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Newcastle announces record £19m profit

Newcastle United has announced a record annual profit of £18.7m for 2013/14, the fourth consecutive financial year they have made money.

The Premier …

How could the rising Premier League broadcasting revenue impact clubs' compliance with Financial Fair Play?

By Paul Shapiro Ben Rees published on 26 March 2015

The Barclays Premier League (“PL”) has secured its second consecutive 70% price increase for the …


St. Pete Releases New Deal with Rays (and a fancy infographic!)

St. Pete Mayor Kriseman sent a memo to city council Friday afternoon regarding his new and improved deal with the Rays.

Still needing council …

Public Records

Full-time London team set for NFL by 2022 as league targets Germany, Mexico

The NFL American football league is “absolutely” on track to introduce a full-time team in London by 2022 while plans are progressing to stage …


The Best Fans in Baseball

Waxing poetic about St. Louis Cardinals fans has become as much an American pastime as baseball itself.

There has been the reverent. In Baseball as a Road to God, authors John Sexton, Thomas Oliphant and Peter J. Schwartz proclaimed St. Louis “baseball’s moral center.” They continued, “The …

Busch Stadium

Baseball's Highest-Paid Players 2015

Baseball salaries have exploded in recent years thanks to the influx of TV money, which has produced record profits for MLB owners and pushed the value of the average franchise to $1.2 billion. Baseball’s 30 teams divvied up a record $7.9 billion last year and 52% of this money filtered down to the …

Salaries & Wages

Meaningless Bowls Eclipse Very Meaningful Basketball Games, at Least in Viewership

March Madness is huge, right? This year, the multiweek extravaganza has had its usual share of upsets, an exhilarated coach falling off his rolling chair after a victory and the presence of a dominant Kentucky team. Nearly 11.6 million brackets were submitted to’s annual contest. So what …

College Sports

WADA Anti-Doping Organization Symposium prioritizes protecting clean athletes

The Agency calls on the anti-doping community to optimize implementation and practice of enhanced Code in view of a clean sport future published on …

Director General

NFL passes Ravens' ineligible receiver proposal among new rule changes

The Baltimore Ravens ultimately got their wish, and the rules regarding ineligible receivers has been tweaked.

The NFL announced multiple rule changes at the conclusion of the annual owners meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, on top of the safety-oriented rule changes that were announced Tuesday. …

Baltimore Ravens

MLB Properties And Majestic Athletic Extend Exclusive Partnership For Uniforms And More

With the 2015 Major League Baseball regular season just a couple weeks away, the league has extended a major partnership.

Majestic Athletic and Major League Baseball Properties have reached an extension of their agreement that will see the manufacturer continue to provide products to players and …

Major League Baseball

Nike is fighting three legal battles to protect the brand’s design soul

Nike is currently embroiled in three legal struggles, one over copyright and two over intellectual property, with massive implications for the brand’s reputation and bottom line.

The sneaker behemoth’s deep pockets give it an advantage in court, but also mean it has a lot to lose. Perhaps more …


NFL drops TV blackout rule

The National Football League is dropping its blackout rule for the 2015 season.

The rule prevents games from being broadcast in a team's home market if the tickets aren't sold out. It's been around since the 1950s, when NFL games were first televised.

Roughly one game out of ten was blacked out under …


USA Track & Field CEO's unorthodox approach diversifies sponsor base

USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel has grown the 35-year-old organization with the speed of a world-class sprinter.

And long-term relationships he’s …


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 …


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 …

Appeals Court Likely To Reverse O'Bannon Decision In Favor Of NCAA, Lawyer Says

With March Madness going strong in its second day, there’s another court matter of vital importance that will be decided soon. On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on whether the NCAA’s policy of not paying its student-athletes is a violation of antitrust laws.

The NCAA is …


Billy Beane's 'Moneyball' goes Dutch

Brace yourself Europe -- "Moneyball" is coming to a football pitch near you.

Spend-thrift baseball executive Billy Beane -- made famous by Brad Pitt's Oscar-nominated portrayal in "Moneyball" -- is taking up a position with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

"I'm truly excited for the opportunity to be part of …

Billy Beane

NCAA Says Students Are Losers If Amateur Sport Rules Discarded

(Bloomberg) -- Professional sports and higher education is a losing combination for American college students and fans.

That’s the National Collegiate …


Christer's corner: Different approaches to sports on the two sides of the Atlantic

Having moved from Sweden to the United States 40 years ago, and having been involved in sports both internationally and at the local level throughout …

Physical Education

Troy Kirby's Top 3 Tips for Winning the Ticketing Game For March Madness

Troy Kirby’s Top 3 Tips for Winning the Ticketing Game For March Madness

Follow Troy Kirby, Director of Ticket Operations at UC Davis & NAATSO


The Fifth Circuit Slices The Golf Channel Into The Pond

I have previously written about the misadventures of the notorious Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford, a blustering Texas real estate developer who bought his way into the Knight Commander of the Order of the Nation (KCN) for the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, ceremoniously conferred in …

Ponzi Scheme

The War Between Cities and Suburbs Over Pro Sports Teams Is Getting Ridiculous. Could This Plan End It?

In 2013 the city of Atlanta lost its baseball team to one of its suburban neighbors, the more prosperous and populous Cobb County. The Braves won’t …

Hank Aaron

Researchers Find Optimum Times to Run March Madness Ads

Selection Sunday just hit, but who's going to get paid? Turner and CBS, certainly. Ad sales for the 67 games are up a reported 10 percent, with …


Obama proposal could mean end of taxpayer-subsidized sports stadiums : Business

If President Barack Obama has his way, the nation’s taxpayers would not help finance a new arena proposed for the Milwaukee Bucks professional …

Sports Industry

How to work in sports: 3 pros share their stories of success

AUSTIN, Texas — If you've loved sports like it's your job since childhood, you've probably thought at least a few times about how to literally make them your job as an adult.

It's a nice idea, but there's a big catch: With so many sports fanatics looking to break into the business, the field is a …


How Major League Soccer is scoring fans

Social media is being used to communicate with fans to boost enthusiasm and boost mobile ticket ordering.


Chris Borland's Retirement Should Terrify The NFL. Here's Why.

Chris Borland, a star rookie for the San Francisco 49ers, retired on Monday. He’s 24.

Jason Worilds, a top linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, retired last week. He’s 27.

Jake Locker, the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, also just retired this month. He’s 26.

Sensing a trend?

A …


DeMaurice Smith re-elected as head of NFL Players Association

Smith was elected for a third term.

DeMaurice Smith will remain executive director of the NFL Players Association for a third term after he was re-elected on Sunday night. According to Pro Football Talk, Smith was elected on the first ballot, meaning he received at least 17 of 32 votes during the …


Potential Sale Of Stake In Los Angeles Dodgers To South Koreans Values Team at $3 Billion

A potential deal in which a South Korean sovereign fund would invest in the Los Angeles Dodgers places a $3 billion valuation on the Major League Baseball team , according to two sources with knowledge of the negotiation but not authorized to speak about them publicly.

Three years ago Guggenheim …

Los Angeles

Ukraine president calls on allies to boycott 2018 World Cup in Russia

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has urged his country’s allies to consider boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia if Moscow does not pull all its troops out of his country’s territory.

Poroshenko told the German newspaper Bild he prefers to keep football and politics separate but that this …