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    Growth of a game: How tennis has changed, where U.S. stands

    Published September 01, 2014

    AAs the 2014 U.S. Open enters its second week, I am frequently asked two questions about the current state of professional tennis: ■ What has changed in the pro sport since 1968, when the first U.S. Open was held at Forest Hills and when amateurs could compete with professionals for prize money? Everything has changed since tennis went professional in 1968.  From a technical perspective, tennis is a different sport now, transformed by power. Wood rac...

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    When a loss is really a win, and the future of the NCAA

    Published September 01, 2014

    In my opinion, the NCAA was the real winner in this case, and i... The day before the O’Bannon opinion was released, the NCAA voted to allow the major c... Wilken’s opinion also enjoined the NCAA’s rules that prevent shari...

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    Cartoon: Ready for some football?

    Published September 01, 2014

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    From ratings to Redskins: What to watch in the NFL

    Published September 01, 2014

    There were more than 1,500 stories related to the NFL in SportsBusiness Daily from the day after Super Bowl XLVIII to last Wednesday. It indicates an eventful offseason for the league with a wide range of headlines: some controversial (high-profile arrests of Jim Irsay and Ray Rice); some polarizing (the debate over the name Redskins) and some sad (the health battles of Pat Bowlen and Jim Kelly). As the league kicks off Thursday night, here are the s...

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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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