Open Season On Brand Activation…

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Say what you want about the Olympics, The Super Bowl, even NASCAR, perhaps the largest multi-day annual experiential sports branding event kicks off Monday when the US Open starts play at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. From champagne bars to celebrities … [Read more...]

No Matter What The Sport, Ex-Athletes Agree Fantasy Is Growing…

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No matter what the sport or the level of management, the infusion of gambling and fantasy gaming into the conversation is hard to avoid. Tuesday night at the regular monthly gathering of the New York Sports Venture Capital proved the point as three elite former athletes took … [Read more...]

Great Cross-Promo For An Iconic Gift: The Hess Toy Truck Hits 50…

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This weekend I received a call to action postcard about the 50th anniversary of a collectable icon; The Hess Toy Truck. In a time of quick and easy, fast and fun and on to the next thing, the Hess Toy Truck has endured for generations. It has stayed true to its brand; solid, well … [Read more...]

Looking Back 9/11/01…

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Once in a while we stray from topic…below is a recollection and some thoughts of the fall of 2001, when I was at the USTA and then the Knicks…never forget Many people have said that the events of Sept. 11, 2001 are to those less than 55 today what Pearl Harbor was to “The … [Read more...]

USTA Makes A Splash With A Unique Challenge Of Its Own…

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There is no doubt the simple act of the Ice Bucket Challenge surpassed the imagination and expectations of those golfers who originally launched the idea on July  15 to benefit ALS  (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  From kids to heads of state to … [Read more...]

Set The Ground Rules, Save The Aggravation…

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A little over 10 years ago, during a Davis Cup trip to Zimbabwe, the U.S. team passed a street in front of Robert Mugabe’s palace. In big letters there was a warning; “If you take a photo on this street you will be shot.” No one took pictures. Yes that is extreme, but it is a … [Read more...]

The Real Super Bowl Winner? Madison Avenue and Wall Street

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As we reach pre-Super Bowl weekend the debate rages on as to why a cold weather game vs. the warm weather locations, and it could this game ever happen again? After all, some say, it’s being played between two teams from thousands of miles away, local fans can’t get tickets, it … [Read more...]

Davis Cup Served A Not So “Super” Hand…Again

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There are few team sports competitions with such a long history and tradition as Davis Cup in men’s tennis. Similar to Ryder Cup in golf, Davis Cup takes usually the best of the best in an individual men’s sports and brings those players together in the rarest of rare, as a team, … [Read more...]