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    NBA responds on salary cap, league revenue issues

    Published April 23, 2014

    Editor’s note: The following letter to the editor will appear in the April 28-May 4 issue of SportsBusiness Journal. In “How use of business analytics could have benefited union” (SportsBusiness Journal, April 14-20), author Charles Grantham, who served as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association from 1988 until 1995, suggests that players’ unions would benefit from a greater use of analytics. Mr. Grantham’s article contains...

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    Cartoon: Gotta be the playoffs

    Published April 21, 2014

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    Golf insider offers rare insight on Tim Finchem

    Published April 21, 2014

    PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem surprised some last month by naming four-year tour executive Jay Monahan as his deputy commissioner, making him the clear leader in the clubhouse to replace Finchem, whose contract ends in 2016. A few years ago, another person was frequently mentioned as a possible leader of the PGA Tour: former Deutsche Bank CEO Seth Waugh, who established the company’s successful sponsorship of the tour’s Labor Day event in Bosto...

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    A case for amateurism in college sports

    Published April 21, 2014

    By nearly every conceivable metric, college sports continue to grow. Of course, money is a by-product of increased popularity, bringing arguments that college football and men’s basketball players are more like employees than students. Members of the Northwestern University football team recently received approval from the National Labor Relations Board to be treated as a labor union — in effect, turning student athletes into university employees. ...

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    How use of business analytics could have benefited union

    Published April 14, 2014

    In today’s most popular professional sports leagues the role of business analytics continues to escalate. The introduction of the “Moneyball” statistical application to player efficiency in MLB years ago has expanded to other professional sports. Analytics professionals have been added to management at both league and team levels. Additionally, analytics are a driving force in the drafting of new players and in the acquisition of free agents.    Team...

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    Cartoon: Rock and roll football

    Published April 14, 2014

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    From Emmert’s battle to 'refusing to jump'

    Published April 14, 2014

    The coverage of NCAA President Mark Emmert during the State of the NCAA press conference was indicative of the media’s distrust, dislike or disappointment in him. Last year, Emmert used the event to verbally go after media members who had called for his resignation, which earned him rightful criticism for coming off as petty and spiteful. This year, Emmert and the NCAA changed the day and format of his press conference; instead of going solo, he w...

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    How events can create emotional connection between team, fan

    Published April 07, 2014

    When it comes to sports sales, events have always been a critical part of the promotional mix because they provide the possibility of personal or face-to-face selling and the chance to showcase a product or opportunity in an experiential manner. The paradigm changer for sales events can be traced to the then-New Jersey Nets, who pioneered the Influencer Program. The program was designed to be an event hosted by an influential season-ticket holder —...

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    Why Atlanta is a sports market worth watching

    Published April 07, 2014

    One of the best stories in sports business is what’s taking place in Atlanta. Pretty quietly over the last year, there has been a run of developments that have the chance to make a significant impact on that community and the overall sports industry.    I spent a Friday in Atlanta last month and got a better sense of what’s going on with new facilities in the city that is a four-hour drive from where I live, in Charlotte. There’s the Falcons’ $1.2 bi...

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    Cartoon: Buy me some peanuts and sushi?

    Published April 07, 2014

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    Cartoon: It's complicated

    Published March 31, 2014

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    Back to front: Pieces from World Congress

    Published March 31, 2014

    Among the thoughts and comments that stood out to me at the recent World Congress of Sports in Dana Point, Calif.: > MOVING PICTURES: Legendary Entertainment CEO and Pittsburgh Steelers minority partner Thomas Tull connected the dots between sports and Hollywood when he talked about bringing data analytics to his entertainment business. He recently purchased software analysis company StratBridge, which has worked for years with dozens of sports team...

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