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Taking The Tablet

There is an excellent, thought-provoking article in the current edition of the Sports Business Journal about tablet computers.  The piece examines what effects the popularity of these devices have been across a number of sectors in the sports business.  Sponsor rights, media distribution, and on-field use are just a few of the areas in which tablets are having an impact.  Disruptive doesn’t begin to describe it.

Behold the iPad in All Its Glory.

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One thing I did notice as the article ran through the issues (which I’ll discuss in a minute) is that the way in which many of the parties involved have tried to deal with this new round peg is to try to fit it in the same square holes as other things without much success.  Let me explain. Continue reading

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Instant Replay

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I was watching the Chicago Bears play the Detroit Lions last night.  I’m not sure if you watched, but the first quarter of the game was a mess – lots of penalties and a couple of challenges to rulings on the field using instant replay.  I flashed back to when the NFL put in the current replay system.  Some of us at the networks were a little concerned that suddenly what we were doing could become part of the game instead of us just covering what was happening since they use TV coverage to look at the calls.  The concern was about a missed camera angle or a technical problem changing the outcome.

That hasn’t been an issue for the most part, and the replay system has been a good thing in my mind.  After all, events move very fast on the field and it’s not always easy to get it right all the time.  Sound like your work day?  It does to me, and it raises a thought. Continue reading

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Taking One For The Team

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I’m glad the NFL lockout is over and not just as a fan.  I have a number of friends who work for the league and having lived through a missed season during my time with the NHL  I know that those folks were not having a leisurely Summer while things worked themselves out.  There have been more than enough diatribes about billionaires fighting millionaires so that’s not today’s discussion.  Instead, I want to talk about some news I read over the weekend that provides a great business lesson to us all.

The Colts redid Peyton Manning‘s contract.  That’s not huge news but the fact that he insisted on taking less money than the team offered him is.  It’s his thinking that’s the great point for the rest of us. Continue reading

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Digesting Super Sunday

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I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of glad that the Super Bowl now gets played in February. I mean, every month should have an outstanding food day. President’s Day? I don’t think so. Valentine’s Day? Maybe for some. But seriously – almost every other month has a holiday associated with a big food blow-out and now February does too. Yippee!
So what does this have to do with business? Continue reading

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Channel Agnostic?

I spend a lot of time working with clients on the dissemination of content via multiple channels. To oversimplify (I know – I do that so well), it’s all about “write once publish everywhere.” After all, we live in a time of “what I want, when I want it, how I want it.” So you’d think I’m pretty channel-agnostic, right? Wrong. Here’s why. Continue reading

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Stats

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It’s a good time of year if you like football.  The big bowl games and end of the NFL season provide hours of collision-based fun as well as lots of fodder for the numbers junkies who call sports talk radio every day.  I guess that’s not limited to football since it’s hot stove season in baseball too.  With the Hall of Fame ballots going out, statistics are thrown around like beads at Mardi Gras.  There’s nothing wrong with all these numbers as we discuss sports, just as there isn’t when talking about business.  But they’re far from the entire story and that’s where people get off the track. Continue reading

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The Spread

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Like many of you, I spent part of yesterday watching the action in the NFL. It’s a great product on the field most of the time and when it’s not, as in the case of a blow-out game, it has another factor working in its favor which maintains many peoples’ interest until the final gun. While my friends at the NFL don’t like to talk about it much, that factor is the spread.  Continue reading

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