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

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Former NFLers Appeal Judge's Preliminary Approval Of Settlement

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 22 / 14

Seven former NFL players yesterday appealed a lower federal court judge’s decision to preliminarily approve a class action settlement of medical claims brought against the NFL. The players had objected to the proposed settlement earlier this month, but within a week of their filing Judge ...

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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

SportsBusiness Journal: Men’s final spotlights IMG losses, though plenty of stars st ...

Marat Safin was not the only reason the U.S. Open men's final was a bitter day for IMG's powerful tennis division. Safin's final opponent was Pete Sampras, a longtime IMG client. But the Cleveland company has engaged in a lengthy war with Sampras' ex-IMG manager, Jeff Schwartz, over who le ...

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Dallas Stars, Falk Associates Management Enterprises, IMG, Southwest Sports Group

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

Prince plans to renew its tennis racket endorsement deal with Australian tennis star Patrick Rafter for another three years. The contract is believed to be worth more than $2 million and is expected to be announced during the Sydney Olympics. "He is one of the most popular players in the w ...

Tags: Falk Associates Management Enterprises, Prince

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 ...

Tags: Ericsson Inc., IMG, Octagon Group

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

SportsBusiness Journal: WTA pros give Korff a vote of confidence

John Korff has pulled many marketing stunts in his time, from baby races and matches at 7 in the morning to free admission for fans who take ladders to his tennis tournament. Now women tennis players want to ensure that his creative zaniness remains a part of the Sanex WTA Tour. While t ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Slow-starting fund set for big burst of buying

Like a finicky eater spooning around food on a plate, David Moross has yet to find a choice morsel. For Moross, managing partner of the venture fund IMG/Chase Sports Capital, that morsel is a sports company to buy that would deliver blockbuster returns. Moross buys and invests in sports ...

Tags: Chase Manhattan Corp., IMG

SportsBusiness Journal: Interperformances buying SMC

Interperformances, which represents some of the top Europeans playing in the NBA, has acquired tennis and basketball agency Sports Marketing Consultants (SMC). The two companies plan to announce the deal today. Combined, the companies have annual revenue of $400 million to $500 million, sa ...

Tags: Interperformances Inc., NBA

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