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Christopher Botta

Christopher Botta is a staff writer for SportsBusiness Journal.

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Why soccer’s Gulati gets a kick out of teaching

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 28 / 14

“You’re here with an extraordinary opportunity. Wherever the journey takes you, have a high intolerance for the pain of others.” This was U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati in early May, speaking before 190 students in a packed auditorium at Columbia University. It ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Stars align for Cosmos on, off the field

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SportsBusiness Journal: Attendance strong, but MLS sees TV dip

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SportsBusiness Journal: Playoffs, U.S. team lift MLS Web numbers

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SportsBusiness Daily: NHL Panthers Introduce Unique Ticket Promo

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Tags: Franchises, Florida Panthers, NHL

SportsBusiness Daily: SiriusXM To Carry MLS Playoff Games

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SportsBusiness Journal: Winter Classic, fest sales hit records

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SportsBusiness Journal: Lawton lends expertise to wife’s company

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SportsBusiness Journal: 14 NHL teams use NeuLion apps

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SportsBusiness Journal: RSE Ventures opening office in Hong Kong

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SportsBusiness Journal: Xcel reaches for goals

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