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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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11/19/12
Crew falls short of season-ticket goal

In a season that brought key gains across its business space, the Columbus Crew remains far short of its goal of 10,000 season-ticket holders. The Crew began its drive for that goal, labeled “Goal 10K,” in September 2011, with an event featuring MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Columbu ...

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11/12/12
‘Students’ line up for Sabres University

While waiting for the NHL lockout to end, Buffalo Sabres executives have been taking the time to educate each other, literally. On Tuesdays and Thursdays this month, team staffers are attending what’s being called Sabres University. It’s a program that has Sabres employees acting as ...

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11/05/12
MLS attendance posts milestone

MLS teams averaged 18,807 fans per game during the 2012 regular season, marking the league’s best figure in its 17-year history. This season’s average was up 5 percent from last year, which previously stood as the league’s best. .MLSHeader { font-size: 16px; ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/05/12
Field-level signage boosts SUM revenue

New field-level signage at select men’s Mexican national team matches has become an additional revenue generator this year for Soccer United Marketing, the marketing arm of MLS. SUM has made the new digital boards available as an extension of its relationship with the Mexican Football Feder ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

10/29/12
Bettman maneuvers with owners’ backing

Gary Bettman, seeking to cheer up a friend, called a commissioner who had just been fired. It was 1999, and Doug Logan had been relieved of his duties by his bosses, the nine owners of the franchises of Major League Soccer. Bettman, then in his sixth year as commissioner of the NHL, lightened the ...

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10/29/12
Univision Deportes signs with CONCACAF

Univision Deportes has reached a 10-year agreement with CONCACAF to broadcast confederation matches in the United States. The contract was executed last week and was expected to be announced today. Running through 2022, the deal is the longest broadcast agreement in CONCACAF’s history. I ...

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10/22/12
Canadiens shed new light on Bell Centre

When the NHL returns to action, Montreal Canadiens players will be seen in a new light. The team and the Bell Centre, the club’s 16-year-old arena, have invested more than $700,000 in a new lighting system. Lidlum Sport, a system created by Quebec-based LED Innovation Design, was set to deb ...

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10/15/12
Sporting KC retools sponsor department

Sporting Kansas City has consistent sellouts and a team capable of contending for the MLS Cup when the playoffs begin early next month, but the hard work is only beginning in the front office. The club’s corporate partnerships department has just been given an overhaul, with the goal being the ...

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10/08/12
Lockout won’t stop Devils

The NHL lockout is not stopping the New Jersey Devils from producing video content for their fans. The team this month is debuting a Web program called “It’s the Devils Hockey Show” whether regular-season games are played or not. “The show is our version of ‘Saturday ...

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10/08/12
Fire wants you to vote for Berry

The Chicago Fire has turned to its Quaker Oats partnership to tout defender Austin Berry for the MLS Rookie of the Year award. It’s the latest example of a team-sponsor relationship that’s been highly visible throughout the year, and it stands as a unique activation on a league level. ...

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