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Game Changers: Progress in hiring, but not at the top

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 26 / 16

T he message from our Game Changers 2016 conference was clear to me: Gender diversity has improved at the mid-to-lower level of the sports industry, but we still need to see significant progress at the executive level. The event, in i...

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Throwing loyalty out with the trash

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It’s not about dollars and cents

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Cut to the Chase: Off to a good start

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Debates over stadiums rage on

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NHL payrolls require objective eye

I’ve just finished reading the “opinion” by Andrew Zimbalist [“ If you ask me, here’s how to clean up NHL mess ”] in the Oct. 18-24 issue. You need somebody more objective than that for so serious an issue. Zimbalist refers to the detailed public rep ...

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Cowboys’ election victory revealing

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At what price is tradition preserved?

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Critic’s target is baseball’s unlikely MVP

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