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

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NFL Lines Up "Random Acts Of Kickoff" Events Ahead Of '17 Season

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 21 / 17

Each NFL team in the coming weeks as part of the push to the season opener will have fan experience initiatives ranging from surprise player and celebrity appearances, team rallies with free merchandise and game tickets, to events supporting non-profit organizations in the community. The league is d...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Tennis back in Beantown

World TeamTennis will return to Boston this summer and will launch its first team in Houston, bringing the league’s teams to 12 and equaling the most in the organization’s 25-year history. The Boston Lobsters are owned by Bahar Uttam, a retired technology executive who wanted to return te ...

Tags: ATP

SportsBusiness Journal: Teams that borrowed don’t risk defaulting

On the face of it, the prospect of losing an entire season to a labor disturbance would seem to put NHL teams that have borrowed money in great peril. After all, how many people could keep paying the mortgage or the credit card bills if they lost their job for a year? But don’t expe ...

Tags: Hockey, NHL

SportsBusiness Journal: Niners seek to secure a new stadium

The San Francisco 49ers are looking to hire an investment bank to jump-start their long-stalled stadium development effort, financial sources said. Late last month the team sent requests for proposals to about 10 investment banks, detailing the work the club needs to get the stadium and the ...

Tags: Football, San Francisco 49ers

SportsBusiness Journal: Eagles plan kids' TV show

The Philadelphia Eagles may be hoping to win legions of new boosters with a victory Sunday in the Super Bowl, but even if they lose, the club is actively laying the groundwork to woo the fan of tomorrow. The team is launching a kids’ TV show next season, becoming only the third NFL franchi ...

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Football, New York Jets, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers

SportsBusiness Journal: USTA buys a stake in WTA event

The U.S. Tennis Association has acquired a 25 percent stake in the JPMorgan Chase Open and has an option to buy majority control of the Anschutz Entertainment Group-owned women’s event in Los Angeles. The USTA declined to disclose terms, but WTA tournaments of this size commonly sell for ...


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 ...

Tags: Football, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Buyouts bite into WTA take

The WTA Tour is surely basking in its recent six-year, $88 million naming-rights pact that it signed with Sony Ericsson, a record sponsorship for women’s sports and professional tennis. But not all of that money will flow directly to the WTA. The group’s sales agent, IMG, enjoys a 15 per ...

Tags: IMG, Nokia, WTA

SportsBusiness Journal: Nike signs French junior to $2M

Nike has signed junior tennis star Gael Monfils to a more than $2 million guaranteed contract, said tennis sources, who described it as one of the top deals ever given to a male player entering the pro ranks. The move comes on the heels of the company’s signing of American hopeful Donald Yo ...

Tags: IMG, Reebok

SportsBusiness Journal: Calendar firm scores with sports titles

When the U.S. Golf Association banned LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis from hawking her sexy calendars at the U.S. Open last year, the publicity drove sales through the roof. Who was behind the attention-getting product? A little-known, private company in Modesto, Calif., that has quietly beco ...

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

Sony Ericsson will have this billboard up in Sydney before the coming Australian Open. Tennis is not often uttered in the same breath with Formula One racing and Premier League soccer, two of the globe’s biggest sports. But f ...

Tags: IMG, Kraft Foods, Marketing and Sponsorship, WTA

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