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Christopher Botta

Christopher Botta is a staff writer for SportsBusiness Journal.

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Penguins again rock local-market TV ratings

04 / 14 / 14

For the fifth consecutive time, the Pittsburgh Penguins led the way among NHL clubs for local-market TV ratings for the league’s regular season. The ranking is based on an analysis of ratings information for clubs that make their Nielsen data available. The NHL’s regular sea...

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Tags: Media

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04/14/14
TD Garden ties LinkedIn into B2B

TD Garden this week is debuting a business-to-business program that features the integration of LinkedIn for business leaders and other fans in the arena’s premium-seating areas. The program was slated to be announced last Thursday, timed for this week’s start of the Stanley Cup playo ...

Tags: Facilities

04/14/14
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Tags: Franchises

04/07/14
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Don’t be surprised if you show up at a sporting event and an episode of “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” or something else more appropriate for the Food Network breaks out. Major events for foodies are becoming increasingly popular at sporting events. On the eve of the 2013 Breeders& ...

Tags: In-Depth

04/07/14
Octagon feasts on the possibilities

When Octagon Culinary was launched in January, Caryl Chinn was hired to lead the agency’s new division. Chinn was formerly an executive director of the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, a vice president of Karlitz & Co., president of her own consulting company, and special events dire ...

Tags: In-Depth

03/31/14
NHL makes games stars of its home page

NHL.com is shining a bigger spotlight on games. The NHL on its home page recently debuted a new look that features a larger navigational bar with the scores and time clock of all games being played. The central position of the page then highlights one game — based on fan preferences or an o ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

03/31/14
Topps cards feature supporters clubs

The 2014 edition of Topps’ MLS trading cards is giving club supporters groups, members of the Mexican national team and advanced statistics their due. For the first time on MLS cards, supporters clubs such as the LA Galaxy’s LA Riot Squad and the New York Red Bulls’ Empire Supp ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

03/31/14
Islanders hire Gameplan Creative

The relocation of the New York Islanders from Long Island to Brooklyn is taking its next step, with the franchise hiring Gameplan Creative to help connect the team to its future home, the Barclays Center. Brett Yormark, CEO of the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, calls the team’s move ...

Tags: Franchises

03/24/14
Blog creator bags soccer gig with MLS

Three and a half years ago, Chris Savino started a blog about the soccer business with the intent of preparing himself to land a job in that industry. On Jan. 6 of this year, Savino started as a financial analyst — at Major League Soccer. ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

03/24/14
Earthquakes sign Ruckus Wireless

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Tags: Franchises

03/17/14
For ‘Draft Day,’ NFL goes extra yard

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