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Daniel Kaplan

Staff writer Daniel Kaplan covers the NFL, finance and tennis.

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Four years after high court ruling, judge allows American Needle’s case vs. NFL to proceed

04 / 21 / 14

It’s been nearly four years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the NFL in its request to have an antitrust lawsuit from cap maker American Needle dismissed. The league lost its argument then that its collective commercial decisions should sidestep antitrust scrutiny. The...

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Tags: Law and Politics

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04/14/14
NHL prepares loan pool that will top $1B

Boosted by its lucrative new Canadian media deal and other revenue growth, the NHL is preparing a groundbreaking credit facility of at least $1 billion that for the first time would allow clubs to borrow from a centralized loan pool, finance sources said. The NHL’s longtime banker, Citigrou ...

Tags: Finance

04/14/14
Nike, Adidas at odds over ‘Baby Fed’

An expired apparel and sneaker deal for a Bulgarian tennis player who has never passed the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event doesn’t on its face suggest much in the way of controversy. But Adidas and Nike are duking it out over which firm has won the right to dress Grigor Dimitrov on cou ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

04/07/14
WTA eyes more digital content

By now, sports leagues and teams creating their own content, hiring reporters and competing with traditional media is old hat. Just last week, the Buffalo Bills hired a weekend anchor from a Georgia TV station for their website. Individual sports are a different story, though, and the WTA Tour is ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

04/07/14
League wants NFL Net in more ‘war rooms’

In an attempt to boost NFL Network’s coverage of next month’s draft, the league is encouraging teams to allow the network’s cameras in their draft headquarters meeting rooms, the latest move to differentiate its coverage from ESPN by giving viewers greater insight into the process. ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

03/31/14
Ralph Wilson: 1918-2014

On the morning last week after telling his NFL peers that Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson had died, Russ Brandon, the team’s president, was trying to work out. His hope, he said, was that it would be sort of a spiritual exercise, a way to distract himself from the sadness of losin ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

03/31/14
The dealmakers

Rob Tilliss Founder, Inner Circle Sports It was a banner year for Inner Circle, with advisory roles on the sales of the Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils and Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. Inner Circle’s biggest deal since Tilliss star ...

Tags: In-Depth, Finance

03/31/14
Seller's market for teams

Rising equity markets, owner friendly collective-bargaining agreements, healthy business metrics. Despite these factors blessing sports leagues, or perhaps because of them, the sale of teams has been sluggish at best. In Major League Baseball, for example, there has not been a sale of a team in t ...

Tags: In-Depth, Finance

03/31/14
Bank on it

The 25-year-old, dyed-in-the-wool Pittsburgh Steelers fan couldn’t believe his eyes. Bill Cowher angrily stormed toward him, approaching on the grounds of the old Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, his trademark spittle flying. Don Cornwell, a young staffer at the NFL in 1994, had gotten the s ...

Tags: In-Depth, Finance

03/31/14
NFL team sites get access to highlights

NFL teams will be able to use their own game footage for their websites and their mobile offerings for the first time next season. The move, outlined at the NFL’s annual owners meeting last week, is linked to the league’s plan to launch NFL Now, its over-the-top digital content networ ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

03/24/14
NFL ups fun factor via technology

The NFL plans to unveil tomorrow its latest initiative to improve the in-stadium experience, launching a partnership with app developer Experience that lets fans upgrade seats and obtain closer access to the team, like getting on-field pregame or getting an in-seat visit from a cheerleader. Leagu ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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