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Why protecting fans is complicated

We've all seen this too many times.

The foul balls hurtling over the dugouts. The shattered bats gyrating into the seats.

The innocent people -- women, kids, grown men -- crumpled over in pain. Blood streaming. Medical crews sprinting in their direction.

Baseball games grinding to a halt. Players' …

Baseball

Inside the ‘League of Legends’ Championship at Madison Square Garden - Digits - WSJ

Madison Square Garden this weekend was packed just like for a New York Knicks game. Only this time, the 11,000 fans turned out to watch a regional championship match for the video game “League of Legends.”

The two-day “e-sports” event was a sign of the sport’s rising professional status. The dimly …

League of Legends

Traditional Brazilian sports bidding for Olympic limelight

(CNN) — In less than one year, Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. It will also shine the spotlight on some uniquely Brazilian sports and athletes who wouldn't mind a bit of the Olympic glory themselves.

On the beach, visitors will discover footvolley -- kind of like beach volleyball, …

Olympics

Las Vegas, Quebec City advance in NHL expansion process

Las Vegas and Quebec City advanced to the third and final formal stage to land NHL expansion franchises.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the development in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.

Daly referred to the third stage as "the last formal phase," but added, "it does not …

Quebec

Impact offers designated driving service to tipsy soccer fans

Soccer fans celebrating the much-anticipated debut of Didier Drogba with the Montreal Impact on Saturday will be happy to know they can catch a sober …

Soccer

San Antonio mayor reaffirms interest in MLS expansion

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Courtesy of San Antonio Scorpions

With expansion talk burning hot around cities like Sacramento and Miami, Ivy Taylor, the mayor of San …

San Antonio

Meet Klinger, the First Certified Running Guide Dog

A pilot program is exploring how running guide dogs can be a safe option for visually impaired athletes.

Hunter, 48, was a second lieutenant in the United States Marines when he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa in 1989. The condition causes a gradual decline in vision and left Hunter legally …

Running

The new global head of running is a paid Nike ambassador

Some say Seb Coe’s new role creates a conflict of interest.

Most American sports fans may not have ever heard of the International Association of Athletic Federations. But the IAAF is a powerful global organization that has more than 100 years of history. It is the global governing body of …

Running

FIFA meets World Cup sponsors for secret talks provoked by corruption crisis

FIFA has met with some World Cup sponsors in a meeting they demanded after a corruption crisis rocked football’s governing body.

Little detail was revealed after the closed-door session Thursday, shrouded in secrecy at FIFA headquarters and attended by Adidas, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and …

Soccer

Michael Jordan awarded $8.9M for store's use of his name

CHICAGO (AP) — A jury on Friday ordered a defunct grocery store chain to pay Michael Jordan $8.9 million for using his name without permission.

It was a big win for the former Chicago Bulls basketball player, who was smiling after the verdict was announced Friday night.

Jurors had to calculate how …

Michael Jordan

MLB Approves New Digital Media Company Spin-Off That Will Create Billions In New Revenues

At the MLB Owners Meetings today, the Board of Directors of MLB Advanced Media approved the creation of a new media company that will bring in billions of dollars in new revenues.

With the approval, the company BAM Tech will now be able to formally seek out strategic partners that will include those …

Major League Baseball

Deflategate Hearing May Give NFL Players Association Some Silver Lining

The NFL and NFLPA convened in a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday to engage in a bit of tit for tat regarding the “Deflategate” scandal that has surrounded the league over the past several months.

Answering questions from Judge Richard M. Berman, both the league and the union received some push back …

Tom Brady

Time Will Tell How NFL Feels About HBO's Ballers

The National Football League is notoriously touchy when it comes to television shows using its intellectual propery.

Back in 2004, ESPN pulled its popular series Playmakers because it touched on controversial topics in the NFL, and the network worried that it would hurt its relationship with the …

NFL

Court Dispute Reveals Michael Jordan's Name to Be Worth $480 Million or More

An interesting morsel of financial trivia arose this week from a legal battle currently being waged between Michael Jordan and a supermarket chain his lawyers claim profited off illicit use of Jordan's name.

As the Associated Press' Michael Tarm reports, the dispute stems from a 2009 Sports

Michael Jordan

Record MLB revenues prove sport isn't dying, it's thriving

Turn on sports talk radio and at some point a conversation will begin about baseball’s decline in popularity. Whether it’s lower national television …

Baseball

Court Set To Decide Fate of Class Action Lawsuit Against DraftKings

Class Action

U.Va. signs 10-year extension with Nike, more than doubles cash, apparel

Virginia and Nike have quietly extended their partnership for 10 years, more than doubling the cash and apparel the university receives.

Signed April …

Nike

The rise of Dial Sports and pre-Internet American sports betting

The evolution of American sports betting prior to the Internet can be traced back to a garage office in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

At its peak, in the early 1980s, Mickey Charles' garage was receiving 20 million phone calls a month and generating millions of dollars in revenue. The calls, costing …

Gambling

Scott Walker Approves Public Funding of Basketball Arena

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin approved $250 million in public financing for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team on Wednesday, a deal exposing him to charges of corporate welfare as he seeks the Republican nomination as a fiscal conservative.

Mr. Walker praised the deal, passed with …

Scott Walker

IOC rules out viral testing of Rio's Olympic waters

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee ruled out conducting viral tests of Rio de Janeiro's sewage-laden waterways ahead of the 2016 games, a top official said Wednesday, despite an Associated Press study showing dangerously high levels of disease-causing viruses at all aquatic …

Olympics

Is the US ready – or even willing – to host the 2026 World Cup?

The United States is always a frontrunner when it comes to hosting major sporting events, and the biggest reasons are the most obvious ones: modern stadiums and good infrastructure make for a small leap from planning to reality.

And when it comes to World Cups, the US continually shows its dominance …

American Soccer

Packers WR has $39 million contract, still works 12 hours a day at family farm in offseason

In a new interview with ESPN the Magazine, Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson revealed that he works up to 12 hours a day at his family farm during the offseason, despite signing a $39 million contract last year.

Nelson, who has already made $28 million in his career, will drive a wheat combine or …

Green Bay Packers

Thirteen US rowers sickened at Rio de Janeiro Olympic warm-up event, pollution suspected culprit

RIO DE JANEIRO – Thirteen rowers on the 40-member U.S. team came down with stomach illness at the World Junior Rowing Championships — a trial run for next summer's Olympics — and the team doctor said she suspected it was due to pollution in the lake where the competition took place.

The event took …

Olympics

Latest stadium proposal won't work – right now

City, county officials are pointing efforts at the NFL rather than Chargers.

San Diego Chargers

How netball sponsorship can increase brand awareness

Low-profile sport is punching well above its weight when it comes to attracting high-profile sponsors. For companies looking to increase brand awareness among women, the netball court could have the answers

Netball has a relatively low profile among sports in the UK. Yet the England team who will …

Branding

Why Atlanta is an emerging lacrosse hotbed

Lacrosse has been deemed “the fastest sport on two feet,” and those “feet” are taking Atlanta by storm. To some, lacrosse is considered a …

Lacrosse

Universities Need To Focus On Training Students In Sports Analytics

Analytics in sports have been used to better understand players and games to ensure optimum success with minimal costs. A ReportsnReports report …

Analytics

Athletics at 'war' with media over IAAF drug-test allegations

(CNN) — The world of athletics is at loggerheads with two leading media organizations over just how widespread doping is within the sport.

Reacting to reports by Britain's Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD that analyzed a leaked database of official drug tests, International Association of …

IAAF

Adidas Launches Adigirl Clothing Line Targeting Female Athletes

Adidas has introduced a new apparel line called adigirl focused on increasing its share of the lucrative women’s activewear market - a $15 billion a year business in the United States.

Targeted specifically towards teen athletes, adigirl attempts to differentiate itself from offerings of entrenched …

Clothing

Goldman Sachs helping Revolution finance stadium plan

BOSTON -- The New England Revolution have brought in Goldman Sachs to help put together the financing for a soccer-only stadium in Boston, according to a report.

The Boston Globe reported that the Major League Soccer team has been working with the New York investment firm since at least December.

The …

Goldman Sachs