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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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01/21/13
NHL clubs: Time to move forward

As their teams prepared for the start of the abbreviated NHL season this past weekend, five club presidents took the time to share their thoughts on the effect of the new CBA and the post-lockout fallout. Participating were: ■ Ted Black , Buffalo Sabres ■ Peter Luukko , Philade ...

Tags: Franchises

01/14/13
Team execs cheer long-term deal

The new CBA was never going to make all of the owners of the league’s 30 teams happy, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attained the eventual 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue that all of his bosses craved, along with gaining certain concessions from the NHL Players’ Association &mda ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

01/14/13
Running with the Devils

The sign on the conference room wall in the offices at the Prudential Center reads, “Sell Like A Devil.” It’s a fitting theme for a meeting of New Jersey Devils ticket sales executives on the Monday morning after the NHL lockout has ended. ...

Tags: Franchises

01/07/13
Jackets’ Davidson brings straight talk

Columbus Blue Jackets fans and corporate partners are frustrated. Their concerns are not over the NHL lockout, the league’s second since the Blue Jackets came on board as an expansion franchise in 2000 and this one costing the city its choice as host for the now-canceled 2013 NHL All-Star Game ...

Tags: Franchises

12/17/12
Your guide to NHL’s point of no return

Talks between the NHL and NHL Players’ Association over a new collective-bargaining agreement continued last week. But last week also saw the league cancel another set of games, and the lockout moved closer to entering its fourth month. Games through Dec. 30 now have been canceled, meaning a t ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

12/03/12
Stanley uses Liverpool FC as tool

Stanley Black & Decker is looking to Liverpool FC for global activation efforts. The company next month is launching its second “unique experience” contest with the English Premier League franchise. The Stanley Global Striker Challenge will be open to trade professionals and consu ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

12/03/12
Penguins, Highmark team up

The Pittsburgh Penguins have remained active locally during the ongoing NHL lockout through a series of charitable youth hockey and recreational initiatives. “It’s a priority of ownership to support youth hockey in the region,” said Penguins CEO David Morehouse of team owners Ro ...

Tags: Franchises

11/26/12
Execs weigh impact on NHL’s sponsors

Kraft Foods’ decision last week to cancel its annual Hockeyville promotion, in which an NHL exhibition game has been staged in a small Canadian town since 2006, brings into sharp focus the league’s sponsorship business, likely the biggest casualty of a lockout moving into its third month ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/26/12
MLS gets home-field advantage

Thirteen days before her department was to run the events for the 2012 MLS Cup, Jen Maurillo was at home in Connecticut, watching the Western Conference Final on ESPN with a personal interest in learning the location of the league’s championship game. “I’ve never watched a match ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/19/12
Lockout not only factor in AHL gains

The American Hockey League has seen a 12 percent increase in attendance during the first five weeks of its season — a good number, but not strong enough to declare that the NHL lockout has been a boon for the top minor hockey league in North America. ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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