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Liz Mullen

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

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Return of the Great One: Wayne Gretzky comes back to IMG

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 24 / 14

H ockey legend Wayne Gretzk y has returned to IMG as a client for exclusive representation in all areas. At IMG, Gretzky will be represented by a team of agents led by Ira Stahlberger , senior vice president of talent marketing in the U.S....

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08/18/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Shared history brings Zucker to Excel

Alan Zucker, marketing agent to such well-known celebrities as the Manning family, Danica Patrick and Taylor Swift, met with several sports and entertainment agencies before agreeing to join Excel Sports Management as its fourth full partner.    In addition to Patrick, Swift and the Mann ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

08/18/14
SportsBusiness Journal: A shared vision at Excel Sports

It was 22 years ago this summer when three ambitious young men met as they embarked on a career in sports business. Mark Steinberg, Jeff Schwartz and Casey Close began working at the Cleveland headquarters of IMG. In 1992, that was the place to work if you wanted to be an agent. IMG’s found ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

08/18/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Excel’s Schwartz: Day 1

Jeff Schwartz, Casey Close and Mark Steinberg met 22 years ago this summer, when they were starting out in their careers in the sports industry at IMG’s Cleveland headquarters. Schwartz remembers what it was like: “It was September 1992, and getting a job at IMG was major. IMG was t ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

08/11/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Labor & Agents

N FL Players Inc. ’s new long-term, exclusive deal with Panini America will pay the marketing and licensing arm of the NFL Players Association more money per year than deals with multiple trading card companies have in the past, NFLPI Pr ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

08/11/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Next ambassador ready to go Wheels Up

Entrepreneur Kenny Dichter is in talks about a long-term partnership with former world No. 1-ranked amateur golfer Patrick Rodgers as part of his plan to make his private aviation startup, Wheels Up, the preferred provider for PGA Tour players. ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

08/04/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Oregon players focus on football

The University of Oregon, a school that features a number of highly touted 2015 NFL draft prospects, is bucking the trend of college football players meeting early with agents. Although some major football universities are allowing and facilitating agent meetings in the spring and summer months, ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

08/04/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Labor & Agents

B everly Hills Sports Council has signed Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez for representation on and off the field.  Perez, an MLB All-Star both this year and last, will be represented by BHSC partner and MLB agent Rick Thurma ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

08/04/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Recruiting by NFL agents starts earlier

The date and location of the 2015 NFL draft is yet to be determined, but college football prospects have been meeting with agents earlier than ever, according to sources in the agent community. More agents were meeting with college football players in May, June and July this year than in past yea ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

08/04/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Q&A with Michele Roberts

Michele Roberts was elected executive director of the National Basketball Players Association last week to lead a union that took 18 months to replace Billy Hunter, who was fired in February 2013. ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

07/29/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NBPA Elects Michele Roberts Exec Dir

The NBPA made history late last night when it elected Michele Roberts  the first-ever female Exec Dir of a sports union in North America. Roberts, a partner in law firm Skadden Arps, was voted in after 9:00pm PT at a meeting in Las Vegas attended by 117 NBA players. Roberts receive ...

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