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Liz Mullen

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

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NFL agents, firm seek bankruptcy protection

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 22 / 14

Longtime NFL agents Ethan Lock and Eric Metz and the company they own, football player representation firm LMM Sports Management, each filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month. The two agents and their company, which represents 30 NFL players, filed for Chapter 11 reorganizat...

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