The 6 biggest sports deals in 2014 by Benjamin Snyder @FortuneMagazine December 18, 2014, 12:01 PM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons This year’s sports deals were nearly as fascinating as what happened on the field. Who can forget the drama over the Los Angeles Clippers and its owner’s racist comments? Or how about LeBron James’ tortured decision about where to play? Throw in a few big Major League Baseball player contracts along with some gigantic television contracts, and you have yourself a championship season of wheeling and dealing. “It’s been a really robust year,” said Vince Gennaro, the director of Columbia University’s sports management graduate program and president of the Society for American Baseball Research. “I think it shows the increasing value of sports as an asset and in terms of popularity among the fan base and advertisers.” “We’re seeing sports as the galvanizing force that unites advertisers and fans,” he added. Here’s a look at some of the biggest and most newsworthy sports business stories of 2014.