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"We won the championship. We're drinking champagne, but we have 14 guys grinding it out at a ballpark trying to watch it on their cell phones. They are the ones missing birthdays and their son's first Little League game" – Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo , ...

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09/29/14
NFL Week 4 Sunday Ratings Down

The NFL on the whole saw a decline in overnight ratings for Sunday coverage in Week 4. Fox’ national window, which featured Eagles-49ers in 88% of markets, led the way with a 16.7 overnight, down 10% from an 18.5 for coverage featuring Eagles-Broncos in Week 4 last season. Fox also saw a slig ...

Tags: Media, NFL

09/29/14
Humama Opts Out Of PGA Tour Event

The PGA Tour today announced '15 will be the final year health care provider Humana will title sponsor the Humana Challenge. The Tour is working with Desert Classic Charities and the Clinton Foundation to find a sponsor beginning with the '16 tournament ( PGA Tour ). SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's M ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Humana, PGA Tour

09/29/14
SBJ In-Depth: Horse Racing

On the eve of the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, SportsBusiness Journal looks at the state of the horse racing industry and the strategies for building its fan base. Tracks have stepped up efforts to provide more amenities and entertainment options for fans, ranging from food festivals to ...

09/29/14
Executive Transactions

Zebra Technologies named GroupM ESP Exec VP ERIC PETROSINELLI GM/Sports. Petrosinelli will build out Zebra's new sports vertical business, which will deliver statistics across domestic and int'l pro, collegiate and amateur properties ( Zebra )....SMG named former Scottish Exhibition Centre Ltd. G ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Executive Transactions

09/29/14
Barclays Center Not Yet Fit For Islanders Games

Views from "several hundred seats at one end of the rink" at Barclays Center for Friday night's Devils-Islanders preseason game were "obstructed," according to Kreda & Klein of the N.Y. TIMES. But arena officials said that many of those seats "would not be offered for sale" when the Islanders st ...

Tags: New York Islanders, NHL, Facilities

09/29/14
Steward Hiring Moves Minorities Forward

The D-Backs' hiring of new GM Dave Stewart is a "move that bucks several trends, though one that offers no guarantees of returning" the club to contention in the NL West, according to Jay Jaffe of SI.com. In an age when GMs "usually come to the job either as career minor leaguers who rose throu ...

Tags: Franchises, Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB

09/29/14
NFL Again Refutes Report On Knowldge Of Rice Tape

The NFL on Friday "sent a memo to every owner and team president ... denying a report that it had received" the Ray Rice elevator tape in April, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore SUN. The memo read, "Our office has found absolutely no evidence to support the claim of the anonymous ‘ ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

09/29/14
Ryder Cup Overnights Down From '10

NBC earned a 1.8 overnight rating for live Sunday coverage of the Ryder Cup from 7:00am-1:00pm ET, a figure that is down from recent Ryder Cup telecasts from Europe. The U.S. team was down big headed into Sunday and the Europeans clinched the win by 11:30am ET. Comparable Sunday coverage in ’ ...

Tags: Media, Golf Channel, NBC, Ryder Cup

09/29/14
Kraft Expands NHL Deal To Include U.S.

Kraft is expanding its 30-year sponsorship of the NHL in Canada to the U.S., and it will give its Hockeyville program a "grassroot push to America," according to Andrew McMains of ADWEEK. Kraft will become a "partner in NHL events such as the All-Star Game, Winter Classic and Stanley Cup Playoffs." ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, NHL, Kraft Foods

09/29/14
Stewart: Sponsors Have Stuck By Our Side

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart this morning answered questions from the media for the first time since the sprint car accident that killed Kevin Ward Jr. and said Stewart-Haas Racing has "stayed in close contact" with the team's sponsors during the past seven weeks. Stewart said Bass Pro Shops Founder J ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, NASCAR

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