Storytelling 101: Sports and Politics And The Ties That Bind

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Several years ago I was sitting in the stands at the US Open during a rain delay with Doug Band, who was then President Bill Clinton’s Deputy Assistant. Doug was at the Open with POTUS that day, and as we waited for the courts to dry, we got to talking about the similarities … [Read more...]

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...]

Can A Pharoah Lead Horse Racing To Brand Gold?


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...]

Boxing Is Back And Mayweather Is Money


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...]

Wrestling Is Off The Mat And Back On Its Feet


A little over two years ago, wrestling as a sport was in trouble. Removed from the Olympics and struggling for relevance, what was one of the world’s oldest sports was on its way to infamy. Fast forward to today, and it looks like the sport is continuing to get up off the mat, … [Read more...]

Is Curling On A Straight Path To Success?


There was a joke in the old hit TV series “The Odd Couple” where Oscar tells Felix he is going to cover the Curling Championships, and an excited Felix replies “I didn’t know hair dressers had a sport.” That was then, and I’m sure the sport of curling appreciated the national TV … [Read more...]

Is Boxing Back?


It has been on life support for years in the eyes of many. Banished to small gyms as the UFC and WWE rose to prominence, gone from network TV, full of an alphabet soup of titles, a lack of U.S. buzz, no heavyweight stars, too violent and corrupt. Boxing many said, will soon be … [Read more...]

Shedding Some Light On An Unconventional Super Bowl Opportunity…

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It’s not easy to cut through the clutter on Super Bowl Sunday without big bucks. However what about a brand, albeit not a consumer brand, that will have perhaps the biggest light shone on it, literally, during the game. They are not an NFL partner, not an ambush marketer, and you … [Read more...]

The FXFL Is Here…Will It Stay?


The allure of minor league sports is very powerful. Doing the right thing, having a great experience with young people as they work their way up the ladder on and off the field, an affordable family experience, a year-round chance for brands both locally and nationally to engage … [Read more...]