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Sponsors stayed with Pacers’ Paul George as he recovered from injury

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 04 / 13 / 15

N ot only is Indiana Pacers all-star Paul George back on the court, but he’s also the subject of two national commercials for Papa John’s and one new spot for AT&T . Many predicted that George might never play again, and ce...

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Agent swapping common

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SFX nabs Bielik, Wagner

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NFLPA may file to get depositions

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Steinberg files NFLPA grievance

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Agents battle over Jammer

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Glavine marketability high

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China's Shuai lands with IMG

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MLBPA choice may affect others

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