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Lagardère Plus Creates Umbrella Brand For Company's Consulting Efforts

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 16 / 17

Lagardère Sports & Entertainment has launched Lagardère Plus, a global agency that will incorporate Lagardère's existing global consulting businesses. Those include agencies akzio! and Zaechel Int. in Germany and Spons...

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Excel Sports Management Signs Brandon Ingram

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Emanuel, Whitesell Discuss WME-IMG Merger

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D-backs GM's Former Agency Still An Issue

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Rosenhaus Wants Arbitrator To Hear Dispute

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Veltman, Cerulo Leaving Relativity Sports Baseball

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CAA Sports Acquires Icon Venue Group

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Sources: Ben Simmons To Sign With Klutch

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Judge Vacates Rosenhaus' Award Against Jackson

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Dwight Howard Fires Longtime Agent Fegan

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NBPA Makes Changes To Rules For Agents

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