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Terry Lefton

Staff writer Terry Lefton covers marketing, including sponsorships, licensing and merchandising.

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Take the pair: Simms, Esiason line up for Investors Bank

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 15 / 17

W hen Source Communications President Larry Rothstein called 16W Marketing partner Steve Rosner in mid-January and asked him to recommend someone from his talent stable to carry the ball for Investors Bank , Rosner had an alternative idea...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Longtime MSG exec Mills leaving

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SportsBusiness Journal: Ponturo buying minority share in Leverage

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SportsBusiness Journal: Herm Edwards joining Coors Light’s ‘postgame’ press room

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SportsBusiness Journal: Shops in Toys ‘R’ Us to feature NBA’s goods, fitness message

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SportsBusiness Journal: AVP ready to sign time-buy deal with Versus, will pay about $50,0 ...

The AVP is about to sign a time-buy deal with Versus, ensuring that the Comcast-owned sports network carries 11 beach volleyball events on tape delay this summer, according to several sources. As part of the time-buy deal, the AVP has committed to pay Versus about $50,000 an hour — a marke ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Consulting chief departs IMG for position at CAA

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SportsBusiness Journal: BBDO out as NFL’s lead creative agency

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SportsBusiness Journal: WNBA marketers look to sell ad space on team uniforms

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