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The Top News In #Sportsbiz – 01.21.13 – 01.28.13

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

Victor Cruz’s Agent Speaks About His Life As A Football Agent

Victor Cruz“Founded by a team of professionals with over 40 years of combined experience in corporate finance, marketing, law, and sports, DSI understands the new opportunities and challenges that athletes have today.”  That’s how the second paragraph of Dimensional Sports, Inc.’s (DSI) “Who We Are” page on its website begins.

The company was co-founded by attorney Malik Shareef and equity trader Rodney Thomas, and has had a tremendous amount of success in a very short amount of time.  Among DSI’s notable clients are New York Giants WR Victor Cruz, St. Louis Rams CB Janoris Jenkins, and Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams.  The duo also represent former FSU QB E.J. Manuel, who will be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Sports Networking

Pacers To Host 13th Annual Sports Career Fair (Feb. 28)

Indiana PacersThe Indiana Pacers are hosting its 13th Annual Sports Career Fair on Thursday, February 28.

Organizations scheduled to attend  the career fair include: PS&E, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Indiana Ice, Chicago Fire, Chicago Sky, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Pistons, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Finish Line, Inc., NBA, Indiana Sports Corp, Dayton Dragons, Athletes In Action, USA Football, Bowling Green State University, University of Indianapolis, and many more.

As part of the registration fee, participants will receive two tickets to the Pacers vs. L.A. Clippers game that night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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Sports Marketing

New Orleans Hornets’ Switch To Pelicans Marks Latest Name Game

Pelicans-NBAIn a league in which the Lakers reside in Los Angeles and the Jazz are from Utah, the New Orleans Hornets officially announced Thursday night that they would no longer be on the list of teams with nicknames for regions other than their own. Starting next season, the franchise will be known as the Pelicans.

The announcement had been rumored since early December, and the choice of Pelicans as a replacement name was a poorly kept secret. Louisiana is known as the Pelican State, and the brown pelican is the state bird. It appears on Louisiana’s flag and seal and on the state’s commemorative quarter.

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Sports Sponsorship

‘BDubs’ Signs NCAA partnership For March Madness

Buffalo Wild WingsAfter acquiring naming rights to the Tempe, Ariz. bowl game, Buffalo Wild Wings (otherise known as ‘BDubs’ to the younger generation) has signed a deal to become an NCAA corporate partner.

The restaurant chain will occupy the casual dining category and be one of 15 sponsors who work with NCAA rights holders Turner and CBS during March Madness. Buffalo Wild Wings will continue to enhance their reputation as a viewing party destination for college sports. Similar deals for NCAA partnerships run in the seven- and eight-figure range.

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Sports Sales

Seating In Buckeye Nation Could Become Premium

Ohio State Premium-game pricing could make its way into Buckeye Nation this fall. The Ohio State University Board of Trustees will meet with the Athletic Council next week to listen to recommendations for a sliding pay scale for premier football games the next four seasons. Under the proposed plan, non-premier tickets would be expected to increase by 13% with the greatest increases coming for a pair of home football games against top opponents.

Two games per season between 2013 and 2017 will be designated as “premier” with prices ranging between $110 and $150, or 2 1/2 times the cost, this upcoming season. The Buckeyes’ games against Wisconsin and Penn State are likely candidates for the premium hike (at Michigan next season).

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Sports Social Media

#SMsports — NHL Is Hardly On The Radar

Vancouver-NHL LockoutThe NHL is back. After a 113-day lockout and 625 canceled games, professional hockey will open a shortened 48-game season on Saturday.

The question is — to paraphrase the Dallas Cowboys’ social media swipe from a week ago — does anyone care?

The diehard fans always return. But how much damage did the lengthy and acrimonious labor dispute inflict on hockey? If social media is any gauge, the answer is quite a bit.

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Sports Media

Super Bowl Coach Jim Harbaugh Was Once on ‘Saved By The Bell’

Jim HarbaughWho’s got it better than us? Screech! Long before Jim Harbaugh became head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and his rah-rah locker room slogan became an unavoidable catchphrase here in the Bay Area, the coach delivered a motivational pep talk to a different group of young men — characters from the show Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

Harbaugh was quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts when he appeared in the 1996 episode playing himself as an older, cooler cousin of the legendary Screech.

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Sports Jobs

Making Sacrifices To Break Into Sports — Part 2

#sportsbizIn Making Sacrifices to Break into Sports – Part 1, I discussed some of the typical sacrifices you might have to make when breaking into sports such as interning before landing a full-time job, long hours, and low pay.

Despite the daunting nature of these three things, there are ways to mitigate them and ease your journey into the sports business.

In Part 2, I will continue the list of sacrifices and point you in the right direction as to how to deal with them as best you can.

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Sports Technology

Giants Hunter Pence Talks Video Games With ESPN Playbook

Hunter PenceHunter Pence grins as he watches his cyber-self strut to the batter’s box in “MLB 13: The Show.”

“They beasted me out,” he tells me with a laugh, proud to see his character captured so accurately, from his high socks to his quirky batting stance. “This year, they went all-out on my character. They were definitely kind to me. It’s the best I’ve ever looked in a video game.”

All that’s missing are the Pence sermons in the dugout to pump up his virtual teammates.

“Maybe next year,” says “The Show” community specialist, Ramone Russell, minutes after demoing the game to Pence on AT&T Park’s JumboTron.

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