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NFL Taps Paul Clement To Argue Case In Prescription Drug Lawsuit

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 02 / 16

The NFL tapped noted appellate lawyer Paul Clement to argue its case Dec. 15 at the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a lawsuit brought by former players suing the league over alleged illegal prescription drug use. Clement, a former U.S. Solicitor General, has been the go-to appeal lawyer ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Lehman shops Phoenix Suns

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Falcons, Basketball, NBA, New York Jets, Phoenix Suns

03/01/04
SportsBusiness Journal: WTA Tour gets unusual sponsor

An Arab country's airport duty-free store is a new global sponsor of the WTA Tour. In one of the more unusual sports sponsorships, Dubai Duty Free will pump millions of dollars into the circuit and co-sponsor with the women's tennis tour a behind-the-scenes TV reality series on life in th ...

Tags: ESPN, Marketing and Sponsorship, WTA

03/01/04
SportsBusiness Journal: MassMutual re-ups with USTA for $35M

The U.S. Open Tennis Championship signed Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. to a five-year, $35 million sponsorship extension that also covers a proposed series of tournaments preceding the Open. MassMutual is no stranger to the Open. ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, USTA

03/01/04
SportsBusiness Journal: Falcons sign Ford dealers

In their first major sponsorship since taking control of the Georgia Dome's marketing, the Atlanta Falcons today will unveil the largest deal in team history. The Georgia and Atlanta Area Ford Dealer Group is the club's new official truck and SUV sponsor, signing a three-year pact valued at ...

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Football, Ford, NFL

03/01/04
SportsBusiness Journal: Hard (goods) days in Denver for NFL

The second annual NFL convention of so-called hard goods last week introduced team and retailer buyers to the league licensees peddling the latest memorabilia and trinkets. Team stores and catalogs and other outlets use the exposition to buy hard goods, or non-apparel merchandise. So what ...

Tags: Football, NFL

02/23/04
SportsBusiness Journal: Cowen: Levitt wrong about lending

What would you say if one of the most revered chairmen of the Securities and Exchange Commission basically said you were nuts? While Arthur Levitt did not utter that word, he did suggest banks should not be lending to the NHL. And there are a handful that do lend. After releasing a report ...

Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Finance, Hockey, Minnesota Wild, NHL

02/23/04
SportsBusiness Journal: Divide on revenue sharing persists

With 38 days now separating the NFL from the expiration of its 40-year-old business model, the league faces a surprisingly heightened level of disagreement among owners over revenue sharing and whether a unanimous vote is needed to pass a new agreement. At a Feb. 12 meeting in Orlando desi ...

Tags: Campbell Soup, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Football, Green Bay Packers, NFL, PepsiCo, Reebok, Washington Redskins

02/23/04
SportsBusiness Journal: Gatorade, NFL agree to renewal

Gatorade has agreed in principle to an eight-year, $384 million sponsorship renewal with the NFL. If, as expected, the sports-drink maker supports a marketing initiative around the new deal, the financial commitment could be far higher. The sponsorship ranks as the second-largest in U.S. spo ...

Tags: Basketball, Chicago Bears, Colleges, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Football, Formula One, MLB, Motorsports, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, Olympics, Quaker Oats, Reebok

02/16/04
SportsBusiness Journal: McCourt loans examined

News Corp. lent nearly half of the $421 million that real estate developer Frank McCourt borrowed to buy the media giant's baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers (see chart ). The purchase of the storied franchise was set to close late last week, along with the loans. News Corp.'s robust ...

Tags: Baseball, Fox, Hockey, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Montreal Canadiens, News Corp

02/16/04
SportsBusiness Journal: No extra charge, say Chargers

The San Diego Chargers for the third year in a row will freeze ticket prices for the coming season, saying the move is an effort to appease fans because of the club's poor on-field performance, not its off-field difficulties. Owner Spanos’ letter to ...

Tags: Football, San Diego Chargers

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