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Top Rank to go it alone promoting, distributing Pacquiao bout

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 12 / 16

Changing horses or, on occasion, abandoning the horse entirely is nothing new for boxing promoter Top Rank. Twenty years ago, its founder Bob Arum took what figured to be a big-selling fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez off pay-per-view and back to theater-based closed circuit ...

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04/13/15
World Congress: Setting the scene

The IMG World Congress of Sports drew executives from across the sports industry to the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. As the conference opened Wednesday, networking at breakfast and during breaks between conference sessions gave the more than 800 attendees an opportunity to catch up with ...

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04/13/15
Beyond the bundle

The cable TV bundle may be alive, but it’s not well. Several panelists at the IMG World Congress of Sports in Los Angeles described a cable industry that will have to undergo drastic changes in order to adapt to today’s media world. Related stories: • Comments highl ...

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04/13/15
World Congress: Champions and VIPs

Among the many gatherings that are part of the World Congress of Sports each year is the salute to the current class of Champions. The six honorees for 2015 (above) reflected on their careers in a Wednesday session. On the night before, WME-IMG and SBJ/SBD hosted the VIP speaker dinner at Nest at W ...

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04/13/15
Comments show misgivings on gambling

If there was any doubt about the strong, yet mixed opinions the sports industry has about the rising presence of legalized gambling, Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke put that to rest just minutes into the 2015 IMG World Congress of Sports. “We want to be real carefu ...

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04/13/15
World Congress: Panelists speak

For all the world to hear Notable quotes from the World Congress stage Photos by Tony Florez Photography

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03/23/15
Youth lacrosse tourney inspired by LLWS

A group of veteran sports executives, including former NFL executive Steve Bornstein and “Body by Jake’s” Jake Steinfeld, are launching a national youth lacrosse tournament that is patterned after the Little League World Series. The Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse present ...

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03/23/15
Miami Formula E exec plans for 2016

Andretti Sports Marketing’s top executive called the construction of Miami’s temporary street circuit earlier this month the most challenging project of his career. John Lopes, the president of ASM, made that assessment looking back at Formula E’s debut U.S. event, the Miami eP ...

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03/16/15
Sports Business Awards nominees

A total of 78 nominees across 15 categories are set for the eighth annual Sports Business Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony May 20 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square. ESPN leads the field with four nominations. The NBA, NBC Sports Group, NFL and Wasserman Media Group ...

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03/16/15
Fox takes over Vegas hoops tourneys

Fox Sports is getting into the event management business, taking control of two early season basketball tournaments in Las Vegas. Fox Sports will run everything from ticket sales and sponsorships to team selection and TV production for the Las Vegas Invitational and the Las Vegas Classic. “ ...

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03/09/15
Formula E expects sellout at U.S. debut

Formula E organizers are expecting a sellout crowd of more than 50,000 spectators for Saturday’s race in South Florida, as the all-electric racing series makes its U.S. debut on the streets of downtown Miami. While the layout of the race circuit along Miami’s Biscayne Bay makes it dif ...

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