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The Top News In #Sportsbiz – 10.08.12 – 10.15.12

The Top News In #Sportsbiz is a collection of articles curated by Sports Networker’s Lead Writer – Mark Burns

Sports Business

Nationals Lose Out On Millions By Failing To Make World Series

NationalsEarly Saturday morning, minutes after his team suffered a devastating, season-ending loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo stood his ground on his much-debated decision to shut down starter Stephen Strasburg.

“We’ll take the criticism as it comes, but we have to do what’s best for the Washington Nationals,” Rizzo told reporters. “And we think we did.”

For the long term? Perhaps one can argue that cutting Strasburg’s season short will enable him to better recover from his Tommy John surgery and give him a greater pitching life. In the short term, financially speaking, shutting down the phenom could have cost the team tens of millions of dollars.

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Sports Networking

The Importance Of Mentoring In Your Sports Career

As you may know, networking is a key part of entering the professional sports industry. The connections you make at internships, at sports career fairs or with your classmates and professors in college could help you get the sports job you’ve always dreamed of.

However, sometimes, you may need a little extra help refining your career goals or learning about the industry. Everyone will have times when they feel stuck on the ladder, and it can be tempting to “tough it out” and work through things on your own. But that’s not always the answer. That’s when it is important to find a mentor who is already in the sports business.

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Sports Marketing

Nike Jordan Brand Signs Thunder’s Westbrook

Westbrook-NikeJust days after a mutual parting of the ways with Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade, Nike’s Jordan Brand today announced it has signed Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook to a multi-year endorsement deal. Terms of the agreement were not announced.

Westbrook is a two-time NBA All-Star who last season helped the Thunder reach its first NBA Finals appearance since moving to Oklahoma City from Seattle. Westbrook also was a reserve on the gold medal-winning Team USA at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Sports Sponsorship

OfficeMax Signs On To Sponsor Hockey City Classic In Chicago

Office MaxWhen players, personnel and fans from four college hockey teams gather for a doubleheader called the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field this winter, Office Max will be the title sponsor.

The company announced last week that it is helping to “light the lamp” at the home of the Chicago Bears by its deal, which includes agreements with organized by the Chicago-based entertainment and marketing agency Intersport, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Sports Commission.

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Sports Sales

NHL Giving Companies Excuse To Cancel Season Tickets

NHL LockoutIf the NHL assumes ticket sales won’t be affected by a season-long lockout, it may be in for an unpleasant surprise.

So says Tony Knopp, CEO and co-founder of Spotlight TMS, a company that helps other companies maximize their investment in sports and entertainment tickets. Knopp argues that the economic climate is far different today that it was in 2005 when the NHL emerged from its season-long work stoppage

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Sports Social Media

Top 10 Sports SuperStars That Have Tremendous Social Media Pull

ronaldo-twitterBy the time you read this, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo likely will have passed 50 million Likes on Facebook. That’s five percent of Facebook’s total population. Impressive, right?

Ronaldo leads the top ten list of the most beloved social media superstars in sports, compiled in the chart below by social popularity tracking site Ronaldo’s Facebook page adds about 40,000 new fans every day, and he has just under 13.8 million Twitter followers to boot. He’s so popular, fact, that he’s the only sports figure who can remain in tweeting distance of pop superstars when it comes to social supremacy. Ronaldo is the first non-music figure to reach 50 million Likes and is Facebook’s sixth most popular person overall.

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Sports Media

SiriusXM Officially Launching All-Soccer Channel, SiriusXM FC

SiriusXM FCSiriusXM Radio  today announced that it has created a new channel dedicated entirely to the world’s most popular game…SOCCER!  The channel is called SiriusXM FC and will begin programming on October 15th on channel 94.

This is soccer the way it was meant to be.  24 hours per day and 365 days per year.  Better yet, SiriusXM Internet Radio and this will allow listeners to catch their favorite shows On-Demand!

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Sports Jobs

Jobs In Sports Medicine: How To Land Your Dream Job In Sports

Jobs In Sports Medicine

You’re a first-year medical school student at a major university, and you’re contemplating your future plans. You’ve come to the realization that you want to eventually combine your M.D. degree with your love for sports. Those jobs in sports medicine seem rather appealing, right?

Yet, there’s just one problem — in medical school, you’ll have very minimal experience with athletes, sports-related injuries, and other aspects of the industry. Look no further than a fellowship in sports medicine, a one or two-year program following the completion of medical school and a residency.

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Sports Technology

Rays’ Longoria Sits Down With ESPN Playbook To Talk ‘Call Of Duty’

Evan LongoriaWhat’s the one thing Evan Longoria hates more than a fireball-throwing closer chin-checking him with 100 mph heat? “Call of Duty” online snipers, that’s what.

“I can’t stand when they show the kill cam and some guy sniped me while hiding behind some bush off in the corner of the map and you don’t even know where he’s at. That’s so frustrating,” Longoria says over the phone as we talk about his offseason gaming habits. “I play ‘Call of Duty’ online all the time. I have a theater setup in my house in Arizona, and I’ll sit there in the dark playing ‘Call of Duty’ against my friends.”

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