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The Top News In #Sportsbiz – 10.01.12 – 10.08.12

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

Sports Business

NHL Agents Feel Pinch Of Labor Stoppage

NHL LockoutWe hear it every time there is a labor dispute in pro sports: Millionaire players against mega-millionaire owners.

That’s true again in the current NHL lockout, which is threatening to curtail or perhaps even cancel the 2012-13 season. Negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement are going on this weekend in New York, but both sides seem to be in no hurry to compromise.

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Sports Networking

3 Keys To Making “Meaningful Connections” At Live Sports Networking Events

Sports Networking

If your goal is to work in the sports business industry, make sure “Live Networking” is part of your career-launching strategy. Not sure what that means?

Live Networking includes networking in-person at trade shows, conferences, seminars and workshops. Jobs don’t appear out of thin air. You have to network!

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Sports Marketing

Report: Jeremy Lin, Harvard, & Nike Might Team Up In Co-Licensing Deal

Jeremy LinHouston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin and his alma mater, Harvard University, are in talks to create a co-licensed merchandise line, two people with direct knowledge of the negotiations said.

The line would be created with Nike Inc., which has Lin as an endorser and which outfits the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based university’s football and basketball teams, said the people, who were granted anonymity because the contracts aren’t signed.

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Sports Sponsorship

Manchester United Ready To Cash In On New Sponsorship Deal

Manchester UnitedManchester United has been sitting idle as its competitors have signed new deals with apparel companies worth double United’s current yearly paycheck from Nike. When the club enters its exclusive negotiating window with Nike in February, however, experts say the deal will set the market for the foreseeable future.

“We are in a period during which the optimum length and value of a kit deal have really yet to be established,” said Simon Chadwick, chairman in sport business strategy and marketing at Coventry University Business School in the United Kingdom. “Any Manchester United deal is thus likely to be a barometer of the way in which the market is likely to develop over the coming years.”

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Sports Sales

Mets Attendance Bottoms Out At Lowest Totals In Past Decade

NY MetsCiti Field is just four years old and already the lure of the beautiful park has worn off as Mets attendance at the new stadium has now dropped for the third straight season.

With their home schedule complete, the Mets drew just 2.2 million fans this season, or 28,035 per game. That is just 17th in Major League Baseball, and down 44.5% from 2008, their final season in Shea Stadium (4.0 million tickets sold) and down 29.2% since 2009, the first year in Citi Field (3.2 million tickets sold).

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Sports Social Media

Why UFC Owes So Much Of Its Growth To Social Media

UFCAnyone who is a fan of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) will have most certainly known that one of the world’s fastest growing sports – Ultimate Fighting Championship – has recently landed in the UK. Nottingham hosted the global phenomenon this weekend and I was lucky enough to have tickets to go and experience the sport myself.

Having been founded in the 1990s, UFC has only really come into its own in the last decade. Along with the physical nature of the sport itself, I’ve been fascinated by the impact of Social Media on the brand, fighters and fans. The company would not be in the position it is today if it had not strongly implemented social media throughout the sport. The use of Twitter and Facebook has helped UFC transform itself from a small niche sport into a mainstream and global entertainment event, enjoyed by millions of people around the world.

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Sports Media

‘Broke’ Comes In As ESPN’s Highest-Rated 30 for 30 Documentary

30 for 30-ESPNESPN Films’ Broke, which kicked off the 30 for 30 Vol. II series on October 2, ranks as the highest-rated 30 for 30 documentary yet, delivering a 1.9 HH cvg rtg and 2.7M viewers. Broke is the second highest-rated and most viewed documentary on ESPN, only preceded by ESPN Films’ The Fab Five.

Many athletes and celebrities took to Twitter while the film aired Tuesday night, with LeBron James, Michael Vick, Dwayne Wade, John Wall, Logan Morrison,Graham Rahal and Roddy White among those tweeting to discuss and weigh in on the topic. 30 for 30 continues October 9 with 9.79* about the infamous Ben Johnson/Carl Lewis 100m final at the 1988 Seoul Games airing at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPNHD.

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Sports Jobs

Jobs In Sports Management: How To Get Your Dream Job In Sports

Jobs In Sports Management

When sports business professionals think about working in sports management, usually the thought of potentially becoming General Manager of one’s favorite sports franchise comes to mind. However, the all-encompassing world of sports management is a lot deeper than teams’ front office personnel or a top-tier sports agency firm.

From facilities and events to finance and public relations, there’s a host of opportunities, albeit competitive, for those interested in sports management. The breakdown regarding jobs in sports management, helpful insight from sports business professionals, and universities offering worthwhile programs is outlined below.

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Sports Technology

Are NFL Teams Hacking Helmet Headsets?

Robert Griffin IIINow that the replacement refs have been replaced and yellow flag-throwing order has been restored, football fans may have a new issue to worry about: helmet hacking.

Robert Griffin III claimed to have a helmet malfunction late in Sunday’s Redskins-Buccaneers game, causing his headset to go out. Even without the proper communication, the rookie quarterback led his team 56 yards in less than 2 minutes to set up Billy Cundiff’s game-winning field goal.

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