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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: Firm tries to revive old-pro circuit

Senior men’s tennis is back in the United States this summer after a four-year hiatus, with new promoters but the same aging stars. John McEnroe will be in a field of eight on Long Island. The once-healthy U.S. tour started by Jimmy Co ...

Tags: IMG

SportsBusiness Journal: WTT still innovating under tennis’s radar

World TeamTennis brings in big names such as Anna Kournikova but hasn’t hit the big leagues. Last week, tennis became the latest sport to use instant replay to correct umpiring errors. It wasn’t one of the professional tours or governing ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Tennis bodies’ rulings force Adidas to change its stripes

Tennis’s governing bodies, following the lead of the Olympics, banned Adidas’ iconic three-stripe brand as it now appears on the company’s apparel. With endorsers ranging from Marat Safin to Tim Henman wearing its shirts and shorts, Adidas will now have to go back to the drawing board to c ...

Tags: Adidas, ATP, IOC, Marketing and Sponsorship, WTA

SportsBusiness Journal: McEnroe puts his mouth to work for Spanish automaker

John McEnroe is endorsing Spanish car brand Altea in commercials scheduled to break overseas this summer. McEnroe’s ads for Altea will run all over the world but not in North America. He was in Spain last week shooting the ads as part ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, NBC, USA Network

SportsBusiness Journal: Cowboys and Colts score stadium grants

The NFL awarded $110.5 million for stadium construction to the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts, the first such grants in nearly four years. History of G-3 disbursements Date Team Amount May 1 ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Football, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks

SportsBusiness Journal: Turnkey Sports and Nielsen Media to do NFL research

The NFL has hired Turnkey Sports and Nielsen Media Research to do research for the league’s 32 clubs, negotiating discounted rates for the work at better terms than teams could have secured on their own. Two trends are converging with the latest deals. One is the league’s pursuit ...

Tags: Football, NFL, Nielsen Media Research

SportsBusiness Journal: NFL’s Packers count the green: $25M net

The Green Bay Packers earned a record $25 million in their most recent fiscal year, but the club warned that the league’s problems in reaching a labor deal with its union could leave the publicly owned franchise on slippery financial footing. While a newly renovated Lambeau Field continu ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: ATP shakeup puts Disney alum as chairman

The ATP was to name former Walt Disney International president Etienne de Villiers its first non-executive chairman. The move, planned for Sunday, is part of a shakeup at the top of the ATP, which is losing its 15-year chief executive Mark Miles, who will step down Sept. 1 and be replace ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Wilf’s purchase of Vikes includes $190M bank loan

Zygmunt “Zygi” Wilf borrowed $190 million to finance the purchase of the Minnesota Vikings, which he formally acquired last week. The $600 million purchase price includes $125 million of assumed debt that the club had previously borrowed, meaning of the $475 million of equity that was nece ...

Tags: Football, Minnesota Vikings, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Sprint, NFL near $200M deal

The NFL is close to completing a five-year, $200 million sponsorship and content rights deal with Sprint that includes the ability to deliver video highlights of NFL games to cell phones for the first time. Sprint’s return to the NFL would be one of ...

Tags: Football, Marketing and Sponsorship, NFL, PepsiCo, Visa

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