena Football League kicked off its 2011 season last week in 18 markets, which includes two relocated teams. This season marks the second campaign for the league since emerging from bankruptcy. It has had a full year to build its business this time after a hasty, three-month relaunch leading u ...

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03/14/11
Moody's: NFL media rights to double

NFL media fees will double to $8 billion annually by the end of the decade, a significant reason why the league has been striving to reduce the share of revenue the players receive, said Neil Begley, a Moody’s Investors Service senior analyst. Those conclusions are in a yet-to-be-released, but fini ...

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03/07/11
Deadlines and drama in push for deal

AP IMAGES NFL Players Association members, including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (second from right) make their way into talks with the NFL in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Ser ...

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