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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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02/20/13
Wheels & Deals

SPORTING NEWS' Bob Pockrass reported Wrangler has produced an online video series featuring NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and team owner Richard Childress discussing memories of late driver Dale Earnhardt "as part of the company’s personal endorsement deal" with Earnhardt Jr. Wrangler VP/Ma ...

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02/19/13
NASCAR Unveils Driver-Centric Ad Campaign

NASCAR's creative effort with new ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, N.Y., will launch Sunday and is previewed by Stuart Elliott of the N.Y. TIMES. NASCAR VP/Marketing Kim Brink said that Ogilvy & Mather has “been developing ‘a new brand direction and a new creative platform’ ...

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02/19/13
Nike, Oakley Distance Themselves From Pistorius

Oakley and Nike yesterday announced that they "would no longer run ads featuring" South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, according to Curry & Kanani of ABCNEWS.com. Oakley Corporate Communications Manager Cheri Quigley in a statement sa ...

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02/19/13
Reebok Launches "Live With Fire" Campaign

Reebok is kicking off “a new global marketing campaign called ‘Live With Fire’ about the more holistic benefits of exercise,” according to Karl Greenberg of MARKETING DAILY. The effort -- comprising “TV, print, digital and out-of-home media as well as consumer events an ...

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02/19/13
Bassmaster Announces New Sponsors

The Bassmaster season starts this week with the Bassmaster Classic, fishing's Super Bowl. The season comes with a flurry of new sponsor announcements on the Bassmaster Elite Series, the highest competitive level on the tournament trail, incl ...

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02/19/13
CIAA Sues Tournament Promoters

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02/18/13
Ravens Players Cashing In On Appearances

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02/18/13
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