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Christopher Botta

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

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TD Garden Integrating LinkedIn Into New B2B Program

04 / 10 / 14

TD Garden today is announcing the formation of a B2B program that features the integration of LinkedIn for business leaders and other fans in the arena’s premium-seating areas. The program will debut next week for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Bruins. Membership in the program,...

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Thohir Completes Inter Milan Purchase

DC United co-Owner Erick Thohir and his partners completed their purchase of a 70% stake in Serie A club Inter Milan. Thohir, Rosan Roeslani and Handy Soetedjo , who form Int'l Sports Capital, take over as the majority stakeholders. Inner Circle Sports was the financial advisor to Thohir, ...

Twitter Embraces IPO-Related Pressure

When Twitter's IPO was launched last Thursday, there was something noticeably different about the social media site's S.F. HQs. Twitter COO Ali Rowghani during this morning's second featured interview at the '13 Covington & Burling Sports Media & Technology conference said, "We had basical ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

DirecTV's White Discusses Mannings, Sunday Ticket

DirecTV Chair, President & CEO Michael White is well aware of the image that comes to fans' minds when they think of DirecTV in '13: Peyton and Eli Manning in wigs, rapping to a hip-hop beat, touting "Football on your phone." Before the featured interview that kicked off the ’13 Covingto ...

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NYC FC Makes Three Exec Hires

NYC FC, which begins MLS play in '15, has hired Doug Fillis as Senior VP/Partnerships, Josh Neier as VP/Finance and Mike Quarino as VP/Ticket Sales & Fan Services. Fillis most recently was Rutgers Senior Associate AD/Administration, where he was a colleague of former AD Tim Pernetti ...

SiriusXM To Carry MLS Playoff Games

Play-by-play of MLS playoff games will be available on SiriusXM FC, the satellite radio network's soccer channel. The schedule of broadcasts will be available next week, when the playoffs begin. SiriusXM FC (channel 94) will also air MLSSoccer.com's "Extra Time Radio" program co-hosted by Greg Lala ...

Sports Marketing Symposium: Entertainment Crossover

"Connecting with Consumers through Sports and Entertainment Platforms" was the theme of the final session of the '13 CSE Sports Marketing Symposium. Discussing the success and pitfalls of the intersection of sports and entertainment were Time Inc. Sports Group President Mark Ford , Gillette Global ...

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Sports Marketing Symposium: NBC's Lazarus

In a rapid-fire, one-on-one discussion yesterday at the '13 CSE Sports Marketing Symposium, NBC Sports Group Chair  Mark Lazarus did not shy away from any topic. Among the highlights: --The '14 Sochi Games, in a far-away time zone: "What we did in London made advertisers comfortable that an ...

Indy Eleven Signs Honda As Jersey Sponsor

Indy Eleven, which will join NASL as an expansion franchise in '14, has signed Honda as its jersey sponsor. The three-year agreement is for an average of more than $300,000 per year and is a joint deal with Honda Manufacturing of Indiana and Central Indiana Honda Dealers. The Indy Eleven becom ...

NHL Restructures Organization

The NHL made changes to its organizational structure, which are effective immediately. NHL Exec VP/Media Strategies & Distribution DAVID PROPER will add to his responsibilities as Exec VP/Business Affairs, coordinating business affairs across all media and business departmental lines. Pr ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, NHL

U.S. Soccer Creates FanWall Campaign

U.S. Soccer has created FanWall, a social media campaign in which fans can post personal messages and photos to be displayed on the walls outside the men’s national team’s locker room in Columbus when it plays Mexico in a World Cup qualifier on Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium. Using the hashtag ...

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