January 6 - 12, 2014 Vol. 16 — No. 36

Top Stories

  • Stormy process delivers IMG to WME

    William Morris Endeavor’s $2.4 billion deal for IMG brought an end to a tumultuous sales process that was punctuated by an internal power struggle among IMG leaders, public accusations that IMG divisions missed their revenue goals and confusion over IMG’s accounting practices.

  • Champions: The Class of 2014

    The 2014 class of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business is the most diverse in the five years of the honor. The award recognizes the architects and builders of sports, and this class brings together six honorees who have done that in all corners of the industry.

  • Forecast: Blizzard of plans

    Even if the weather on Feb. 2 is frightful for the first cold-weather outdoor Super Bowl, the NFL is undeterred about the decision to host the game at MetLife Stadium.

  • Valspar paints by numbers with PGA Tour

    Securing a four-year deal with Valspar to title sponsor the Tampa event — and save it from peril — proved to be another testimony to the PGA Tour’s ability to not only find the funding for its tournaments, but also to inject new money into the sport.

  • As Games attract activists, sponsors adjust

    As the Olympics Games have grown in size and scale, they’ve become not just a platform for brands looking to tout their products and services but also for activist organizations. The pressure pushes PR issues to the forefront before the Olympics and forces sponsors and national Olympic committee officials to respond.

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