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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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08/05/13
Garber, MLS set for TV talks

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. Major League Soccer’s negotiations for new broadcast agreements will begin this fall with Gary Stevenson, the newly hired president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures, “leading the charge,” said Commiss ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

07/29/13
Concerts headline MLS All-Star events

Sporting Kansas City President Robb Heineman summed up his expectations for the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in his team’s city when he said, “We may be a small market, but we’re going to put on a good show.” Five days of events culminate on Wednesday with a match at Sp ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

07/29/13
Insignia signs Emirates as partner

Emirates has signed a deal to become the founding partner and exclusive international airline of the Guinness International Champions Cup, the eight-team soccer tournament that comes to the United States this week and culminates with a final in Miami on Aug. 7. Also, Adidas has signed on as provi ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

07/29/13
For Cosmos, rebirth on a modest scale

On Saturday, the historic New York Cosmos, a brand associated with the legendary Pelé and the Studio 54 era of the late 1970s, will be back on the pitch for the first time in almost three decades. In the weeks leading up to their return, easily one of the most heavily hyped efforts around a s ...

Tags: Franchises

07/22/13
NBC promotion delivers EPL to NYC

Maps at bus shelters pair Premier League franchises with NYC neighborhoods. Photo by: NBC SPORTS GROUP To promote its debut of the English Premier League, the marketing team of NBC Sp ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

07/22/13
Coplin leaving post with NHL

Charles Coplin has resigned as the NHL’s executive vice president of content, leaving the league less than three years after being hired away from the NFL, according to multiple sources. As part of an agreement that was still being negotiated at press time, Coplin is expected to remain with ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

07/15/13
NFL all in on 'Draft Day'

Anyone paying close attention at the NFL draft in April may have noticed something was not quite right. One of the draft prospects walking around looked just like Texans running back Arian Foster. During breaks in the proceedings, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could be seen emoting away from ...

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07/15/13
Sabres fans keep buying tickets

Buffalo Sabres fans are not holding the franchise’s recent subpar performance on the ice against owner Terry Pegula or team management: The Sabres report that 98 percent of season-ticket holders renewed for the 2013-14 season, down just 1 percent from a year ago. The team additionally has d ...

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07/15/13
Ron Howard's take on 'Rush'

Unlike “Draft Day” director Ivan Reitman, Ron Howard did not seek a partnership with Formula One for his film “Rush,” which depicts the rivalry of F1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt in the mid-1970s. In an email exchange with reporter Christopher Botta, Howard shared some ...

Tags: In-Depth

07/15/13
With no stadium debuts, MLS down at gate

After posting record-setting attendance each of the previous two seasons, Major League Soccer has experienced a slight downturn in the first half of 2013. Through July 8, attendance across the league was down 5 percent when compared with the same point last season. But MLS President and Deputy Co ...

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