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@shane_harmon | 4,083 Articles | 1 Magazine | 2,059 Followers | #Sportsbiz & Major Events pro. Lover of all sports, master of none. CEO @WestpacStadium. Director @ANZchamps. Formerly GM Marketing @RugbyWorldCup 2003 & 2011

Golden promises of London 2012’s legacy turn out to be idle boasts

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Johnny Rotten’s words as he departed the stage for the last time as a Sex Pistol seem strangely appropriate as we approach the 10th anniversary of Seb Coe’s spine-tingling speech in Singapore that won the 2012 Olympic Games for London.

The promise was that …


Series Introduction: The Evolution of MLS Stadium Design

Much has been said and written over the years about the trends impacting ballparks, arenas and stadiums. For these leagues, their venues have evolved …

Big History

Relocation Could Be The Root Of The NFL Dropping Its Blackout Policy

The NFL decided to end its long standing blackout policy during the league’s annual Owners Meetings in Arizona on Monday.

This comes at a rather interesting time. The league was set to also address NFL relocation on Monday, which could have played a role in the decision to scrap the blackout rules. …


Why Brands Should Care Less About Blackout Rules, More About Digital Streaming

Many fans are cheering the end of the NFL's maligned blackout rules, which required a team to sell out its home game at least 72 hours before kickoff …


MLB Worth $36 Billion As Team Values Hit Record $1.2 Billion Average

If Major League Baseball traded on a stock exchange it would be worth $36 billion. The average baseball team is now worth $1.2 billion, 48% more than a year ago, the biggest year-over-year increase since we began tracking team values in 1998. A record 15 MLB teams are now worth at least $1 billion, …


The Well Said Blog: Five Observations from #SEATLondon

Five Observations from #SEATLondon

Last week witnessed the inaugural European SEAT Conference, an event at which I was privileged to be asked to …

Treating Fans Like Real People: A Winning #SportsBiz Concept

A classic Seinfeld scene is when George Steinbrenner (as portrayed by Larry David) visits the Costanzas and is harangued by Frank Costanza, who …

Social Media

NFL To Stream Bills-Jaguars Online In Conjunction With Undetermined Partner

The NFL yesterday announced the Week 7 Bills-Jaguars game from London will be the game aired "on a national digital platform" this season -- "opening …


NFL to Broadcast a Game Nationally Via Internet Only

For the first time in its history, the NFL will use something other than television to distribute the national broadcast of a football game, a person familiar with the situation said on Monday.

The decision was made Monday at the league’s owners meetings and could reflect a turning point in the …


If you build it, will they come? With youth interest in baseball waning, the Red Sox are giving kids free tickets

The Red Sox look at a lot of stats in their quest for success. What’s a player’s strikeout-to-walk ratio? How often does he ground into a double …

Sports Gaming

China sets goal of hosting World Cup with master plan for football

China has set out its aim of hosting a World Cup and raising the competitiveness of the national team in a sweeping policy document that seeks to revitalise a sport damaged by match-fixing scandals and poor performances on the pitch.

China has worked since 2009 to promote grassroots football and …


Six Nations draws record-breaking TV audience for BBC

Saturday's Six Nations decider saw a record-breaking peak audience of 9.63 million watch England v France, as the championship went down to the …

Six Nations Championship

How an NBA Team Thinks About Data, Talent, and Pricing

Basketball is on the brain in March. And while the differences are aplenty between college basketball and professional hoops, this sports season got us thinking about the business of athletics. Between ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandising, and media rights, Price Waterhouse Coopers estimates …

Sports Industry

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MLB’s Bob Bowman On Streaming All The Things

On March 9th of 2014, millions of HBO subscribers huddled around their device of choice and tried to watch the season finale of the smash hit True Detective. The service was swamped under the wash of demand and fell over. The backlash was swift and merciless and people had to turn to traditional …

Game of Thrones

Formula 1's glaring issues exposed at Australian Grand Prix

MELBOURNE – 24 hours after the opening race of the F1 season and the knives are out for drastic changes to be made to not only level the racing field

Australian Grand Prix

Connected Fans, Not Connected Stadiums

Courtesy of: 49ersWhether you are the consumer looking to create a ‘smart home’ or a brand looking to increase knowledge about your customers through …

Paralympic Games

Are pro sports teams economic winners for cities?

There are a lot of things economists disagree about, but the economic impact of sports stadiums isn't one of them.

“If you ever had a consensus in economics, this would be it," says Michael Leeds, a sports economist at Temple University. "There is no impact."

Leeds studied Chicago – as big a sports …


Premier League launches site aimed at younger fans

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The Barclays Premier League has launched a new site aimed at fans aged 6-12.

Developed in association with Topps, …

English Premier League

If MLS Wants To Play In The Big Leagues Then This Is What It Is Up Against

A report has just been issued by CIES Football Observatory that analyses the transfer dealings of the big-5 European Leagues since the 2009/10 season.

The fact that more money is being spent is hardly newsworthy but along with increased spending the report shows that spending is increasingly …

American Soccer

Stadium club seats focus on game-day experience

Jamie Grant wants to hear the roar of the crowd inside Doak Campbell Stadium on football Saturdays. She wants to feel her heart beating when the …

Florida State University

Why A Rumored Strategic Partnership Between Apple And Pro Baseball Would Make Perfect Sense

There’s nothing to say definitively that the two will partner up anytime soon (if at all), but when a well-placed source mentioned to me that a marriage between Apple and MLB Advanced Media was something to consider, it made perfect sense. Between strengths and weaknesses between the two, as well …

Would new stadium really affect football?


You can't prove beyond reasonable doubt that teams with higher revenues have an advantage, but based on that Super Bowl score of 7-0 since …

San Diego Chargers

Apple's new TV service will have the one feature that will scare the heck out of cable companies

Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new TV service this fall that will include a "slimmed-down bundle of TV networks," according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The service, featuring "about 25 channels" including ABC, CBS, and Fox, will be available on Apple TV and other Apple devices.

While …


Documentaries Are the Go-To Players of Sports Television

You have probably seen many of the films. There was “The Fab Five,” about the rise and fall of a fabled Michigan basketball recruiting class, and “The U,” which told the story of Miami football so well that its director made a sequel. More recently, “Of Miracles and Men” described the 1980 Olympic …


NFL Teams Are Analyzing Everything From The Salary Cap To Fan Loyalty

The FiveThirtyEight film “The Cowboys and the Indian,” which debuted last week, tells the story of A. Salam Qureishi, who brought computerized player …

Sports Analytics

In the digital world, live sports cut through the clutter







• Yahoo Mail
• Outlook
• Native Client

In today’s increasingly digital world, it can often be difficult to …


Europe's Elite Soccer Jerseys Are Now Worth $778 Million

Sponsors keep throwing more money at elite European soccer teams to get brand names on the front of jerseys. New data reveal that the value of shirt …

Redefining the sports fan

About Alan Seymour

ALAN J SEYMOUR BA (Hons), Cert. Ed., MBA MAM MCIPR Course Leader BA (Hons.) Sport Marketing Management University of Northampton,UK …

Examining the state of baseball

Contrary to October critics' claims, baseball isn't dying -- but it has some work to do


Every October, it's the same story in every bar and chat room, on any sports radio station or Twitter feed: Baseball is dying! No one watches anymore! Its fans are all old! Football is taking over! Turns out, …