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Terry Lefton

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

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Archival firm builds business on teams’ ‘junk’

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 08 / 21 / 17

For years, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ considerable heritage lay aging inside rusting filing cabinets in forgotten rooms at Dodger Stadium, or gathering dust in cardboard boxes at off-site storage warehouses. Bits and pieces of Dodger tradition were ingloriously stored in the stadium parking lot....

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Tags: Franchises

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04/04/17
SportsBusiness Daily: Fanatics Has "Definitive Agreement" For VF's LSG

Fanatics has reached a "definitive agreement" to acquire VF's Licensed Sports Group (LSG), which has held exclusive MLB jersey rights since '05. News of the pending acquisition was announced just before the start of trading this morning on the NYSE. The transaction is expected to close in Q2 and i ...

04/03/17
SportsBusiness Journal: The Lefton Report: Curry’s step-back

N BA uberstar Steph Curry will not be renewing his three-year-old endorsement deal with Unilever ’s Degree deodorant when it runs out after this NBA season. Given Curry’s stature within the NBA pantheon, not to mention his positio ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

03/31/17
SportsBusiness Daily: Coke Replacing Pepsi As MLB League Sponsor

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Coca-Cola, MLB

03/30/17
SportsBusiness Daily: New Era Looks To Build On Record MLB Sales

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, New Era

03/27/17
SportsBusiness Daily: Sources: VF Selling Sports Group To Fanatics

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Tags: Finance, Majestic Athletic, VF Corp.

03/27/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Raveling ‘an information reservoir’

When you speak to George Raveling’s friends, the first thing they want to talk about is his email list. Long before the internet, Raveling was an indefatigable information aggregator; clipping newspapers from around the country and sending friends and acquaintances everything from leadershi ...

Tags: Champions

03/27/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Champions 2017: George Raveling

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Tags: Champions

03/27/17
SportsBusiness Journal: In print: Chairmain of the boards

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Tags: Champions

03/27/17
SportsBusiness Journal: How Raveling came to possess MLK speech

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Tags: Champions

03/20/17
SportsBusiness Daily: Fred Mangione Set To Join Jets

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