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Daniel Kaplan

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

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Patriots File Brief Backing Tom Brady, Putting Them In Opposition To NFL

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 25 / 16

The Patriots now are legally opposing the NFL, a stance one of the league's teams have not taken since the Raiders and Cowboys in the '80s and '90s, respectively.

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SportsBusiness Journal: Lockhart’s path led through White House

Joe Lockhart worked as White House press secretary from 1998 to 2000, a period during which he served as the mouthpiece for the administration during President Clinton’s impeachment. His career also includes stops at Facebook (as vice president of global communications) and with ABC, CNN and S ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

SportsBusiness Daily: Appeals Court Upholds NFL Concussion Deal

A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this morning unanimously upheld the nearly $1B NFL concussion settlement, agreeing in a 69-page decision on all points with the lower court that approved the deal last year. The deal covers over 20,000 former NFL players. Notably, the Th ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: MLS seeks to buy back stake

Major League Soccer has approached Providence Equity Partners about buying back the investor’s stake in Soccer United Marketing, the league’s media and marketing business, according to multiple sources. No formal offer has been made, and Providence has thus far rebuffed the overtures, ...

Tags: Finance, Leagues and Governing Bodies

SportsBusiness Daily: Helmet Startup Gets Added Funding

Vicis, a helmet startup with NFL backing, recently closed out a $4M Series A financing round. The Univ. of Washington offshoot’s total funding now is $14M, $750,000 of which came from the NFL’s Head Health Initiative. The helmet has a soft exterior shell designed to absorb impact b ...

SportsBusiness Daily: WME-IMG No Longer Reps Bouchard

WME-IMG no longer represents tennis player Eugenie Bouchard , who has been with the agency since January '15. An IMG spokesperson confirmed the agency no longer represented Bouchard and wished her the best. The Canadian was the subject of intense jockeying among firms after making the '14 Wimbledon ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Smith Replaces Turner In Concussion Litigation

Former NFLer Steve Smith has been chosen by the counsel representing thousands of NFL retirees in the concussion litigation to replace the late Kevin Turner as class representative. The disclosure was made in a letter sent yesterday afternoon to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals by the counsel ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Financiers weigh in

When Bob Caporale advises prospective owners about the No. 1 challenge they will face if they buy a team, the sports investment banker taps a pearl he has been using since starting his boutique Game Plan in 1994. He and partner Randy Vataha tell them that sports is the only business with its own ...

Tags: In-Depth, World Congress of Sports

SportsBusiness Journal: Big tennis events see their attendance decline

It hasn’t been the smoothest spring season on the U.S. tennis circuit. The Miami Open and BNP Paribas Open, the nation’s two largest tournaments outside of the U.S. Open, both suffered attendance declines this year and face major off-court issues as well. ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

SportsBusiness Journal: The challenge to win

As co-owner of the Minnesota Vikings, Mark Wilf and his family have seen their host of crises. There was the Adrian Peterson player misconduct scandal in 2014. The long, arduous path to winning public financing for the team’s soon-to-open stadium, a process that could have led to the team r ...

Tags: In-Depth, World Congress of Sports

SportsBusiness Daily: BNP Paribas Open Promotes Birdwell To COO

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