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Liz Mullen

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

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Octagon hires trio of former NFLers to replenish division

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 14 / 14

Octagon has hired three former NFL players — All-Pro center Jeremy Newberry, defensive tackle John Thornton and cornerback and club scout Charles Fisher — as it reignites its NFL player representation division.  Fi...

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03/07/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Suh Signs With CAA Sports' Sexton

CAA Sports has signed Lions DT Ndamukong Suh for representation, and CAA NFL player agent Jimmy Sexton will represent him. Suh had been represented by Relativity Sports, but left that agency in January. There have been reports that Suh would be represented by Roc Nation Sports, which has a partn ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Talks Between Wasserman, Athletes First End

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03/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: What athletes like about social media

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03/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Surprises realign endorsement market

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Tags: Olympics

03/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: These posts are #TheRealDeal

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02/27/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Gilbert Begins Candidacy For NFLPA Post

Former NFLer Sean Gilbert said he met with 25-30 agents who represent a large number of players at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis as part of his campaign to run against NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith for the union’s top job next year. “The purpose of meeting with agents is part of ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Hendrickson, LaBoy Leave Octagon For Relativity

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Tags: Labor and Agents, Octagon, Relativity Sports

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SportsBusiness Journal: CAA acquires hospitality company

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Labor and Agents

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Bridgewater signs trading card deal

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SportsBusiness Journal: CAA Sports acquires Munich golf firm

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