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

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Hall: No plans to include issue of concussions

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 28 / 14

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has no plans to highlight in its displays the issue of concussions, one of the dominant themes in football the past five years. Hall President David Baker, whose son, Sam, plays for the Atlanta Falcons, rules out the feature, and he strongly suggested in an interview...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Good looks factor in Fila’s 3-year deal with Aussie

Fila is close to re-signing Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis to a three-year contract believed to be worth as much as $2 million annually. The deal should be completed by the end of the month. The shoe and apparel company plans to continue to use Philippoussis as the centerpiece ...

Tags: Fila, Octagon Group

SportsBusiness Journal: Strong interest may help bring ATP championship back to U.S.

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SportsBusiness Journal: Devils arrange $67 million credit line

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Tags: New Jersey Devils, NHL, SG Cowen, YankeeNets

SportsBusiness Journal: Safin’s rise leaves IMG on the outside

Sunday, Sept. 10, could have been a dream day for IMG's mighty tennis division, one of the sports marketing giant's most lucrative businesses. Marat Safin, a fiery, handsome 20-year-old Russian, had rocketed to a stunning, straight-sets victory in the U.S. Open finals. Safin, an IMG clien ...

Tags: Adidas, Falk Associates Management Enterprises, IMG, Nickelodeon, Octagon Group

SportsBusiness Journal: Gem Group takes over Sanex WTA Tour marketing from IMG

The Sanex WTA Tour hired the Gem Group as its new marketing agency, replacing IMG. The tour plans to announce the news today. The Gem Group wants to create an Olympics-style sponsorship program for the women's tennis tour to capitalize on the sport's recent success. Like Olympic sponsors, ...

Tags: Falk Associates Management Enterprises, IMG

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SportsBusiness Journal: Rafter, Prince to renew contract for $2M-plus

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SportsBusiness Journal: ATP puts tourney in Buenos Aires despite effort to thin out calen ...

The ATP Tour voted late last month to place a tournament next February in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The vote, however, was not without internal dissent. Two tournaments already are scheduled during the week the new Buenos Aires event will occur, while the tour previously had expressed a desir ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Open nets $35M in sponsor money

The U.S. Open Tennis Championships, which were set to end Sunday, reaped a record $35.7 million in sponsorship money, a 15.2 percent increase from the previous year. The U.S. Tennis Association, which owns and runs the Open, attributed the rise to new and expanded sponsorship agreements. T ...

Tags: Chase Manhattan Corp., IMG, Mass Mutual, Brooklyn Nets, PricewaterhouseCoopers, YankeeNets

SportsBusiness Journal: Kuerten’s clothes call won’t be the last

Although the Sydney Olympics in the end didn't lose the services of the No. 2-ranked men's tennis player in the world, Gustavo Kuerten, last week, the economic issues that nearly forced the flamboyant Brazilian from the competition are sure to persist. Kuerten had said he wouldn't play in ...

Tags: Adidas, Diadora, Gold Medal Management, Marketing Arm, Octagon Group, Reebok

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