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Football season means game on for business of sports stories

Ready or not, the 2013-2014 football season is upon us, and that means plenty of topics for financial writers hoping to tackle business of sports stories. College football kicks off on Aug. 29, according to this ESPN schedule, and the National Football League pre-season is already underway, with the official 2013 fall season scheduled to start on Sept. […]

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As sports scandals swirl, take a look at the supplement market

When it comes to athletics, walking a Chihuahua is about my speed, so stories of sports and scandal generally hover at the edge of the radar.  But the current headlines about performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and related disciplinary suspensions in Major League Baseball are so pervasive that they’ll be spilling over into non-sports sections for some […]


Tips for finding business-of-sports stories off the beaten path

With the national basketball and hockey titles recently decided, and football season still a summer away, team sports aside from baseball are sort of on the back burner for a while.  And with the Wimbledon tennis championship under way in London, and golf action heating up at the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship in Oregon, […]

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Learning from the sports section

As a financial journalist, I always resented the sports section. After all, we cover the most important stories for individuals and communities, about their jobs, livelihoods and economies. But who gets the biggest budgets and largest number of pages? Sports. On reflection, however, there’s much we can learn from sports. Consider: • It’s about competition, […]


As baseball season opens, find a local business-of-sports angle

“Play ball!”   The two-word command will resound on sports fields nationwide come April 1, when Major League Baseball (MLB) kicks off its 2013 season.  If you haven’t tackled a business of sports story lately, the start of the six-month-long baseball season is a good excuse to do so. Forbes is just out with a report […]

March Madness and the overstated employee productivity issue

March Madness and the overstated employee productivity issue

John L. Robinson, and no doubt others, raised the annual alarm for the people-sit-around-the-office-watching-basketball story, which, just like PNC Wealth Management’s annual Twelve Days of Christmas price list, smart editors have learned to spike on sight. Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the euphemistically self-described “global outplacement firm,” pumps out its March Madness “survey” every spring before […]

Track real estate purchases to map a company's footprint

Track real estate purchases to map a company’s footprint

Kenneth Gosselin of The Hartford Courant offers a fresh idea for the real estate beat: track a local company’s footprint. He does that with ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol. Through 45 land acquisitions, the company has grown from one 20,000 square-foot building in 1979 to 18 buildings totaling almost a million square feet, he writes. Surprisingly, […]

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From checkered flag to red carpet: Local angles to big weekend

Sunday’s double-header of the Daytona 500 and the 85th annual Academy Awards isn’t just for sports and showbiz writers; the big spectator events offer plenty of spin-off angles and scope for business journalists of all stripes. Even if you aren’t near Florida or Hollywood, you can tap in to some related action.  Obviously viewing parties […]

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Football financials: Find a story in the business of the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVII hype is heating up as the Feb. 3 contest between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers draws near.  The season finale event generates perhaps more than its fair share of tried and true perennial business stories, from the speculation about half-time ads to the boost in business for sports bars […]