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Christopher Botta

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

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Keeper of the Cup has a Fit in TV campaign

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 21 / 14

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...

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

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SportsBusiness Daily: Sochi Footage Highlights Oly-Themed "NHL Revealed"

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Tags: Media, NHL

SportsBusiness Journal: Can MLS reach new heights?

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SportsBusiness Journal: Detroit's delivery man

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Tags: Champions

SportsBusiness Journal: MLS key dates

March 8: The regular season opens with a slate of seven matches. March 15: The league’s two recent major player acquisitions face off when Michael Bradley and Toronto FC visit Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders. The game will air on NBCSN and TSN. In what’s slated to ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Executives in the spotlight

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SportsBusiness Journal: Ilitch aids civil rights pioneer Parks

In his chambers in Detroit, Judge Damon Keith holds a copy of a check in his hand and has a story to tell. It’s about the time Mike Ilitch came to the aid of Rosa Parks, whose legendary defiance of segregation in 1955 led to the black civil rights movement. ...

Tags: Champions

SportsBusiness Journal: The next wave of MLS stadiums

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SportsBusiness Daily: MLS Kicks Off Preseason Media Blitz

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SportsBusiness Daily: Beck & Score To Provide World Cup Hospitality

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SportsBusiness Journal: Andrews’ tenure marked by AHL’s growth

David Andrews is celebrating his 20th season as president and chief executive officer of the American Hockey League. In two years, he hopes to celebrate something else: his retirement. “After this season, I’ll be here for two more, and then someone else will have the job,” said ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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