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Liz Mullen

Liz Mullen covers labor, agents and horse racing for the SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Lawyer helps Rose get his shot as broadcaster

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 04 / 15

Pete Rose’s new deal to become a network analyst for Fox has nothing to do with his application to be reinstated by MLB, said Jeffrey Lenkov, the attorney who negotiated his broadcast deal. “It’s more to do with the fact that the guy loves baseball, he speaks baseball, he feels ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Unions joining the Northwestern fray

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SportsBusiness Journal: Firm finds opportunity with NHL prospect

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SportsBusiness Daily: NBC Sports Gears Up For Belmont Stakes

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SportsBusiness Journal: NBC all in for Belmont

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SportsBusiness Journal: Tennessee phasing out ‘jock tax’

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SportsBusiness Journal: WMG, CAA sign potential NBA top picks

Wasserman Media Group and CAA Sports are both set up to have a fruitful NBA draft next month, as each agency has signed a handful of high-profile prospects who are projected to be first-round selections. Wasserman Media Group has signed three projected lottery picks: Duke forward Jabari Parker, K ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Butler joins Rival Sports Group

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SportsBusiness Journal: NBPA: New chief by next season

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SportsBusiness Journal: Issue galvanizes a troubled union

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SportsBusiness Daily: Politicians, NBPA Support Sterling Discipline

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