It is time to make your opinion known as the 7th annual SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Reader Survey is underway. The survey features more than 100 questions across leagues, teams, facilities, sponsorship, media, labor and more.
■ Who is your favorite TV game broadcast analyst? ■ Which NFL team could end up in the Los Angeles market? ■ Should the NHL ban player fighting? ■ What does the future hold for sports sponsorship spending? ■ Did Comcast overpay for Olympic rights? ■ Which golf tour is best positioned for growth? ■ Which property/organization is the most likely to fold? ■ Which league will be the first to place a franchise overseas?
Those are some of the questions you'll find in this year's survey. Cast your votes and then see highlights of the results the week of Nov. 28. We want to hear from you. Vote now!
The Sabres promoted Senior Advisor CLIFF BENSON to Chief Development Officer, where he will be in charge of overseeing the Buffalo Sabres Foundation (Sabres)….ESPN Deportes promoted Senior Dir/Radio & Business Initiatives FREDDY ROLÓN to VP/Programming & Business Initiatives (ESPN)….Armada Sports & Entertainment named MLB Network Senior VP/Marketing & Promotion MARY BECK to its BOD (Armada)….Centerplate named MARC SPOONER Tropicana Field Exec Chef (Centerplate).
In London, Martyn Ziegler reports video evidence of former FIFA VP and CONCACAF President JACK WARNER “urging Caribbean officials to accept cash gifts” from former FIFA exec MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM has emerged. The recording of a speech made by Warner to members of the Caribbean Football Association on May 11 “is being used as evidence in FIFA ethics committee hearings into charges against 15 of those officials this week.” The video “shows Warner telling members they are not obliged to vote for Bin Hammam in the FIFA presidential election but that he had told the Qatari to bring cash.” Bin Hammam was “banned for life in July by FIFA's ethics committee but is appealing” (London INDEPENDENT, 10/12)…. Brazilian Football Confederation and ‘14 World Cup Organizing Committee President RICARDO TEIXEIRA is “to be investigated by the police on suspicion of illegal transfer of funds into the country and money laundering.” Teixeira has “denied any wrongdoing” (REUTERS, 10/12).
NAMES: The New Jersey HOF has “widened its pool of nominees,” naming late NFL Giants Owner WELLINGTON MARA, former NFL Giants coach and ESPN’s BILL PARCELLS, NFL Films Founder ED SABOL and ESPN’s DICK VITALE to its list of candidates (NJ.com, 10/11)….The Maples Leafs yesterday “took a ride in a Hercules C-17 as part of their team-building exercises at CFB Trenton” (TORONTO STAR, 10/12)….IndyCar driver MARCO ANDRETTI will participate in NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” this upcoming season (EW.com 10/11)….Crimson Oak Publishing is releasing “596 SWITCH,” the first of three books by former NFLer RYAN LEAF (Crimson Oak Publishing)….Former NFLer ROBERT STEELE has written a sports-to-business autobiography, “STEELE HERE: AN UNDERDOG’S SECRET TO SUCCESS” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/12)….Knicks F CARMELO ANTHONY “gave a bubbly gift” to LRMR CEO MAVERICK CARTER at the LIV nightclub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Sunday, bringing “a dozen bottles of Dom Perignon Luminous Champagne for Carter, which added more than $25,000 to Melo’s tab” (N.Y. POST, 10/12).