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USGA: Players can wear LIV Golf logo at U.S. Open

Closing Bell / Friday, June 10, 2022
LIV Golf could have an on-course presence at the U.S. Open next week, as the USGA has no regulations in place preventing golfers from wearing the logo of the upstart league on apparel or headgear. A USGA source said, “There is nothing that would prohibit players from competing in...

2022 Sports Business Awards

Weekly / Monday, May 16, 2022
Learn more about the 96 nominees for Sports Business Awards in 15 categories, in addition to Sports Business Journal’s 2022 recipient of the Celebration of Service Award, America SCORES. The winners will be revealed during an awards presentation on May 18 at the New York Marriott Marquis, representing...

Steinberg Sports enters basketball with AMG merger

Closing Bell / Thursday, April 7, 2022
Steinberg Sports & Entertainment is expanding into the basketball representation space after merging with Athlete Management Group. AMG co-Founders Mike Silverman and Brandon Grier will take on new titles as part of the transaction; Silverman will serve as SSE Senior VP/Basketball Operations and Grier will...

WWE sets attendance, sales marks for Royal Rumble in St. Louis

Daily / Monday, January 31, 2022
WWE held its annual Royal Rumble at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis on Saturday, and the event drew some impressive financial results. The sellout crowd of 44,390 at the former home of the Rams marks the second-most-attended WWE event since the start of the pandemic, behind...

Fanatics expanding its business; Rubin to be CEO

Morning Buzz / Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Fanatics today is announcing plans to expand beyond just e-commerce and into different businesses. Those potential growth areas are in sports betting, iGaming, media and ticketing, though there is no definitive timetable for when Fanatics could announce plans in those spaces. Fanatics has already begun its first new vertical,...

Fanatics rides Lawrence to record NFL Draft sales

Closing Bell / Friday, April 30, 2021
Demand for Trevor Lawrence ’s official No. 16 Jaguars jersey led Fanatics to its best sales ever for the first night of an NFL Draft. Lawrence, long projected to be the No. 1 overall pick, more than doubled the previous best sales for an individual draftee,...

Fanatics signs Trevor Lawrence to multiyear deal

Morning Buzz / Friday, April 30, 2021
No. 1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence is adding to his budding marketing portfolio, as Fanatics has signed the Jaguars QB to a multiyear deal. The agreement will see Fanatics become the exclusive provider of memorabilia and autographed merchandise for Lawrence, including those related to both the...

Source: Fanatics' latest funding round yields $320M

Morning Buzz / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Fanatics has raised $320M in its latest round of funding, according to a source, shooting the company’s valuation up to $12.8B. Silver Lake led this round of funding, which comes approximately just seven months after Fanatics closed a $350M Series E investment round. Fidelity, Neuberger Berman, Franklin...

Review: How Nickelodeon's NFL Telecast Landed With A Six-Year-Old

Daily / Monday, January 11, 2021
The decision by the NFL and CBS to simulcast yesterday’s Bears-Saints playoff game on Nickelodeon resulted in thousands of parents around the country watching the channel-specific broadcast with their children. I know that, because I was one of those parents. There was no way that my six-year-old son Conner...

Chris Paul Back For More In New State Farm Campaign

Daily / Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Chris Paul will make his debut with the Suns on Wednesday night when they host the Mavericks, but he is returning this season to another team he has long been associated with -- State Farm. The NBA’s official insurance sponsor once again is debuting an original campaign...