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IPO Offers Stake In Pro Athlete Earnings OCTOBER 21, 2013 • FA STAFF Sports fans who have long envied the salaries of professional athletes may now get a chance to buy stocks linked to sports stars’ financial performance. Fantex, a San Francisco-based brand-building platform, is launching a $10.6 million IPO enabling investors to lay claim to 20 percent of the future earnings of Houston Texans’ star running back Arian Foster, according to The New York Times. If the IPO is successful, Foster will receive $10 million and Fantex will likely approach other star athletes to follow suit. Sources said investors won’t have a direct investment in Foster or income from his brand, such as football jerseys or advertising income. But Fantex told the New York Times it expects to pay stockholders a dividend. God I would love to have been able to short Dunn in 2011. Or 2012. Or 2013.

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