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Bill King

Senior writer Bill King writes special projects and covers combat sports and educational programs.

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Popular overseas bouts shift model for HBO

03 / 31 / 14

He can picture it already, the spectacle of petulant super middleweight contender George Groves riding to the ring atop a London bus, a crowd of more than 60,000 stretched to the far reaches of iconic Wembley Stadium for what likely will be the U.K.’s most lucrative fight ever. London-based...

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10/21/13
Bellator gets into PPV with big names

When the CEO of Viacom-owned MMA promotion Bellator heard that Quentin “Rampage” Jackson was looking for a place to jump-start a career that was fading in the UFC, he ran the idea past Kevin Kay, the Spike Network president who had seen firsthand the role Jackson played in the UFC’ ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/14/13
New digs for Vegas fight?

A planned 20,000-seat arena on the Las Vegas Strip, loaded with premium amenities such as suites and clubs, has fight promoters seeing green.

Tags: In-Depth

10/14/13
Fight story lines to watch

Ring docs This month’s airing of the HBO Films presentation “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” a docudrama that explores Ali’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after he was convicted of draft dodging, began a run of several shows that HBO Sports hopes will work han ...

Tags: In-Depth

10/14/13
UFC's strange trip to FS1

On the first Sunday of the NFL season, four days after “The Ultimate Fighter” launched to the lowest debut-night rating of its history, Fox Sports used the most valuable promotional real estate in its portfolio to do what Fox Sports does best: Yell a little louder. Fox plugged &ldq ...

Tags: In-Depth

09/16/13
How StubHub built a home in sports

When Jeff Fluhr and Eric Baker came up with the idea for StubHub as first-year students at Stanford business school in 2000, they identified three characteristics that made ticket resale a prime opportunity. They saw a vast market, with billions of dollars in tickets to sporting events and concer ...

Tags: In-Depth

09/16/13
StubHub's troubleshooters

In customer service circles, it’s called WISMO ­— Where is my order? When that question comes to StubHub, it sets in motion a dynamic unlike that facing the typical retail outlet. “We want consumers to have what feels like the retail experience you get with Amazon or Barnes & ...

Tags: In-Depth

09/09/13
Showtime bout already breaking records

Earlier in his career as an attorney representing athletes and entertainers, Showtime Sports head Stephen Espinoza worked behind the scenes for two of boxing’s mega-stars, Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson. Even he has been struck by the clamor surrounding the network’s Saturday pay-per-vi ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

08/12/13
Programs seek right fit

Some who study sport also study the study of sport. It’s called pedagogy — the study of education — and the professors who teach in and administrate sports management programs have been exploring it for nearly as long as their field has been an acknowledged academic path. Whi ...

Tags: In-Depth

08/12/13
Can academic research help sports?

When the conversation in one of the sports management classes he teaches at Temple University turns to the burgeoning field of data analytics, Joris Drayer regales his students with stories of long days and nights sorting through numbers as an assistant in the Oakland A’s front office, smack a ...

Tags: In-Depth

07/22/13
The business of mascots

T he cluster of blue-shirted children surged steadily up the aisle, onto the concourse and then down the first base line, shrinking here and stretching there, like paint spilled on the deck of a rocking boat. It was Camp Day at Fluor Field, home to the Greenville Drive, the Class A South Atl ...

Tags: Franchises

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