February 27 - March 4, 2012 Vol. 14 — No. 43

Top Stories

  • Clubs give winter homes a branding boost

    Since 1988, nearly $1 billion has been spent in Florida and Arizona on the construction of spring training stadiums, resulting in 19 of the 30 MLB clubs scoring new venues and the rest receiving renovations or updates to their ballparks.

  • Niners estimate seat licenses will bring in $500M

    The San Francisco 49ers project that they could raise half a billion dollars in seat licenses at their new stadium in Santa Clara, an amount that would be the second-most of any U.S. team, behind only the Dallas Cowboys, said sources familiar with the team’s meeting with bankers earlier this month.

  • Consultants to help shape future of BCS

    The BCS is about to hire two media consultants who will play vital roles in determining the direction of college football’s postseason. The two veteran consultants, Chuck Gerber and Dean Jordan, were finalizing negotiations with the BCS last week, according to industry sources. Jordan represents Wasserman Media Group, while Gerber, a former ESPN executive, is an independent consultant.

  • New AEG division to oversee 11 properties

    AEG has created a new division, AEG Sports, that aims to increase both efficiencies and revenue for individual properties at the company but could also result in more job consolidation, AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke said last week.

  • Bandwidth's breaking point

    Bill Schlough, San Francisco Giants senior vice president and chief information officer, looks at the Wi-Fi network serving AT&T Park, and the industry at large, and sees a daunting, almost discouraging reality. “If you give fans bandwidth, people are going to use it, and they’re going to use it for intensive applications,” Schlough said. “There’s just this absolutely explosive demand happening, and no matter how much capacity you have, the demand continues to rise up to meet that.”

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