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

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NFL Lines Up "Random Acts Of Kickoff" Events Ahead Of '17 Season

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 21 / 17

Each NFL team in the coming weeks as part of the push to the season opener will have fan experience initiatives ranging from surprise player and celebrity appearances, team rallies with free merchandise and game tickets, to events supporting non-profit organizations in the community. The league is d...

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05/16/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Big Legal Win For Tom Benson

In a big win for Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson , a Louisiana federal court today ruled his lawsuit may continue against two trustees who have been blocking the transfer of interests in his teams from the trusts of his disowned heirs. The trustees, Robert Rosenthal and Mary Rowe , had decl ...

05/16/16
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL, Insurers Agree To Delay Hearing

Attorneys for the NFL and its insurers today jointly agreed to delay until June 2 a critical court hearing to determine their dispute over whether to commence discovery into what the NFL knew about the risks of playing football. A New York state judge on April 29 ordered discovery to commence in the ...

05/16/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Did NFL fine Saints?

Has the NFL fined the New Orleans Saints for trying to move shares of the team from Tom Benson’s embattled heirs to his wife, Gayle? Documents filed in federal court last week as part of the Benson lawsuit against two trustees seeking to block the transfer suggest the team at the very least ...

Tags: Franchises

05/16/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Sides at odds on value of Saints

Trustees blocking New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson from shifting the team and his NBA franchise, the Pelicans, to his wife from his embattled heirs have placed a value on the NFL club that’s 50 percent higher than his valuation of the franchise. The disclosure, made in federal court fili ...

Tags: Franchises

05/16/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Benson moved to dump LeBlanc

It didn’t take New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson long after he had disowned his heirs to take care of an uncomfortable fact: One of those heirs, Rita Benson LeBlanc, sat on two NFL committees — international, and employee benefits. Emails included in court filings last week showed repe ...

Tags: Franchises

05/11/16
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Looking To Halt Discovery

The NFL is seeking to halt potential discovery of what it knew about the risks of playing football as part of an ongoing litigation between the league and its insurers, who are seeking to avoid covering the concussion settlement that applies to thousands of former players. A New York state Supreme C ...

05/09/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Warriors valued at $1.6B

The Golden State Warriors were valued at $1.6 billion as part of a limited partnership sale in the team earlier this year, according to financial sources. The stake that was sold is small, around 1 percent to 2 percent, so the transaction itself was only a low-eight-figure exchange. Still, it off ...

Tags: Finance, Franchises

05/09/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Warriors mine smart court data

Earlier this season, the Golden State Warriors were part of the first NBA game to be live-streamed in virtual reality. Now, the Warriors are the first team in the league to employ a smart practice court, a system that uses HD cameras to dish out a multitude of analytics, stats and video on a courtsi ...

Tags: Franchises

05/06/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Benson's Plan For Teams Challenged

Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson cannot transfer the teams to his wife because the NBA and NFL have not approved the transactions, according to a motion filed in federal court by the Louisiana trustee seeking to block the deal. The motion, filed by trustee Mary Rowe , were made public yesterd ...

05/05/16
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Names Natalie Ravitz Senior VP

The NFL today named Natalie Ravitz Senior VP/Communications, the latest move under new Exec VP/Communications Joe Lockhart , who has thus far spearheaded a more muscular approach to league PR. Ravitz previously spent just over three years as Chief of Staff and Senior VP/Strategy under 21st Centur ...

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