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  • SportsGrid Debuts With A Robust Offering Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 2:10 PM ET
    Sportsgrid

    Sports fans love lists and that means that a new offshoot of Dan Abrams’ Mediaite site called SportsGrid has a pretty good chance of being a highly trafficked site. SportsGrid.com, which will launch Wednesday morning, borrows the PowerGrid system built for its sites like Mediaite, the main site that includes rankings of media members and Styleite, a fashion and beauty culture site, and translates it to the sports world.

  • The Horrible Idea of ‘Premium Ticketing’ Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 1:18 PM ET
    Cleveland Indians fan holding up a banner prior to a game

    I get it, selling tickets is tough. Tougher in a down economy, and worse yet if you’re a bad team in said down economy. dd an existence in a small or mid-market and a job in the ticket sales department can be akin to selling funeral plots. The Cleveland Indians know this all too well.

  • FedEx Orange Bowl

    The recent announcement that FedEx would not be back as title sponsor of the Orange Bowl is noteworthy for the reason why the 21-year relationship ended.

  • Cold Weather Super Bowls Have Happened Before Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 9:48 AM ET
    Rendering of the new Giants Stadium

    Later today, NFL owners could give New York the nod for the 2014 Super Bowl. It’s being reported that it will be the first Super Bowl in a cold weather environment. Not true. It would be the first Super Bowl game being PLAYED in outdoors in a cold weather city, but the Super Bowl is so much more than the game itself for those that actually attend the game.

  • To date, no major sports franchise has implemented a sustainable business model where they give away a substantial portion of their tickets away for free to all of their home games. Here are the reasons why I think it could work.

  • Football stadium seats

    As the cost of constructing these buildings continues to climb, how do you offset the need for greater revenue generation when there is an inherent lack of ability to accommodate additional event days for other uses in these custom, single purpose designs?

  • Football

    Flash-forward to 2011. The NFL is within the throes of a lockout. Players have formed picket lines. Stadiums, once teaming with fans, sit silent. Instead of CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network showing you games, you’re getting the likes of tennis or bowling as part of replacement programming.

  • Sports is Part of Our Corporate Culture Friday, 21 May 2010 | 11:09 AM ET

    Companies are like people. They all have personalities. A company can be viewed as either staid and stiff or exciting and vibrant, based on what customers, employees and shareholders see the company doing.

  • Dynamic Pricing Is The Key To Sporting Industry’s Woes Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 11:43 AM ET

    While often overlooked and underappreciated in the world of big sports sponsorships and premium entertainment, tickets remain the lifeblood for any viable professional sports franchise.

  • Hispanic Millennials: The Future of the MLS Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 9:34 AM ET
    Goalkeeper Kasey Keller of Seattle Sounders FC kicks the ball into play.

    Major League Soccer’s future success is contingent upon its ability to market its game to first and second generation Hispanic-Americans.

  • The Sports Industry: Not as Sexist as You Might Think Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 12:16 PM ET
    Erin Andrews of ESPN interviews California coach Jeff Tedford

    When I was 14, I wrote a high school essay about why I wanted to be coach of the New York Rangers. At the time, the Rangers were going through their revolving door of coaches: Ted Sator, Tom Webster, Phil Esposito, Michel Bergeron, Phil Esposito again. I figured, I had a chance.

  • Sports Teams Can Make Money By Eliminating Waste Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 9:28 AM ET

    But what is “waste?” It’s more than just trash and junk. It’s in processes and procedures that the customer doesn’t want to pay for. The first step in reducing waste is being able to identify the eight types of waste.

  • Will 'Red Dead' Rev Up Video Games? Tuesday, 18 May 2010 | 2:58 PM ET
    Grand Theft Auto IV

    Video game sales may have plummeted 26 percent in April, but now there's hope that a new game will get the industry moving. "Red Dead Redemption" goes on sale today, and based on rave reviews and some anecdotal reports of huge lines outside Game Stop stores, this game could be a blockbuster.

  • Seven of America’s Most Awesomely Bad Failed Leagues Tuesday, 18 May 2010 | 1:00 PM ET
    XFL

    What it was, why they thought it would work, where they went wrong and what - if anything - we all learned from these failed sports leagues.

  • The LeBron Effect Monday, 17 May 2010 | 4:33 PM ET
    LeBron James during Game 6 of the Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics playoff game.

    King James may have left the court and gone home for the season, but it doesn’t mean he’s finished impacting the NBA playoffs - at least not where ticket prices are concerned.

  • Tiger Woods

    Saying he “had given Tiger everything I could give him,” renowned golf instructor Hank Haney told CNBC Monday that last week’s decision to resign as Tiger Woods’ coach was not controversial.

  • Should The NCAA Forever Own My Rights? Monday, 17 May 2010 | 10:46 AM ET

    It seems like the NCAA doesn’t want anyone using a players’ name to make money besides them...It doesn’t seem fair that the NCAA is the only one with rights to make money off of college athletes. I think some changes need to be made to give some of the rights back to the players.

  • Money Game For NFL Team Docs Not Adding Up Monday, 17 May 2010 | 10:36 AM ET
    Keenan Burton of the St. Louis Rams is looked at by team physicians after suffering a season-ending knee injury.

    One Los Angeles-based orthopedist who has a sports practice and who has been approached by several sports teams says it's not only not worth it from a malpractice perspective — doctors can't possibly find enough malpractice insurance to cover potential losses if a player sues for a career-ending injury based on his future earning potential — but it doesn't make sense financially.

  • Where the Odds Say LeBron James Might Play Next Year Friday, 14 May 2010 | 4:54 PM ET
    LeBron James during Game 6 of the Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics playoff game.

    After a stinging end to the season for the Cleveland Cavaliers following Thursday's playoffs elimination by the Boston Celtics, many basketball fans are speculating where the reigning back-to-back league MVP might end up for the upcoming 2010-11 season.

  • How Teams Can Be Better With Social Media Friday, 14 May 2010 | 12:12 PM ET

    Sports teams and organization are not just in the entertainment business. They are in the relationship business. The idea of developing a fan base is really just about cultivating a relationship. 

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