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Tom Coburn Wants To Revoke Sports Leagues' Tax-Exempt Charity Status

Last week Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma introduced an amendment to a bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act (the so-called "Internet tax") that would revoke the tax-exempt status of sports leagues. This is the news, and Think Progress has covered it nicely here. Also news, to most people: Sports leagues… » 4/27/13 9:44pm 4/27/13 9:44pm

The NHL Lockout Is Over; Play To Start Within The Next Two Weeks [UPDATED]

Five days short of a January 11 deadline that would have scuttled the entire season, the NHL and NHLPA have reached a deal that, pending approval from a player vote, will end the lockout and allow for a condensed 50-game season. Teams will likely only play other teams from within their own conference during the… » 1/06/13 8:25am 1/06/13 8:25am

Yahoo's Hockey Scribes Have Finally Cracked Under The Strain Of The NHL Lockout

The NHL lockout is a man-made catastrophe with many victims. Montreal poutine vendors, Boston bar-puke moppers and Vancouver glaziers all stand to take a bath this year without the NHL stimulating the local eat/drink/smash economies. Even a third-rate alleged professional league such as the NHL keeps several dozen… » 12/22/12 9:50pm 12/22/12 9:50pm

The NHL Lockout Negotiations Are So Bad, The NHL Is Threatening To Make Every Player An Unrestricted Free Agent

The NHLPA will give its a members the option to vote for a disclaimer of interest—a renunciation of the legal right to benefit from the terms of a given trust—which essentially means that the leadership of the NHLPA would move to disband the NHLPA. This outcome helps the players in their negotiations with the NHL, as … » 12/15/12 6:45pm 12/15/12 6:45pm

All Four Major Commissioners Whined In A Court Record About New Jersey's Plan To Legalize Sports Betting

The state of New Jersey plans to legalize sports wagering as early as January by defying the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Governor Chris Christie and other New Jersey lawmakers support this on the theory that it would cut into the profits of the many illegal and offshore sports betting… » 12/09/12 5:20pm 12/09/12 5:20pm

Fake Gary Bettman Twitter Account Outs Gary Bettman's Two Remaining Fans

Last night a Twitter account purporting to be NHL commissioner Gary Bettman popped up. While the account turned out to be fake, many believed it at first, both because @Commish_Gary was Bettman's handle before he wisely deleted it pre-lockout, and because the impostor played it straight, tweeting just once about the… » 11/13/12 3:45pm 11/13/12 3:45pm

Things We Cannot Endorse: This Gary Bettman Shooting Range Target

I am every bit as frustrated about the lockout as you are. I am a hockey fan, and also I would rather suck on an antifreeze lollipop than write about escrow payments. But I'm also a pussy coastal liberal and am slightly uncomfortable with people pointing guns at even a caricature of another person, and taking out… » 10/31/12 2:38pm 10/31/12 2:38pm

Inside A Secret NHL Focus Group: How A Top GOP Strategist Is Helping Hockey Owners Craft Their Lockout Propaganda

You're going to hear a lot about "shared sacrifice" from the NHL in the days and weeks to come. That's the word from inside a secret emergency PR focus group, in which a top Republican Party strategist tested pro-ownership messages on a captive audience of hockey fans. One of those fans shared the documents with us,… » 10/15/12 4:05pm 10/15/12 4:05pm

Wayne Gretzky Figures The Lockout Will End Soon Because Gary Bettman And Don Fehr Are "Two Smart People"

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Meanwhile, the sides have not exchanged proposals in weeks. » 10/12/12 4:30pm 10/12/12 4:30pm

The NHL Lockout Negotiations Have Been Kind Of A Joke

Did you know, that as of right now, the NHL season is still technically scheduled to start on time next Thursday? Yep, everyone is going about their business as if there's going to be meaningful hockey next week, as if all the best players will rushing back from Russia, as if the teams will re-hire all the staff they… » 10/02/12 10:05am 10/02/12 10:05am

Evgeni Malkin Sign With KHL Team Metallurg, Metallurg Best

Since American NHL leader troll Gary Bettman make with hockey lockout (remind you of Putin, da? Except fearless leader Putin like hockey, ho ho ho!), Evgeni Malkin sign with Metallurg. Metallurg play in Magnitorogorsk, hearty industrial city in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia. Malkin from Magnitorogorsk, Magnitorogorsk… » 9/16/12 11:15am 9/16/12 11:15am