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Christopher Botta

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

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‘We’ve made a lot of progress in one year’

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 08 / 11 / 14

Anthony LeBlanc, George Gosbee and the seven other owners of Arizona’s NHL team now have one full season under their belts, but this summer has been their first full offseason to market the team. That process has notably included the rebran...

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Tags: Franchises

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11/11/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Hip-hop sensibility fuels new Kings line

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Tags: Franchises

11/08/13
On The Ground: The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 11/8/2013

A look at the past week in the NHL and a glimpse at the week ahead. • THE NUMBERS 3: Franchises accounting for 16 of the 19 least-attended home games this season through last night’s games: Florida (with six), the New York Islanders (five) and Phoenix (five). The Panthers an ...

Tags: On The Ground, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Media

11/05/13
On The Ground: MLS numbers down on NBCSN, ESPN; up on UniMas

TV audiences for MLS regular-season matches this year declined on both NBC Sports Network and ESPN/ESPN2, but one network did see its MLS numbers go up from its past coverage. Spanish-language network UniMas posted an average of 229,000 viewers for its 26 matches during the year. That’s up 21 ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/04/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Stars align for Cosmos on, off the field

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/04/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Attendance strong, but MLS sees TV dip

Major League Soccer completed its 2013 regular season feeling good about its attendance despite a slight decline at the gate, but it is faced with decisions on how to improve its lagging television ratings. With an average of 18,611 fans per match across its 19 clubs, MLS this year exceeded the 1 ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/28/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Playoffs, U.S. team lift MLS Web numbers

Competitive playoff races in Major League Soccer along with the U.S. men’s national team’s successful bid to qualify for next year’s World Cup are helping MLS’s website reach new heights in viewership. According to comScore data, the number of average monthly users on MLSS ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/24/13
SportsBusiness Daily: NHL Panthers Introduce Unique Ticket Promo

The NHL Panthers have introduced a new promotion, "We Win You Win," in which single-game ticket buyers in attendance for a game receive tickets for the team’s next home game if the Panthers win. The promotion starts with their game tomorrow against the Sabres and continues through a Dec. 23 ga ...

Tags: Franchises, Florida Panthers, NHL

10/24/13
SportsBusiness Daily: SiriusXM To Carry MLS Playoff Games

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10/21/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Winter Classic, fest sales hit records

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Tags: Events and Attractions

10/21/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Lawton lends expertise to wife’s company

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