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Terry Lefton

Terry Lefton covers marketing, including sponsorships, licensing and merchandising, for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Panini Signs Expected Lottery Pick Dante Exum To Trading Card Deal

04 / 07 / 14

Consensus NBA lottery pick Dante Exum has signed an exclusive trading-card deal with Panini, the NBA's sole trading-card licensee. The 18-year-old Exum, a member of the Australian national team, will be featured on packaging, participate in social media and marketing initiatives and sign memorabilia...

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Tom Ward Leaving Hornets For 76ers

The 76ers have hired veteran team marketer TOM WARD as their new Senior VP/Corporate Partnerships & Broadcasting. Ward, currently the Senior VP/Corporate Sponsorships with the Hornets, will begin with the Sixers July 9, reporting directly to CEO ADAM ARON . “We’ve already been suc ...

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Under Armour Gets Ravens Practice Facil Rights

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Web Retailer Fanatics Valued At $1.5B

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Tags: Finance

Subway Signs Deal With Robert Griffin III

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Bears Sign Deal With Dr Pepper Snapple Group

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Andrew Luck Signs Deal With Panini America

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Scotts Activating MLB Sponsorship Around Opening Day

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A-B Launches MLB-Themed Cans

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NFL Licensees Preview Pop-Up Store

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Panini Signing Deal With USA Baseball

Panini America will announce at today’s Industry Summit in Las Vegas that it has added USA Baseball to its roster of U.S. trading-card licenses. As the official trading card, Panini gets rights to USA Baseball marks and national team players, which will initially be used in an October "Pr ...

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