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Nike Drops Suit Against Boris Berian, Allowing Him To Sign With New Balance

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 24 / 16

Nike has "dropped its controversial lawsuit against American runner Boris Berian," according to Jeff Manning of the Portland OREGONIAN. A day after saying in federal court that it "would suffer 'irreparable harm' if it allowed Berian to leave Nike and go instead to New Balance, Nike without elaborat...

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