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Liz Mullen

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

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Stealth SME Hires Longtime IMG Exec Rob Ponger As President

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 19 / 14

Stealth SME today is announcing that it has hired longtime former IMG exec Rob Ponger as President. Ponger will oversee the sports, media, entertainment and consultancy divisions of Stealth and work out of N.Y. He left IMG in May after working there for 20 years, most recently as IMG Senior V...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Racing with the stars

As the Breeders’ Cup prepares for its second straight year in California, the horse racing event is trying harder to tap into the favored local energy source — star power — as one way to drive growth. That’s just part of the plan to make the Breeders’ Cup, a two-day, ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Lagardère in talks to add golf agents

Editor's note: This is story is updated from the print edition. Lagardère Unlimited is in discussions to build on its formidable golf practice through a series of acquisitions and executive hires, including Crown Sports Management and the agent who represents rising PGA Tour star Jorda ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

SportsBusiness Journal: Churchill turns to infield

The Monday morning after this year’s Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery’s phones were ringing from people who had paid one of the highest ticket prices in sports to watch the legendary race in “The Mansion.” The ultra premium area, where low-end ticket ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: DA: More Indictments Coming In Agent Case

The North Carolina district attorney who is prosecuting three people on charges they violated the Uniform Athlete Agent Act said he expects two more indictments in the case will be unsealed within the next two weeks. Jim Woodall, the DA for Orange County, N.C., declined to reveal the identities ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

SportsBusiness Journal: NBPA wish list: Experience, passion

The National Basketball Players Association is looking for an executive with an understanding of labor law, marketing and licensing and with a passion for basketball as its next leader. Those are among the attributes listed in an eight-page job specification written by executive search firm Reill ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: IMG To Handle Kaepernick's Marketing

IMG has joined 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick ’s management team and will be spearheading his marketing and endorsement work. The move is expected to be announced later today, sources said. Kaepernick will continue to be represented on the field by XAM Sports. IMG and XAM Sports are expected to wo ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Athletes leverage influence

In 2008, tennis icon Billie Jean King set up a meeting between the U.S. Tennis Association and the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmentalist action group. King had launched GreenSlam, an initiative to use tennis to promote efforts to protect the environment, the previous year. King a ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: EA’s athlete relations director exits

Sandy Sandoval, longtime senior director of athlete relations for EA Sports, has left that position to pursue other opportunities. “I left,” Sandoval said in a brief telephone interview last week. “We just parted ways. I am 57. I just decided to do my own thing. I don’t kn ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

SportsBusiness Journal: Hunter paid nearly $2M from NBPA

Fired National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter received $1,995,887 in compensation in his last year on the job, according to the union’s annual report filed recently with the U.S. Department of Labor. The report covers the 12-month period that ended June 30. H ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: WNBA Makes Proposal For New CBA Deal

The WNBA has made a proposal to the WNBPA for a new CBA, the union told its members in a memo Tuesday. The memo did not provide any details of the proposal, but it is believed to be the first movement toward a new labor deal for WNBA players. The WNBA CBA expired Monday. “The Negotiating Commi ...

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