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

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Sean Gilbert Lays Out Agenda For NFLPA Exec Dir Position, Including 18-Game Schedule

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 26 / 14

Former NFLer Sean Gilbert this morning outlined an ambitious agenda as part of his campaign for NFLPA Exec Dir, including agreeing to an 18-game regular season, while at the same time ripping apart the current CBA and shifting resources back to the players. Gilbert is running against incumbent DeMau...

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

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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.

SportsBusiness Journal: Loss of CEO may put on brakes at ISL

ISL's strategy of aggressively acquiring commercial rights to major sporting events and organizations is likely to decelerate, according to sources inside the company and out, after the resignation of its CEO. Heinz Schurtenberger, the top executive at ...

Tags: CBS Broadcasting Inc., Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., ISL Marketing, NCAA

SportsBusiness Journal: Financing marks minors milestone

One of the largest pension funds in the world lent $23.4 million to a minor league sports company, the first time a significant, private financing has occurred in sports off the major league level. Portland Family Entertainment , which owns three minor league teams and o ...

Tags: American Airlines Inc., Colorado Rockies, GE, New Jersey Devils, Pacific Bell, Portland Family Entertainment, Portland Trail Blazers, Prudential Securities, Vulcan Ventures, YankeeNets

SportsBusiness Journal: ATP Tour serves up new logo as latest branding initiative

The ATP Tour adopted a new logo that the men's tennis governing body hopes will help modernize its appearance. Long seen as a stuffy country club sport, tennis is trying to change that impression with new hip and fresh images. "The muscle and athleticism of tennis comes through in the [ne ...

Tags: FedEx Corp.

SportsBusiness Journal: Marketing chief exits WTA

Susan Marenoff, the Sanex WTA Tour's director of marketing, resigned from the women's tennis group earlier this month to join Equinox, a chain of high-end gyms in the New York City area. 1999 WTA Tour financials Sponsorships ...

Tags: IMG, MSG Network, New York Giants, San Francisco Giants

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