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

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AFL Wrapping Up Season As Commissioner Looks To Shore Up Ownership Ranks For '16

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 28 / 15

The AFL wraps up its latest season on Saturday night with the 28th ArenaBowl, concluding its first year under Commissioner Scott Butera, who expects more teams, better TV ratings and a stronger public relations push for the '16 season. The '15 season, which had 12 teams that started play in Mar...

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Arena Football League

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05/21/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Appeals Court Upholds NFL Settlement

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05/20/15
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Has New Relocation Timetable

The NFL today at the league meetings in S.F. plans to tell owners that the period for submitting relocation bids is going to shrink from six weeks, and that the time period could still move up from the current Jan. 1 start date, a source said. The NFL L.A. owners committee plans ...

05/20/15
SportsBusiness Daily: NFLPA Wants League Held In Contempt

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

05/19/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Kraft Says Patriots Will Not Appeal

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05/19/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Carmen Policy To Oversee Venue Project

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05/18/15
SportsBusiness Journal: NFL owners to meet amid inquiry flurry

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

05/11/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Morgan Stanley Offers Loans To NFL Draftees

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Tags: Finance, Morgan Stanley

05/11/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Dentsu values Athletes First at $50M

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Tags: Labor and Agents

05/08/15
SportsBusiness Daily Global: Dentsu Acquires Stake In Athletes First

Japanese ad giant Dentsu acquired a 33% stake in Athletes First, whose 180 athletes, coach and broadcaster clients include NFL Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly. The transaction caps a multi-year search for a partner by Athletes First, which included merger ...

Tags: Japan, Finance

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SportsBusiness Daily: Japanese Agency Acquires Stake In Athletes First

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Tags: Labor and Agents

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