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    Cartoon: Here's Johnny

    Published July 28, 2014

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    Expert who ‘speaks sponsorship’ vital to brands new to the game

    Published July 28, 2014

    Most of us move to a new city at some point in life. It’s an event we normally don’t take on alone. Instead, we seek advice from experts such as real estate agents, moving companies, friends, and friends of friends. Corporations even hire relocation companies. We need people who can help us learn about the uniqueness of the new area, understand home and rental pricing, know the neighborhoods that will best fit our desired lifestyle, or simply help us...

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    Higher ‘soccer IQ’ helped ESPN produce immersive coverage

    Published July 28, 2014

    As soccer continues to grow in the United States, the 2014 World Cup demonstrated how the sport continues to thrill avid fans and invite new fans to the world’s game. While the U.S. men’s team clearly drew impressive numbers, the audience remained strong even after the U.S. was eliminated. In all, coverage of the event reached 125 million people on ESPN networks. Unlike league play, the World Cup is an intense and immersive short story where every fo...

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    Univision speaks ‘futbol’ via tech, talent, logistics and programming

    Published July 28, 2014

    A few months ago I received some media attention for a little outburst I made about the power of live sports during our upfront presentation. It was nothing controversial … I was just overcome and shouted, “I freaking love sports!” After 31 days of live World Cup action, including heart-stopping matches like U.S. vs. Belgium and Mexico vs. Netherlands, most Americans know better than ever what I meant: Nothing beats the communal, unifying experience ...

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    Sports can be the leader for sustainable initiative

    Published July 28, 2014

    The sports green movement holds the potential to be the most influential initiative in the history of the environmental movement,” Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, tells me in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. It’s the first afternoon of the Green Sports Alliance Summit, and the longtime advocate of sustainability is in his wheelhouse, reciting facts, figures and anecdotes of how sports is takin...

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    Cartoon: Four more years

    Published July 21, 2014

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    The awakening of Bonner Paddock

    Published July 21, 2014

    Bonner Paddock was filling out a job application with the Anaheim Ducks. The basics were easy: Age, education, employment history. But he paused at “personal history” before finally doing something he’d never done before. He wrote on the application that he had a disability, cerebral palsy.  “It was the first time I ever wrote on an application that I had cerebral palsy,” he tells me as we sat together rece...

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    For building, motivating sales staffs, one size does not fit all

    Published July 14, 2014

    During last month’s SportsBusiness Journal ticketing and facilities conference, the discussion on a panel I moderated raised a number of issues and even more questions. I took some of these issues to some of the most respected leaders in the team ticketing space and asked them to respond. ■ A number of teams have been adding to their ticket sales staff and the number of people in these ticket sales departments is now often more than 50 and in once ca...

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    Cartoon: Lease law

    Published July 14, 2014

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    So you want to be in sales? Get the Glengarry leads …

    Published July 14, 2014

    Opinion was mixed.

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    Look to regulatory, not antitrust, solution for college sports

    Published July 14, 2014

    The O’Bannon case, which will be decided in the coming weeks by a federal judge in Oakland, is one of several pending antitrust lawsuits challenging NCAA rules that restrict the economic benefits intercollegiate athletes may receive for their sports participation. Although remedying the inherent problems of commercialized college sports (primarily Division I football and men’s basketball) is a laudable objective, a free-market solution mandated by an...

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    What’s the hangup? How teams can put social in social media

    Published June 30, 2014

    I reached out to Mark Cuban, one of the most opinionated and socially savvy owners in all of sports, o...

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