Can A Pharoah Lead Horse Racing To Brand Gold?

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Is this now the year that horse racing has positioned itself to take a long overdue ride, thanks to the people and the personalities in and around American Pharoah and the industry itself. Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, none of the 13 horses who have taken the first … [Read more...]

The Simplest Of Promos Can be The Best

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A few years ago on Sunday morning as I was going to get bagels I heard New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan on “Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball” show on WFAN in New York talking about how the simplest of actions with his father, playing catch after work, were some of his brightest … [Read more...]

Horse Racing’s Gamble For The Future…

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The following also appeared in The Daily Payoff   This weekend millions will take to the road to celebrate everything from graduations to communions and confirmations to Mother’s Day, but on Saturday racing and gambling enthusiasts and sports business people will also … [Read more...]

No Matter What The Sport, Ex-Athletes Agree Fantasy Is Growing…

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No matter what the sport or the level of management, the infusion of gambling and fantasy gaming into the conversation is hard to avoid. Tuesday night at the regular monthly gathering of the New York Sports Venture Capital proved the point as three elite former athletes took … [Read more...]

OYO Boyo, The Cool Collectables Back For The Draft…

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Last year we wrote about the great growth of OYO Sports, filling a need and then thriving on the unique-LEGO-like collectable market for sports. The company secured the licenses for a majority of the leagues to create player by player images with the popular building blocks and … [Read more...]

Moving The Needle: Learning From Andy Dolich

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If you wanted to take a snapshot of the progression of sports in America for the last three decades; not just the biggest of leagues but startups and “attacker” brands as well, you should start with Andy Dolich. The Brooklyn native has been there for some of team sports’ greatest … [Read more...]

We Love A Comeback: Pete Rose Returning To The Fold?

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Pete Rose on the comeback, kinda? It has been very slow, but the logjam appears to be softening under new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, as baseball’s banned hit king has started to make his way into the “official” good graces with baseball. The question from a business standpoint … [Read more...]

Boxing Is Back And Mayweather Is Money

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As hard as it is to believe for many who thought the days of boxing on broadcast were over in the 1970’s, the sport is probably getting more live and taped airtime today than in decades. NBC and CBS, ESPN and FOX, Showtime and HBO and Spike TV have all found their way back in or … [Read more...]

Howling About Fantasy Sports: Catching Up With Rick Wolf

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While the casual fan may think that all this “fantasy” stuff is new from a business perspective, in reality the roots of fantasy are a few decades old, and there are few who understand the history, the success, and the failures of the business better than Rick Wolf. A Fantasy … [Read more...]