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SportsBusiness Journal Staff Writer Tripp Mickle

Tripp Mickle

Tripp Mickle covers motorsports, action sports and the Olympics for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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ISC Revenue Increases Despite Rain At Daytona, Sponsorships To Sell

04 / 08 / 14

Despite rain delaying this year's Daytona 500, ISC saw an increase in Q1 revenue from a year ago. Revenue rose to $131.8M for the quarter from $128.6M over the same period a year ago. Ticket revenue was flat at $30M, but revenue from sponsorships and TV rights rose slightly to $85.2M and food, bever...

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USA Track & Field, Hershey Ink Deal

USA Track & Field has signed The Hershey Co. to a seven-year, multimillion dollar sponsorship of the organization's youth program. Under terms of the agreement, Hershey will become the presenting sponsor of a new educational initiative for youth called “Run Jump Throw,” which teaches ...

Mike Boykin No Longer With GMR

GMR Marketing Exec VP/Sports Mike Boykin is no longer with the firm. The company informed staff by e-mail yesterday that Boykin’s last day of work was March 31. He had been with GMR since '98 and played a central role in building the firm’s Charlotte office and sports practice, which e ...

IOC's Bach Appoints New Commission Heads

IOC President Thomas Bach yesterday appointed new leaders for 14 of the organization's 30 commissions, including key positions overseeing the marketing, press and finance commissions. Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda was named IOC Marketing Commission Chair. The 66 year old will ...

Tags: Olympics, IOC

Jimmy John's To Sponsor NASCAR Race

Chicagoland Speedway signed Champaign, Ill.-based Jimmy John’s to be the title sponsor of its NASCAR Nationwide Series race this September. The race, which will be called the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola, is the sandwich chain’s first Nationwide race sponsorshi ...

STP Renews With NASCAR Team RPM

Longtime Richard Petty Motorsports sponsor STP has extended and expanded its sponsorship of the team, adding a second primary race on the team’s No. 43 NASCAR entry this year and signing a two-year renewal. STP, which is the title sponsor of this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville ...

World Congress Panel Discusses Rights Fees

In the never-ending debate over whether sports broadcast rights have peaked, rightsholders remain bullish that their TV revenue will continue to rise. During the opening panel of the '14 World Congress of Sports, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President & CEO Tim Leiweke noted cable ...

Tags: Media, IMG World Congress Of Sports

Garber: Situation Around Qatar WC A "Disaster"

MLS Commissioner Don Garber yesterday said the decision to award Qatar the '22 FIFA World Cup and the potential that the event may have to move from summer to winter because of weather was a “monumental disaster” for soccer worldwide. He added that he hopes the event is moved. “We ...

Tags: FIFA World Cup, Events and Attractions

SMI Reports Revenue Decline For '13

Decreasing ticket revenue continued to challenge Speedway Motorsports, Inc. in '13. The company, which operates eight motorsports facilities that host NASCAR Sprint Cup races, today reported total revenue declined 2% from $490.2M in '12 to $480.6M last year. Ticket revenue fell from $116M to $106M a ...

Michael Lynch Leaves ASP

Former Visa sponsorship exec Michael Lynch has left the Association of Surfing Professionals after spending the last year as the organization's Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer. Lynch joined the ASP in April '13 and worked on the organization’s media deals with ESPN and YouTube and titl ...

Forstmann Little Thanks IMG Employees

Forstmann Little & Co. this week sent a letter to IMG employees thanking them for their hard work the last 10 years. The private equity firm is in the process of finalizing the sale of IMG to William Morris Endeavor. In the letter, the trustees of Forstmann Little credited the growth of IMG Coll ...

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