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The Top News In #Sportsbiz – 10.22.12 – 10.29.12

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

Sports Business

NBA Commissioner David Stern To Step Down Feb 1, 2014

David-SternDavid Stern’s long, storied, occasionally polarizing tenure as NBA commissioner will come to a close on Feb. 1, 2014, exactly 30 years after it began. When the moment arrives, he will hand the reins to Adam Silver, his handpicked heir.

The date and the succession plan were set Thursday by Stern and approved by the league’s board of governors during a meeting in Manhattan. The retirement announcement was not surprising: Stern had telegraphed his intentions several times over the last year, with only the timeline left unsettled.

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Sports Networking

7th Annual Ivy Sports Symposium — (Nov. 16, 2012)

Ivy Sports SymposiumThe Ivy Sports Symposium is an annual student-run conference that is considered one of the global sports industry’s premier events. The Symposium enables the industry’s leaders and most successful executives to share invaluable knowledge with their peers and potential successors. The event rotates being held among Ivy League institutions.

In its first year of rotating among Ivy League institutions, the 2011 Symposium was held at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The 7th annual Ivy Sports Symposium will be held at Columbia University in New York, NY on Friday, November 16, 2012.

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Sports Marketing

MMA Definitely Has Room To Grow Overseas In China

MMA-Cung LeMoments after the conclusion of the UFC’s first foray onto Chinese soil on Nov. 10, analysis of what it all means will commence. The size of the crowd, its understanding of mixed martial arts, the media’s interest and all the various possibilities will be intensely dissected shortly after Rich Franklin and Cung Le wrap up the main event of UFC on Fuel 6 in Macau.

The success, or the lack thereof, of that specific card will mean nothing when viewed against the long-term picture. The UFC’s interest in China and, indeed, the entire Asian market, is a long-term play. Good or bad, the results of the first card won’t say much about what will occur in three, five or 10 years.

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Sports Sponsorship

GMR Marketing Opens Office In Moscow For Future Winter Olympics

GMRNew Berlin-based engagement-marketing firm GMR Marketing said it has opened an office in Moscow ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

GMR cited growing demand for sports sponsorships by its clients, especially with the Sochi games and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow and other Russian cities on the horizon. GMR managed programs for several clients this summer at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Strategic-marketing consulting in sports and sponsorship is one of GMR’s core competencies, said Cameron Parsons, GMR’s international managing director.

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Sports Sales

NBA Selling Tickets At A Record Pace

NBA TicketsThe NBA said Monday its ticket sales for the upcoming season are going at a record pace, thanks in part to its teams having sold more season tickets at this point than ever before.

“There’s just great demand for our product right now,” said Chris Granger, the executive vice president of team marketing and business operations for the league, whose job it is to oversee the best business practices among the NBA teams.

The good news comes off a streak of seven straight years in which the league has sold 90 percent of its tickets. Last year’s average regular season crowd was 17,306 fans per game, up 1 percent from the 2010-11 season and the fifth-highest average overall.

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Sports Social Media

San Francisco Giants Are Country’s Hottest Professional Team In Social Media

SF GiantsThe San Francisco Giants are not only the hottest team in baseball right now, they’re the hottest team in U.S. professional sports on social media.

Giants director of social media Bryan Srabian said the current level of social media engagement and conversation around the club is the highest he’s seen since he joined the organization in 2010. Considering the team only had 3,000 Twitter followers when Srabian started — compared to more than 11 times that many followers today — the Giants’ social media buzz is at an all-time high.

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Sports Media

7-Foot NBA All-Star, Roy Hibbert, Stars In Gangnam Style Flash Mob

Roy HibbertMore than 527 million YouTube views later, you may be sick of “Gangnam Style,” the bizarre and baroque Korean music video that’s become a viral grand slam. But if you think the song and dance are dead and over, you clearly haven’t seen this video of a seven-foot, two-inch NBA star surprising mall shoppers with a “Gangnam Style” flash mob.

Yes, that is indeed Indiana Pacers All-Star center Roy Hibbert dancing at Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis on Sunday as shocked fans whip out their smartphones and pick their jaws up off the floor. The video has become an unsurprising hit online since going up late Sunday evening, and is just another reason why Hibbert is one of the most entertaining athletes on social media.

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Sports Jobs

Jobs In Sports and Recreation: How To Land Your Dream Job In Sports

Sports-RecreationWhat’s that common phrase about loving what you do for a living? Something like, ‘Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life?’ That  seems to be especially true with jobs in sports and recreation.

With this particular field within the sports industry, you could find yourself constantly working outside as the Director of a youth program in your local town. Maybe, you’ll work in the corporate office of a fitness center or perhaps you’ll find your way into a Regional Manger position with the YMCA. Whatever the case may be, find out what it takes to get a job in sports and recreation and the college programs that can help you accomplish that goal.

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Sports Technology

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig To Expand Instant Replay In 2013

Bud SeligBefore Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night, Bud Selig delivered the strongest indication to date that instant replay will be expanded in time for the start of the 2013 season.

Despite some opposition within Selig’s inner circle, including from executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre, Selig plans to push forward with video review of two situations: fair/foul calls and trapped balls.

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