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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against NFL Over Painkiller Distribution

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 17 / 14

A federal court judge today dismissed a lawsuit against the NFL brought by former players alleging the league failed to oversee the distribution of prescription painkillers. Judge William Alsup ruled that the lawsuit was preempted by federal labor law, as the NFL had contended, because the pl...

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AFL Pittsburgh Power Shut Down

The AFL on Monday said that the four-year-old Pittsburgh Power "will not field a team" in '15, according to Jerry DiPaola of the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW. Team ownership, including co-Owners Lynn Swann and Trib Total Media, "was split on a willingness to spend more money." Power Owner & Chair M ...

Tags: Franchises, Arena Football League

Comic Book Makes Superhero Merch With QBs

Chicago-based Athlitacomics' new line of "football hero merchandise features none other than a comic version" of Colts QB Andrew Luck, according to Dana Hunsinger Benbow of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. The merch shows Luck with "jet black hair" and an "intensely evil expression on his face." Standing at " ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Indianapolis Colts, NFL

The Sports Business Year In Marketing

There was no shortage of marketing issues that left their mark on the industry this year. Below are some of the people, campaigns and ideas that made headlines in '14. ND received cash and stock in UA as part of their 10-ye ...

Tags: Year End

Jeff Vinik To Unveil Vision For Tampa

Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik today will unveil his vision to "transform the 24 barren acres" of land he owns in downtown Tampa into a "walkable waterfront entertainment district." New apartments, condos, restaurants, shops and offices "will be added to the downtown empire Vinik has been as ...

Today's Events....

The DC Council will take the final vote on using public funds to help build a new DC United stadium.

Nike Campaign Highlights Local "Heroes"

Nike today is rolling out a new campaign that will highlight the LeBron 12 basketball shoe by “featuring a dozen northeast Ohioans identified by LeBron James and the shoe company as local 'heroes.'" As part of the #iDYOURHERO initiative, Nike filmed videos and designed shoes for ea ...

Norman's Company Moving To Jupiter

The new HQ for Greg Norman 's Great White Shark Enterprises is scheduled to be in Jupiter, Fla., after the move to a "12,000-square-foot commercial office building" was approved by the town council last night. Plans by building owner Richard Witham "call for a two-story building on the vacant one ...

NFL Employees Hand Over Records

Nearly 500 employees at NFL HQ in N.Y. turned over phone and e-mail records to investigators "looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case." A source said that the report is "expected to be completed this month." League employee ...

Final Jeopardy....

“What is Suriname?”

Top Ten....Beating Around The Bush

Last night’s Top Ten list was “Top Ten Questions Jeb Bush Is Asking Himself While ‘Actively Exploring’ A Run For President” ( “Late Show,” CBS, 12/16 ). 10) "Am I sure I won't embarrass the family?" 9) "Can I find a running mate as likeable as Dick Ch ...

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