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The Top News In #Sportsbiz – 11.19.12 – 11.26.12

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

Sports Business

5 Best Things About Being An NFL Sports Agent

Jerry MaguireI (Agent Jack Bechta) have been lied to, deceived, used, humiliated, and have sacrificed a lot of my personal time and interest to serve others who play and coach the game. MOST AGENTS HAVE! Even as the skin grows thicker over time the agent business can be emotionally, physically and mentally painful. However, I have had a re-appreciation for my career over the last few years.

Yes, it’s a cutthroat field, highly competitive, full of egos on all sides, and can be highly stressful and very demanding. It’s a career where the switch always has to be, “on”.

Read more: http://bit.ly/WLRDsa

Sports Networking

Breaking Into Sports Requires A Little Creativity

Breaking Into SportsBreaking into the sports industry requires creativity. It’s a no-brainer. Besides having a foot in the door at a sports organization, the way you land internships and jobs involves some sort of unique method or tactic that garners attention and gets people talking about you, typically in a good way. Such positive word of mouth might just be enough to get you over the edge and into the industry.

To me, creativity is all about seeing the world differently and standing out from the crowd. It’s the ability to come up with fresh ideas on a regular basis. Often, the ideas you generate are centered on solving problems, whether personal, practical or business related.

Read more: http://bit.ly/R9lA3S

Sports Marketing

Nets-Related Domain Re-Directs To NY Knicks Homepage

KnicksSomeone in cyberspace is playing a prank on the Brooklyn Nets.

Users who typed in www.nets.com into their web browsers over the weekend were automatically redirected not to the Brooklyn Nets’ homepage, but rather the All-Star Balloting page for the Knicks.

The original redirect, which featured Knicks stars Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, has since been replaced with a redirect to the Knicks’ official website.

Read more: http://bit.ly/TnnBHN

Sports Sponsorship

Southwest Airlines Scores Big With Packers Sponsorship

Green Bay PackersThe Packers brand is a powerful thing. Southwest Airlines has discovered this as a major sponsor of the team. Funny thing, Southwest doesn’t even fly to Green Bay. Clearly marketing doesn’t always have to make sense.

Southwest is looking to establish their selves at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport as well as embrace the culture of Wisconsin. Patty Herbeck, director of partnership marketing for the airline, stated that becoming a major sponsor of the Packers was a part of that.

Read more: http://bit.ly/QhYtCR

Sports Sales

University Of Minnesota Making Inovations With Ticket Deals

University of MinnesotaIt wasn’t the price of a television or a fridge that caught my eye as I was perusing among the Black Friday offers last night. It was actually a ticket offer that appeared online from the Minnesota Golden Gophers, called a Golden Ticket, at a cost of $75.

The Golden Ticket is preloaded with all nine Big Ten Conference men’s basketball games. For $8.33 a game? That’s a pretty good deal. Especially considering the retail value of those tickets is $315.

But there’s a catch. The holder of the Golden Ticket can go to as many of those nine games as he or she wants, but if the team loses at the game they go to, the pass becomes deactivated.

Read more: http://es.pn/10P22m8

Sports Social Media

40 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts For NBA Fanatics

Social Media-TwitterIn the last few years, NBA players and experts have taken to Twitter, engaging with fans and tweeting out information before larger media outlets can even get a hold of it. And, just last Tuesday, the NBA began allowing fans to vote for the 2013 NBA All-Star team via Twitter.

It seems that this season, being on twitter is a must for any serious NBA fan. So to get you started, we’ve rounded-up our favorite NBA superstars and basketball masterminds that you need to be following this season.

Read more: http://huff.to/QD5xex

Sports Media

B1G Adds Rutgers, Maryland To Give Conference 14 Teams

Maryland-RutgersMaryland made the latest move in the tectonic plate-shifting that has been college conference realignment by accepting an invitation Monday to join the Big Ten. Rutgers is expected to follow suit Tuesday.

With those moves, the Big Ten will number 14. The Big East will absorb another blow by losing Rutgers, and the Atlantic Coast Conference will lose one of its founding members with the departure of Maryland. The A.C.C. was so worried about losing ground in the conference shuffling that it recently raised the fee for members’ leaving the conference to $50 million from $20 million, a payment Maryland is obligated to make to exit.

Read more: http://nyti.ms/USHfIJ

Sports Jobs

30 Books On Amazon During Black Friday Week To Advance Your Sports Career

Cyber MondayIt’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas is right around the corner.

But, in the meantime, the thing that should be on everyone’s mind is Cyber Monday — that special day where millions of Americans go bizerk trying to find the perfect gift for the whole family…online.

This year, how about getting that young sports business professional in your family something to read that will help take his or her career to the next level? Don’t have any clue where to look? Not sure what books are worthwhile? At Sports Networker, we’ve compiled a list of 30 books that will be sure to advance your loved one’s sports career.

Read more: http://bit.ly/QD3Tto

Sports Technology

WatchESPN App Now Available On XBox 360

WatchESPN AppMicrosoft and ESPN launched the new version of the WatchESPN app on the Xbox 360 Monday night, bringing ESPN’s full family of networks to the country’s top-selling gaming console, which is increasingly attempting to become a one-stop destination for sports fans.

The new ESPN content — including live showings of ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU — joins the NBA, MLB, UFC and NHL to create a rather extensive sports collection for Xbox LIVE Gold users, provided they have a cable subscription for the ESPN app and are willing to shell out extra money for the other sports (although there is some free content, detailed below).

Read more: http://es.pn/10OZnbX

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