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

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Chargers CMO Ken Derrett Stepping Down Amid Team Relocation

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 22 / 17

Ken Derrett is stepping down as Chargers CMO after 16 years with the team. The Chargers play their first season in L.A. this year, and Derrett said, “As the team starts to complete its move it seems like the right time for me to take on a new challenge.” He said he does not have a new ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: WTA Tour title stop back to L.A.

In a surprising move, the WTA Tour is set to return its season-ending championships to Los Angeles in 2005, nine months after the tour’s CEO Larry Scott had all but ruled out returning to the city. The tour had hoped to bring what it describes as the crown jewel of women’s tennis to Beij ...

Tags: AEG, WTA

SportsBusiness Journal: IMG sets up Williams sisters series

Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams will play a three-city, three-day series of matches against one another in November and early December in an exhibition tour sponsored by McDonald’s. The tour is being organized by Venus Williams ’ agent, IMG, and would take the sisters to ...

Tags: IMG, WTA

SportsBusiness Journal: NFL, MBNA ready to hand out rewards

The NFL will introduce the “Extra Points” credit card in partnership with MBNA this Wednesday, making good on a promise last year to revamp the league’s card program. The league and card company described the initiative as the first-ever sports rewards credit card. ...

Tags: Football, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: USTA aims U.S. Open ads at the suburbs

The U.S. Tennis Association is squeezing most of its U.S. Open advertising campaign into the last few weeks of August to remind harried New York-area residents that even if they are avoiding the tumult created by the Republican National Convention, they can still attend the Open. ...

Tags: USA Network, USTA

SportsBusiness Journal: Reebok ads star Roddick

Reebok is launching a new Andy Roddick tennis sneaker and apparel line Aug. 24 as part of a multimedia campaign in New York to promote its star tennis endorser around the U.S. Open. A Reebok billboard featuring Andy Roddick is up in New York City’s H ...

Tags: ESPN, Reebok

SportsBusiness Journal: Texans reprice $200M in bonds

The Houston Texans repriced $200 million of bonds last month, saving the team about $1.3 million annually over the six-year life of the debt. The team had orchestrated a $350 million refinancing in January that consolidated the debt that owner Bob McNair took on to buy the expansion franch ...

Tags: Finance, Football, Houston Texans, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Panel looks at NFL-wide biz analysis

The NFL owners group studying revenue disparity in the league has dramatically expanded the scope of its focus to include the league’s entire economic structure. The move marks the first time in the 82-year history of the NFL that a committee will comprehensively examine every business elem ...

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Finance, Football, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Giants, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers

SportsBusiness Journal: Connecticut tourneys join forces

The PGA Tour’s Buick Championship and the WTA’s Pilot Pen, which overlap this year and are separated by only 30 miles, are promoting each other jointly through a dual finals ticket package. The package will be advertised at 400 retail outlets in Connecticut by Michelob Ultra. ...

Tags: Golf, PGA Tour, WTA

SportsBusiness Journal: Comcast signs on with Bears

Comcast is a new top-tier sponsor of the Chicago Bears, the team plans to announce today. The seven-figure annual commitment includes sponsorship of the newly named Comcast Bears Den, a zone in Soldier Field that includes historical information about the team. The deal includes a media ...

Tags: Cadillac, Chicago Bears, Comcast, Football, Marketing and Sponsorship, NBC

SportsBusiness Journal: Agassi still in Canon’s picture

One of the longest-running endorsements in sports will go on at least an additional 18 months. Canon USA is keeping Andre Agassi as an endorser and, in a twist, added Agassi’s wife, tennis hall of famer Steffi Graf, as a spokeswoman. Agassi has pitch ...

Tags: Canon, GE, Marketing and Sponsorship, SFX

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