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

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against NFL Over Painkiller Distribution

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 17 / 14

A federal court judge today dismissed a lawsuit against the NFL brought by former players alleging the league failed to oversee the distribution of prescription painkillers. Judge William Alsup ruled that the lawsuit was preempted by federal labor law, as the NFL had contended, because the pl...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Ralph Wilson: 1918-2014

On the morning last week after telling his NFL peers that Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson had died, Russ Brandon, the team’s president, was trying to work out. His hope, he said, was that it would be sort of a spiritual exercise, a way to distract himself from the sadness of losin ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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SportsBusiness Journal: The dealmakers

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SportsBusiness Journal: Seller's market for teams

Rising equity markets, owner friendly collective-bargaining agreements, healthy business metrics. Despite these factors blessing sports leagues, or perhaps because of them, the sale of teams has been sluggish at best. In Major League Baseball, for example, there has not been a sale of a team in t ...

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03/31/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Bank on it

The 25-year-old, dyed-in-the-wool Pittsburgh Steelers fan couldn’t believe his eyes. Bill Cowher angrily stormed toward him, approaching on the grounds of the old Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, his trademark spittle flying. Don Cornwell, a young staffer at the NFL in 1994, had gotten the s ...

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03/31/14
SportsBusiness Journal: NFL team sites get access to highlights

NFL teams will be able to use their own game footage for their websites and their mobile offerings for the first time next season. The move, outlined at the NFL’s annual owners meeting last week, is linked to the league’s plan to launch NFL Now, its over-the-top digital content networ ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

03/25/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Goodell To Wait On Discipline For Irsay

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would hold off on discipline for Colts Owner Jim Irsay , who recently was arrested for DUI with prescription pills in his car. Irsay is not at the annual meeting in Orlando, where Goodell was asked yesterday about the owner. The team is represented at the me ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Changes Made To NFL Playoff Ticket Policy

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

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SportsBusiness Journal: NFL ups fun factor via technology

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

03/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Azarenka to endorse Esurance

Victoria Azarenka has agreed to a two-year endorsement deal with Esurance, a pact that gives the car insurance brand another connection in tennis. Azarenka, the No. 4-ranked player on the WTA Tour, joins the doubles team of brothers Bob and Mike Bryan as endorsers for the company. The Bryans, who ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Reserved seating, NFL style

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