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Volume 22 No. 27

Monday, May 27, 2019

Volume 22 No. 8

2019 Sports Business Awards: ‘Soccer has made it’

In 1999, the main question was “Will soccer make it in America?” Now overseeing a thriving league of 27 clubs with players representing 70 countries, MLS Commissioner Don Garber feels secure in saying, “Soccer has made it in our country.”

Spotlight on Wrigleyville

How Wrigley Field went from an uncertain future to the center of a real estate project that spreads the entertainment beyond the walls of the Friendly Confines.

Sponsorship’s new frontier: Marijuana

Marketing deals in UFC, golf and motorsports have followed states’ legalization of marijuana. When will America’s biggest leagues take advantage of the next big category?

Renovated Providence Park should give boost to Timbers and Thorns

The Portland Timbers and Thorns will debut a renovated Providence Park this weekend, an $85 million project that is expected to provide a significant financial and fan engagement boost.

NHL commissioner relishes opportunities as next media deal approaches

The NHL has seen interest in carrying the league’s games from both traditional linear TV networks and digital technology companies when its current deal with NBC ends following the 2020-21 season.

Swoosh coming to MLB uniforms; angst over tariffs highlight summit

MLB’s transition to Nike-branded uniforms next year was some of the biggest news coming out of the recent Soft Goods Retail Summit in Denver.

MLBPA’s Penny: Free agency system ‘not in a good state’

The MLB Players Association aims to fix a free-agency system that the union says is broken for players, MLBPA General Counsel Ian Penny said before the annual meeting of the Sports Lawyers Association.

Closing Shot: Michael Chang on the 30th anniversary of his French Open win

It was a moment in time when an unexpected sports triumph intersected with a historic event — the crushing of the political uprising in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Chang doesn’t believe it just happened that way but instead took divine intervention.