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Barcelona and Real Madrid Head The Most Popular Sports Teams On Social Media

Barcelona and Real Madrid are fierce rivals on the pitch, competing each season for titles in La Liga and across Europe. They jockey back and forth to secure the sport’s biggest stars, with Barcelona signing Neymar and Luis Suarez the past two summers, while Real Madrid inked Gareth Bale and James …

Social Media

NBA to Play First Game in Africa

“’This is an historic moment for the NBA and the sport of basketball in Africa, and we are excited to work with such a broad range of partners to …

Africa

NFL teams each earn $226.4M from national revenue sharing

NFL teams each received $226.4 million from the NFL as part of national revenue sharing from the 2014 fiscal year.

The amount was revealed on Monday when the Green Bay Packers reported their share of the pie. The total surpassed $7.2 billion and comes mostly from the league's television deals.

The …

Revenue Sharing

Major League Baseball sponsorship trends in 2015

Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE USAToday Sports Images

Halfway through the Major League Baseball regular season, a study by Repucom found that …

Baseball

Female coach breaks glass ceiling in male dominated NBA

History was made this week in the National Basketball Association. Becky Hammon, who last year became the first woman ever to become an assistant …

Women's Basketball

Japan Just Cancelled Its Outrageously Expensive Olympic Stadium Design

Asia

Rushing the Corner Office: This MBA Program Is for NFL Stars

Takeo Spikes, a 242-pound former linebacker for the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers, is delivering a speech on organ trafficking that …

Atlantic Coast Conference

Kris Bryant signs memorabilia and autograph exclusive with Fanatics

One of the most highly coveted free agents in the sports memorabilia market has been signed. Chicago Cubs phenom Kris Bryant agreed to a multiyear autograph and memorabilia exclusive with Fanatics. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"The demand for Kris' autograph is super high right now because he …

Memorabilia

The Sport That Birthed Moneyball Is Generating All New Stats Via Player Tracking Technology

Baseball has long been a sport that relies heavily upon statistics. Now there is a new series of offensive and defensive metrics that the MLB has …

Statistics

Sepp Blatter launches incredible attack on 'envious' England

Fifa president says country is bitter at missing out on Fifa presidency more than 40 years ago

Sepp Blatter has launched another astonishing attack on England, claiming criticism of Fifa during his reign was rooted in “envy” over the country’s loss of its presidency more than 40 years ago.

Blatter …

Sepp Blatter

FIFA bans ex-US soccer exec, FBI informant Chuck Blazer for life

Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer has been banned from soccer for life, FIFA announced Thursday.

The 70-year-old American, a former CONCACAF general secretary and US Soccer executive vice president, has been banned "from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at …

Chuck Blazer

Strawberry emojis, Twitter battles on Murray Mount and Periscope chats - the All England Club goes digital for Wimbledon 2015

And, this year, those traditions will also all be emojis — especially designed for the All England Club by Twitter.

The world’s oldest tournament is …

ATP World Tour

Could StubHub Center NFL plan emerge in 2016?

By onJune 29, 2015 in MLS

In an unusual NFL/MLS twist, StubHub Center is under consideration as a temporary NFL venue beginning in 2016, as the league …

Los Angeles

Pro athletes pay a big price for their success – in taxes - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Everybody pays taxes. But professional athletes pay … and pay … and pay.

Pro athletes are not like your everyday taxpayer, and players at all levels …

Taxes

Hyundai Signs Four-Year Deal to Replace GM as NFL’s Auto Sponsor

Hyundai Motor Co. signed a four-year deal with the National Football League to become an official sponsor of the most-watched sports league in the …

Hyundai

Discovery makes Olympic investment with major IOC deal

US media and entertainment company Discovery Communications and its pan-European sports broadcaster Eurosport have acquired television and …

Olympics

At Wimbledon, a Power Broker Gambles to Reassert Its Marketing Magic

There are many ways to break down this year’s Wimbledon draw: by nationality, by seeding, by top half, by bottom half or — if you are in a commercial frame of mind — by management company.

Tracking which superstar, or perhaps more important, which rising star, is represented by which organization …

Grand Slam (Tennis)

Division I to consider tougher academic integrity policies

At a time when national attention is focused on academic integrity in higher education, the Division I membership will now have the opportunity to …

Stadia Ventures Launches Accelerator That Expects to Invest $10M in Sports Startups

Stadia Ventures, the Sports Innovation Hub, announced its plan to launch Stadia Accelerator, a business development accelerator for sports-related …

Cardinals Investigated for Hacking Into Astros’ Database

WASHINGTON — Front-office personnel for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, are under investigation by the F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors, accused of hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros to steal closely …

St. Louis Cardinals

Success Is Not An Accident: What Sports Business Millennials Can Learn From NBA MVP Stephen Curry

Some years back, Alan Stein attended the inaugural Kobe Bryant Nike Skills Academy. The three-day camp included the country’s top 20 high school shooting guards along the top 10 college shooting guards.

Among those individuals was now Golden State Warriors MVP point guard, Stephen Curry.

“The least …

Stephen Curry

9 essential, free resources for sports business pro's

There are loads of good sports business resources out there but many hide their best content behind a paywall. Here are nine essential and free …

New England Patriots Go Green With Lots Of Solar Panels

Sports events tend to leave massive environmental footprints with huge amounts of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Not to mention, …

Green Living

Is a return to Montreal the answer to baseball's biggest dilemma?

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's June 22 eSports Issue. Subscribe today!

TALK TO BASEBALL fans in Montreal, real ones, ones who remember the last good days before the sabotage and the theft, and they can tell you all about June 27, 1994, the night the second-place Expos were hosting the …

Quebec

Head of Russia World Cup lashes out at investigations into Fifa

As allegations of widespread corruption continue to shake Fifa, Alexei Sorokin, the head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has lashed out at the investigations into football’s governing body and calls to strip Russia of the event.

Speaking at the World Football Forum in …

European Football

Mark Cuban donates $5 million to Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- As Mark Cuban looked for ways to help the Dallas Mavericks gain a competitive advantage in the NBA, the Indiana University graduate thought his alma mater should get in on the ground floor.

On Friday, the school announced that Cuban had made a $5 million donation for a …

College Sports

Report: Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler banned from Pats OTAs

Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler played the part of Super Bowl hero in February when he sealed New England's Super Bowl win by picking off Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at the 1-yard line, late in the fourth quarter.

That probably seems like forever ago though, because right now, Butler's …

The 20 highest-paid athletes in the world

They don't call him "Money" for nothing. Forbes released it's 2015 rendition of the top-100 highest-paid athletes in the world on Wednesday, and for the second straight year boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. topped the list, earning just $13 million less than the next three athletes combined.

Mayweather …

ATP World Tour

Nike is taking over the NBA

Nike is now going to be on all NBA gear.

Nike is now decking out the NBA.

In an announcement on Wednesday, Nike and the NBA announced that the athletic apparel company would become the exclusive provider of on-court gear for the professional basketball league.

Nike will also be the on-court gear …

Nike