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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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NBC ready for year two

NBC believes that Major League Soccer’s television presence will benefit this season from the network’s deal to broadcast English Premier League games. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and NB ...

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What's next for New York?

If everything comes together for Major League Soccer this year, the league will announce a second team in the New York market to begin play in 2016, receive a $100 million expansion fee for the franchise, finalize a deal for a $300 million soccer stadium in Queens, and introduce an extravagantly wea ...

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Despite lockout losses, NHL steams ahead

What’s not seen, and what might never be known, is what might have been lost. But one month into the NHL’s lockout-abbreviated season, attendance, TV and online numbers paint a picture of a league that appears to have come back well from its third work stoppage in 18 years. “You ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

NAPA, Behr renew deals with Mexican team

NAPA Auto Parts and Behr Paints have renewed deals with Soccer United Marketing for sponsorship of Mexico’s men’s national team. The renewals — valued at seven figures annually, according to industry sources — are seen as an illustration of the increased popularity of the ...

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U.K. firm helps Rapids reach a new state

The marketing campaign for the Colorado Rapids’ 2013 season carries the themes “A State of Mind” and “Colorado For Life.” Ironically, the MLS club reached the decision to go with those home-based slogans after working with an agency — from Derby, England. The R ...

Tags: Franchises

Canadiens join all-access crowd

Inspired in part by the success of HBO’s “24/7” documentary series on the Winter Classic, the Montreal Canadiens have joined the select ranks of NHL clubs that provide behind-the-scenes programming offering an inside look at the team. The goal, Montreal officials say, is to brin ...

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Klein goes from pitch to president

Less than three years after he retired as a player with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chris Klein has been named the team’s president. Chris Klein (right) moved into management after retiring as a player in 2010. Ph ...

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Penn State hockey a hot property

The Penn State men’s hockey team has played before a sold-out crowd at the home of the Philadelphia Flyers this season and posted impressive numbers for games at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ arena. On Friday, the Nittany Lions will host Ohio University at Giant Center, the 10,500-seat home o ...

Tags: Colleges

How Sporting KC sealed jersey deal

When Tom Butch’s assistant told him that lunch had arrived at the Ivy Funds offices one day in early December, it was not what the company’s president and CEO expected. There stood Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, midfielder Graham Zusi and defender Matt Besler, presenting barbecue ...

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Rangers in strong shape with sponsors

Beyond the obvious effects of losing 17 regular-season games, New York Rangers’ corporate sales have not experienced any significant damage as a result of the 113-day NHL lockout. In fact, the club says it’s doing better at the start of this abbreviated season than it was before the 2011 ...

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