Latest Sports team and league operation News

A look at the seminal broadcasting moves that define the NFL

Aug. 24, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

Pete Rozelle would not be surprised to see television's impact on the NFL as the league celebrates its 100th season this year. It was Rozelle, the commissioner from 1960 to 1989, who was able to convince owners that it was in their best interest to sign a league-wide rights deal instead of teams negotiating on...

Comptroller: Tennis Center owes NYC $311,000 in back rent

Aug. 23, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's comptroller says the organizers of the U.S. Open tennis tournament owe the city $311,000 in back rent for use of the tournament site in Queens. Scott Stringer said in an audit report released Thursday that the United States Tennis Association underreported the revenue of its...

Capitals star Kuznetsov banned from Russia team for 4 years

Aug. 23, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov tested positive for cocaine at the world championship and has been banned from the Russia team for four years. Kuznetsov failed a doping test after a sample was taken on May 26, the day Russia won the bronze medal game against the Czech Republic in...

Judge confirms TV rights payment to Nats in Orioles dispute

Aug. 22, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has confirmed an arbitration decision from baseball executives ordering the Washington Nationals to be paid $296.8 million by the cable network they jointly own with the Baltimore Orioles for their television rights from 2012-16. The Orioles and Nationals jointly own the...

Browns owners donate $4.5 million to city's musical scene

Aug. 22, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam have donated $4.5 million to the city's eclectic musical arts. The couple has given to the Cleveland Orchestra, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Playhouse Square to help fund scholarships and educational programs at all three institutions. The...

Hall of Famer Hefford to oversee new women's hockey union

Aug. 21, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

The Professional Women's Hockey Players' Association has selected Hockey Hall of Fame player Jayna Hefford to oversee its daily operations in a leadership shuffle three months after the union was founded. Hefford becomes the operations consultant and succeeds Bryan Hicks, who was hired on July 1. Her duties will...

Russ Conway, writer who brought down hockey union boss, dies

Aug. 20, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Russ Conway, a hockey writer who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1992 for his stories about corruption in the NHL Players Association that helped bring down union head Alan Eagleson, has died. He was 70. His death was reported by the Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, Massachusetts, where...

Column: FedEx Cup about the money, not the majors

Aug. 20, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The FedEx Cup is still about the money. Whoever wins this week at the Tour Championship gets $15 million, more than Greg Norman's career earnings on the PGA Tour. The FedEx Cup might one day be as much about prestige. Tiger Woods (twice), Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk won the first four FedEx...

MLS awards expansion franchise to St. Louis for 2022 debut

Aug. 20, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

The prospects of a Major League Soccer franchise ever calling St. Louis home appeared to have died two years ago when voters turned down the use of a business tax to finance a new downtown stadium. Then a new potential ownership group came along. Led by members of the founding family of car rental giant...

Hawks promote GM Schlenk to president of basketball ops

Aug. 19, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have given general manager Travis Schlenk an extra title: president of basketball operations. Owner Tony Ressler announced the promotion on Monday, saying he is "extremely pleased with the direction that Travis and our entire basketball operations team has us heading as a...