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NFLPA to sign deal with Panini

Updated: August 11, 2014, 6:16 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

In a move that will further consolidate the sports card market, Panini and the NFL Players Association plan to announce on Thursday that they have entered into an exclusive multiyear agreement, meaning all major sports leagues now have only one licensee in the category. Terms were not disclosed.

Panini, which will gain full control of the NFL in the 2016 season, also has an exclusive deal with the NBA. Topps is the sole licensee of Major League Baseball cards, and Upper Deck maintains exclusive ...

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