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

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Advocacy Group Seeks To File Brief In NFL Concussion Settlement Case

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 23 / 14

Advocacy group Public Citizen asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals today for permission to file a friend of the court brief supporting the objections filed by seven former NFLers to the preliminary approval of the class action concussion settlement. The seven players earlier this week objected t...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Into Speedway Motorsports' quarter a little rain falls, dampening ...

Blame it on the weather. That was Speedway Motorsports' line last week in announcing that its fourth-quarter earnings would fall well short of Wall Street expectations. Inclement weather, projected and actual, hampered attendance at several races hosted by Speedway tracks last month, said ...

Tags: Fox, NASCAR, NBC, Speedway Motorsports Inc.

SportsBusiness Journal: TWI reportedly gets $50M, one-year cable deal

IMG unit Trans World International agreed to pay the New York Yankees more than $50 million for cable rights to the team's regular-season baseball games next year, according to media reports last week. But Madison Square Garden Network has the right to match the offer. Under MSG's recently ...

Tags: Cablevision Systems Corp., IMG, MSG Network, New York Yankees, Trans World International, YankeeNets

SportsBusiness Journal: Kournikova finds time to endorse Omega watches

Tennis glamour girl Anna Kournikova will endorse Omega's Ladies' Constellation Carre collection of premium watches, the watchmaker plans to announce Nov. 20. For Kournikova, who is already the highest-paid female athlete endorser in the world, Omega is the latest in a growing array of compan ...

Tags: ESPN, Formula One, MTV, Octagon Group, Swatch

SportsBusiness Journal: Investors show more interest in Cowen's sports finance event

In another sign that large, financial investors are no longer ignoring sports, SG Cowen's second annual sports finance conference earlier this month attracted a wave of new companies. SG Cowen, which arranges bank loans and bond sales for sports teams, needs large investors such as pension ...

Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Fitch IBCA Inc., Moody's Investors Service, New Jersey Devils, NHL, SG Cowen, Washington Redskins, YankeeNets

SportsBusiness Journal: Old guard gets its say in ATP Tour’s latest ads

The ATP Tour plans to continue its promotional campaign with a new series of ads that debut today. The most recent one features Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras with the tag line "Dream on boys." The ad is designed to be a comic rejoinder to the tour's continuing advertising campaign that to ...

SportsBusiness Journal: USTA to announce Sonja Espinal as new chief financial officer

The U.S. Tennis Association plans to announce today that it has hired a new chief financial officer, Sonja Espinal, who will be responsible for managing the tennis body's $160 million budget. Espinal replaces Robert Gebbie, who resigned earlier this year following the furor surrounding the ...

Tags: KornFerry International, MSG Network, Ogden Corp.

SportsBusiness Journal: Octagon signs Dementieva on heels of U.S. Open splash

U.S. Open Tennis Championship semifinalist Elena Dementieva, who despite her impressive performance in New York has no endorsement deals, signed a management contract with Octagon. Blonde and Russian, Dementieva is frequently compared to another Octagon client, Anna Kournikova. Though she ...

Tags: Octagon Group, Prince

SportsBusiness Journal: Jury sides with Wilson in patent dispute, but Prince pledges appe ...

Wilson Sporting Goods claimed a major legal victory in its 61¼2-year court battle with Prince over racket technology. Wilson maintains that 21 of Prince's tennis racket models introduced before 1997 infringe on patents for Wilson Sledge Hammer and Hammer rackets, an argument a New Jersey f ...

Tags: Prince

SportsBusiness Journal: Q3 revenue, earnings get a bump

Wilson Sporting Goods' third-quarter revenue was $142 million, up 19 percent from the same period a year ago, according to the earnings report issued Thursday by Wilson's Finnish corporate parent, Amer Group plc. Wilson's operating profit jumped 12 percent to $8.2 million in the quarter ende ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Morgan cool in opening motorsports assessment

J.P. Morgan initiated coverage of the motorsports industry, even while saying it appears that NASCAR's popularity crested three years ago. "The numbers peaked in 1997," said analyst Dean Giannoukos, referring to motorsports' TV ratings and attendance figures. Indeed, the analyst said the onl ...

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Florida Panthers, Fox, International Speedway Corp., NASCAR, NBC, NFL, Speedway Motorsports Inc.

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