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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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12/20/12
Sabres Try To Make Fans At Birth

The Sabres have partnered with sponsor Kaleida Health on the Buffalo Sabres Newborn Program. Beginning on Jan. 1, all babies born at two Buffalo area hospitals will receive a Sabres blanket and a certificate inscribed, “Future 1st Round Draft Pick” featuring the Sabres logo and the signa ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Buffalo Sabres

12/12/12
Rush Soccer Hires 11 Sports Media

11 Sports Media, a soccer marketing firm, has been engaged by Denver-based Rush Soccer to sell the jersey rights for the youth program. Following a deal earlier this week with adidas to be the club's official apparel partner, Rush -- which is one of the leading youth sports organizations in the ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Soccer

12/11/12
Mike McCarthy Joins Manhattan Place Entertainment

Former Blues CEO and MSG Network President Mike McCarthy has been named co-Chair of Manhattan Place Entertainment. A formal announcement is expected this afternoon. Before resigning in June, McCarthy ran the day-to-day operations of the Blues and operated the team’s arena, the Scottrade ...

11/27/12
NASL Names Bill Peterson Commissioner

Bill Peterson has been named Commissioner of the North American Soccer League, with an official announcement expected to be made this afternoon. Peterson succeeds David Downs , who was NASL Commissioner from April '11 until he retired last month. Peterson was most recently COO of the United Footb ...

11/14/12
ManU Reports Q1 Revenue Up 3.4%

Manchester United announced financial results this morning for the '13 fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012. According to the club, total revenue was US$121M, an increase of 3.4% from Q1 '11. Sponsorship revenue increased 32.4% as a result of 10 new sponsorship deals: General Motors, Bwin, Tosh ...

11/14/12
NHL, NHLPA Have No CBA Talks Planned

The NHL and NHLPA have not engaged in formal negotiations since collective bargaining talks were halted on Sunday, and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said it is up to the union to make the next move. Asked last night what it would take for the league to return to the table, Daly said, "We're do ...

11/13/12
Islanders' Open Skate Draws Donations

The Islanders hosted an open skate at Nassau Coliseum yesterday that resulted in four full trucks of donated clothing items for Island Harvest, a local charity, along with more than $4,000 in cash donations. More than 2,500 fans attended the event, which will benefit the efforts of the Red Cross for ...

11/12/12
Ducks Upgrade School As Part Of Initiative

The Ducks are taking the time provided by the cancelled opening of the NHL season to rebuild a local school playground, and build some good will. Ducks staff, corporate sponsors, season-ticket holders and former players are scheduled to team today for a beautification project at Mattie Lou Maxwell E ...

Tags: Franchises, Anaheim Ducks

11/06/12
NHL Labor Talks Resume In N.Y. Area

The NHL and NHLPA resumed negotiations today at 3:00pm ET in an undisclosed location in the N.Y. area. Before the meeting, NHLPA Exec Dir  Donald Fehr said, “I’m not going to prognosticate or predict. I hope we’ll start bargaining and continue bargaining.” Fehr set the ...

10/23/12
NHL Allowed GMs To Talk CBA With Players

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told reporters last night that team GMs were given a 48-hour window last weekend to answer questions from their team's players about the CBA offer presented by the owners to the NHLPA last week. The union was surprised and disappointed with the league's end-around ...

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