Can Canelo Alvarez Be The Crossover Star of 2016?


Last week ended with the UFC being put into a tizzy with Ronda Rousey’s surprising loss to boxer Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia, and this past week ended with boxing gaining even more traditional steam with a growing Latino ambassador, Canelo Alvarez taking control of the … [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...]

Firms Lining Up To Make Sense of eSports…


This also appeared in The Daily Payoff It is a phenomenon whispered about like “MMA” was a decade ago, “eSports” the must have, must figure out platform that marketers craze to find that elusive young demo. Millions watching the NFL and World Series? That’s nice, but how about … [Read more...]

Local Brands Can Ride The Coming Women’s Soccer Wave


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...]

E-Gaming Keeps It’s Business Push Forward


The following post appeared in The Daily Payoff as well..   “We are going to be bigger than the NHL,” declared Major League Gaming head Mike Sepso several months ago about the growth of his company and the sport of E-Gaming. And to hear the numbers thrown around on … [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 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...]

ASU Launches A Promo Worth Fighting For…


Away from the bright lights of football and basketball, other collegiate sports do very well in their own niche communities, drawing fans, media attention and sponsors. Baseball in places like Hawaii and Miami, lacrosse in and around the ACC, soccer in key outposts, softball in … [Read more...]

Why Mayweather Is Money…


For those ‘Rocky” fans, the business side of Floyd Mayweather is a lot like the image of Apollo Creed before he takes on “The Italian Stallion.” Pick the venue, but the flowers for the Mayor’s Wife, create the package for your challenger and collect the big pay day in the best … [Read more...]