NFL retains heavy hitters on K Street

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Professional football season wraps up this Sunday with the Super Bowl, but for the league and players’ union, many off-the-field battles will rage on.

POLITICO rounded up some numbers on the industry’s lobbying in the past year, which bridges issues from drug testing to player safety to broadcast and intellectual property issues.

The National Football League spent just over $1 million in 2013, on par with what it spent in 2012, but down some previous years when it first registered in 2009.

The League retains a string of heavy hitters on K Street, including: Covington & Burling, Elmendorf Ryan, Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, Gephardt Group Government Affairs, Patton Boggs and The Glover Park Group. 

Patton Boggs had represented the NFL Players’ Union for a number of years, but the contract was terminated Dec. 31. The players’ union added the Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock back in October to work on antitrust, telecommunications and labor issues. Spending with Patton Boggs had tapered off from $100,000-plus per quarter in 2010 to just $30,000 per quarter, which is also what it paid Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock in Q4.

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