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Oct 23, 2014

NFL says it’s ‘on track’ in 15-year plan to field London team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League is “exactly on track” with its plans to field a team in London and could have a franchise there by 2022, the league’s international chief said Thursday.

Mark Waller said he believed in 2007 when the NFL first started playing in the British capital it would take 15 years to place a team there and, so far, he’s encountered no stumbling blocks.

Oct 22, 2014

Plans to reform draft lottery fail to pass

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Proposed changes to the NBA’s draft lottery format designed to distribute the odds more evenly among the non-playoff teams failed to pass at the league’s board of governors meeting on Wednesday, Commissioner Adam Silver said.

Silver said the final vote was 17-13 in favor of the reform but that fell short of the required 23 votes — three-quarters of the league’s teams — needed to change the lottery.

Oct 21, 2014

NFL’s Cowboys release gay athlete Michael Sam from practice squad

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Defensive end Michael Sam, who hopes to become the first openly gay athlete to play in a regular-season National Football League game, was released on Tuesday by the Dallas Cowboys.

Sam, who joined the team on Sept. 3, spent the first seven weeks of the season on the 10-man practice squad and never made it to the 53-man roster.

Oct 20, 2014

NFL, others file lawsuit to block New Jersey sports betting

Oct 20 (Reuters) – The National Football League and other
sports leagues filed a lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to block
New Jersey from offering legalized wagering on sporting events.

In calling for the injunction, the NFL, NBA, Major League
Baseball and the NCAA are seeking to block enforcement of a law
that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed on Friday, which
partially repeals a ban on sports wagering in the state.

Oct 20, 2014

Kings’ Voynov suspended by NHL after domestic violence arrest

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the National Hockey League following his arrest early Monday on charges of domestic violence, the league said.

Voynov, 24, will be paid during the suspension but will be barred from all club activities pending a formal investigation, the NHL said.

Oct 18, 2014

NBA’s big-money TV deal could be a vanishing breed, analysts say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – National Basketball Association executives should be popping the champagne over their jaw-dropping television contracts totaling $24 billion because such big-money deals are likely to vanish, analysts say.

The point of sports saturation on television in the United States is rapidly approaching, warns Smith College sports economist Andrew Zimbalist.

Oct 11, 2014

Feature – Van Dyken’s spirit still shines despite accident

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken does not remember the all-terrain vehicle accident that severed her spine.

Her husband sure does.

“I knew she was going to be hurt,” said Tom Rouen. “It was just a matter of how bad. You never think of this scenario. You’re hoping she might have broken a wrist or a shoulder.”

Oct 11, 2014

Van Dyken’s spirit still shines despite accident

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken does not remember the all-terrain vehicle accident that severed her spine.

Her husband sure does.

“I knew she was going to be hurt,” said Tom Rouen. “It was just a matter of how bad. You never think of this scenario. You’re hoping she might have broken a wrist or a shoulder.”

Oct 11, 2014

Swimming-Van Dyken’s spirit still shines despite accident

Oct 11 (Reuters) – Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken does not remember the all-terrain vehicle accident that severed her spine.

Her husband sure does.

“I knew she was going to be hurt,” said Tom Rouen. “It was just a matter of how bad. You never think of this scenario. You’re hoping she might have broken a wrist or a shoulder.”

Oct 9, 2014

California senator ‘encouraged’ by NFL’s steps on domestic abuse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer said on Thursday she was encouraged about the NFL’s plan to curb domestic violence by its players after receiving a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell detailing the league’s actions on the issue.

Boxer was one of 16 woman senators who signed a letter last month calling on Goodell to institute a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence.