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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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07/01/13
MLS bolsters its youth academies

When Dan Hunt sees 22-year-old London Woodberry playing this season for FC Dallas, he starts to dream big. Woodberry, a midfielder from McKinney, Texas, started playing for the youth teams of the MLS club when he was 13. “I look forward to the day when our roster is made up of at least 50 p ...

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07/01/13
NHL Network on ice

Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Once the last Chicago Blackhawk had hoisted and kissed the Stanley Cup last Monday night, NBC wrapped up its broadcast and sent viewers to NBC Sports Network for its postgam ...

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06/24/13
Soccer team fuels a dad’s dream

Within a 100-acre site of former quarry land in San Antonio, Gordon Hartman has placed an expansion soccer franchise in a new stadium that’s a league leader in attendance; he’s built a youth soccer complex with 13 FIFA-sized fields; and he’s developed an amusement park that’s ...

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06/24/13
Stevenson to lead new MLS business unit

In a significant restructuring at MLS, former Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson was named president and managing director last week of a new league business unit called MLS Business Ventures. In addition, MLS President Mark Abbott was given additional responsibilities and the added titl ...

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06/17/13
Gulati talks state of soccer

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati will not discuss much about the 2014 FIFA World Cup for one simple reason: The U.S. men’s national team has not qualified for it yet. Beginning with a match Tuesday against Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah, the club has three matches left to ...

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06/17/13
Hospitality sales strong

For executives and fans planning to partake in high-end hospitality at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the easy part will be getting to the host country. Flights are plentiful from most major North American cities to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and it’s a much shorter trip than the one in 20 ...

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06/17/13
NWSL still ‘work in progress’

Washington Spirit owner Bill Lynch has heard plenty of skepticism during the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League. It is regularly pointed out to him that the NWSL is the third attempt at a women’s pro soccer league in North America since 2001. He’s also aware tha ...

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06/17/13
Sponsors look toward Brazil

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is being viewed by sponsorship executives in a different, broader light. “In our communication with clients, I can tell you that we see the 2014 World Cup as the first mainstream FIFA World Cup platform,” said Simon Wardle, the executive vice presiden ...

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06/10/13
Champions finale could leave Miami

The Guinness International Champions Cup soccer tournament debuting next month and later culminating in Miami will find its future championship weekends bid out to other cities. Such was the message last week from Stephen Ross, owner of the Miam ...

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06/03/13
USA Today Sports Images aligns with MLS

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. USA Today Sports Images has become the official photo partner of Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing, the league’s commercial arm. Although photography work began at the start of the MLS season in March, the m ...

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