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Daniel Kaplan

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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Tags: Events and Attractions, Marketing and Sponsorship

04/20/15
SportsBusiness Journal: For NFL draft, a stage for every team

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04/20/15
SportsBusiness Journal: NFL buys stake in stats firm

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

04/13/15
SportsBusiness Journal: NFL teams to present plans for L.A.

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

04/10/15
SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Wants Legal Costs From Fans In SB Case

The NFL is seeking more than $24,700 in legal costs from three fans who sued the league over the Super Bowl XLV seating fiasco. The move comes despite a jury ruling in the fans' favor last month. In a court filing in Dallas federal court earlier this week, the NFL argued because the three fans ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sponsorships send mixed signals

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Tags: In-Depth

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Tags: Law and Politics

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Tags: Finance

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SportsBusiness Daily: Hublot Signs Borna Coric As Endorser

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