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Liz Mullen

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

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NBPA Elects Attorney Michele Roberts Exec Dir In Historic Vote

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 29 / 14

The NBPA made history late last night when it elected Michele Roberts  the first-ever female Exec Dir of a sports union in North America. Roberts, a partner in law firm Skadden Arps, was voted in after 9:00pm PT at a meeting in Las Vegas attended by 117 NBA players. Roberts receive...

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SportsBusiness Daily: The Breeders' Cup Attendance, Handle Down From '11

The Breeders’ Cup posted a total attendance number of 89,742 over the two-day event held Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in L.A. The total handle over two days was $144,272,332. That compares to an attendance of 105,820 when the two-day event was held at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Agent Paul Kinzer Responds To WMG Claims

MLB agent Paul Kinzer  on Friday issued a response to a public statement his former employer, Wasserman Media Group, made stating that Kinzer was fired for cause in early October. “I’m very disappointed in Wasserman's statement earlier this week to the media concerning my departure ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Judge To Dismiss Claims In Mintz Case

A federal court judge in L.A. on Thursday said he would be issuing an order dismissing all 12 legal claims Priority Sports & Entertainment filed against former employee and NBA player agent Aaron Mintz and CAA, parent of Mintz’s new employer, CAA Sports. Judge Stephen Wilson also said the ...

Tags: Labor and Agents, Creative Artists Agency

SportsBusiness Daily: WMG Settles K-Rod Claim

Wasserman Media Group has settled a multimillion-dollar claim brought against it by former client and free agent P Francisco Rodriguez, and has terminated Paul Kinzer, the MLB player agent who failed to file a no-trade list that would have prevented Rodriguez from being traded from the Mets to the B ...

Tags: Labor and Agents, Wasserman Media Group

SportsBusiness Daily: Judge To Make Ruling On Motions In Mintz Case

A federal court judge yesterday said that he would rule on motions for summary judgment brought by NBA agent Aaron Mintz, his new employer CAA Sports and Mintz's former employer Priority Sports in the next few days. U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson said he would issue an order prior to a pre ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

SportsBusiness Daily: Judge To Hear Arguments In Mintz/Priority Case

A judge is scheduled to hear arguments in federal court in L.A. today for summary judgment on a number of claims NBA player agent Aaron Mintz brought against his former employer, Priority Sports & Entertainment, as well as counterclaims Priority brought against Mintz and his new employer, CAA ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Tracks focus on fan experience

With so many sports trying to improve the fan experience, horse racing doesn’t plan to get left at the gate. Tracks and horse racing organizations are making sure fans enjoy their day at the races with such efforts as improved Wi-Fi access, new areas to socialize, and horseplayer developmen ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: IMG scores major catch with Els

When veteran agent Vinny Giles decided to get back into the golf business last year, he loudly marked his return by signing hall of famer Ernie Els. A year later, Giles, 70, has retired again; his company, Pros Inc., is no longer representing golfers; and Els is now IMG’s client. “ ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

SportsBusiness Journal: Santa Anita's latest CEO

In March of this year, Los Angeles area businessman Mark Verge was named CEO of Santa Anita Park, at least the 10th chief executive named to run the historic racetrack since billionaire Frank Stronach bought the facility in 1998. In a candid interview this month, Verge talked about how he got the j ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Breeders' Cup ready for prime time

NBC will air the Breeders’ Cup Classic in a one-hour show Saturday night, the first time the horse race has been on prime-time television, but will it be enough to give the event a ratings lift? The Kentucky Derby has historically drawn big television numbers, as has the Belmont Stakes when ...

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