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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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03/24/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Earthquakes sign Ruckus Wireless

Ruckus Wireless has signed a three-year deal to become a founding partner of the San Jose Earthquakes’ new stadium, scheduled to open next March in time for the start of the 2015 MLS season. An industry insider pegged the deal at mid-six figures annually. With the deal, Ruckus will provi ...

Tags: Franchises

03/21/14
On The Ground: The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 3/21/2014

A look at the past week in the NHL:   BY THE NUMBERS $5.75 million: Money donated by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik to local heroes since he started the Lightning Community Heroes program in 2011. Through the Lightning Foundation, Vinik donates $50,000 to a worthy recipien ...

Tags: On The Ground

03/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: For ‘Draft Day,’ NFL goes extra yard

NFL executive Tracy Perlman was walking on the field before the Super Bowl with actors Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary when they stopped and looked up at the MetLife Stadium video boards showing the trailer for “Draft Day.” “They were all like, ‘Wow,’& ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

03/14/14
On The Ground: The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 3/14/2014

A look at the past week in the NHL:   BY THE NUMBERS 50 feet: Maximum distance that medical personnel can be stationed from team benches during games, as mandated by the NHL. The close proximity of the Dallas Stars’ doctors from UT Southwestern Medical Center enabled them to re ...

Tags: On The Ground

03/13/14
SportsBusiness Daily: SiriusXM, MLS Reach One-Year Extension

SiriusXM and MLS have agreed to a one-year extension. SiriusXM FC, the network's soccer channel, will broadcast MLS regular season and playoff games in '14 – beginning with the Sounders-Toronto FC match on Saturday and including the MLS All-Star Game and MLS Cup. SiriusXM FC will also air ...

03/12/14
SportsBusiness Daily: MLS Launching Online Image Store

USA Today Sports Images and MLS today are launching mls.fanphotos.com, an official online photo product store for fans. The site is a partnership between USA Today Sports Images and MLS with Brand Affinity Technologies, which has operated similar online photo stores with the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. B ...

03/10/14
SportsBusiness Journal: 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

03/07/14
On The Ground: The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 3/7/2014

A look at the past week in the NHL and a glimpse at what’s ahead: BY THE NUMBERS • 20: Trades made in the final six hours before the NHL’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline on Wednesday. In those trades, 38 players changed teams. • 483,000: Viewers in Canada watching TSN&rs ...

Tags: On The Ground

03/03/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Chipotle Signs Sponsorship Deal With MLS

See the Free Listing for Chipotle Mexican Grill Chipotle Mexican Grill has signed a sponsorship agreement to become the official Fast-Casual Mexican Restaurant of MLS and 12 of the league's clubs. Terms of the deal were unavailable, but a Chipotle official said it is the company's ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, MLS, Chipotle

03/03/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Chipotle To Sponsor MLS, 12 Teams

Chipotle Mexican Grill has signed a sponsorship agreement to become the official Fast-Casual Mexican Restaurant of MLS and 12 of the league's clubs. Terms of the deal were unavailable, but a Chipotle official said it is the company's largest single sports sponsorship. As part of the agreement, Chipo ...

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