April 24 - 30, 2017 Vol. 20 — No. 2

Top Stories

  • World Congress of Sports: Don’t panic

    With angst over how to bond with young fans reaching a fever pitch, it’s fair to wonder whether sports simply won’t be as important to future generations. But most industry leaders gathered at the CAA World Congress of Sports last week are confident.

  • NBA regular season sees ratings drop

    Stung by early competition from the presidential election, the NBA’s local TV ratings never recovered from a slow start, falling 14 percent during the 2016-17 regular season. Twenty teams saw their RSN ratings drop from last year.

  • New HQ represents turning point for UFC, athletes

    The UFC’s new 184,000-square-foot headquarters will represent a vast change for both the company and its athletes. Its 250 employees will be located under one roof, and the 550 fighters under contract with the promoter will have year-round access to a $14 million, 30,000-square-foot training complex similar to those enjoyed by athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

  • Which tech is this former commish investing in?

    Working with venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern has steadily amassed equity interests in hot-button segments of sports technology including wearable technology, virtual reality, digital video streaming and artificial intelligence.

  • Colleges flip the switch on esports

    Just seven colleges fielded varsity esports programs as of last July. Now, there are 34 programs across the country and some officials project as many as 50 to 60 schools will sponsor an esports team by the next academic year.

  • First Look podcast: World Congress wrap-up

    First Look podcast: Wrapping up the 2017 World Congress of Sports and more from this week’s issue.

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