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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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Tags: In-Depth, Colleges

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SportsBusiness Journal: Orlando City sets up for its shot at MLS

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SportsBusiness Journal: NHL fleshes out three-year plan

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SportsBusiness Journal: Bettman’s pay up slightly in fiscal ’12

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SportsBusiness Daily: U.S. Soccer Creates FanWall Campaign

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