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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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03/10/14
15 rounds with ‘Rocky’ musical

Yo, can a musical version of “Rocky” go the distance on Broadway? That’s the bet of the producers of the show, which opens Thursday at the Winter Garden Theatre — home of earlier mega-hits like “Cats” and “Mamma Mia.” ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture

03/03/14
Unilever to sponsor U.S. soccer teams

Unilever has signed a two-year deal with Soccer United Marketing for sponsorship of U.S. Soccer’s men’s and women’s national teams. The deal, which an industry source said is for $2 million a year, gives Degree, Unilever’s antiperspirant brand, the designation “official ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

02/24/14
Can MLS reach new heights?

As Major League Soccer prepares to open its 19th season in early March — a season that includes a two-week summer break for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, SportsBusiness Journal conducted a roundtable discussion with five representatives of club ownership. The executives were fran ...

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02/24/14
Detroit's delivery man

In the owner’s suite at Comerica Park in Detroit hangs a photo of a baseball player. The black-and-white shot shows a young man full of confidence, searing with intensity, convinced he’s going to make his mark. The photo is of Michael Ilitch, taken in the 1950s when he was a prospect ...

Tags: Champions

02/24/14
MLS key dates

March 8: The regular season opens with a slate of seven matches. March 15: The league’s two recent major player acquisitions face off when Michael Bradley and Toronto FC visit Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders. The game will air on NBCSN and TSN. In what’s slated to ...

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02/24/14
Executives in the spotlight

Tim Bezbatchenko General manager Toronto FC The 31-year-old Bezbatchenko is viewed as a potential Theo Epstein-type executive for Major League Soccer. Tim Leiweke hired him as general manager in the offseason after Bezbatchenko spent th ...

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02/24/14
Ilitch aids civil rights pioneer Parks

In his chambers in Detroit, Judge Damon Keith holds a copy of a check in his hand and has a story to tell. It’s about the time Mike Ilitch came to the aid of Rosa Parks, whose legendary defiance of segregation in 1955 led to the black civil rights movement. ...

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02/24/14
The next wave of MLS stadiums

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. San Jose Earthquakes The future home of the San Jose Earthquakes takes shape. Photo by: San Jose Earthquakes Constr ...

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02/10/14
Andrews’ tenure marked by AHL’s growth

David Andrews is celebrating his 20th season as president and chief executive officer of the American Hockey League. In two years, he hopes to celebrate something else: his retirement. “After this season, I’ll be here for two more, and then someone else will have the job,” said ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

01/27/14
Access will pay off in NHL daily show

In agreeing to send its players to the 2014 Winter Olympics, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association were able to obtain unprecedented access in Sochi for their own media platforms — NHL Network, NHL.com and NHLPA.com — along with an agreement to coordinate key public relations effort ...

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