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The road ahead for the NFL, and lessons for current, future executives

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 29 / 14

T he self-admitted mishandling of the Ray Rice situation by both the Baltimore Ravens and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been painful to observe for sports business professionals or, even closer to home, any father with daughters. It is reason...

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MLB-owned network projected to launch this fall

More than seven months after MLB owners made an unconditional financial commitment to start a league-owned television network, little else has materialized publicly about what the channel will look like, who will run it and when it will launch. Tim Brosnan, MLB executive vice president of ...

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MLS still trying to win people over

In 2003, Madison Square Garden CEO Dave Checketts went to Europe to look at international opportunities for the NBA. But while he was there, he was struck by the global passion for a different sport. Less than two years later, Checketts invested in the future of that sport in the United Sta ...

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Profile: Kevin Ross

Kevin Ross, the man who heads up soccer in America for German-based sports apparel company Adidas , is neither German nor American. He’s Scottish. And his accent lets you know it. In fact, if you close your eyes when you are talking to him, you almost picture William Wallace roundin ...

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Marketing arm boosts awareness of soccer

Soccer United Marketing, the marketing arm for Major League Soccer, has swallowed up the rights to most major soccer properties in this country while growing the league’s corporate base and international interests. Headquartered in New York, in the same offices as MLS, Soccer United Market ...

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A marketing slam dunk?

The future of an industry, like the outcome of a game, can often be traced to a single moment. The University of Kentucky and Host Communications combined last October to create what could become a watershed with a 10-year, $80 million deal that established a new gold standard in college sp ...

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NASCAR: What's fact, what's fiction

During the 1990s, NASCAR exploded into a period of growth that even the most optimistic sports visionaries could never have imagined. From attendance to ratings to overall popularity, NASCAR rose to a level that had formerly been reserved for sports’ Big Four leagues. Now, with the first fo ...

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Year of the rights deal

A crew from NBC Sports directs coverage of a PGA event. Networks have had a difficult time making the numbers work in the current PGA Tour rights package. The most consistent trend in sports media rights this year may be inconsistency ...

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Top championship markets

This year’s NFC and AFC championship games featured four Eastern U.S. teams, and that is reflected in a listing of the 10 markets that posted the highest local-market final ratings for each of those Jan. 23 games. The NFC game aired on Fox beginning at 3 p.m. ET; CBS carried the AFC gam ...

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