Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Sports Business Carnival, which is a bi-weekly collection of sports business articles from some of the brightest sports business bloggers. Here’s a snapshot of what’s been going on lately:
Lucas Aykroyd presents Sports Illustrated’s Frank Deford is wrong: NHL belongs at Olympics posted at HockeyAdventure.com, challenging Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford’s argument that it would make good sense for the NHL and NBA to pull out of the Olympics after 2010 and 2008 respectively.
Mark from Sports Biz presents his take on the Wall Street Journal’s recent article about Ohio State’s enormous athletic budget. Mark points out a few mistakes in the story and wonders, “Are 6 flat screen TVs in a locker room really necessary? Where did it all go so wrong?” The college arms race isn’t ending any time soon.
At Sports Agent Blog, Darren Heitner suggests that every sports entity, including sports agents, should go green and embrace the environment and do everything they can do protect it. According to Darren, fellow sports agent Leigh Steinberg has taken the lead on this and wants to encourage sports executives to go green whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Brian Berger presents “The Wie Family Mows Through Another Agent” at Sports Business Radio. Brian suggests that Michelle Wie’s career is quickly heading for disaster (she isn’t winning and has gone through 2 agents in 2 years). Michelle might want to tell her controlling father to stop interfering with her career and let a good sports agent do the job.
Sarah Talalay from Sun-Sentine’s Business of Sports reveals that the Carolina Panthers have signed a new deal with Ticketmaster that expands its current deal to include sales of tickets on TM’s secondary ticketing service, TicketExchange. In my humble opinion, it will be interesting to see how secondary ticketing rights play out in the future, as there is sure to be tension over who controls these rights at the league and team level. Teams will want to do their own deals and gain additional revenue and retain control over the resale of their tickets. Leagues will likely want to do umbrella deals which give a ticket provider these exclusive rights for all teams.
Skip Sauer of The Sports Economist shares some interesting MLB stories. One of these looks at the reason behind the MLB’s estimated $6 billion in revenue from this year and the other is his assessment of a story that argues that A-Rod reall is worth $30 million a year over 10 years.
Last but not least, at Biz of Baseball, Maury Brown presents a compelling interview with MLBPA legend and super-agent, Dick Moss.
Thank you all for your submissions! Feel free to pass the word on to other bloggers who may be interested. Visit our official page to submit an article for the next edition, which will be published Novemeber 5.