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Liz Mullen

Staff writer Liz Mullen covers labor, agents and horse racing.

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Relativity Sports Reps Industry-Leading Six Players In Round 1 Of NFL Draft

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 01 / 15

Relativity Sports led all agencies on Thursday with six players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, including three of the top eight picks. Athletes First represented four of the 32 players, while Lagardere Unlimited and SportStars had three apiece. Greg Genske and Kenny Felder of The Lega...

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Tags: Labor and Agents, NFL

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