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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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Azarenka to endorse Esurance

Victoria Azarenka has agreed to a two-year endorsement deal with Esurance, a pact that gives the car insurance brand another connection in tennis. Azarenka, the No. 4-ranked player on the WTA Tour, joins the doubles team of brothers Bob and Mike Bryan as endorsers for the company. The Bryans, who ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

Reserved seating, NFL style

When a new NFL owner arrives at a league meeting for the first time, the commissioner introduces the person before the entire ownership, and the new member of the group then offers a few comments. After Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf concluded some brief words to the room at his inaugural owne ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

Locker room cameras still lacking fans

Last NFL offseason, locker room cameras were hyped as one of the big in-stadium enhancements for 2013. Visions of fans being able to see on video boards coaches offering halftime encouragement quickly met reality, though, as many teams ultimately used the cameras only to show players walking down th ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

Tweets lead to Cheesecake Factory deal

American restaurant chain The Cheesecake Factory is known for its hefty portions and four-figure calorie counts, not for its sports marketing. Agnieszka Radwanska is a Polish athlete playing a sport, tennis, with a modest-at-best visibility in the United States. So it might seem strange that the ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

Issue of NFL Now raised in lawsuit

It didn’t take long for NFL Now, the league’s nascent digital network, to get dragged into a lawsuit. Players suing NFL Films over their use in that group’s footage last week cited NFL Now as a prime example of how they are being exploited. “This new frontier for the co ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

Boutiques break service of big agencies

As the overall money at stake in the top echelon of men’s tennis has gotten bigger, a striking reverse trend has followed: The agencies that represent the elite players are getting smaller. Only three of the top-10 ranked male players on the ATP World Tour are fully represented by a t ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

NFL expands staff by 20 percent

The NFL aggressively added to its staff in the 12-month period ended March 31, 2013, with the league’s employment level jumping by 20 percent, to 1,858 employees, according to a review of the NFL’s two most recent tax returns. That employment figure includes staff for the league offic ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

Clubs worry over NFL Now

NFL teams are expressing concern that the league’s recently announced broadband network, NFL Now, could compete with the clubs’ own efforts by cannibalizing content and siphoning viewers. NFL Now, which was announced Super Bowl week in a rare appearance by Commissioner Roger Goodell a ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

Expenses drop for NFLPA

The NFL Players Association significantly cut expenses in its fiscal year 2013 compared with the prior 12-month period, but it also recorded a sharp decline in revenue for that time, according to an analysis of the union’s recently filed tax return. The period covered in the return is the 1 ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

Lions’ variable pricing to be NFL first

The Detroit Lions are expected today to unveil a pricing plan for 2014 that will make them the first NFL team to implement variable ticket pricing for the regular season and that slashes the price of tickets for their preseason games by 70 percent. The NFL for years has been hit with criticism ov ...

Tags: Franchises

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