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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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Regional sports networks

The following is a directory of RSNs operating in addition to the four — Altitude, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, C-SET and Comcast SportsNet West — that launched this fall. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Households: 4.4 million Major sports rights held: Baltimore Orioles, Washing ...

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Camera Ready

It was 3 o’clock in the morning. Matt Hutchings had been involved in the launch of nearly 50 networks around the globe, but professional pedigree wasn’t helping him sleep on this night. Just two weeks shy of the Sept. 4 launch date of Altitude Sports & Entertainment, the regional s ...

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Baseball, Basketball, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Colleges, Comcast Corp., CBSSN, Denver Nuggets, Discovery Communications Inc., Football, Sacramento Kings, In-Depth, Time Warner

New on the dial

Four new regional sports networks made their debut this fall Altitude Sports & Entertainment Location: Denver Launch date: Sept. 4 Subscribers: 2,180,000 Major distribution: Adelphia, Comcast, DirecTV, EchoStar/Dish Network Team affiliations: Colorado Avalanch ...

Tags: Adelphia Communications Corp., Baseball, Basketball, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, Comcast Corp., Denver Nuggets, Hockey, Sacramento Kings, In-Depth, Soccer, Time Warner

Proposed regional sports networks

New York In June the Mets paid $54 million to end their TV contract with Fox Sports Net New York and MSG Network after the 2005 season. In October the team reached agreements with Comcast and Time Warner Cable to create an RSN that will broadcast Mets games starting in the sprin ...

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Colleges, Comcast Corp., CBSSN, Fox, MSG Network, New York Mets, In-Depth, Time Warner

Keeping fans connected

The man heading the development of the next new NBA arena monitors advances in technology the way a farmer watches for storm clouds, wary that the same rain that feeds his crop might wash it away. Barry Silberman, executive vice president of arena development for the Charlotte B ...

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, Colorado Rockies, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Angels, MLB, NASCAR, NBA, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, In-Depth, Seattle Seahawks, Wachovia

Kid-created idea hits the ballpark

Sometimes, you just invent your own promotional item. Texas Rangers Chief Operating Officer Jeff Cogan was at home a year ago when his 9-year-old daughter, Kendall, put on a “newscast” for the family in their basement. She wanted to announce the Texas Rangers’ new promotion. She frantic ...

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Trying to solve attendance problems

Jeff Bouchy thinks the strongest promotional items today are the ones that make the old new again. Some of his most successful products are once-familiar items that are being reborn — to the delight of parents and kids alike — in a new context. His Orlando-based Destroyer Promotion ...

Tags: Baseball, Basketball, In-Depth

McArthur Towel cleans up

There are almost as many names for rally towels as there are teams using them. Pittsburgh’s “Terrible Towel,” created during the Steelers’ first championship run in 1975, is the granddaddy of them all. Minnesota has the “Homer Hanky,” while Carolina Panthers fans receive the “Prowl Towel. ...

Tags: Action Performance Cos., Baseball, Basketball, Carolina Panthers, Football, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Motorsports, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, In-Depth

Turnkey Sports Poll

Following are results from the Turnkey Sports Poll taken in September. The survey covered about 400 senior-level sports industry executives spanning professional and college sports. Are promotional giveaway items a stronger or weaker stimulus for driving ticket ...

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Top giveaways in sports

Nod in agreement: For a dependable giveaway, you still can’t do better than a bobblehead. MLB, NBA and NHL teams handed these out 53 times in their respective most recent seasons and saw attendance at those games rise an average of 12.5 percent over the single-game average for those te ...

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