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The Top News In #Sportsbiz is a collection of articles curated by Sports Networker’s Lead Writer – Mark Burns

Sports Business

$40-Million Loss Predicted For Vancouver If NHL Lockout Lasts

Vancouver-NHL LockoutA winter without the NHL will not only mean disappointed Canucks fans but millions of dollars in lost revenue for Vancouver’s many sports bars and hotels.

“It affects so many businesses that I think some might actually shut down because of it,” said Bryan Maguire, kitchen manager at G Sports Bar and Grill. Other games like NFL football and soccer will keep the bar afloat, but “it’s a good 20, 30 per cent of our business we’re losing just from the hockey lockout.”

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Sports Networking

Spurs Sports/Entertainment Career Fair (October 6)

San Antonio SpurtsSpurs Sports and Entertainment is hosting a Career Fair on October 6, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. at the AT&T Center — includes a networking mixer during the Spurs game. Following this incredible event will be an exciting NBA game featuring the San Antonio Spurs vs. Montepaschi Siena- first game of the 2012-2013 Spurs season. Tip-Off scheduled for 7:30 pm.

Meet and greet with professionals in your field of interest including representatives from sports marketing, team sales, advertising, health care, fitness, insurance, the food industry, radio, and more! Representatives from the top sports teams and companies will be in attendance accepting resumes for full time, part time and internship positions.

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Sports Marketing

Manchester ‘U’ May Squeeze Nike After Record GM Jersey Deal

Manchester UnitedManchester United convinced General Motors Co. to pay a record $559 million to have its Chevrolet brand on the team’s red jersey. Now, the 19-time English soccer champion is ready to play hard ball with Nike, Inc., its maker.

United, which this week announced its first results since August’s initial public offering, got 33.8 million pounds ($54.7 million) in retail sales for the year ended June 30. That’s mainly from its 13-year, 303 million-pound contract with Nike, which gives the Oregon-based company control over the club’s complete merchandise sales operations, including the jersey.

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Sports Sponsorship

Jon “Bones” Jones Discusses Nike Deal With ESPN Playbook

Jon Jones Growing up in upstate New York in a big family, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones didn’t have many new clothes of his own. With an older brother, 6-foot-3 Arthur Jones of the Baltimore Ravens, and even a bigger younger brother, 6-5 Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots, the 6-4 Jon Jones wasn’t always first.

“I never really had anything of my own,” said Jones, who was visiting ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., offices on Tuesday (Sept. 18). “I grew up wearing only hand-me-downs.”

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Sports Sales

UM Basketball Offers Virtual Seating Chart As Tickets Go On Sale

UM Basketball-TicketsThe Michigan basketball program opened up season ticket sales for the 2012-13 season to the general public this morning (Sept. 18). With season tickets to Crisler Center’s lower bowl being sold out, fans are now only able to purchase single game or season tickets to the upper level of the arena.

The upper level ticket packages cost $340, breaking down to $17 a game for 20 home games. Fans can add a women’s basketball season ticket package to their men’s tickets for an additional $50, and can also now reserve spots in the “Wolverine Den,” which includes private seating and all-you-can eat food service during each game.

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Sports Social Media

ODU Twitter Ban Among Most Restrictive In College Sports

Bobby Wilder-ODU

Like millions of teenagers, Calvert Cook was a prolific tweeter when he attended Booker T. Washington High School. He checked his Twitter account dozens of times a day. But as he prepared to begin classes this summer at Old Dominion University, where he is a linebacker on the football team, Cook tweeted the following message:”Signing off. See you guys in about five years.”

At a time when Twitter has become a center of -controversy in sports, ODU football coach Bobby Wilder has implemented one of the nation’s most restrictive policies on the fast-growing social medium.

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Sports Media

The 2nd Annual Twitter 100: Who’s Who In Sports Media?

Jay BilasFor our second annual Twitter 100, we once again polled Sports llustrated staffers who are hard-core Twitter users (they are among the 140 million active on the service) and asked them which feeds they considered essential to their daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment from the sports world.

We received hundreds of worthy suggestions but eventually whittled down the list to our Top 100, presented in alphabetical order. The list intentionally does not include any members of SI but we encourage you to follow our main feed @SINOW.

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Sports Jobs

The Secret To Breaking Into Sports

top secretWant to know the secret to breaking into sports? It’s really not much of a secret. You’ve heard it before. Many times, I’m sure. But this time I want you to do something about it. Are you with me? Good.

Below are four (not-so-secret) power moves that will help you get to where you want to go with your sports business career.

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Sports Technology

Find A Pickup Basketball Game Anywhere With InfiniteHoops App

InfiniteHoopsIt’s a lonely, disappointed, and sometimes all too familiar feeling for a pickup baller: Shoes laced tight, jump-shot warmed up, game-face on … but just empty blacktop and not another player in sight. The app InfiniteHoops, however, wants to make sure you never have to live through such trauma again.

Originally launched as a barebones $0.99 iPhone app last year, a revamped and free version of InfiniteHoops hit iTunes Tuesday (Sept. 18) morning (if the App Store were the NBA, you might say it’s a candidate for the Most Improved Player award). The app is a searchable online database and community network for pickup basketball players looking to organize games, find partners to play with or check in on the status of a regular run.

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