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Closing Shot: Cultivating Careers

Weekly / Monday, June 13, 2022
Sun Roesslein was working toward her master’s in sports management, targeting a career as a softball coach, when she landed a summer job on the grounds crew at the home of the Atlantic League Lexington (Ky.) Legends. It wasn’t long before she made a major decision in...

Closing Shot: Ready To Serve

Weekly / Monday, May 30, 2022
Bruce Smith had the college football world in his hands. The 21-year-old running back for the Minnesota Golden Gophers had just led his team to the 1941 national championship, and on Dec. 7, was riding a train to New York to accept the Heisman Trophy. As the...

WWE, Fanatics agree to wide-ranging partnership

Morning Buzz / Monday, March 28, 2022
WWE and Fanatics reached a long-term partnership across e-commerce, licensed merchandise, trading cards and NFTs that will provide enhanced retail options for WWE fans. This summer, Fanatics will exclusively re-introduce a new, rapid e-commerce and mobile destination, WWE Shop, giving fans access to merchandise across all categories,...

A&E, WWE expand programming partnership

Closing Bell / Tuesday, March 1, 2022
A&E and WWE reached a multiyear expansion of their programming partnership, commissioning more than 130 new hours of WWE-themed series and specials to air exclusively on A&E platforms and to be distributed worldwide by A+E Networks. The multi-platform partnership includes 35 new episodes of “Biography,” featuring documentaries...

Closing Shot: Bout At The Ballpark

Weekly / Monday, February 21, 2022
Sean Decker is all about driving additional revenue at the current and former homes of the Texas Rangers, so that’s why just over a week ago he was grappling with the latest effort, Bout at the Ballpark, a collegiate and international wrestling competition. College wrestling...

Closing Shot: Start Your Engines

Weekly / Monday, February 14, 2022
It’s been decades since Daytona businesses first started using motorsports to attract tourists during the winter season, whether it was to watch daring drivers attempt land speed records on the beach or some of the earliest car models rub fenders in races. Newly formed NASCAR...

Closing Shot: Diving Into Bowl Season

Weekly / Monday, December 13, 2021
The forecast for the start of college bowl season is a high of about 80 degrees with a low around 70. “That’s why we always say bowl games are better in the Bahamas,” said Richard Giannini, executive director of of the Bahamas Bowl, which on Dec....

PGA of America, Legends partner on merch efforts

Morning Buzz / Monday, December 6, 2021
The PGA of America reached a partnership that will see Legends handle the organization's merchandising efforts. As part of the deal, Legends will operate on-site, online, licensing and corporate merchandising for the PGA's spectator championships: the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KitchenAidSenior PGA Championship. In...

Closing Shot: The Next Moves In College Sports

Weekly / Monday, December 6, 2021
This week marks the 20th edition of Sports Business Journal’s annual Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, and while the gathering has tackled its share of hot-button topics over the years, this year’s event comes as college athletics faces some of the most disruptive forces ever. This year’s event,...

WWE releases pay-per-view schedule for next year

Weekly / Monday, October 25, 2021
For the first time, WWE has released the dates and locations for the following year's pay-per-view schedule in advance, highlighting a 2022 that will again see a two-night WrestleMania and the most stadium shows in the company’s history. Nick Khan, WWE president and chief revenue officer, said...
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