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

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NFL Exec VP/Communications Lockhart Stepping Down After Super Bowl

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 19 / 18

NFL Exec VP/Communications Joe Lockhart is stepping down after two years on the job and the league has hired Korn Ferry to conduct a search for his replacement. He will stay on through Super Bowl LII. Lockhart in a note to his staff wrote he is leaving to spend time commentating on politics and to...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Falconhead raising $400M for fund that may buy teams

Falconhead Capital, the sports and leisure investor, began raising money last month for a new $400 million fund that may buy sports teams. Sports marketing giant IMG will not own half of this fund, as it does Falconhead’s current $215 million fund, but will continue to act as an advis ...


SportsBusiness Journal: IMG breaks into Chinese tennis with tourneys

IMG will manage next month’s China Opens, handling all marketing aspects of the year-old Sony Ericsson WTA and ATP events. It is the first event foray into the emerging Chinese tennis field for the sports marketing giant. IMG has an office in Beijing, but its Cleveland-based head of men’s ...


SportsBusiness Journal: IMG to sell Pacific Life Open stake

IMG has agreed to sell its 50 percent stake in the Pacific Life Open, a move that will keep the country’s second-largest tennis tournament from moving to China in the near future. IMG originally wanted to sell the Open to Shanghai, China, promoters. ...


SportsBusiness Journal: NHL may look ‘more bankable’ to lenders now

For financiers, the NHL had long been the ugly stepchild of big-time professional sports. While the NFL was the proud debutante and MLB and NBA a few steps behind, hockey may as well have stayed home crying in the mirror. Most NHL loan deals involved significant guarantees from owners rath ...

Tags: Hockey, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL

SportsBusiness Journal: Sony Ericsson, WTA offer info via mobile phones

Women’s tennis fans for the first time can receive live scores and highlights over mobile phones in a program being launched today by WTA Tour title sponsor Sony Ericsson. When Sony Ericsson announced its $88 million deal to name the WTA in February, it promised a heavy dose of tech ...

Tags: WTA

SportsBusiness Journal: NFL Europe teams may open to local buyers

The NFL is considering selling stakes in NFL Europe teams to local buyers, which would radically alter the economic structure of the money-losing overseas league. The idea is still in a formative stage, and there is no assurance this will be the way the NFL proceeds. NFL owners are set to ...

Tags: Football, MLS, NBA, NFL, WNBA

SportsBusiness Journal: Chargers report steep gains in ticket, suite sales

The San Diego Chargers have sold nearly 40 percent more season tickets this year than all of last year, as the team enjoys the fruits of an unexpected playoff berth. The team has sold 50,000 season tickets, up from 36,000 last year, said Ken Derrett, the Chargers’ chief marketing of ...

Tags: Football, Marketing and Sponsorship, San Diego Chargers

SportsBusiness Journal: Ad in for the USTA

The U.S. Tennis Association breaks a $3 million ad campaign today to launch the second U.S. Open Series, the branded circuit of 10 summer events that lead up to the U.S. Open. Including the series ads used by individual tournaments, the total ad spend could reach $4.5 million, USTA offic ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, NBC, USTA

SportsBusiness Journal: Mandalay Sports Entertainment wants $20 million for AAA team

Mandalay Sports Entertainment has hired an investment bank to sell its Las Vegas Class AAA baseball team, which would be the firm’s first club sale since it began a high-profile push into minor league sports in 1997. While the ...

Tags: Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mandalay Sports Entertainment, MLB

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