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The Top News In #Sportsbiz – 01.14.13 – 01.21.13

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

New Grizzlies CEO Off To A Fast Start In 2012-13

Memphis GrizzliesAfter the new ownership group of the Memphis Grizzlies, led by Robert Pera, was introduced to the public at the beginning of the season, the team got off to its best start ever, 12-1 in November, including victories over the Heat, Thunder, Knicks and Lakers. (OK, so that Lakers win doesn’t look as good now, but you get the picture.)

Pera, CEO and founder of Ubiquiti Networks Inc., brought in Jason Levien to serve as CEO of the Grizzlies and run day-to-day operations. Levien, previously was part-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, and is also part owner of DC United in MLS.

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Sports Networking

3 Sports Networking Events To Attend In 2013

Sports BusinessLooking to break into the sports industry? Well, sports conferences and networking events are a great way to meet and learn from fellow aspiring sports professionals and seasoned sports professionals.

Not to mention, they will help you stay on top of the latest industry trends. They also help improve your self-confidence and self-esteem when interacting with professionals in the industry.

However, attending these conferences and events can be costly. Here’s a review of a few well established conferences and events so you may spend your time and money wisely.

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Sports Marketing

Are Manti Te’o’s Marketing Opportunities Sacked?

Manti Te'oEven with the massive controversy – and mystery – surrounding Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and the death of his fake girlfriend, his draft stock and marketing potential may be largely unchanged, according to analysts.

Unlike the NBA, most incoming rookies in the NFL don’t get millions of dollars in pre-draft endorsements.

“In the NFL, you really have to earn it,” said Darren Rovell, a sports business reporter at ESPN.

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Sports Sponsorship

World’s No. 1 Player Becomes First Tennis Player To Endorse Red Bull

Victoria AzarenkaBelarusian tennis star Victoria Azarenka has signed a multiyear personal endorsement deal with Red Bull. Azarenka announced the deal as she looks to defend her title at the Australian Open and became the first tennis player to endorse the energy drink.

According to SportsPro Media, Azarenka was ranked as the world’s 35th most marketable athlete early in 2012 and will play in her first match in the open down under later today. She already has Wilson, Nike, MuscleTech, Citizen Watches and Tourna Group as her sponsors. Her deal with Six Star Pro Nutrition products was announced at the beginning of the U.S. Open.

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Sports Sales

Sabres Fans Showing Support For Team In Ticket Sales

Buffalo SabresHockey’s back, and so are droves of die-hard Sabres fans, who are showing few signs of holding any post-NHL lockout grudge in Buffalo.

It’s evident in the demand for tickets. The Sabres announced Monday that it took them one day to sell more than 31,000 of the remaining 80,000 tickets they had available for their 24 home games.

It was apparent at the team’s store, where fans stood in line for up to a half hour to take advantage of the Sabres selling all of their merchandise – from $320 jerseys to toddler pajamas – at half price.

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Sports Social Media

Ravens’ Ray Lewis — The Klout King

Ray LewisWe’re still a few weeks from crowning a Super Bowl champion, but there is one title Ray Lewis can add to his Hall of Fame résumé: highest Klout score among the rosters of the four remaining NFL teams. Hey, at least nerds will think that’s a big deal.

A Klout score is like social media’s equivalent of the NFL’s quarterback rating.There’s a complicated formula to come up with one specific number that attempts to give credit where credit is actually due.

The truth is, to determine one’s online popularity, just having high numbers of Facebook fans or Twitter followers isn’t going to cut it — especially in a world where you can buy 1,000 Twitter followers for $14, or “friend” anyone with the click of a button.

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Sports Media

As Lance Armstrong Decides Next Move, Agencies Are Watching

Lance ArmstrongThe long wait for Lance Armstrong to admit his doping and deceit ended last week when he came clean, at least partly, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Now he is back in Hawaii with his family, without credibility, and also without a job, a cancer foundation to represent or any foreseeable income that would come close to the millions he once earned from the sponsors that abandoned him last fall.

So what is Armstrong’s next move? Antidoping officials are hoping he has one thing at the top of his to-do list: to knock on their doors

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Sports Jobs

Making Sacrifices To Break Into Sports — Part I

what will i do know?Working in the sports business definitely comes with its share of perks, whether it is loving the content of your work, attending cool industry events, or going to professional sports games, just to name a few.

However, like any other full-time position out there, holding a sports job has its list of drawbacks. Before pursuing a sports career wholeheartedly, you must decide if the respective job perks and duties outweigh the sacrifices required to get into the business. If you think they do, then trying to break into sports is worth it. If you don’t, then you should stop reading and start looking for a job in a different industry.

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Sports Technology

NHL GameCenter App Is a Must Have For The Die-Hard Hockey Fan

NHL GameCenter AppNHL hockey finally returns on Saturday after a drawn-out lockout that had many fans hurting almost as bad as a puck to the face.

So if you’re a fan who wants to make up for months of lost hockey by compensating with that much more NHL action, the digital subscription service NHL GameCenter may be for you.

It’s not exactly cheap at $49.99 for the shortened 48-game season, but that money does get you pretty much everything NHL-related.

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