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posted: 10/17/2013 2:13 PM

IPO to give investors a stake in NFL running back

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  • Do you want a piece of Houston Texans running back Arian Foster? A brokerage company is about to sell stock in the NFL star running back, gambling on his moneymaking potential.

      Do you want a piece of Houston Texans running back Arian Foster? A brokerage company is about to sell stock in the NFL star running back, gambling on his moneymaking potential.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A new brokerage is offering sports fans a chance to bet on the moneymaking potential of star athletes.

The unorthodox and risky opportunity kicked off Thursday with an IPO filing proposing to sell stock for a stake in the future income of the Houston Texans' Arian Foster, one of the top running backs in the National Football League.

The IPO hinges on a deal requiring Fantex Inc. to pay Foster $10 million in return for a 20 percent share of his remaining contract with the Texans, his endorsement income and any other future money tied to his football career.

Fantex plans to sell 1.06 million shares at $10 apiece to pay Foster and cover other expenses.

The San Francisco company says it is negotiating similar deals with other prominent athletes.

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