November 21, 2013

Final Four: Choose Your Perspective

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(from SportsBusiness Journal, November 18, 2013) For the first time ever, Turner Sports and CBS will produce three different telecasts for each of the two national semifinal games of the NCAA Final Four in April. This unprecedented move will nationally telecast the traditional showing on TBS, while TNT and truTV will carry the same games […]

November 7, 2013

Disney Institute, NBA Align

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(from SportsBusiness Journal, November 4, 2013) The National Basketball Association (NBA) has recently partnered with the Disney Institute, the entertainment industry leader long known for its exceptional service, aiming to improve the fan experience at NBA arenas through a standardized arena customer service program. Participation in this program is voluntary by NBA teams. Initial plans […]

October 9, 2013

Chase Bridge Seats at MSG are Selling Well

The Garden has created two platform bridges, in part of a 3 year, $980 renovation.

(from SportsBusiness Journal, October, 7, 2013) Lots of changes are taking place at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City. This historic arena serves as a venue where people enjoy different sports, concerts, and a variety of events. The Garden hosts approximately 350 events (often sold out) each year, nearly one per day, making […]

September 26, 2013

IMG College, Keurig Brew National Deal

Keurig and IMG College have signed a 25 year sponsorship deal.

(from SportsBusiness Journal, September 23, 2013) Keurig, a single-serve coffee and tea manufacturer, has entered the realm of national college sponsors by signing a deal with IMG College. This deal is the agency’s first national sale in a year. It is reported that Keurig gained “sponsorship rights to 25 schools across the country during the […]

September 12, 2013

Aramark Installs Tablets as Part of Soldier Field Improvements

Aramark has installed new point-of-sale systems in Soldier Field.

(from SportsBusiness Journal, September 2, 2013) Aramark is a leader in professional services. The company provides food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In mid-July, Aramark was contracted to serve as Soldier Field’s food service provider. As […]

May 9, 2013

With New Swagger, ACC Moves Ahead on Network

Last week, the SEC announced its new network with ESPN.

(from Sports Business Journal, May 6, 2013) After rival conference SEC (Southeastern Conference) and ESPN announced their new network agreement, ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) officials are focusing their attention on launching their own league-branded network. The ACC would potentially be joining the ranks of the Big Ten, Pac-12, and, now, the SEC as conferences that […]

April 25, 2013

Back to the Beach as AVP Relaunches

The AVP is relaunching itself with five tour spots this year.

(from Sports Business Journal, April 22, 2013) One year ago, the rights of the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) changed hands—right into those of Donald Sun. Sun is reviving the AVP tour with five stops featuring some of beach volleyball’s top athletes. Sun, a California businessman, has already hired Wasserman Media Group to manage event […]

April 11, 2013

Booming Charity Raffles Now Target NFL Clubs

The NFL is now allowing 50-50 raffles to take place during games.

(from Sports Business Journal, April 8, 2013) The NFL has been historically opposed to fans gambling on its products. This prohibited such things as “50-50 raffles,” which splits the money raised from the raffle evenly between a winning ticket buyer in the crowd and a charity. Recently, league spokesman, Brian McCarthy, stated that the NFL […]

March 27, 2013

Simmons’ Tourney Plans Show Importance of Second Screen

ESPN and Bill Simmons will offer live streaming commentary for March Madness games.

(from Sports Business Daily, March 25, 2013) For the past year, networks have been trying to respond to consumers increase in using smartphones and tablets as a companion to watching television. Networks have termed these companions “second screens.” ESPN responded last week by releasing their plan to have one of its biggest stars, Bill Simmons, […]

February 20, 2013

Players Championship Putting Nearly $1M into Amenities

New features are changing this year's Players Championship into a "showcase."

(from SportsBusiness Daily, February 18, 2013) In hopes of transforming the PGA Tour’s fan experience into a “showcase,” a multimillion-dollar plan is adding several new features to The Players Championship this year. TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is home to The Players each May. The event’s Executive Director, Matt Rapp, said, “The Players […]