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Daniel Kaplan

Daniel Kaplan covers the NFL, finance and tennis for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Jones’ career supplies plenty of stories, which he and Al Michaels gladly deliver to audience

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 29 / 17

Al Michaels, the famed NBC Sports broadcaster, recalled the day in September 1995 when Jerry Jones would unveil Nike’s sponsorship of his Dallas Cowboys, dramatically bucking the NFL — which at the time had a national deal with Pro Line licensees Reebok, Champion, Starter, Logo Athletic ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: ‘Soft’ helmet to debut in NFL this fall

A new “soft” football helmet funded in part by the NFL has received a key certification and is in line to be worn on the field for games this season. The product marks another touch point in the continuing narrative for the NFL that ...

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07/25/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Redskins sell naming deal for team HQs

The Washington Redskins have sold the naming rights to their training facility and headquarters in Ashburn, Va., in a 10-year deal to northern Virginia health care system Inova. The team was to announce the transaction this week. Long known as Redskins Park, the venue now will be called ...

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07/20/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Retired NFLers Want In On Settlement

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SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Parts Ways With Controversial Doctor

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified owners that the league has cut ties with controversial doctor Elliot Pellman  and that the league would hire its first full-time chief medical officer. Pellman co-chaired the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury committee from '94-'07, when the NFL&n ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Date Set For NFL Concussion Settlement Case

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07/18/16
SportsBusiness Journal: UFC ownership borrows $1.8B for buyout

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SportsBusiness Journal: Moody’s predicts tough times for RSNs

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07/13/16
SportsBusiness Daily Global: Court Dismisses Case Against RBS

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SportsBusiness Daily: Moody's Maintains WME-IMG Debt Rating

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SportsBusiness Daily: Lawsuit Over Liverpool Sale Dismissed

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