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Christopher Botta

Christopher Botta covers hockey and soccer for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Why soccer’s Gulati gets a kick out of teaching

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 28 / 14

“You’re here with an extraordinary opportunity. Wherever the journey takes you, have a high intolerance for the pain of others.” This was U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati in early May, speaking before 190 students in a packed auditorium at Columbia University. It ...

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07/28/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Class with soccer's Sunil Gulati

“You’re here with an extraordinary opportunity. Wherever the journey takes you, have a high intolerance for the pain of others.” This was U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati in early May, speaking before 190 students in a packed auditorium at Columbia University. It ...

Tags: In-Depth, Colleges

07/24/14
SportsBusiness Daily: U.S. To Host CONCACAF Women's Tourney

The U.S. will host the '14 CONCACAF Women’s Championship from Oct. 15-26, with first-round matches at MLS stadiums in K.C., DC and Bridgeview, Ill., and the semifinals, third-place match and championship game at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The top three finishers will qualify for the '15 Women&rs ...

07/21/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Keeper of the Cup has a Fit in campaign

He is one of hockey’s most recognizable faces, appearing now in a second national TV campaign, yet he doesn’t play the game. Phil Pritchard, the Hockey Hall of Fame curator more commonly known for donning white gloves in his role as the personal attendant of the Stanley Cup, is in a s ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

07/21/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Football movie gets physical

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Tags: In-Depth, Media

07/14/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Legacy of the Cup

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Tags: Events and Attractions

06/30/14
SportsBusiness Journal: U.S. Soccer: Big goals

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

06/23/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Kings cement their success

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Tags: Franchises

06/20/14
On The Ground: The NHL Shift

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Tags: On The Ground

06/16/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Blues Hire Chris Zimmerman

The Blues today hired Chris Zimmerman as President & CEO of Business Operations. Zimmerman, who previously was President of Nike/Bauer Hockey, the Canucks and Easton Sports, will report to Blues Owner Tom Stillman , who took over the team in '12. "The team has made a lot of progress since the ...

06/11/14
On The Ground: 2014 SFF: Building value with sports sponsorships

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