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In the 1990s, I attended the Million Man March – which was held in Washington, D.C. During one of the many speeches –a featured speaker posed a question: Please name something that’s always being built-in America? My immediate response was new home construction / indoor-outdoor strip malls and / or pharmaceutical plants or factories. I stood there proudly waiting for the response – the answer was correctional facilities and stadiums.
While living in the greatest city and mecca of the entire world – you never need to wonder about its sports hungry fan-base. (IE: Knicks, Nets, Liberty, More >
Did you know Fanatics sells more sports gear online than anyone in the country? Fanatics is a privately owned sports apparel company that manages 100 college sports sites. It’s also the largest retailer of license professional sports merchandise. Regardless, from Reebok to Nike (due to licensing) as you already know, the NFL is KING when it comes to jersey sales.
- Tebow (NY JETS) – sales increased 4000%
- Manning (Denver Broncos) sales increased 300%
Annual jersey sales generate $700MIL.
Fanatics sells more licensed sports merchandise than Wal-Mart. Fanatics is the official online retailer More >
The Texas Rangers handed Jared Weaver (5-1) his first loss of the season. Josh Hamilton chased Weaver in the 4th inning with a 2 run double. The score at the time was 8-2. Hamilton was using a pink bat for Mother’s Day but decided to pull out the bat he had used all week in the 7th inning. This is the bat that he used to hit a historic 4 home runs against Baltimore this past Tuesday night becoming just the 16th player in the history of Major League baseball to do so. He broke it on a single in last night’s game. Hamilton said “She went out a hero,” and the bat was tagged for the Hall More >
Last Friday my beloved Texas Rangers 40th season (in Texas, not counting the Senators) got underway. It was a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox that was won with great starting pitching and timely hitting. Something that has eluded this franchise for pretty much the duration of my life until recently. The Texas Rangers franchise has historically been a combination of bad pitching (ERA’s in the stratosphere), strange events (10 cent beer night in Cleveland, public auction on courthouse steps) and a total of 3 playoff appearances up until 2010. By the way, during those 3 playoff More >
Has the title of general manager become obsolete? (At season’s end – each professional sports league will award an Executive of the Year.) Not discounting the work, the qualifications or even the input. We’re just not sure at that very moment that an owner won’t swoop in and go, “No, that’s mine.”
TODAY – we examine the National Basketball Association – In the 80s and 90s, the general manager essentially stood as the final word on all things sports related. It’s true because – he was the one entrusted to see all, hear all and know all. During the NBA free-agency free-for-all of 2010, More >
Some may comment that professional boxing is on life support. I might be one to partially agree with that notion. In our latest version of “Days of our Lives” Bob Arum feuds with Dana White over the UFC prime-time debut on the night of the Pacquiao -Marquez bout. Arum remains stuck on the profit sharing (or lack of) between Dana White and his stable of MMA fighters. Arum is relevant because he promotes Manny Pacquiao and outside of a bout with Floyd Mayweather, then many of us are unsure of what’s next for professional boxing. On Saturday night, Dana White fired a warning shot at More >
Earlier this year, Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal created a regional sports network and digital platform. NBC began to lay the foundation to rival the “powerhouse” ESPN and challenge its dominance in the sports media world. The various mergers of its existing sports networks began to happen swiftly, along with executing professional sports agreements.
The Golf Channel and Versus were merged into a new division known as the NBC Sports Group. NBC Sports’ golf production unit was merged with Golf Channel, along with NBC’s on-air staff, and that unit is now known under the branding of More >
The ING New York City Marathon is scheduled is for Sunday, Nov6th. When it comes to City Revenue – Sporting Events – not much comes close to the NYC marathon. (it’s been mentioned that its equivalent to the revenue generated by a Superbowl). 26.2 to millions.
CRAINS NYC magazine was queried – which sporting event has the biggest impact in NYC?
- Yankees in the playoffs $90M
- Jets / Giants season $160M
- The New York City Marathon $340M
The NYC Road Runners – which is led by CEO / Pres Mary Wittenberg – oversee funding for the event. One would question if the marathon is for pure profit. More >
In Yankee-land – no World Series means FAILURE. When you add in a 200MIL payroll and ownership with the last name Steinbrenner – it’s all about retooling for next season and making the best business decisions for the organization.
Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit and Mariano Rivera’s 602nd save were historic achievements for the Yankees and Major League Baseball. Monument Park is ready and waiting to honor these future first-ballot Hall of Famer’s. The Yankees made the postseason for the sixteenth time in the last seventeen years. It’s only in Yankee-land that winning the AL Eastern division and More >
This is the article that I didn’t get the chance to write prior to Bud Selig re-assigning close confidant, Sandy Alderson to manage day-to-day operations with the NY METS! Not sure where to start, but Sandy Alderson’s career has been well documented. Sandy was the A’s GM and succeeded by “Mr. MoneyBall” Billy Beane. The PED era became popular with the Bash Brothers (Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco) on his watch with the A’s. I guess you could consider him the Godfather of Sabermetrics and mentoring Billy Beane. After successful stints with the San Diego Padres as their CEO and Exec VP for More >
The 800lb gorilla has sat in the room since the day Brian Cashman had to go All-IN to over pay for C.C. Sabathia a 7YR, 161MIL deal in 2008. Don’t get me wrong – C.C. has performed as advertised. Fast Forward – three years and you can only think about the opt-out clause that was negotiated with the Sabathia deal. At the close of the season, C.C. will leave 4years and 92 million remaining on the table to test the open market. Sabathia has been the ace the Yankees envisioned when signing his deal (unlike A.J. Burnett) and will be turning 31 in July. C.C. will have the flexibility (in his More >
It’s just a another normal day in the life of Major League Baseball. NO steroid related stories – just the last day/game of the season. Tomorrow’s water cooler discussion topics will definitely include:
The demise of the Boston Red Sox. Good Night Irene. Bye, BYE Theo Epstein – Hello Chicago Cubs. Let the conversation begin. See Ya – Big Papi.
CONGRATS! The Rays and Cardinals are in the playoffs. The Atlanta Braves totally collapse! Don’t forget the Angels as they fell in the trash can too!
Ozzie Guillen is taking his talents to South Beach. Ozzie was announced as manager of the More >