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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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09/30/13
Blues’ owner eager to win

More than 16 months after buying the St. Louis Blues, Tom Stillman begins his first full season as majority owner of the club when it opens its 2013-14 season on Thursday at home against Nashville. After getting through the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Stillman’s excitement was appare ...

Tags: Franchises

09/23/13
Daly: No rush to be commish

Bill Daly is flattered when the subject is raised of his possible future as the next commissioner of the NHL — even if that future is far down the road. Daly has strong support from club owners and executives, who view him as the inevitable and deserving successor to Gary Bettman. &ldquo ...

Tags: In-Depth, NHL Season Preview

09/23/13
Bill Daly's no-nonsense approach

The NHL was preparing for collective bargaining negotiations with the NHLPA in 1994 when a 30-year-old lawyer named Bill Daly was handed the task of writing a “decision tree” memo to present to Commissioner Gary Bettman. Daly was a rising star at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Fl ...

Tags: In-Depth, NHL Season Preview

09/09/13
Orlando City sets up for its shot at MLS

A pair of votes in the coming weeks on the financing of a new soccer stadium in Orlando may be the only thing standing in the way of Orlando City SC obtaining an MLS expansion franchise. The Lions have seen attendance at the Flori ...

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09/09/13
NHL fleshes out three-year plan

One billion dollars in additional national revenue. A sharper international focus with more events. A major broadcast rights deal. Another “24/7”-style show. All within three seasons. These are the goals of a comprehensive NHL staff reorganization announced by the league internally ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

09/02/13
Bettman’s pay up slightly in fiscal ’12

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s salary and benefits climbed to more than $8 million for the 2011-12 season, the most recent full season prior to the 2012-13 lockout, according to the league’s newly available tax filing. Bettman received more than $8.3 million in salary and benefits du ...

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08/19/13
Champions Cup looks to build on debut

Less than 48 hours after the completion of the first Guinness International Champions Cup, RSE Ventures’ Matt Higgins led an all-day meeting in New York of the affiliated groups that were involved in producing the event. The meeting didn’t wrap up until 10 p.m. There was discussion ab ...

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08/12/13
FS 1 anchors bring their own style

Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, a tandem of Canadian sports anchormen who do not take sports too seriously, also don’t seem too fazed by the pressure of moving to Los Angeles to become two of the faces of the new Fox Sports 1. ...

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08/12/13
Carriers pick up NBC’s free EPL package

Before its English Premier League telecasts debut on Saturday, NBC Sports Group has received early, good news on its three-year, $250 million investment in the league: All but one of the major TV, satellite and Internet providers have agreed to pick up the free bonus package of EPL matches the netwo ...

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08/12/13
Owners see Coyotes thriving in Phoenix

Becoming the co-owner and alternate governor of a team that has been owned by its league for the last four years means that Anthony LeBlanc has a lot of work ahead of him. LeBlanc, fellow Canadian businessman George Gosbee and nine partners completed their acquisition of the Phoenix Coyotes from ...

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