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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Settlement Over NFL's Image Use

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 21 / 15

A federal appeals court today upheld the settlement of a class action lawsuit against the NFL for allegedly using images of retirees without their permission. The case, Dryer v NFL, began in '09 and was settled in '13, creating a $42M fund for player charities and a licensing agency for the retirees...

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Tags: Labor and Agents

SportsBusiness Journal: NFLPA chief Smith earns $2.95M

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SportsBusiness Journal: NFL invests in licensed apparel firm

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SportsBusiness Daily: Roger Goodell Earned $35M In '13

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SportsBusiness Daily: NFLPA Has Setback In Collusion Case

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