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NBPA bets on power of its stars

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 01 / 16 / 17

The National Basketball Players Association is making a significant move this summer as it takes its marketing and merchandising rights in-house after more than two decades of leasing them to the NBA. The move comes amid an extension of the league’s collective-bargaining agreement, the fram...

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Leonard's switch to Nike lengthy

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Churchill walkout no accident

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Big Ben products sell for PLB Sports

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NFLPA committee suspend agents

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Panel looking at Jockeys' Guild

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California panel to examine Guild

A member of the California Horse Racing Board is forming a fact-finding committee to look into the activities of the Jockeys’ Guild, in particular focusing on why many jockeys were not aware that the Guild had canceled their catastrophic accident insurance. Racing Board member Richard ...

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NHL future bleak after failed proposals

The labor deal offered by the NHL last week was widely viewed as an attempt to create a fracture between star players and those earning below the league average. The league and the NHLPA each rejected a proposal from the other last week, on the same philosophical grounds that led to a loc ...

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Sharapova aims for top title

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Jockeys’ Guild puts the boot to critics

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Wait till next year, NFL

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