Sports Biz with Darren Rovell


  Friday, 25 May 2007 | 10:09 AM ET

Hancock Situation & Ratings Hell

Posted By: Darren Rovell
Beer and sports have always had a strong connection that has been fortified by the fact that alcohol companies spend so much money to appeal to sports fans. Now consider the fact that this has happened. A pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that was owned for four decades by Anheuser Busch, and has a greater connection to beer than any other team in sports, died from drinking too much. This came after the team's manager, Tony LaRussa, was charged with a DUI in March after he was found asleep at the wheel with his car running at a green light. Now there's yet another connection. Hancock's father is now suing, among others, Mike Shannon's Restaurant owned by the longtime Cardinals broadcaster for serving his son alcohol when they knew he was drunk even though Shannon's daughter claims she even offered to call him a cab. You couldn't have dreamed this one up. »Read more
  Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 5:05 PM ET

Breaking News: Prince, Blake Agree to Split

Posted By: Darren Rovell
After an endorsement relationship that lasted 18 months, Prince and American tennis star James Blake are parting ways in what will be a rare case of an athlete leaving a brand voluntarily in the midst of a deal. »Read more
  Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | 10:53 PM ET

Is the First Pick a Money Maker?

Posted By: Darren Rovell
We all know now that the Portland Trail Blazers have won the 2007 NBA Draft Lottery, so the only question to ask is, "How much was that luck worth?" The answer? »Read more
  Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | 2:26 PM ET

NFL Awards 2011 Super Bowl to Dallas

Posted By: AP
The 2011 Super Bowl will be played at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington, Texas. Indianapolis and Arizona also bid for the game. »Read more
  Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | 10:42 AM ET

NASCAR Wins One, Topps Pulls a Fast One and Tiffany Putts One

Posted By: Darren Rovell
A U.S. District Judge might have denied NASCAR's request to stay an injunction that allowed the Cingular logo on Jeff Burton's car to be replaced with an AT&T logo, but NASCAR got a victory yesterday when Alltel agreed to a $25 billion private equity buyout. Let's go back and put this in context for you. NASCAR obviously did not want the AT&T brand on the track because it wasn't one of the brands that were grandfathered in when the governing body signed a 10-year, $700 million deal with Nextel to be the official telecommunications company of NASCAR. But consolidation in this industry is very common -- Sprint soon bought Nextel and AT&T bought Cingular. »Read more
  Monday, 21 May 2007 | 11:11 AM ET

Monday SportsBiz Roundup

Posted By: Darren Rovell
Tomorrow is the NBA Draft Lottery. It is designed to give teams who had a bad season a better future and turn their fortunes around, thus giving their fans hope. It is designed to make sure the league doesn't have the same teams competing for the championship every year. Well, despite the fact that LeBron James has Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals, the lottery apparently isn't doing enough. I don't know how you define parity, but I define it as 'amount of teams that win championships in a certain period of time.'This is the first paragraph/short story. »Read more
  Friday, 18 May 2007 | 12:54 PM ET

Sorry, Mr. Jackson

Posted By: Darren Rovell
A big controversy has developed over the appearance that Green Bay Packers rookie running back Brandon Jackson was forced to go the the NFL Rookie Premiere this weekend in Los Angeles instead of what he wanted to do -- attend Packers minicamp.The story is not quite what it was originally made out to be. It turns out that Jackson can't go because a rookie can't attend two camps before his class has graduated, not because he's so marketable that the NFL really needs him in Los Angeles so that they could get a great shot of him in his Packers uniform for his football cards. »Read more
  Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 11:17 AM ET

Derby Winning Horses, AD for Peanuts, Empty Seats & Gold Clippers?

Posted By: Darren Rovell
I was shocked when I saw the number: $25,008. That's how much Oregon's new athletic director Pat Kilkenny is getting paid to work. Fine. Kilkenny is apparently a guy that just cashed out of his insurance agency, but even if I had millions, there's no way I'd work for that -- especially with Phil Knight being the biggest booster at the place. This whole thing got me thinking that it's probably a good time to look at the salaries of athletic directors since you've all seen the college football and basketball coach salary stats a million times. »Read more
  Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 10:30 AM ET

Analysis of an Office, Not Making Sense & Beard Talk

Posted By: Darren Rovell
The New York Times wrote a story about Bud Selig this weekend and how he might deal with Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron's all-time home run record. The most interesting part of the story wasn't the article though. It was the photo pointed out by my family friend Neil.Let's play a game of what's here and what's not here. There are at least two calculators on his desk, which I thought was strange for a baseball commissioner. I know it's a stat-driven sport, but just how much math is he doing? »Read more
  Monday, 14 May 2007 | 10:43 AM ET

Wins Don't Boost Stocks, Bode Miller, Collecting Bonds, Yankees vs. Mets & More

Posted By: Darren Rovell
Win on Sunday, buy on Monday. The people at BearingPoint only wish that were the case. Their big endorser Phil Mickelson won the Players on Sunday and gave them plenty of exposure on NBC's coverage of the event thanks to the branding on the visor. But don't expect a stock with a current market cap of $1.43 billion to receive any sort of boost from Mickelson's win alone. »Read more

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