Robinson Cano Signs with Jay-Z’s Agency
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano announced last Tuesday that he fired agent Scott Boras and signed with an agency led by entertainment mogul Jay-Z.
Cano is the first client that Jay-Z’s new agency – Roc Nation Sports – has signed.
The superstar player from the Dominican Republic is interested in not only marketing himself as an athlete, but as an entertainer.
Cano is the face of the Yankees franchise and is quite deserving of the title as his numbers have been off the charts offensively, while maintaining one of the best gloves at his position in the game.
The agency is partnering with the already established Creative Artists Agency.
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Around the Clock Sports Media Coverage for Women
A new network JanetTV has launched becoming the first sports channel dedicated to featuring 24-hour coverage of female athletes and their sports, which will range from action sports like surfing, snowboarding, and motocross to many other mainstream sports.
The channel could potentially be a big boost to the awareness of women’s athletics and if it goes well even the playing field when it comes to equal coverage of both men and women’s sports.
Darryl Mobley, CEO of Janet TV, got the inspiration to develop the channel while watching one of his daughters and her friends play high school basketball.
The channel launched on April 1 and will open up a brand new kind of sports media to the world.
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NCAA March Madness
A recent sports marketing story by Joshua John, who writes the MBA@UNC blog contained a very interesting infographic about the business and marketing of March Madness.
The infographic focuses on a variety of facts about March Madness and the advertising juggernaut it has become, particularly
Some of the facts that really jumped out were:
- During the first two days of the tournament, employers could pay distracted workers $175 million in wages while they’re preoccupied by the games
- 69% of consumers used their mobile devices while watching the NCAA Tournament on TV in 2012
- Only 30% of all tournament tickets are available to the general public
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Partnership Scoreboard Allows Companies to Analyze Value of Sponsorships
The Partnership Scoreboard allows any sports organization to analyze the value of sponsorships and demonstrate new engagement opportunities for those partners.
The application displays the results from the company’s Corporate Asset Valuation Model to show how corporate partners can generate new revenue and meet sponsorship goals, while allowing organizations to showcase past partnership successes, demographics, inventory, activations elements and staff highlights.
The idea is the brainchild of Adam Grossman, the President of Block Six Analytics, a consulting firm focused on revenue growth in sports organizations.
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Sports Social Media
Nike in Hot Water over Tiger Ad
Nike, one of Tiger’s main sponsors and a company that is tightly linked to the golfer and his image recently created a sports social media stir with a new ad featuring Woods.
The ad shows a picture of Woods with the quote “Winning Takes Care of Everything,” attached to it.
The ad – which has been posted on Facebook and Twitter - is supposed to allude to the fact that the golfer has recovered from career stumbles to regain his number one spot, but some say it’s inappropriate because of Woods’ past marital woes.
The phrase is one that Woods uses often with reporters when asked about his or other golfers’ rankings.
The ad has received mixed reactions on Facebook, some congratulating Woods on his new ranking and others commenting that the ad sends the wrong message out in light of Woods’ past problems.
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Chargers Launch New High-Tech Ticketing System
Getting that perfect vatage point from your favourite seat just got easier for fans of the San Diego Chargers.
The team’s website Chargers.com recently launched a “virtual venue” allowing users to see views from various seats.
“Virtual Venue” is an online ticket platform that allows the user to see views from various seats inside the stadium.
Big market sports teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees have this in place.
It’s a 360-degree, 3D-platform that allows customers to compare the view from one seat to another. The virtual venue can get as specific as needed.
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Washington Nationals, Bloomberg Sports announce new analytic technology solution partnership
The Washington Nationals and Bloomberg Sports – the world’s leaders in sports analytic technology – announced a new partnership to design a state of the art player evaluation system for the Nationals Baseball Operations Department.
The partnership is the latest step in analytic technology for Bloomberg Sports, which has been a leader in creating solutions for MLB teams, players and fans for the past four years.
The Nationals new system will combine a number of diverse data sources on all professional players with customized and enhanced technology to assist the evaluation process.
The platform is being created with both laptop and mobile capability, and the two parties will begin implementation and development of the new system immediately.
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