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The Top News In #Sportsbiz – 12.23.13 – 12.30.13

This weeks top news in sports biz includes a new twitter enhancing sports app, why NFL coaches are fired, ticket competition for college bowl games, the best and worst of sports media in 2013 and a look at how ESPN doesn’t know who Roy Hibbert is. Get the latest scoop in #SportsBiz below.

Sports Technology

New Twitter Enhancing Sports App, Cibos, Officially Launched

sports appHave you ever scrolled down your twitter timeline, saw a tweet (or several) about a game and wanted to know the score for that moment which was tweeted about? Well, now there is an app for that. No more seeing tweets describing a play and having to open a new app to check box scores. The Cibos app includes box scores and in-game updates accompanying every tweet about whatever game a fan is following. Users can see exactly where the game stood at the time of the tweet with the Cibos ‘GameStamp.’

Founder of the Cibos app, Rick Gehman, says that he created the app because he “honestly felt left out, because [he] had no idea what those tweets meant. Twitter is extremely timely and “in the moment”, but most tweets lack context. So when [he] was checking my feed hours later, those tweets lost all their meaning. [He] was seeing such passion by the users that I follow but couldn’t help but think ‘what happened that made them tweet that?!’”

Though Cibos has officially launched in Apple and Android app stores, it is not officially public and will require a password to use it once downloaded.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Cibos app and click here to get immediate access with an exclusive password provided by SportsTechie.

Sports Business

Reasons Why NFL Coaches Get Fired


Among the 6 coached fired so far following the 2013 NFL regular season was Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.

The Monday after the NFL regular season, typically referred to as Black Monday, is the day when coaches are likely to be fired. This season has bought six firings at the time this article was published. Not all were on Black Monday however, as former Houston Texans head coach, Gary Kubiak, was fired earlier this month.

Coaches get fired for two reasons mainly: they aren’t winning enough games and if the quarterback was not successful. This rings even more true if the coach was able to pick his own QB.

Does firing the head coach really do much to improve a team’s chances? No matter the reasoning for coaches to get fired eventually most will be.

Get the full story here.

Sports Media Lists 2013’s Best and Worst Sports Media Moments

rebeccalowe2As 2013 comes to a close, we are eager to recap precious – and not so precious – moments. The same goes for sports. The staff decided to list some of those memorable moments of the year.

The best moments in sports media included on the blog are the NBC Sports Network coverage of smaller sports and the Manti Te’o fiasco first being broken by Deadspin, with ESPN missing out on one of this year’s talked about moments.

What do you think are the best and worst moments in sports this year?

To read more of the blogs best and worst sports media moments of the year, click here.

Sports Ticket Sales

Colleges Pay The Price For Bowl Tickets Sold on Groupon


A Groupon ticket for the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl game. Colleges that are contractually required to pay full price for their allotted tickets to a bowl game often find they are losing sales to online ticket discounters.
(Photo Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports)

Now that bowl season is underway, so is the hunt for affordable bowl game tickets. College bowls require participating schools to pay full price for their allotted tickets – however, with the help of online discounters, fans can buy tickets to the same games for much less.

Though fans may find a great deal, the colleges will still pay the price. The school must buy a certain amount of tickets at full price. Unfortunately, if they cannot sell those tickets, they are stuck with the full-price cost.

“There are a lot of challenges for schools selling tickets, and certainly one of them is the idea that fans can buy tickets from outside of the schools’ allotment for less money,” said Nick Carparelli, former chairman of the NCAA’s postseason bowl subcommittee.

Though some schools may lose out in the long run trying to compete with third party ticket sellers, the bowls remain very profitable mainly because they provide networks valuable sports programming. This bowl season ESPN and ABC – both owned by the Disney Company – will televise 33 of the 35 bowl games through Jan. 6.

With the dissolution of the BCS and the introduction of a four team college playoff next season, “lesser” bowl games are sure to battle even more with discounted tickets to attract fans.

Click here to read more about college bowl ticket sales.

Social Media In Sports

ESPN’s Christmas Blunder

ESPN asked the Indiana Pacers star center Roy Hibbert and Portland Trail Blazers’ guard C.J. McCollum to participate in a social media initiative on Christmas Day. Hibbert and McCollum took control of its “NBA on ESPN” Twitter feed during the Miami Heat-Los Angeles Lakers game.

However, ESPN posted a photo of McCollum and Hibbert’s Pacers teammate, Ian Mahinmi, on its web page in promoting the social media event. Hibbert apparently saw ESPN’s mistaken photo. He tweeted a screen shot of the ESPN page, saying,

@ESPNNBA don’t know how 2feel about this.

Seems as though Hibbert was good sport about the whole thing, but it’s yet to be seen if he accepts an invitation to tweet for ESPN again.

Read all about the mistaken photo here.

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