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Liz Mullen

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

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NFLers get platform for Twitter deals

04 / 14 / 14

Companies will soon be able to connect with NFL players and pay them to tweet brand endorsements on Twitter.    That’s the result of a new deal between NFL Players Inc. and digital marketing company Opendorse, who have created a platform called Activate where brands can seek positi...

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NBPA’s Stackhouse: Search in full swing

National Basketball Players Association officials met with NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr and MLB Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner last month as part of their effort to find a new head for the players union. “The process has started, and for ...

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How agencies fared in NFL draft

Even with the most up-in-the-air talent scenario in years, familiar major agencies led the way in the NFL draft. Sportstars again led all agencies in most players drafted, with 21, according to SportsBusiness Journal research. Athletes First was second, with 18, and the football division of multi ...

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Progress slow on new NBPA chief

It took just one short meeting to oust Billy Hunter as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. Finding a new union leader is proving to be a far more drawn-out effort. The union has yet to hire an executive search firm to replace Hunter, who was fired in February. And w ...

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Sheinman joins Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup has hired Drew Sheinman, a longtime marketing executive who has worked with sports properties and major brands, as its new senior vice president and CMO. Sheinman will spearhead the overall marketing, business development and sponsorship sales, as well as digital media and ...

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Ben Dogra: Calm in the storm

It’s the day before the most unpredictable NFL draft in recent history and the agent who has represented the most first-round draft picks over the past dozen years is working the phones while trying to eat lunch in a midtown Manhattan hotel. The sound on Ben Dogra’s iPhon ...

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Predictions: Draft ratings will drop

With no big names in this year’s NFL draft, there may be more suspense in the selections than ever for viewers, but analysts expect television ratings to take a hit. Last year, 8.1 million people watched to see quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III taken No. 1 and No. 2 overall i ...

Tags: Media

How powerful will Roc Nation be?

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. Jay-Z has carved out a career as one of the most successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in the United States, and his move into the sports business is being met with a mix of apprehension, anticipation and, in some area ...

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Big licensing checks for MLBers

Major League Baseball players received $131.8 million in checks from their union last year, more than $105 million of which had been withheld for several years prior to the union and MLB agreeing to a new five-year labor deal in November 2011. The 2012 annual report for the MLB Players Associatio ...

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Prouty finds home at MLBPA

Michael Weiner and David Prouty met in 1983 on the campus of Harvard Law School and got to know each other while sitting in a class on labor law, the one elective that first-year students were allowed to take. But it wasn’t just through that labor law class, taught by former U.S. Solicitor ...

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Legacy buys practice of NHL player rep

Legacy Global Sports, a division of New Hampshire-based Legacy Holding Co., has entered the athlete representation business by acquiring the practice of NHL player agent Alec Schall. Schall represents seven players, including Toronto Maple Leafs wing James van Riemsdyk and Montreal Canadiens wing ...

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