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

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against NFL Over Painkiller Distribution

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 17 / 14

A federal court judge today dismissed a lawsuit against the NFL brought by former players alleging the league failed to oversee the distribution of prescription painkillers. Judge William Alsup ruled that the lawsuit was preempted by federal labor law, as the NFL had contended, because the pl...

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SportsBusiness Journal: ISL files countersuit against ex-partner CART

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Tags: CBS Broadcasting Inc., Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., ESPN, ISL Marketing, Legg Mason Inc., Philips, USA Network

SportsBusiness Journal: Bank One lends Bears $100M toward renovation of Soldier Field

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Tags: Bank One Corp., Chicago Bears, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Lincoln to park in space used by trade show

There will be no tennis trade show at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships this year, in part because sponsor Lincoln Mercury needed the space that the event occupied last year. As the first tennis-only trade show in over two decades, the event in 2000 hosted more than 80 exhibitors over thr ...

Tags: Ford Motor Co., Lincoln National Corp.

SportsBusiness Journal: Shuffled exec stays at SFX for Agassi account

SFX Sports is keeping one of its top executives, Ivan Blumberg, for another year solely to help manage the career of tennis superstar Andre Agassi, who earns more than $20 million annually in endorsements and prize money. Blumberg, the former head of athlete representation at SFX Sports, was ...

Tags: Canon Inc., Clear Channel Communications Inc., Falk Associates Management Enterprises, IMG, MarComm Partners Ltd.

SportsBusiness Journal: Bills exceed the assets, and ISL admits it’s on the block

ISL Worldwide parent ISMM finally came clean late last month, admitting publicly it was on the verge of bankruptcy and seeking a buyer. In a press release, the Swiss sports marketing giant said it had asked a local Swiss court to allow it to postpone filing for bankruptcy for a period of thr ...

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., Dentsu, ISL Marketing, Octagon Group

SportsBusiness Journal: City in running for Sanex WTA HQ

Charleston could soon become quite the women's tennis capital, and not just because of next week's Family Circle Cup in the new Tennis Centre at Daniel Island. The Sanex WTA Tour, the governing body of women's tennis, is considering relocating to the South Carolina city by the end of next ye ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Barman heads up new unit for Macquarie

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Tags: Prudential Securities

SportsBusiness Journal: ISL’s escape from ATP to cost $150M

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Tags: Dentsu, Ericsson Inc., ISL Marketing, Octagon Group

SportsBusiness Journal: Reebok gives tennis endorser Martin the boot

Citing its new 10-year, $250 million deal with the NFL, Reebok has ended its decade long relationship with U.S. tennis player Todd Martin. Reebok made large financial commitments last year to the NFL, Venus Williams and Allen Iverson. Dropping Martin is a sign that the company's sports marke ...

Tags: Ericsson Inc., NFL, Octagon Group, Reebok

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