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Hangin' With ... New Balance Football General Manager Richard Wright

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 27 / 15

RICHARD WRIGHT is the general manager of New Balance Football. Wright, a 33-year industry veteran, has developed football footwear for Nike, adidas and Umbro before joining Warrior to develop its Warrior Football line. In August, Warrior's parent company, New Balance, announced the decision...

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Tags: International Football, Brazil

FIFA Investigating French Drone Claim

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ITV Studio Attacked By Protesters

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Tags: Media, Brazil

Brazil Strikes Averted; Protesters Gassed

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Hangin' With... World Cup Edition

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Opening Ceremony Kicks Off World Cup

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