Opinion

Athletes are at the heart of NWSL’s character and value

Weekly / Monday, October 25, 2021
Existential crisis. Inflection point. Moment of reckoning. It’s easy to use these words to describe the current state of the NWSL. They’re sadly, frustratingly, infuriatingly accurate. The league faces an uncertain future amid the fallout from the Paul Riley sexual misconduct scandal. But if you look past...

Forum: Business story of Pro Football HOF is one to watch

Weekly / Monday, October 25, 2021
D avid Baker ’s departure as president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame wasn’t a surprise, as there were rumblings during induction weekend in August that the 68-year-old Baker wanted to return to his home of California. Sources told me it’s been in the works for...

The grades are in — brands and athletes scored high at Tokyo Games

Weekly / Monday, October 18, 2021
As we sat down (OK, we Zoomed) to write this October column, reveling in the success of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games that ended Sept. 5, we stumbled upon a shocking truth. Hard as it was to believe, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are only four months away. ...

Forum: The Relentless Michael Rubin

Weekly / Monday, October 18, 2021
“If you’re changing an industry, you’re going to break some glass along the way.” Those are the words of Michael Rubin , and the driven, dynamic CEO of Fanatics is among the most compelling figures in the sports business today. His vision to expand...

Op-ed: Looking around the corner for next era of augmented reality

SBJ Newsletters / Monday, October 18, 2021
Tonight's op-ed is from  Duncan Wardle , former VP/Innovation & Creativity at Disney , who has since launched his own creative consulting company iD8 . He writes that while sports betting is one of the "biggest opportunities for major league sports since the industry started streaming games...

Men: Want to support women? Show up

Weekly / Monday, October 11, 2021
On Oct. 20, we gather again to celebrate 50 of the smartest and most innovative minds in sports — those who’ve quite literally changed the business with their deal-making, creativity and drive. Yet, as we honor these women at Sports Business Journal’s Game Changers event and discuss how all...

Forum: Clippers will own their home and their narrative

Weekly / Monday, October 11, 2021
Imagine 18,000 fans offering the kinetic energy of Steve Ballmer throughout a game. Doesn’t seem possible, right? Well, that’s the goal of the Los Angeles Clippers, and it’s the vision behind the design of their privately financed, $1.8 billion arena in Inglewood. Yes, the Clippers...

Op-ed: Tech innovations coming for next summer's World Cup

SBJ Newsletters / Thursday, October 7, 2021
Tonight's op-ed contribution is from  Chuck Meyer , a technology fellow and adviser to Montreal -based solution provider Grass Valley . He writes under the header, "The next World Cup winner: The cloud?" Meyer: "The sheer magnitude of an event like the FIFA World Cup...

Coyotes' Xavier Gutierrez pens latest op-ed for SBJ

SBJ Newsletters / Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Coyotes President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez  pens the latest op-ed for SBJ to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month , writing under the header, "Sports world can lead the way with influence and impact."  Gutierrez: "Business terms go in and out of favor, and...