FC Bayern Munich Builds Brand; In The U.S.


It is not an easy thing, building brand affinity for a soccer club, or any team or league, that plays games thousands of miles away and whose stars rarely show up in market. Broadcast media, and the digital and social world have made it a bit easier to connect and follow, but … [Read more...]

To Tell Or Not To Tell In A Crisis: From Paris To The World Series


In a world where we are constantly besieged by information, how can you keep a secret, especially a serious one from a select person or group when literally the whole world knows? That situation has come up not once, but twice, in recent weeks involving elite athletes and some … [Read more...]

Rousey’s Loss Is A Gain For Brand UFC

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15:  Ronda Rousey of the United States (R) and Holly Holm of the United States compete in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Make no mistake that the UFC is still a dominant and evolving global brand in sport, especially in key younger male demos that crave action and engagement. The biggest crowd ever to see the promotion, over 54,000, filled Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Saturday night to see the … [Read more...]

Can College Football Carve A Fantasy Niche?

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College football, especially amongst the five power conferences, continues to be a media and broadcast ratings bonanza in the United States, and with the next round of college football playoffs on tap for January, there is no sign of the interest and the passion for the game … [Read more...]

Chevy Hits An All-Star Homer…


All-Star Games bring out the best in sponsor activation. Other than the Super Bowl, they are the only events on the calendar that are big attention getters with pre-planned locations well in advance for brands to effectively plot out activation opportunities. No worry about short … [Read more...]

Women’s World Cup Success; What’s Next?


Monday Women’s World Cup hero Carli Lloyd appeared on The CBS Morning Show, just one of a host of late night/early morning stops the U. S. Women’s National team, and her teammates would be making on this whirlwind tour celebrating their 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday night. However … [Read more...]

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


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...]

MLB Scores With Charitable World Series Execution…


For all the talk about baseball needing to catch up with the times, the traditions of how the game is played remain hallowed ground, and one of those traditional points of execution is the sacrifice; literally giving your chance at glory up to move a runner along. Sometimes as we … [Read more...]

Data Now Has A Price…

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What price does data have in sport these days? If the stories on Friday are to be believed, and no reason they are not, the current price for at least some of the data is north of $200 million. That was the expected number that the sale of Chicago-based Stats Inc. fetched from a … [Read more...]

The Power Of The Special Olympics Can Transform, Enrich Brands, Careers…

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The last year has seen its own set of drama good and bad in sport across The Garden State. From the excitement of The Super Bowl to the craziness surrounding the issues of Rutgers basketball, from the new ownership of the Devils to the disappointment of the Jets and Giants, from … [Read more...]