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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: Sports events fit for foodies

Don’t be surprised if you show up at a sporting event and an episode of “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” or something else more appropriate for the Food Network breaks out. Major events for foodies are becoming increasingly popular at sporting events. On the eve of the 2013 Breeders& ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Octagon feasts on the possibilities

When Octagon Culinary was launched in January, Caryl Chinn was hired to lead the agency’s new division. Chinn was formerly an executive director of the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, a vice president of Karlitz & Co., president of her own consulting company, and special events dire ...

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On The Ground: The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 4/4/2014

A look at the past week in the NHL: As Sale Talks Continue, Islanders Valued at $370 million The value of the New York Islanders in the club’s reported sale negotiations by team owner Charles Wang has been put at $370 million, according to a source in the financial industry. Talks b ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: U.S. Soccer Creates Spotify Profile

U.S. Soccer has created a profile on the digital music-streaming service Spotify, giving fans access to playlists of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams and individual players. On Wednesday, the day the USMNT plays Mexico in a friendly in Phoenix, the playlist of USMNT G Nick Rima ...

SportsBusiness Journal: NHL makes games stars of its home page

NHL.com is shining a bigger spotlight on games. The NHL on its home page recently debuted a new look that features a larger navigational bar with the scores and time clock of all games being played. The central position of the page then highlights one game — based on fan preferences or an o ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

SportsBusiness Journal: Topps cards feature supporters clubs

The 2014 edition of Topps’ MLS trading cards is giving club supporters groups, members of the Mexican national team and advanced statistics their due. For the first time on MLS cards, supporters clubs such as the LA Galaxy’s LA Riot Squad and the New York Red Bulls’ Empire Supp ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

SportsBusiness Journal: Islanders hire Gameplan Creative

The relocation of the New York Islanders from Long Island to Brooklyn is taking its next step, with the franchise hiring Gameplan Creative to help connect the team to its future home, the Barclays Center. Brett Yormark, CEO of the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, calls the team’s move ...

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On The Ground: The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 3/28/2014

A look at the past week in the NHL:   BY THE NUMBERS $300 million: That’s Charles Wang’s asking price, according to NHL Shift sources, for the New York Islanders. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted late last night that Wang has begun negotiations for a sale of the team to ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Rangers, Caesars Sign Online Gaming Deal

Caesars Interactive Entertainment has signed a deal that makes the online gaming portal WSOP.com the exclusive online gaming partner of the NHL Rangers through the end of the current season. Financial terms of the deal were not available. New Jersey recently became the third state in the country to ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, New York Rangers, NHL

SportsBusiness Journal: Blog creator bags soccer gig with MLS

Three and a half years ago, Chris Savino started a blog about the soccer business with the intent of preparing himself to land a job in that industry. On Jan. 6 of this year, Savino started as a financial analyst — at Major League Soccer. ...

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