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Inaugural NFL diversity summit deemed a success

Daily / Wednesday, May 25, 2022
The NFL Coach and Front Office Accelerator was “really well received” at this week’s NFL owners meetings, as the participants “felt like they got a lot out of it,” according to NFL Network’s Judy Battista. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “acknowledged that there was some skepticism coming into...

NFL lowers minimum equity threshold to help family-owned teams

Daily / Wednesday, May 25, 2022
In a bid to help families that have owned NFL teams for generations keep the clubs family-owned, the league yesterday voted to lower the minimum equity threshold required for controlling individuals in those families from 5% to 1%, sources said. The rules only apply to teams under the same ownership...

NFL Notes: Watson investigation expected to wrap up soon

Daily / Wednesday, May 25, 2022
In Cleveland, Mary Kay Cabot notes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that the league is "close to wrapping up its investigation into allegations" against Browns QB Deshaun Watson. Goodell said, "I can’t give you a timeline (for a possible suspension). I think we’re nearing the end of...

PWHPA joins with BJK, Walter Group on league plan

Morning Buzz / Wednesday, May 25, 2022
The PWHPA has "entered into a formal relationship with Billie Jean King Enterprises and The Mark Walter Group to explore the launch of a new professional women’s hockey league," a source said. With a letter of intent signed, the Walter Group and BJK Enterprises’ involvement "marks a major step...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is coming to CDL in 2023

Esports / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Activision Blizzard took an unorthodox approach to announcing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’s release date today, using a barge to help herald its latest military shooter. It’s coming out October 28 for PC and PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and the giant game publisher...

USSF President Parlow Cone's CBA efforts recognized, praised

Daily / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
For USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone, the body's joint collective bargaining agreements "end a fight she started 23 years ago," according to Kevin Baxter of the L.A. TIMES. Parlow Cone has "long known there were disparities" in the way the USWNT was "paid and treated." When she...

FIFA, U.S. Soccer relationship cause for concern ahead of '26 WC

Daily / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
There remains "distinct concerns about the relationship" between FIFA and U.S. Soccer ahead of the U.S. co-hosting the '26 World Cup, according to soccer journalist Grant Wahl. The relationship between the USSF and FIFA is a "fascinating one right now," as FIFA "needs the U.S. because it needs to...

Wimbledon ban, Tours' response dominate talk at French Open

Daily / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The ATP and WTA hoped to "take a strong stand against Wimbledon’s decision to keep out players from Russia and Belarus, then let tennis and competition move the conversation away from politic," but it "has not worked out that way," according to Matthew Futterman of the N.Y. TIMES. The...

NFL holds diversity seminar with minority coaches, front-office execs

Daily / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Minority coaches and front-office execs from NFL teams participated in "seminars, workshops and networking opportunities" at its first Coach and Front Office Accelerator, as part of the league's "latest attempt to address its diversity issues," according to Mark Maske of the WASHINGTON POST. The seminar included about 60...

NFL plans to centralize teams' customer data

Morning Buzz / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
ATLANTA -- NFL owners today will vote on a proposal requiring teams to share customer data with the league, sources said, a step that would supercharge the centralized NFL fan database but has some clubs concerned about data privacy and competition. The NFL’s database already has information more than...
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