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Daniel Kaplan

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

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Tennis Player Naomi Osaka Lands Japanese Sponsors Nissin, Wowow

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 05 / 16

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has signed long-term endorsements with noodle maker Nissin and Japanese broadcaster Wowow. The contract with Nissin is known in Japan as a title sponsorship -- in that country when her name is written, it will app...

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Tags: Asia, Marketing and Sponsorship

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SportsBusiness Journal: Agassi, Graf united in Genworth ads

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SportsBusiness Journal: News from NFL Owners Meeting

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SportsBusiness Journal: IMG to study pricing for Jets

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SportsBusiness Journal: Superset set for second year on CBS

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SportsBusiness Journal: Grubman joins NFL

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Tags: ATP

SportsBusiness Journal: Few votes on deck for NFL meetings

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SportsBusiness Journal: Masters Cup moving to Shanghai?

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SportsBusiness Journal: NFL set to tighten owner rules

Call it the Glazer amendment. NFL owners are set to approve this week a policy change that, had it been in place last year, would have prevented Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer’s high-profile bid to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. Under existing policy NFL owners cannot buy an NH ...

Tags: Baseball, Basketball, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Football, Hockey, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks, LA Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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