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Goodell’s Compensation Nearly Tripled in 2011

imgres-1It was revealed this week when the NFL filed the league’s tax return that owners nearly tripled commissioner Roger Goodell’s compensation in 2011, paying him $29.49 million, which likely makes him the highest paid commissioner in sports.

While Goodell’s salary paid him $3.12 million in 2011, most of his earnings were from his bonus that paid him $22.3 million. It can’t be confirmed if Goodell is the highest paid commissioner in sports because the tax returns filed by the MLB and NBA are not public, however MLB commissioner Bud Selig and NBA commissioner David Stern are both thought to have earned around $25 million.

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Sports Networking

Athletes React to Pistorius Murder Charge on Twitter

imgres-6In one of the most shocking sports stories ever, 2012 Olympian Oscar Pistorius, known by many as “Blade Runner” for his prosthetic limbs, was charged for the murder of his girlfriend in what those defending the 26-year old South African are calling a tragic accident.

“My word, if these reports on @SkyNewsBreak are true, this story regarding Oscar Pistorius accidentally killing his girlfriend is horrific,” tweeted English footballer Michael Owen.

“Woken up to the horrendous news about Oscar Pistorius mistakenly shooting his girlfriend. What an awful tragedy,” said British athlete Jessica Ennis, a fellow track & field Olympian in London.

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Sports Marketing

NHL Ticket Prices See Largest Increase In Sports For Second Straight Year

imgres-2For the second consecutive year, NHL teams saw a larger ticket percentage increase than the NFL or NBA according to Team Marketing Report, a sports marketing research firm. Season ticket prices increased 5.7 percent after the lockout ended last month. The average cost of a season ticket for non-premium seats is $61.01.

The average NBA ticket is $50.99, a 3.5 percent increase, while the average NFL ticket rose 2.5 percent to $78.38. In previous years, the NHL saw a ticket percentage increase of 4.8 percent, while the NBA, NFL and MLB all saw lower increases at 1.7, 1.2 and 1.2 percent respectively.

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Sports Sponsorship

Nike Pulls Ad Campaign Featuring Oscar Pistorius


In response to the murder charge involving Oscar Pistorius, a Nike athlete, the company has announced it is pulling an ad campaign featuring the South African track & field star.  The campaign featured an ad in which Pistorius is pictured sprinting off starting blocks with the phrase, “I am the bullet in the chamber.” This week, Pistorius was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp after shooting her in his home on Valentines Day.

Nike has not yet made a statement on whether or not they will consider terminating Pistorius’ contract, which is thought to be worth about $2 million. A spokesman would only say that they were monitoring the situation closely, and that it is a police matter.

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Sports Sales

Yankees Ticket Sales Are ‘Rough’ According to COO

imgres-7Despite being the most famous pro sports franchise of all-time and playing in the biggest media market in the world, the New York Yankees are saying that ticket sales for 2013 will present major challenges. Between Superstorm Sandy and a struggling economy, the Yankees don’t expect to see the same level of success when it comes to ticket sales.

“It’s rougher than in years past,” said Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost. “It’s rough for the Yankees.”

Trost would go on to explain that because the landscape is changing, it is not as easy to lure fans to the ballpark. In what is a sign of the changing times, the Yankees are attempting to lower their payroll to $189 million to avoid Major League Baseball’s luxury tax.

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Sports Social Media

Michigan Admits to Hiring Cyber-Stalk Companies to Monitor Athletes on Facebook and Twitter

imgres-8Universities that stalk or ban student-athletes’ Facebook and Twitter accounts could be stepping beyond their legal limits, according to sports law experts. Athletic departments that ask for passwords to monitor or prohibit activity on social media are violating freedom of speech rights, law experts said.

Earlier this month, University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon admitted that the university hired a consulting firm to create fake social media accounts to monitor student athletes on Facebook and Twitter. Sports media law attorney Brad Shear said that this was considered hacking, and that the hiring of “cyber-stalk companies” was a violation of Michigan’s social media privacy act.

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Sports Media

Golf Channel to Air Final Round of Women’s Australian Open Live

imgres-9As a result of 15-year old Lydia Ko tied for the lead, the Golf Channel has decided to air the final round of the Women’s Australian Open live beginning at 9:30 pm EST on Saturday.  The Golf Channel had originally scheduled to air a replay of the third round of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open during the 9:30 pm time slot. That event will now be shown at 2 am EST following the conclusion of the Women’s Australian Open.

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Sports Jobs

Seven Sports Jobs and What They Pay


Have you always dreamed of a career in sports, but didn’t know where to look? The career website provided a list of seven jobs in sports and what they pay.The list includes everything from becoming gym teacher for $50,000 a year to becoming a sports medicine doctor for nearly a quarter of a million dollars per year.

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Sports Technology

Adidas Reveals Energy Boost Technology

imgres-13On Wednesday in New York City, with the help of Olympic sprinter Yohan Blake, Adidas revealed a new technology for its sneakers called Boost. The technology is a new kind of cushioning in Adidas running shoes designed to give runners energy as they push off during their stride. The new technology is making its debut in a shoe called the Energy Boost. The shoe aims to bring together cushioning and responsiveness into one single shoe for runners.

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