With Olympic Qualifying On The Line, Rugby’s Time In The States May be Coming…

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Two weeks ago I was invited to PPL Park in Chester, Pa. to take a look at a test event for a sport that has a big grassroots following in the US, has been played in some form on the college and high school level for ages, and is a massive sport in its more traditional form … [Read more...]

The Value of Being First: Cosmos and Cuba

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The NASL has always made the claim to be an innovator. Even in its first incarnation, colored balls, shootouts, exploding scoreboards and cheerleaders were all part of the play to get America interested in “The Beautiful Game.” In many ways it was way ahead of its time, speaking … [Read more...]

Simple Works; Mets, Jon Stewart Try To Help Push Along #GiveThem20

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The beauty of the Ice Bucket Challenge was its simplicity of message. Do this with this and raise money for this. Little call to action, highly social and visual and transcended every barrier possible; social, geographic, language, age, gender, race. We got it, and with it we … [Read more...]

Local Brands Can Ride The Coming Women’s Soccer Wave

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This week whole the storm came down on FIFA, some of soccer’s best ambassadors to the podium to talk about their greatest challenges and opportunities, many of which will start  Saturday at Red Bull Arena. They are the members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, who will … [Read more...]

Pac-12, Monumental Shrink The Global Sports World Again

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Just a few years ago people raised some eyebrows as brands like Emirates Airways took their place in U.S. sport, partnering at first with the Breeders Cup and then branching out into golf and tennis. At the same time traditional American brands like GM and Coke took the … [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...]

In Pressbox Or On The Pitch, Tolleson Makes The Call

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Veteran announcer Joe Tolleson has called a host of sports events in his career, from the Olympics to the NHL. However what he may be known best for is his work in soccer, which will be amplified this spring and summer as he takes the reins as the first TV voice (along with … [Read more...]

“Currying” Favor With Shoes; Catching Up With Under Armour’s Peter Ruppe

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The athletic shoe business is not an easy one, ever for mega-brands like Nike and adidas. What will it be like for Under Armour? The track record of Kevin Plank’s massive brand has been strong with almost every expansion into new categories, and the footware division got a big … [Read more...]

An Impact You Can Hear; NYCFC On The Radio…

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In less than a month’s time, the New York area will have not one, but two Major League Soccer clubs, as New York City Football Club will make its MLS debut and join the Red Bulls for their debut season. Adding in the Cosmos in the NASL and Sky Blue in NWSL it makes for a great … [Read more...]