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Tales of reverence and legacy for Mr. Rooney

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 04 / 24 / 17

W e lost a great man on April 13. The history of the NFL will be filled with references to Dan Rooney , who will stand with the likes of Pete Rozelle , George Halas , Paul Brown and Wellington Mara as among those having tremendous influence...

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A tale of two trends

It was a Charles Dickens of a year in sports business. It was the best of times for people selling anything to do with the Boston Red Sox, NFL television rights and IMG. NASCAR enjoyed success with a new title sponsor and a new championship format. Organizers of the Athens Olympics defied sk ...

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MLB can't calm its own 'roids rage

Pressured from below (the press and some fans) and above (the U.S. Congress, particularly Sen. John McCain), Major League Baseball’s team owners and players’ union are lurching toward tightening baseball’s rules banning steroid use ...

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It's a new day at Nike

Our 2003 sports executive of the year, Nike’s Phil Knight, is nearing the end of a career as driving force of the dominant athletic footwear brand — if not sports brand — around. Next week, Knight steps down as president and CEO, though he will remain chairman. Under Knigh ...

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Decades of work made Davidson

Talk about having a good week at work: Bill Davidson’s Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in June, then eight days later, his Detroit Pistons won the NBA championship. It was, he acknowledged, probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but that unprecedented level of success makes ...

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Malloy’s truth better than silence

“There have only been two days when I’ve been embarrassed to be president of Notre Dame: Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.” — The Rev. Edward Malloy Professional conferences are mostly about networking, a little about learn ...

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Dueling answers? No, different questions

We all know the “room full of economists” joke. But having personally been in many a room full of economists, the joke is an indictment of the teller, not the economist. If you ask a room full of economists the same economic question, you will get the same answer. If you ask them ...

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A threat that’s worse than Auburn Hills

One of the greatest threats posed to any consumer business is “disengagement.” Once the customer becomes disengaged, the value of the underlying product and the demand for it diminishes. In the NBA, seeds of disengag ...

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Influential list signals changes

Our inaugural listing of the 50 most influential people in sports business , featured in this issue, is intended to foster debate, recognize both the individuals and the institutions that shape our industry, and perhaps suggest something about the state of the industry. It’s int ...

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