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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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06/03/13
NHL Net to access players in Sochi

The NHL has secured initial approval from Olympic broadcast rights holders CBC and NBC for access to players for the NHL Network at hockey venues during the Sochi Games. Sources said the league is expected to receive the same approvals from the International Olympic Committee and International Ic ...

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05/27/13
Galaxy aims for second-screen users

The Los Angeles Galaxy this week plans to launch what it is touting as the first second-screen experience of its kind in MLS. The Galaxy Social Hub Connected by Chevrolet, available via iPhone, Android and other platforms, will aggregate social media conversations about the franchise in one locat ...

Tags: Franchises

05/27/13
Yankees give Man City local pull

The addition of the New York Yankees as a partner in Manchester City FC’s purchase of a New York MLS expansion franchise was kept under wraps for more than six months. Joe Ravitch, co-founder and partner of global merchant bank The Raine Group, points to November for when the idea of a part ...

Tags: Franchises

05/20/13
Kroenke comfortable wearing 2nd hat

Josh Kroenke says his appointment as Colorado Avalanche president should negate the perception that he and his father, Stan — owner of the Avs and NBA Nuggets — favor one Denver-based franchise over the other. “It was a perception created by a few people here,” said the 33 ...

Tags: Franchises

05/20/13
Demos key to Microsoft’s MLS deal

Major League Soccer has signed Microsoft to a multiyear sponsorship that will focus on the technology company’s Windows 8 brand. According to an industry source, the agreement — including Microsoft’s commitments to spending on broadcast and digital advertising — is for mid-se ...

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05/13/13
MLS makes Topps its official card

Major League Soccer has signed a six-year agreement with Topps that gives the card company the designation “official trading card producer” for MLS. Financial terms were unavailable. Andrew Farrell's autographed card w ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

05/13/13
Isles dates part of arena pitch

In its bid to win Nassau County’s request for proposals to develop the Nassau Coliseum property on Long Island, the group led by Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner believes it has an ace up its sleeve: It has pledged that the New York Islanders, who are leaving Nassau for Brooklyn in 2015, ...

Tags: Facilities

05/06/13
Leiweke: Don’t underestimate me or MLSE

As Tim Leiweke heads to Toronto to begin putting his imprint on the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment conglomerate, the newly hired CEO knows the talk that is following him north of the border. “I hear people saying that the MLSE platform is not near the platform of AEG and that I won&r ...

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05/06/13
Continental Tire renews with MLS

Continental Tire has renewed its sponsorship of MLS and has added a partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation. Terms of the multiyear deals — which were secured by Soccer United Marketing, MLS’s marketing arm — were not disclosed, but according to an industry insider, the agree ...

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04/29/13
Easton’s new skate starts a fight

A recent skirmish between manufacturers Easton and Bauer shows that feisty battles in hockey can take place not only on the ice, but also in the offices of major brands. Easton last month debuted an $800 skate called the Mako, named after what is considered the world’s fastest shark. The co ...

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