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Top 6 Life Lessons from Great Sports Films

The greatest sports films ever to grace the big screen are not purely for entertainments sake. Whether based on true events or fiction, each movie imparts to us some valuable life lessons. Let’s look at six of my all-time favorites: 6. Rocky III (1982) The public loved this movie for its heroism and Rocky Balboa…

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Does the future of sports media belong to ESPN?

For the last few decades, ESPN has been the unquestioned “Worldwide Leader in Sports.” What started as a Connecticut based, Connecticut focused, 24-hour sports network has now become more than ten popular channels across the world (including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, ESPN Classic, and ESPN Deportes) and a highly-trafficked website (ESPN.com) devoted to delivering the…

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Another First for The Garden: Hockey in 3D

Tonight’s New York Rangers vs New York Islanders matchup at Madison Square Garden will be unlike any other in the long-standing rivalry. While the “Potvin sucks” chants, a look back in time, will be prevalent for the Isles visit,  the theater at Madison Square Garden will hold a special eye into the first ever 3D…

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Bad Timing in the PR World

<VIA LOUDSPEAKER> International Olympic Committee, Vancouver Organizing Olympic Committee and Tiger Woods, please report to the first-floor classroom for PR 101… I really wish I could say that people who work in my industry do it right because we had the best and the brightest teachers. Somewhere along the way, however, some didn’t learn basic…

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Ready, Set, Luge!

Will the Winter Olympics get more attention than people say and if not, is it a public relations issue? It’s interesting that I hear and see people asking others if they are going to watch the Winter Olympics. A recent poll revealed that just 20 percent of Americans plan to make the Games a viewing…

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University of Alabama Cancels Classes for BCS Title Game and Escapes PR Wringer

Am I the only one who finds that the University of Alabama canceling classes January 6-8, thus postponing the start of its spring semester so its students and faculty can attend the BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif., ironic? I’m all for giving Crimson Tide fans calendar flexibility to travel to see their team…

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Tiger Tales…This is No Children’s PR Story

Have you read and heard more than your share about Tiger Woods’ unfortunate meeting with a fire hydrant and a tree last Friday morning? I think I have. But one last thing…and only because it’s the main, if not the biggest sports PR story this year, and is already leading Jay Leno’s monologue. The quickie…

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The Bowl Conundrum Structure Needs Public Relations Help

BCS. Sometimes that’s all you have to say to launch a storm of criticism about today’s way to select the best team in college football. Just ask Bill Hancock, last week’s newly named executive director of the Bowl Championship Series. To be sure, Hancock is no Johnny-come-lately. He was the first director of the Final…

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T.O. Blames Media for Reputation. Really?

Buffalo Bills receiver, Terrell Owens, went into a postgame press conference after his team was defeated by the New Orleans Saints because it was mandated by the National Football League that he do so. (He also went catchless for zero yards and touchdowns for the first time in 185 games.) {The following is the background…

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Serena Steals the Spotlight for All the Wrong Reasons

Will public relations help dig professional tennis star out of controversy? Two weeks later, and people are still talking about the Serena Slam on a U.S. Open linesperson. I spoke to a friend today who just got off the tennis court and described a controversial call. She said not to worry – that she didn’t…

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SEC Caught in PR Firestorm Over Social Media Policy

Southeastern Conference associate commissioner for media relations, Charles Bloom, has had better weeks. Actually, so has everyone in the SEC offices in Birmingham, Ala. Just days after a conference ticket policy went into place, the SEC began to receive unprecedented criticism from season ticket holders at its 12 member schools to media nationwide. The primary…

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Vick Has His Say, But Do We Believe Him? Does It Matter?

Despite lots of competition, the lead sports public relations story continues to be former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Michael Vick. Since we last met, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Vick to a one-year contract for $1.6 million with a second-year option worth $5.2 million and incentives. Vick, for those who aren’t familiar with his story, served 18…

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