Can California Chrome Help Racing Strike Gold?

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At long last maybe, just maybe horse racing has positioned itself to take a long overdue ride, thanks to the people and the personalities in and around California Chrome and the industry itself. Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, none of the 12 horses who have taken the … [Read more...]

Remembering A Sports Business Pioneer…Mike Cohen…25 Years After His Passing…

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It is amazing that it is 25 years this month that the sports business world, just growing at the time, prematurely lost a legend, someone who set the tone and helped create the sports and entertainment communication industry as it exists today. His name was Mike Cohen and some … [Read more...]

Lone Star A Shining Example Of Digital Success…

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Two weeks ago there was an uproar that a good part of the press box at Churchill Downs had ceded use to luxury seats. Less media, so out the space to work. Unfortunately in most of the horse racing tracks around the country, the press, let alone the press box, could be gone and … [Read more...]

YUM! Posts A Derby Branding Win Too…

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Saturday night millions watched on NBC as Orb overcame a very muddy track to win the Run For the Roses for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaghey.   The horse came from deep in the pack over the final quarter mile for the legendary win, and set himself and his owners up for two weeks … [Read more...]

Arching, Horsing Around, and Batting For A Cure…

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Some brief thoughts on good ideas from the past week... Is It Archery's Time? A few months ago there was all this talk about how the world of archery could find its way into a brighter spotlight because of all the places the sport was popping up in popular culture. As we move … [Read more...]

The Great Brand Run Of NBC Sports…

There was a time not too long ago where some in the sports and entertainment industry thought the sun had set on NBC Sports as a property. No NFL, Olympics in question, not a lot of forward movement, Comcast rumors of a takeover and on and on. Looking at NBC Sports as a property … [Read more...]

Horse Racing, Boxing Reach A Window Together…Again

It is another test weekend for the star-crossed sports of horse racing and boxing, brought together to the stage in the form of the Kentucky Derby and Saturday's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Miguel Cotto fight on pay-per-view. In many ways it is not dissimilar from last May, when Manny … [Read more...]

Another March Madness?

As we get deeper into what has become one of the busiest weeks in sports, between March Madness, NHL, NFL Free Agency and the NBA Trading Deadline, let's take a look at another entity which is looking to capitalize one the fervor of March Madness...one that already has the … [Read more...]

Is All “Luck” Good For Racing?

The sport of horse racing has tried to right itself in the past year, and reverse the overall downward spiral that has befallen a once thriving industry. With solid turnouts, ratings and storylines for the Triple Crown, a renewed interest in the Breeder's Cup, and a strong focus … [Read more...]

Tebowing Lifts Horse Racing Too?

Branch Rickey had a Hall of Fame career as an innovator in the sport of baseball, but will probably known best for his work bringing Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues and forever changing the racial makeup of the game. A voracious reader and deep thinker, Rickey also left the … [Read more...]