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Bill King

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

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Cohon builds cultural identity for CFL

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 15 / 14

When Mark Cohon interviewed for the commissioner’s job at the Canadian Football League seven years ago, he closed with a caveat born of his early-career experiences at Major League Baseball, where the owners ousted Fay Vincent, and the NBA, where, at least publicly, they followed David Stern i...

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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05/21/13
On The Ground: Reinsdorf's Ownership Decisions Reached As High As The Presidency

Jerry Reinsdorf decided he had too many irons in the baseball fire. So in 2007, he gave up his seat on MLB’s ownership committee, an influential group that vets franchise sales. “In retrospect,” Reinsdorf says, “I wish I ...

Tags: Baseball, MLB

05/20/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Reinsdorf values people he knows, trusts

When Steve Schanwald was in the intensive care unit of a Chicago hospital, recovering from surgery after a heart attack, one of the first people to call him was Jerry Reinsdorf. He told the Bulls’ executive vice president of business opera ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

05/20/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Bulls’ boss finds different role in NBA

It is no secret that Jerry Reinsdorf has been less engaged at the league level in basketball than he has in baseball. He attributes that mostly to the fact that the leagues operate differently, largely, he says, because of the styles of the respect ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

05/20/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Lifetime Achievement: Jerry Reinsdorf

J erry Reinsdorf hustled from his office through the bowels of U.S. Cellular Field, into the crowded lobby, past a glass case displaying a World Series trophy and out into the parking lot, tossing a thin leather bag into the backseat of his black Cadillac. It was a Thursday evening, an hour be ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

04/29/13
SportsBusiness Journal: CBS boosts Mayweather promotion

As servers cleared the plates at the end of a working lunch at a famed Manhattan hotel, Stephen Espinoza passed an iPad across the table, careful not to snag an earbud wire on a chair. “This just came in,” the head of Showtime Sports told Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions ...

Tags: Media

04/22/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Ready for a fight in NYC

Brooklyn-born welterweight Paulie Malignaggi scanned the rollicking Barclays Center crowd from his ringside seat and smiled, soaking in the thunderous chant of “B-Hop, B-Hop, B-Hop” that echoed through the building. “You never hear Bernard Hopkins cheered like this,” Malig ...

Tags: In-Depth

04/15/13
SportsBusiness Journal: The NBA's ticketing tactics

With the Miami Heat in Chicago to face the Bulls on a Thursday night in February, a fan who needed a ticket would have found only a smattering of seats available, all of them scattered singles, on the team website. A click away, on StubHub, tickets were moving briskly, albeit expensively, as they us ...

Tags: In-Depth, Leagues and Governing Bodies

04/08/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Deal gives Golden Boy slot on FS1

The launch of Fox Sports 1 in August will mean a larger, more consistent platform for boxing promoter Golden Boy through June 2015, with an option for 2016. The two sides completed the deal last week. Specific financials were not revealed, but the package’s level of fights indicates rights ...

Tags: Media

04/01/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Cashing in on PPV

When a fight promoter hatches a pay-per-view priced at $60, about $30 of that total goes to the cable and satellite companies that distribute the bout. On a $70 million night, such as the one that boxing promoter Top Rank had when about 1.15 million homes bought Manny Pacquiao’s fight against ...

Tags: In-Depth, World Congress of Sports

04/01/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Monumental makes a big bet on future

Mike Vogel was enjoying a postgame beer after a Washington Capitals home game when a colleague pulled a video camera from a bag and handed it across the table. “Just let your imagination run wild,” said the visitor, who worked with the Web developer that operated the Capitals websit ...

Tags: In-Depth, World Congress of Sports

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