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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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07/23/12
MLS relishes underdog role

These nights, Don Garber sleeps more peacefully. “A lot better than I had in the past,” he said. Garber’s relaxed demeanor during a recent conversation in his New York office was a bit of a surprise, considering the timing. The AT&T MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park in Chester, ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

07/16/12
Is Brooklyn in Islanders' future?

With only three years left on a lease that team officials insist they will not extend, and no deal for a new arena in sight, the New York Islanders’ best option to continue playing in New York in 2015 might be in Brooklyn, at the soon-to-open Barclays Center. The Islanders’ lease with ...

Tags: Facilities

07/16/12
MiCoach launching at MLS All-Star

This year’s AT&T Major League Soccer All-Star Game might not have the scale of last year’s event, which featured iconic club Manchester United and was played in the New York City area, but the July 25 matchup in Chester, Pa., still aims to make a mark, with planned activations by clo ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

07/02/12
Galaxy, Adidas like Facebook contest

The winner has yet to be announced, but the Facebook contest in which soccer fans had the opportunity to design the Los Angeles Galaxy’s third kit has already been deemed a success by the MLS club and apparel partner Adidas. Utilizing a Facebook application to design the team’s jersey ...

Tags: Franchises

07/02/12
Who's steering NHL talks

As collective-bargaining negotiations between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association begin, discussion of the key issues for the league and the union will be notable as always — but so too will be the matter of who is doing the talking. Veterans of hockey negotiations past will be join ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

06/25/12
Bettman stays focused on NHL’s future

Gary Bettman is not one for nostalgia. For him, it’s always about the next steps forward. But in looking back, few could have envisioned the changes that have been made to the NHL since Bettman became NHL commissioner in February 1993. In the last decade alone, the league has implemented ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

06/25/12
Could World Cup of Hockey make a return?

The evolution of the NHL’s big-event strategy could include the return of a fan favorite: the World Cup of Hockey. “It’s fair to say both the league and the [NHL] Players’ Association believe doing World Cups on a regular basis is both important and a great opportunity for t ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

06/25/12
Countering the negative vibe on labor

Eight years ago, much of the labor talks that led to the cancellation of the 2004-05 NHL season played out in public, with frequent media reports only adding to the friction of the negotiations. Gary Bettman insists this summer’s talks with the NHL Players’ Association won’t play o ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

06/18/12
Sponsors get piece of MLS rivalry

Mike Golub, a former chief marketing officer with the New York Rangers and longtime NBA executive, has been witness to some of the most intense rivalries in pro sports. Now COO of the Portland Timbers, Golub believes the rivalry between his MLS club and the Seattle Sounders matches the best for its ...

Tags: Franchises

06/18/12
NBC, ad buyers cheer NHL

NBC and NHL executives hailed as a success their strategy of televising every Stanley Cup playoff game in its entirety for the first time this year, even if ratings for the Final and the league’s conference championship series dropped considerably. ...

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