October 10 - 16, 2011 Vol. 14 — No. 24

Top Stories

  • Game Changers: Women in Sports Business

    Talented people are the driving force behind all successful industries. The sports business is no different. But far too often, the stories in SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily focus on the stories of successful men. This week, we tell the stories of women in the sports business — women with broad, deep, and varied responsibilities and oversight who contribute to the success of the industry in multiple ways.

  • Will rising tide of rights fees lift the Nationals?

    Television rights fees are growing at such a fast clip that even one of the MLB’s lowest-rated teams now is seeking a big increase. The Washington Nationals have hired media consultant Chris Bevilacqua to help the franchise redo its local TV deal, which should result in a significantly higher rights fee for a team that had baseball’s smallest local RSN viewership last season.

  • Packers food contract goes on the table

    The Green Bay Packers have issued a proposal for the food service contract at Lambeau Field, tied to the club’s effort to upgrade menus, improve customer service and get up to speed on new concessions technology. Officials with 10 firms, including Levy Restaurants, the Packers’ current food provider, met with the team during the first weekend in October, toured the stadium and attended the Broncos-Packers game. Levy has held the contract since the 2002 season, one year before Lambeau’s $295 million renovation project was completed.

  • Sponsors roll out for MLB series

    As the MLB postseason enters its penultimate round, league marketers are flexing their activation muscles. The World Series is scheduled to start Oct. 19, but even before then MLB corporate patrons Taco Bell and MasterCard are debuting baseball-themed creative.

  • IndyCar faces push-back on global plans

    Izod IndyCar Series President Randy Bernard is intent on expanding the number of races from 16 to 20 by 2013, and he wants to add as many as two races in emerging markets such as China or Brazil. But the idea of more international races has become a divisive issue among team owners.

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