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Rebranding: ESPN360 Becomes ESPN3 In April By David Goetzl The online live sports hub, ESPN360.com, will be rebranded ESPN3.com in April. ESPN3 will be available in 50 million homes, free to subscribers of broadband providers that have agreed to pay ESPN a TV-style fee to offer it. ESPN has not used Web lexicon recently in…

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The Sports Executives Association

The Sports Executives Association is coming soon.  Many of you have asked for more information, and emailing me about the release date.  It’s coming soon, and I wanted to thank you for your patience. I don’t want to spoil all of the goods by sharing with you every last detail, but I wanted to share…

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Haiti In Rubble: Marketers, Aid Groups Rush To Help By Karl Greenbery Coca-Cola has pledged $1 million through the Coca-Cola Foundation to the American Red Cross for disaster-relief efforts in Haiti. The company says it is also providing bottled water and other products through its bottler in the adjacent Dominican Republic. The General Motors Foundation…

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ESPN 3D to show soccer, football, more Sports broadcasting will enter a new dimension in 2010…the third dimension, as ESPN will unveil the industry’s first 3-D network. ESPN 3D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year beginning June 11 with the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match, featuring South…

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TV Revs: ’09 Down 22%, Rise Predicted in ’10 By Wayne Friedman BIA/Kelsey, a financial advisor to local media companies, estimates that TV stations’ ad revenues will rise 3% in 2010 — or $500 million — to $16.1 billion. The media group now says 2009 will end at $15.6 billion, down 22.4% from last year’s…

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Selling Tickets to the Family

Nothing is quite as powerful or as meaningful to a prospect as the benefits of ticket ownership for their children.  Talk about the benefits of tickets to them personally, and many will say OK… but talk to them about the benefits related to their children, and suddenly the purchase becomes much more personal and emotional….

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Gatorade Drops Tiger (the Drink) By Kenneth Hein After less than two years, Gatorade is dropping Tiger Focus from its portfolio. There has been a great deal of buzz around the announcement given its timing. However, the plans have been in the works for months. (www.adweek.com)

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What to Say When Your Prospect Says, “Call Me Back Later”

You have a prospect who’s genuinely interested.  They’re asking all the right questions, and you’re responding perfectly.  All seems to be going well, and it looks like you’re about to close the deal. All of a sudden they say, “I’ve got some other pressing things that are going on right now, so I have to…

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Interview with Corky Truin of the Seattle Seahawks

This week’s Voice of the Box interview is with Corky Truin, team photographer for the Seattle Seahawks. Corky discusses what its like to bring his two passions of photography and sports together. Learn some helpful tips on how to break into sports photography while gaining insight into this specialized role within the NFL.

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Where To Find Sports Domain Names

The domain name industry has come a long way in the last 20 years.  In the early 1990s, an individual needed to write in and request a domain name and there was a limit of five names.  A few years later, Network Solutions came on the scene and you could register a domain name, but…

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2 Ways to Enhance Marketing for Unpopular Sports

There’s two co-workers in my office who love soccer. “That’s cute,” I like to tell them and accuse them of being unpatriotic for not liking football or America’s pastime more. But that poses the question. What if you’re trying to market soccer in America? Hockey in Texas? The WBNA anywhere? 1.  Educate People About the…

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Keep it Personal or Get Down to Business?

 There are not enough hours in the day to successfully manage a plethora of social media profiles.  The bottom line is that you need to make money.  Social networking sites will help you build a strong network of contacts, but you still must devote a large portion of your business day to selling and perfecting the actual…

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