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    U.S. soccer growth hinges on player development

    Published August 25, 2014

    Is soccer as a business proposition in the U.S. a stock I’m buying? (SportsBusiness Journal, Aug. 11-17) I think your question needs to be answered in two parts. Top-flight international soccer friendlies are a great investment in the U.S. As some of the people interviewed for your article said, Americans love excellence. Watching the top players in the world compete in the World Cup or for their club teams is a treat that people are willing to pay for and will continue to pay for. To answer ...

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    The dawn of the Rob Manfred era

    Published August 25, 2014

    What will the Rob Manfred Doctrine on the future of MLB look like? I hope Manfred becomes a change agent, because while MLB has made major changes over the years, there’s a growing sense that more innovation is needed — and quickly.  Manfred clearly admires his mentor, Bud Selig, saying after he was elected, “I have big shoes to fill,” and that he hopes to add to Selig’s “great legacy.”  That’s a noble goal. Selig is known for his deliberate, consens...

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    Cartoon: Little League, Big Legacy

    Published August 25, 2014

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    How major sporting events can take guesswork out of costs

    Published August 25, 2014

    Most major sporting events have become extremely expensive, leading the event owners to seek ways to control the skyrocketing cost of staging these games. So, if you were an event owner and you learned it was possible to save your organization and the cities that will organize your events a substantial amount of money without sacrificing the quality of the event, what would you say?   Olympic Games costs have spiraled out of control in the past 12 to...

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    Nassau County’s decision on arena could serve as example

    Published August 18, 2014

    Late last year, Action Long Island, a regional business and economic development organization, hosted a breakfast for small businesses. The meeting featured a panel consisting of the winning team in the bid to become the developers of a new sports, entertainment and retail hub in Nassau County, a bid that did not include a professional sports franchise as the anchor tenant.  Bruce Ratner, along with David and Ed Blumenfeld and Nassau County Executive...

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    New vision for security blends overt measures into experience

    Published August 18, 2014

    Sports venues today spend billions of dollars as executives, engineers and marketers address their primary objectives of entertaining fans and filling seats. With home entertainment options growing for fans, the sports business is countering by offering an elevated fan experience that can only be found in stadiums.  Teams spare no expense to make every game day an over-the-top experience. The “showtime” effect drove a record number of eyeballs to wat...

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    Programs offer alternative path for athletes to finish degrees

    Published August 18, 2014

    A student athlete who fails to complete his or her degree prior to exhausting eligibility is out of luck, right? Fail to graduate in five years or suffer an injury that prevents future competition and you’re on your own, right? Wrong. Despite congressmen questioning the ability of student athletes to complete their degrees and recent letters penned by the presidents of the Big Ten and Pac-12 that mention degree-completion goals for student athletes, ...

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    Cartoon: A fork in the road

    Published August 18, 2014

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    Use CEO’s strengths to win support for sports sponsorship

    Published August 11, 2014

    The best chief executive officers share common qualities that have helped drive their personal successes: Integrity, mission focus, vision, the ability to direct complex organizations and communications skills. Understand these perspectives, incorporate them into your sports marketing programs, and you will win their support. ■ Transparency Integrity requires transparency throughout the organization. This means clearly accounting for each component o...

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    Cartoon: Embracing technology

    Published August 11, 2014

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    CrossFit shows strength to excel among participatory sports

    Published August 11, 2014

    We watched with interest recently as the Reebok CrossFit Games were televised on ESPN. Like most sports industry practitioners, we’d heard about this event and probably thought it was a nice way for young people to show off their muscles. Was this a fad that would pop up, catch a bit of attention and then just fade away? In chatting about it, we thought this was likely another participatory rage to put up on the shelf with karate in the ’70s, racq...

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    U.S. summer of soccer: Is growth sustainable?

    Published August 11, 2014

    I was first struck by the makeup of the crowd. Walking around Charlotte’s city center on a late Saturday afternoon before a Liverpool-AC Milan match, I couldn’t help but notice the number of young people — schoolchildren, young teens and mid-teens, some with their parents, others together in groups — making their way to Bank of America Stadium.   {podcast} SBJ Podcast: Executive Editor Abraham Madkour and staff writer Tripp Mickle analyze the "summ...

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