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

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Bellator MMA Signs Broadcaster Jenn Brown To Long-Term Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 20 / 17

Broadcaster and TV host Jenn Brown is returning to the sport of MMA, as Bellator MMA has hired her to perform an array of on-air duties, starting with Saturday's Bellator 170 headlined by  Tito Ortiz - Chael Sonnen . Brown will serve as a backstage reporter and will interview celebrities at S...

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SportsBusiness Daily: UFC Completes 15% Workforce Reduction

The UFC laid off about 20 people yesterday, completing the planned 15% workforce reduction since it was acquired by WME-IMG. Names of the people who lost their jobs were not known at presstime, but the UFC has been laying off multiple people in departments where WME-IMG already has existing expertis ...

SportsBusiness Daily: New Group Hopes To Increase UFC Fighters' Pay

A group of five MMA fighters, highlighted by former UFC champ Georges St-Pierre, and former Bellator Chair & CEO Bjorn Rebney yesterday unveiled the MMA Athletes Association, a trade association they say will fight to increase UFC fighters' share of revenues from 8% currently to 50%. All five of ...

Tags: Labor and Agents, UFC

SportsBusiness Daily: Packers' Pennel Sues NFL, NFLPA

Packers DT Mike Pennel filed a lawsuit against the NFL and the NFLPA yesterday, asking for a court order appointing a neutral arbitrator in the league's on-going disciplinary action against him. Pennel, who yesterday received a second suspension this season for violating the league's substance-abuse ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: UFC tells networks: Go big

When the UFC was for sale earlier this summer, the company told potential buyers that it expected to see a nearly fourfold increase in its media rights revenue. Its magic number is $450 million a year, a potentially staggering increase from the $115 million annual average that Fox Sports now pays ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Journal: Lawsuits target Duke, Notre Dame

The student-athlete plaintiffs in a case challenging NCAA rules have filed suit against Duke University and Notre Dame, seeking orders to compel the schools to turn over private financial information. It is part of the discovery process in two lawsuits, Jenkins v. NCAA and Alston v. NCAA, that ha ...

Tags: Colleges, Law and Politics

SportsBusiness Journal: Labor & Agents: Ketroser departs agency

J osh Ketroser , agent to Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart , has left Wasserman . Ketroser confirmed he had left the agency but did not have any other comment. Ketroser is the latest agent to leave the basketball practice since Arn Tell ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

SportsBusiness Daily: Several NFL Agents Call Union About Default Fee

A group of NFL player agents has reached out to the NFLPA, asking for a formal discussion about the new 1.5% default agent fee. "The union has been contacted by a group of agents who are interested in serving as a representative body for agents to discuss their fees," said NFLPA Assistant Exec Dir o ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Labor & Agents: Unionizing UFC fighters

J eff Borris , the veteran MLB agent who is trying to unionize the UFC, said he will introduce two advisory boards, one made up of MMA agents and another of UFC fighters, this week. Borris, who announced plans in August to form a union for UFC ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Cindrich renounces NFL agent business

After a successful career as an NFL agent that spanned more than 30 years, Ralph Cindrich had been considering the idea of quitting the business. But it wasn’t until this year, after a contentious meeting between agents and union officials at the NFL combine, that Cindrich made his decision ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Walters, Swartz's agency targets esports

Former Relativity Sports executives Happy Walters and Josh Swartz are launching a new venture, Catalyst Sports & Media, that will focus on the business of three global, growing sports: basketball, soccer and esports. Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Novo Construction CEO Jim Fowler is backing ...

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