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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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11/26/13
SportsBusiness Daily: NHL's Collins Talks Rogers Deal

The NHL’s 12-year, C$5.2B media rights deal with Rogers Communications was completed late Sunday night after a marathon weekend of negotiations finalized a month-long process. NHL COO John Collins said of the combined $7.2B rights-fee packages the league now has with Rogers in Canada and NBC ...

11/25/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Canada to deliver for NHL

The NHL is crafting a series of Canadian television deals that could increase its average annual rights fees to more than $350 million, nearly double the current amount, while creating a Sunday night telecast franchise for the league. The ongoing negotiations involve five Canadian networks: CBC, ...

Tags: Media

11/22/13
On The Ground: The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 11/22/2013

A look at the past week in the NHL and a glimpse at what’s ahead. • The Numbers $308: The highest price for a non-suite ticket to either of the two Coors Light Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium during Super Bowl week. The Rangers will play the Devils on Jan. 26 and the Islande ...

Tags: On The Ground, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Media, People and Pop Culture

11/20/13
SportsBusiness Daily Global: "Real Sports" Examines Sochi Corruption

The 200th episode of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” premiered Tuesday night with a report on corruption and the $50B cost of the 2014 Sochi Games. Former Russia Deputy PM Boris Nemstov told reporter Bernard Goldberg of the $50B expense, “If you calculate the cost of p ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia

11/19/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Orlando City SC To Announce MLS Transition

Orlando City SC is expected to announce tonight that it will begin MLS play in '15. MLS Commissioner Don Garber is in Orlando today for the press conference, which is open to the public and will be streamed on YouTube. The club will pay a $70M expansion fee. The majority Owner of Orlando City SC i ...

11/19/13
SportsBusiness Daily: HBO's "Real Sports" Celebrates 200th Episode

The 200th episode of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” premieres tonight with a report on corruption and the $50B cost of the '14 Sochi Games. Former Russia Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemstov tells reporter Bernard Goldberg of the $50B expense, “If you calculate the cos ...

Tags: Media

11/18/13
SportsBusiness Journal: NHL ready for Thanksgiving

This year’s Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown is essentially a restart for the league after its earlier attempts to make the game a franchise were halted by last season’s lockout. ' “The game is positioned as a family and holiday event, and we’re just at the start,” ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/18/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Sharks sport a new philosophy

The San Jose Sharks, in their first full season with SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner as their principal owner, are enjoying a strong start on the ice but also are transforming their business identity. The franchise is increasing its focus on hockey-related businesses that complement the NHL operati ...

Tags: Franchises

11/15/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Thohir Completes Inter Milan Purchase

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11/15/13
On The Ground: The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 11/15/2013

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