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Daniel Kaplan

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

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Missouri Court Schedules Jury Trial For St. Louis' Suit Against NFL

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 27 / 17

A Missouri state court scheduled an Oct. 2 jury trial in St. Louis’ lawsuit against the NFL for the relocation process that led to the move of the Rams last year to L.A. The city of St. Louis, county of St. Louis, and the convention center filed suit earlier this month against the NFL, allegin...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Teams enjoy playoffs payoff

The two teams heading to Jacksonville for the Super Bowl in 13 days carry with them a dirty little secret of the NFL: For all the plaudits and attention and fame, clubs reaching the ultimate football game will almost surely lose money in doing so. Unlike the other major sports leagues, whe ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Buyouts bite into WTA take

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SportsBusiness Journal: Nike signs French junior to $2M

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SportsBusiness Journal: Calendar firm scores with sports titles

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Tags: Baseball, Basketball, ESPN, Football, Golf, Hockey, IMG, LPGA, Marketing and Sponsorship, MLB, MLS, Motorsports, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, Soccer, USGA

SportsBusiness Journal: Star power drives WTA’s record deal

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SportsBusiness Journal: Citigroup takes dual role for Gilbert

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SportsBusiness Journal: Fila shifts strategy; Capriati out

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sony Ericsson titles WTA Tour

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SportsBusiness Journal: Entertainment brands flock to Vikes

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SportsBusiness Journal: Action skids into difficulties

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