June 12 - 18, 2017 Vol. 20 — No. 9

Top Stories

  • Rugby: Getting in the scrum

    Today, at least five groups of entrepreneurs are trying to launch U.S.-based professional rugby leagues in an era when even established, major-sport leagues face profound challenges in keeping fans’ attention.

  • Warriors’ new gold standard

    Take the hottest brand in sports playing in the tech-rich Bay Area, add three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, plus the first arena to open in San Francisco in 78 years, and here’s the result — suites priced at a staggering $2.25 million a year at the Golden State Warriors’ Chase Center.

  • IRS to Rams: Designing PSLs as loans avoids tax

    The Los Angeles Rams received Internal Revenue Service approval to structure personal seat license fees as loans from fans, meaning the team would not have to pay taxes on the money but also that the seat buyers would be paid back.

  • Learfield’s purchase restores Paciolan

    Learfield is acquiring Spectra Ticketing and Fan Engagement, the Comcast Spectacor subsidiary, and will restore the company’s name to Paciolan.

  • AD of the Year: Dan Radakovich

    Dan Radakovich, a results-driven, no-nonsense athletic director best known for his expertise in facilities and finance, had one question for his football coach: “What’s next?”

  • First Look podcast: Rugby in the U.S.

    First Look podcast: State of rugby in the U.S.; Athletic Director of the Year Dan Radakovich; and more from the week in sports business.

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