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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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SportsBusiness Journal: IMG buys into NASCAR scene

NASCAR's image as a magnet for corporate dollars has received yet another boost with IMG's decision to jump into stock cars. The sports marketing giant has bought Charlotte-based Marketing Performance Group, an established provider of public relations, hospitality and marketing on several NASCAR ...

Tags: International Speedway Corp., McIlhenny Co., NASCAR, NBA, U.S. Tobacco

SportsBusiness Journal: Network gives its stock car girl power

When the poobahs from the Cartoon Network broke the news to Jeff Buice, the crew chief of the NASCAR Winston Cup race team that they sponsor, his response was predictable. "What have I done to you?" Buice asked. "What could I have possibly done to you for you to want to do this to me?" Buice ...


SportsBusiness Journal: Apparel makers say Series was a winner

The quick work that the New York Yankees made of the World Series wasn't a problem for all of baseball's clients. Apparel licensees said their sales depended not on the length of the series, but on the Yankees winning it. Starter Corp.'s largest single-event seller ever came from last year's NB ...

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Miami Marlins, NBA, New York Yankees, Nutmeg Mills, Pro Player Inc., San Diego Padres, Starter, YankeeNets

SportsBusiness Journal: For baseball, small gains, familiar pain

For all the success baseball had this season — the double-digit gains in television ratings and merchandise sales, the clamor for all things marked Sosa or McGwire — it still hasn't regained the ground it lost while it was busy fighting its players instead of playing a World Series. At ...

Tags: JC Penney, MLBAM, NBA, NFL, Venator Group Inc.

SportsBusiness Journal: A's bid adieu to best exec on 2 wheels

The Oakland A's retired Sandy Alderson's bicycle when he left earlier this month. They rolled it out ceremonially, the way they did the jersey with his name on it, testimony to the way he'll be remembered by the organization in which he spent the last 17 years. So hands-on was Alderson as presi ...

Tags: Chicago White Sox, MLB, Oakland Athletics

SportsBusiness Journal: Petty school adding site

The Richard Petty Driving Experience, which provides time behind the wheel of a working stock car to individuals and companies, will launch its fourth permanent location next year, taking its Atlanta Motor Speedway operation full time. The company, which operates year-round driving schools in C ...

Tags: Richard Petty Driving Experience, Walt Disney Co.

SportsBusiness Journal: Moving vans remain parked

Baseball's merry-go-round, a unique piece of machinery that allows teams to get on, but none to get off, or even move to a different spot on the carousel, continues to spin. The possibility remains that either the Montreal Expos, Oakland A's, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres or Florida Marlins ...

Tags: Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, New York Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Ottawa Senators, San Diego Padres, Southwest Sports Group, Texas Rangers

SportsBusiness Journal: Wendy Selig-Prieb President, Milwaukee Brewers

Wendy Selig-Prieb is alone. x There are no predecessors. No role models. No one with whom she can compare and contrast herself, at least not one who shares her gender. Baseball's chief executives — the ones who called the shots on a daily basis — always have been men. And, ot ...

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Time Warner, YankeeNets

SportsBusiness Journal: Primo premiums: Beanies, beach towels

There is not a beach in Pittsburgh. The city is known for its steel workers, not its steel drums. Yet on May 30, the Pittsburgh Pirates held a beach party before their game against the Montreal Expos, dumping sand in the parking lot, erecting volleyball nets, blaring beach music and handing out ...

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners

SportsBusiness Journal: Pepsi eagerly follows Gordon to Busch Series

Through its relationship with Jeff Gordon and its presence at most of the tracks on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, PepsiCo has managed to bask in the exposure of the auto racing series without footing the expense, or risk, of a front-running race team sponsorship. Pepsi continued along that co ...

Tags: Anheuser-Busch Cos., DuPont, NASCAR, PepsiCo, Winn Dixie

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