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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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Tags: Labor and Agents

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03/18/13
Push for global baseball draft intensifies

MLB and the MLB Players Association are feverishly trying to create a joint framework for the first international draft before a June 1 deadline. An eight-person working committee made up of team, league and union executives are planning to meet regularly during the next 10 weeks to try to create ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

03/11/13
MLB draft-pick compensation questioned

The MLB Players Association and some baseball player agents think the sport’s shift to attach draft-pick compensation to only top-tier free agents may have inadvertently interfered with the market for those players. Under terms of the collective-bargaining agreement, teams can receive draft ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

03/04/13
Breeders’ Cup site will affect NBC plans

NBC will broadcast the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park during prime time again this year, but whether the network is able to do it in 2014 may depend on the host site for horse racing’s championship event, said Jon Miller, NBC Sports president of broadcasting. “We encourage th ...

Tags: Media

02/25/13
Players taking cautious path

The National Basketball Players Association moved swiftly to fire Executive Director Billy Hunter, but the search to replace him is likely to be more deliberate, as the union has not yet set guidelines for the search process. “The players are in the process of prioritizing their next steps, ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

02/11/13
Fegan heads Relativity’s basketball unit

Relativity Sports continues to build its talent representation business by bringing on prominent NBA agent Dan Fegan to lead its basketball division. Fegan will bring his 40 NBA clients, who include Dwight Howard, Shawn Marion and John Wall, to the firm and serve as president of the division. He ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

02/11/13
Agent departures lead to grievance

MLB player agents Randy and Alan Hendricks have filed a grievance against three agents who left their firm for Excel Sports Management and took dozens of baseball clients with them, including Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, sources said. Meanwhile, the three former Hendricks employe ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

02/04/13
Octagon joins team of female jockey

Octagon has formed an alliance with horse racing marketing firm Equisponse to represent record-breaking female jockey Rosie Napravnik for corporate endorsements and all other commercial endeavors. It is thought to be the first time a major agency has represented a horse racing talent since the en ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

02/04/13
Hunter on hot seat; candidates emerge

Editor’s note: This story is updated from the print edition. Even before the National Basketball Players Association placed Executive Director Billy Hunter on an indefinite leave of absence last week, industry insiders had begun coming up with a list of potential successors. Former ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

01/28/13
Football first for QBs

While there is considerable buzz about two hot quarterbacks playing in their first Super Bowl, don’t expect a rush of deals for either signal caller leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. Representatives for both San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco said the foc ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Super Bowl

01/21/13
Weak class won’t keep QBs out

Need more proof that the NFL is a quarterback-driven league? Look no further than the coming NFL draft. There is no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this year’s class, and the quarterback group is rated as one of the poorest in memory. Regardless, look for many teams to use their first- ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

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