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Gary Bettman welcomes Rob Manfred to Cornell Commish Club

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news

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I ran into Gary Bettman Thursday at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit, whereupon I naturally asked him about the fact two of the four major North American pro sports leagues soon will be run by alumni of Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Bettman, the NHL commissioner, graduated from the relatively small school in 1974 and Rob Manfred, the MLB commissioner-elect, in '80.

"There...

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Chris Russo's Dog days will begin on MLB Network

Radio personality Chris "Mad Dog" Russo smiles during

Chris Russo trimmed his shift on Sirius XM Satellite Radio from five to three hours last autumn under the terms of his new (less lucrative) contract.

On one hand he found the new schedule to be “a piece of cake, let’s be honest.’’ On the other it left him with a tad too much time on his hands.

“My wife didn’t want me sitting home all day,’’ he said. “I was bored.’’

Enter MLB Network,...

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Dog day afternoons on MLB Network

Chris "Mad Dog" Russo: "My father was a

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Chris Russo recently cut back his show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio from five to three hours. But fear not, Mad Dog fans: You will get one of those hours back during baseball season with “High Heat with Christopher Russo,’’ in which a news release promised he will “bring his passionate opinions and energetic delivery’’ to MLB Network.

In addition to his own unique verbal stylings, Mr. Russo...

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Report: Verducci, Reynolds to join Buck in No. 1 Fox booth

Adam Jones, baseball outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles,

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Fox has taken its time naming a replacement for Tim McCarver alongside Joe Buck in its No. 1 baseball booth, but with Opening Day approaching the network is poised to tab Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, The Big Lead.com reported.

The move does not come as a surprise, especially in the case of Reynolds, a two-time All-Star as a player with an extensive TV resume that includes stints at ESPN...

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Jerry Seinfeld's favorite thing on TV? MLB Network!

Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Jason

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Jerry Seinfeld recently told FoxSports.com's "The Buzz with Jimmy Traina'' that while there are 21st century shows he enjoys, such as "Mad Men" and two starring former "Seinfeld" colleagues in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Veep," his taste in TV-watching tends more toward unscripted comedy as a fan of the Mets in particular and baseball in general.

"I like the MLB Network; that's my favorite...

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Alex Rodriguez news hits on sleepy Saturday morning

Alex Rodriguez walks back to the dugout after

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One of the oldest tricks in the public relations book is to wait until late Friday afternoon to release news that you want buried. But Major League Baseball and/or the arbitrator deciding the Alex Rodriguez case took that a somewhat comical step further by announcing a ruling on A-Rod's appeal of his 211-game suspension on a Saturday morning. And not just any Saturday morning, but the Saturday...

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