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

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AFL Wrapping Up Season As Commissioner Looks To Shore Up Ownership Ranks For '16

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 28 / 15

The AFL wraps up its latest season on Saturday night with the 28th ArenaBowl, concluding its first year under Commissioner Scott Butera, who expects more teams, better TV ratings and a stronger public relations push for the '16 season. The '15 season, which had 12 teams that started play in Mar...

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Arena Football League

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SportsBusiness Journal: Wall Street adjusts sports lineup

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SportsBusiness Journal: Report: Venue financing tougher in '03

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Fitch IBCA Inc., Lehman Brothers Inc., MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Pittsburgh Pirates, This Week's Issue

SportsBusiness Journal: Adidas’ Latham moves to tennis

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SportsBusiness Journal: Cowen to lend Celtics buyers $180M

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SportsBusiness Journal: Agassi happy now at SFX

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Tags: IMG, Labor and Agents, SFX, Tennis

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