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Covering sports: Resources and key contacts

The go-to source in sports business coverage is the Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal. There is also a print edition, which I highly recommend subscribing to.

Locker room interviews scratch the surface for business stories.

Locker room interviews scratch the surface for business stories.

Other sources are:

Others who can provide insight on sports business are:

  • Dennis Howard, the Philip H. Knight Professor of Business at the University of Oregon. He specializes in stadium economics and signage deals. He can be reached at 541-346-3352 or dennish@lcbmail.uoregon.edu.
  • Dean Bonham, the chief executive officer of Bonham & Associates. He has 25 years of experience in sports marketing. He was based in Denver, but is now in Europe. The best way to reach him is bonham.dean@bonhamassociates.com.
  • David M. Carter, executive director of the University of Southern California’s Sports Business Institute and professor of sports business at USC’s Marshall School of Business. He can be reached at david.carter@marshall.usc.edu.
  • Randy Vataha, is founder of Game Plan LLC. He’s a sports investment banker and former pro football player. He can be reached at 617-267-1000.
  • Marc Ganis is president and founder of SportsCorp, a Chicago-based sports business consulting firm. He can be reached at 312-649-9200.

About the Author

Craig Harris is a senior reporter for The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. He has been a reporter for 20 years, and he’s worked at six daily newspapers. Since late 2009, he has been investigating the financial dealings of college football’s Fiesta Bowl and potential illegal campaign contributions made by bowl employees. Those stories have led to criminal investigations by the state attorney general and Maricopa County attorney. Harris is a 1989 graduate of the University of Oregon, where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism

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