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Star-Studded Additions to Sounders’ Ownership Group

*This piece first appeared in the Front Office Sports Newsletter. Subscribe today and get the news before anyone else.  Watch out James Harden and Will Ferrell: the MLS celebrity ownership pick-up game just got even bigger. The MLS club announced yesterday that eleven families with connections to the Seattle area would be joining its ownership group. The new investors will take over part of a stake formerly held by Joe Roth, the Hollywood producer who helped the city land an MLS expansion spot […]

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Inside Nike’s Annual Report

*This piece first appeared in the Front Office Sports Newsletter. Subscribe today and get the news before anyone else. If you ever wanted a peek inside one of the biggest brands in sports, taking a look at Nike’s annual report and proxy statements are a great way to do just that. If you don’t have time to do that, here are some key takeaways from Jeff Manning of The Oregonian/OregonLive. $13.9 million… That’s the amount of total compensation that Mark Parker, Nike’s CEO and president and board chair, was given […]

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ESPN to Launch Morning Podcast

*This piece first appeared in the Front Office Sports Newsletter. Subscribe today and get the news before anyone else. As ESPN looks to grow its podcast presence, the company is turning to a new daily morning one starting in October. According to Ben Strauss of the Washington Post, the podcast is expected to include a mix of news coverage, trends in sports and feature stories done by ESPN’s team of reporters. Following a similar trend… In a recent episode of Shot Callers, Mike Greenberg […]

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