December 5, 2013

Apron Ads Proving a Difficult Sell for NBA Teams in Initial Year


(Sports Business Journal, November 25, 2013)  When dealing with any relationship between the franchisor and the franchisee, one thing remains constant; the franchisee always wants more inventory to sell.  This can be seen between the frequent push-pull of NBA teams and the league.  Once the NBA’s attempt to sell advertising on players’ jerseys fell through, […]

December 5, 2013

Final Roar for the BCS in wake of Auburn’s Win

Chris Davis runs back the game winning Touchdown

(From the New York Times, December 1, 2013)  The 2013 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game seemed relatively set until Saturday.  In stunning fashion, the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide were upset on the road by the Auburn Tigers.  Alabama was destined for their third straight national title appearance in a row until the […]

December 5, 2013

Charlotte Discusses Removing Grandstand

Charlotte Motor Speedway

(from Sports Business Journal, November 25- December 1)  Improvement of the race-day experience is the goal for the Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS), and the owners have discussed tearing down the backstretch grandstand. This move would eliminate around 40,000 seats. CMS President Marcus Smith has talked about how the move will improve the experience of the […]

December 5, 2013

Dome Owners Fight to Keep Rams in St. Louis

Picture of Saint Louis Rams rejected stadium proposal

(from Business Week, December 4, 2013)  The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, which manages the dome, offered a $124 million improvement plan last year that included a bigger scoreboard and better club seating with the Rams paying slightly more than half of those costs. The Rams came back with a far more ambitious counter […]

November 21, 2013

Final Four: Choose Your Perspective


(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 21, 2013

Big Two in a Swedish Showdown


                  (From Wall Street Journal, November 18th, 2013) The summer of 2014 is going to bring a great deal of happiness to the soccer community.  That summer marks the beginning of the World Cup, the biggest soccer tournament in the world.  Countries from all over the globe come […]

November 21, 2013

The Lawsuit That Looms Over College Football


(from Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2013) Auburn University ‘s historic win this Saturday over Georgia will go down in history as one of the best football games in the 2013-2014 college season. With under one minute to play and Auburn trailing by a point, Nick Marshall, the quarterback of the Auburn Tigers, found his […]

November 21, 2013

Hip-Hop Sensibility Fuels New Kings Line

L.A. Kings

(from Sports Business Journal, November 11-November 17, 2013)  “When I first got the call from the Kings asking if I’d work with them, I was high-fiving all of my friends and thinking this was going to be the dopest project I’ve ever done.”  Those are the words of excitement from Los Angeles street artist Minister […]

November 21, 2013

NASCAR Sets Terms for Series


                    (from Sports Business Journal, November 18, 2013)  NASCAR is looking for a new sponsor for its secondary series to replace Nationwide Insurance which had been the sponsor since 2008. NASCAR’s asking price is somewhere between $12-$15 million a year for the title of its secondary […]

November 21, 2013

Legacy Agency Launching Baseball Expo

The Legacy Agency prepares to host a baseball expo this Spring Training

(from Sports Business Journal, November 11, 2013)  The Major League Baseball season is one of the longest seasons in sports. The 162-game season takes place from April through September with a month of Spring Training in March and playoffs in October. There isn’t very much going on during baseball’s six-month off-season, unlike other sports. Basketball […]

November 21, 2013

Daytona Readies New Premium Seats for Sale

(from Sports Business Journal, November 18, 2013) After completing a $400 million renovation in 2016, the Daytona International Speedway will increase their prices for premium seats. The speedway will have two newly built suites, known as the Midway Suites and High Bank Suites, plus a new multiday club-seat package. Each can accommodate between 50 to […]

November 14, 2013

Twitter TV Ratings to Track Suns Traffic

Phoenix Suns

(from Sports Business Journal, November 11-17, 2013)  The Phoenix Suns is the first major pro sports team to track Twitter activity during games thanks to the deal with SocialGuide’s Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings service. The financial terms of this contract have not been disclosed, but the agreement was finalized last month before the start of […]

November 14, 2013

NFL: We Have Final Say In L.A.


(From Sports Business Daily, November 11, 2013) All things must go though the NFL when it comes to relocating a team to Los Angeles. Currently, the City of Los Angeles is without an NFL franchise. With such a large market and potential revenues to be made, a push to have a team located there is […]

November 14, 2013

Oakland Says Beckie Francis Fired for Mentally Abusing Players


(from USA Today, November 11, 2013) Beckie Francis was Oakland University’s women’s basketball Head Coach until she was fired from her position on June 12 of this year for allegedly mentally and emotionally abusing her players. Francis’ role as head coach has since been filled, but the issue is anything but resolved and brings up […]

November 14, 2013

With Rebound, WNBA Solidifies Spot at ESPN

ESPN has signed to carry the WNBA until the year 2022.

(from Sports Business Journal, November 11th, 2013)  Over the years, the WNBA has had to fight the reputation they have had of nobody watching their games.  Since their founding in 1996, it has had a low average attendance of 7,457 fans attending each game, and only 180,000 viewers tuned into its games in 2012.  Even […]

November 14, 2013

Fox Sports Will Sell for Big East

Fox Sports Logo

(Sports Business Journal, November 11, 2013)  Fox Sports has recently inked a two-year deal with the Big East conference to sell and market all corporate sponsorship throughout the Big East.  This deal was made only days before the Big East kicked off the beginning of a 12-year, $600 million deal with Fox Sports as their […]

November 14, 2013

Mayor: Turner Field to be Demolished in 2017

(From USA Today, November 12, 2013) The Atlanta Braves have announced that they will be leaving the city of Atlanta moving to a suburb just outside the city in 2017 for a new stadium. Atlanta’s mayor has said that once the team has moved to the new ball park, Turner Field will be demolished. The […]

November 7, 2013

Everyone’s Adidas


(From Billboard Magazine, November 2, 2013) Adidas shoe and clothing brand developed a new position in 2009 called the Global Director of Entertainment and Influencer Marketing.  Since the position got started, the brand has been partnering with artists to market their shoes and clothing.  Adidas used to primarily use hip-hop artists but has recently begun […]

November 7, 2013

The Biology of the Sports Fan

Cardinals Fans

(from Wall Street Journal, November 4, 2013) Sports have always been a way for fans to sit back, relax and root their team to victory. However, recent studies show that watching big games can play a big impact on the mind and body of a fan. Sports studies for years have always focused on the […]

November 7, 2013

A Robust Expansion Era Ballot Could Lead To Economic Bliss For Cooperstown


(from Forbes Magazine, November 6, 2013) The National Baseball Hall of Fame located in Cooperstown, New York, recently presented the 12 finalists who will possibly become the next Hall of Fame inductees.  The ballot is known as the Expansion Era ballot, and it will be discussed and voted upon by the Hall of Fame’s 16 member […]