November 7, 2013

Board Approves $1.2B Design for Falcons Stadium


                    (From Sports Business Journal, November 4, 2013) Lead architect Bill Johnson of Kansas City-based 360 Architecture  was more than excited to hear that a unanimous decision was made to improve the Atlanta Falcons stadium design for $1.2 billion. The new design will feature a retractable-roof […]

November 7, 2013

“Counting Stars” Becomes Band’s Biggest Global Hit Thanks to Wave of Synchs


(Billboard Magazine, November, 1 2013) As many labels look to their fourth quarter album releases, John Janick, President of Interscope, is still excited about a first quarter album release due to a synch inspired sales renewal. OneRepublic’s Native is making a sales resurgence with their third single “Counting Stars.” Native was initially released in March, and […]

November 7, 2013

Garden Finds its Link to Future in Bridges

(from Sports Business Journal, November 4, 2013) With its finished ceiling as the defining characteristic, Madison Square Garden has stood out for close to 50 years.  Now with the addition of the Chase Bridge seats, another unique design element will be featured in the large arena. The world’s most famous arena and home of the […]

November 7, 2013

Olympic Countdown: Tough Sledding for Sochi Organizers

Sochi Olympic Park on coast of Black Sea

(From USA Today, October 29, 2013) With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games fewer than 100 days away, Sochi, Russia is faced with a number of questions. Security is one challenge at the top of Sochi officials’ list. A week ago, a suicide bomber killed six and wounded two dozen more in a Russian city in […]

November 7, 2013

USC Short-Lists Architects for Memorial Coliseum Upgrades

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(From Sports Business Journal, November 4, 2013) USC is starting the process of renovating the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. They are looking for an architect that is qualified to upgrade the 92-year-old stadium. They started by selecting six architecture firms to compete for the position in the Master Facilities Renovation and Development Feasibility Plan. Out […]

October 31, 2013

Clarkson in the Red Zone

Kelly Clarkson "Wrapped in Red"

(From Billboard Magazine, Oct 26, 2013) Kelly Clarkson has always wanted to do a Christmas CD, and this year her Christmas wish is coming true. Wrapped in Red will be released on October 29, and RCA believes it will become an immediate hit based on Clarkson’s popularity and ability to cover different genres of music. […]

October 31, 2013

Sia: The Billboard Cover Story


(from Billboard Magazine, October 25, 2013) Three years ago Sia Furler tried to pull off a disappearing act that hasn’t worked out so well. After a solo career that began in 1997, Sia wanted to stop recording under her own name and simply write for others. The hits came quickly, some featuring her vocals. Her fame […]

October 31, 2013

How Newer Acts Like Ed Sheeran, Passion Pit, Weeknd Are Selling-Out Top Venues

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(from Billboard Magazine, Oct 29, 2013)  A newer breed of lesser known acts such as Ed Sheeran have quickly been able to go from small stages to selling out top venues thanks to support from social media.  For Ed Sheeran, his Twitter fan base and collaborators like Taylor Swift and One Direction have helped him […]

October 31, 2013

How Competition for Superstar Endorsers is Changing Sports Biz


                    (from Sports Business Journal, October 28, 2013) Professional sports are no longer just a game. They are a booming business that is forcing athletes to focus on more than their performance; they too have to focus on business. Some athletes are taking “business” a little […]

October 31, 2013

Brooklyn DIY Venue Owners Talk Cops, Gentrification and Strategy

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(from Billboard Magazine, October 22, 2013) Brooklyn nightlife venues find it valuable to be the first in their developing neighborhoods; the police get to be familiar with them and figure out they aren’t causing problems. However, in recent years there has appeared to be unfair targeting by authorities who are going as far as raiding […]

October 31, 2013

The $100 Dollar Mixtape


(from Billboard Magazine, October 26, 2013)  Nipsey Hussle (aka Ermias Asghedom) has market evidence that his songs are worth a premium, despite digital pipelines continuing to put downward pressure on the price of music. Hussle has a bold approach for his latest mixtape, Crenshaw, initially pressing 1,000 CDs priced at $100 per “deluxe edition” CD; […]

October 31, 2013

Samsung Near Deal With NBA

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(Sports Business Journal, October 28, 2013)  Samsung has been working to make a major sponsorship deal with the National Basketball Association (NBA) that will include smartphones, tablets, televisions, and blue-ray player rights across the company line.  As the NBA season opener approaches, so does the completion of this sponsorship deal.   The United States, Canada, and […]

October 31, 2013

Are Booking Agencies the New A&R Departments?

(from VenuesToday, October 22, 2013)  On October 19-22, the Agents Panel discussed the decline of Arts and Repertoire (A&R) at the International Entertainment Buyers Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee. These booking agents have seen their roles in artists’ careers expand and modify over the years due to the trend of spending less money on developing […]

October 31, 2013

Michael Jackson’s Doctor, Conrad Murray, Released From Jail After 2 Years


[From Billboard Magazine, October 28, 2013]  After serving two years of his four-year sentence, Conrad Murray was released from jail Monday, October 28 at 12:01 a.m. Murray was convicted in 2011 of killing Michael Jackson in June 2009. A recent change in California law allowed Murray’s incarceration time to be cut down. Murray, a former […]

October 31, 2013

MLB Protects Sponsors At All Costs

(from USA Today, October 23, 2013) Sponsorships in Major League Baseball are almost as important as the games being played. They become even more important during the postseason, specifically for the All Star Game and the World Series. With 19 national sponsors affiliated with the MLB, there is a level of expectations that come with […]

October 31, 2013

Texas Christian University’s Move To The Big 12 Brings More Money And Applicants To The University

(from Forbes Magazine, October 26, 2013)  Over the past decade there has been change in NCAA Division 1 football almost every year.  One change that keeps showing up year after year is realignment of the athletic conferences.  Over the past three years, there has been a number of high caliber teams moving either from one […]

October 31, 2013

Jackie Robinson’s Legacy Recedes on Baseball Rosters

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(from The New York Times, October 29, 2013) The first time the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Redsox faced each other in the World Series was 1946. That year there wasn’t a single African-American on either roster; 67 years later, there is only one. Reviewing the historic World Series battles of these two teams […]

October 31, 2013

Quincy Jones Files Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson’s Music


(Billboard Magazine, October 25th, 2013)  After years of built up frustration, Quincy Jones has decided to take his complaints to a more serious level. This past Friday, October 25, 2013, Quincy filed a complaint to Los Angeles Superior Court. In the complaint Quincy claimed that master recordings he had worked on with Michael Jackson have […]

October 31, 2013

Leagues Embrace Twitter, with Eye on Future Revenue

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                    (from Sports Business Journal, October 27, 2013) As social media outlets like Twitter continue to grow, executives from the major pro-sports are looking for new ways to benefit from the consumer conversation that is social media.  Seeing as sports fans are becoming more and more […]

October 31, 2013

‘Opry Goes Pink’ With LeAnn Rimes, Mandisa

Opry Goes Pink

(from Billboard Magazine, October 25, 2013)  The Grand Ole Opry brought in some of country and Gospel’s leading ladies for their annual event, “Opry Goes Pink.” This is a yearly tradition for the Grand Ole Opry between WSM radio show and Women Rock For The Cure. The Grand Ole Opry had country singer LeAnn Rimes […]