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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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02/24/14
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

02/24/14
SportsBusiness Journal: The next wave of MLS stadiums

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. San Jose Earthquakes The future home of the San Jose Earthquakes takes shape. Photo by: San Jose Earthquakes Constr ...

Tags: In-Depth

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Daily: MLS Kicks Off Preseason Media Blitz

Many of MLS' top players will be in the N.Y. area today and tomorrow conducting media interviews and participating in promo campaigns ahead of the '14 season. Players include Landon Donovan , Thierry Henry , Michael Bradley and Tim Cahill . Media hits during the course of the two days include E ...

02/14/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Beck & Score To Provide World Cup Hospitality

L.A.-based event travel company Beck & Score has been selected as an authorized sub-agent of SportsMark for hospitality programs at the '14 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. SportsMark is the exclusive sales agent of Match Hospitality in the U.S. of World Cup hospitality programs. Beck & Score will ...

02/10/14
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

01/31/14
On The Ground: The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 1/31/2014

A look at the past week in the NHL and a glimpse at what’s ahead: • THE NUMBERS 1983: The year NHL COO John Collins graduated from Long Island University, as celebrated in a print ad by the college highlighting Collins and other LI ...

Tags: On The Ground

01/27/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Access will pay off in NHL daily show

In agreeing to send its players to the 2014 Winter Olympics, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association were able to obtain unprecedented access in Sochi for their own media platforms — NHL Network, NHL.com and NHLPA.com — along with an agreement to coordinate key public relations effort ...

Tags: Media

01/24/14
On The Ground: The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 1/24/2014

A look at the past week in the NHL and a glimpse at what’s ahead: • THE NUMBERS 47 percent: The percentage of the league’s teams (14 of 30) that continue to average at least 100 percent in home attendance now well past the midway mark of the season. Last year, 16 of 30 posted ...

Tags: On The Ground

01/21/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Dan Hunt Named FC Dallas President

Dan Hunt has been named President of FC Dallas. Hunt will direct the MLS club's business operations and will be part of the club's leadership team – along with Technical Dir  Fernando Clavijo and new head coach Oscar Pareja – that reports to FC Dallas Chair Clark Hunt , Dan's ...

01/20/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Stadium Series cast follows script

Putting its big-event strategy to a grueling test, the NHL is about to produce three outdoor games over five days on two coasts. Final preparations are taking place this week for the opening of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, which begins Saturday night when the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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