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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: Citigroup takes dual role for Gilbert

Citigroup is lending Daniel Gilbert $100 million as part of his agreement to buy the Cleveland Cavaliers and is advising the mortgage maven on raising the equity he needs to complete the deal. The dual nature of Citi’s role as banker and equity adviser is somewhat unusual in sports finance ...

Tags: Baseball, Basketball, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Hockey, Milwaukee Brewers, Nashville Predators

SportsBusiness Journal: Fila shifts strategy; Capriati out

Jennifer Capriati will end her endorsement Friday with Fila, the company that supported her during her stirring comeback, after the two sides could not agree on terms of a new contract. The development comes on the heels of basketball star Grant Hill leaving the Fila fold at the end of Oct ...

Tags: Baseball, Basketball, Fila, IMG

SportsBusiness Journal: Sony Ericsson titles WTA Tour

Sony Ericsson has agreed to become the global title sponsor for the WTA Tour in a deal worth $88 million over six years. The WTA claims that the sponsorship is the largest in professional tennis, as well as the largest in women’s sports. Sony Ericsson also becomes title sponsor of the s ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Entertainment brands flock to Vikes

Minnesota may seem an odd choice for cutting-edge entertainment sponsorships, but the Vikings are chalking up mid-six-figure sums annually from sponsorships with movie houses Lions Gate Entertainment, HBO and Buena Vista Online Entertainment. Why would Hollywood glitz be interested in the Vi ...

Tags: Basketball, Best Buy, Football, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Vikings, Target

SportsBusiness Journal: Action skids into difficulties

NASCAR merchandiser Action Performance Cos., reeling from a miserable 2004, is close to running afoul of a key term in its bank loan. While the company maintains that it does not expect to trip the provision, which would be a technical loan default, the development is still another worriso ...

Tags: Motorsports, NASCAR

SportsBusiness Journal: Olympus ups tennis deals

Olympus Imaging America has signed a four-year, $35 million pact to sponsor the U.S. Open plus the 10 tournaments that lead up to America’s biggest tennis event, U.S. Tennis Association sources said. The deal is believed to be the largest of its kind in any sport, other than Eastman ...

Tags: USA Network, USTA

SportsBusiness Journal: NFL: Holiday line will sell $35M

The NFL expects another double-digit increase in holiday licensed merchandise sales this season, as the league has pushed its licensees to expand and improve their product lines. Santa sells for the NFL. In fact, with the success o ...

Tags: Football, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: New Roddick deal passes sniff test

Andy Roddick has signed an endorsement deal with Parlux Fragrances, which earlier this year also signed Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, as well as Paris Hilton. Roddick already sports a deal with Reebok. He modeled a shirt from a new collection in ...

Tags: Clear Channel Communications, Marketing and Sponsorship, SFX

SportsBusiness Journal: Wait till next year, NFL

The NFL will not be receiving the gift of a new labor deal this holiday season, owners were told in Atlanta last week. Instead, the league, which once hoped to have a new collective-bargaining agreement wrapped up by the end of this month, is now shooting to sign one by the official cale ...

Tags: Football, Fox, Labor and Agents, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: MLB considers Dodgers' debt plan

The Los Angeles Dodgers are seeking to dramatically increase the amount of debt secured by the team after a successful first year of ownership under developer Frank McCourt, several financial sources said. L.A.’s Frank McCourt (left), with broadcaste ...

Tags: Baseball, Finance, Fox, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, News Corp

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