Like white people all over this country, I really love the idea of soccer. So do folks in Seattle: The Seattle Sounders FC may be the upstarts on the local sports scene, but the new pro soccer team appears to be having little trouble attracting sponsors and ticket buyers . . . The Sounders have […]
Neyer today shoots down the contraction whispers re: the A’s and Marlins. His basis: lack of necessity and politics: What’s more, even if both franchises were utter wrecks they still wouldn’t be serious candidates for contraction. No franchise would be. It was, what, eight years ago when this spectre was first raised, regarding the Twins […]
Pete has been agitating about this for a while, but now it’s official: The New York Yankees and Bank of America ended months of negotiations on a long-term, high-profile sponsorship agreement, fallout from the financial industry’s decision to accept aid from the federal government. While the sides never discussed naming rights to the team’s new […]
Phillies’ owner Bill Giles: All right, Scott, how much do you need? Scott Eyre (doggedly): Two hundred and forty-two dollars! Giles (pleading): Aw, Scott, just enough to tide you over till the bank reopens. Eyre: I’ll take two hundred and forty-two dollars. Giles starts rapidly to count out the money. Eyre throws his passbook on […]
I’ve defended the Citi-Mets naming rights deal against the political attacks because those political attacks have tended to be misinformed and hypocritical. The Mets deal is a big fat obvious target, but the criticisms ignore the fact that there’s an underlying contract in place that can’t magically be undone. More generally, these attacks stink of […]
Is Jeff Francouer worth $12 million? Is anyone?
Darren Rovell has a piece about Ken Griffey’s new contract containing a clause that gives him a substantial bonus for an unspecfied attendance bump in Seattle this year. More interesting was the rundown of past clauses: In 1997, the St. Louis Cardinals drew 2.63 million fans. So when they signed Mark McGwire, they agreed to […]
This has only the vaguest of baseball connections — the oh-so-common Moneyball analogy — but I know a lot of lawyers read this blog, so I offer it up anyway: When asked whether his firm might reduce prices in light of the meltdown, Linklaters senior partner David Cheyne replied, “[Clients] might have doubts as to […]
Mets! Yankees! Madoff! Stanford! Johnny Damon, earning $13 million this season, cannot pay his bills. Xavier Nady, earning $6.55 million, cannot purchase an apartment in New York. The Stanford Financial Group scandal extends to Major League Baseball. The issues facing Damon and Nady — both New York Yankees outfielders and both clients of agent Scott […]
At least their ticket office does: The Cleveland Indians may have found their most valuable statistics this season are coming from the ticket office rather than the playing field. Using statistical analysis of ticket purchases to understand the preferences and price limits of their fans, the Indians learned that fireworks after a game draw an […]
A decade late and several hundred million dollars short, Wayne Huizenga has regrets: Outgoing Miami Dolphins majority owner H. Wayne Huizenga bid an emotional farewell to his favorite franchise Tuesday, but for the first time admitted he might have broke up the Marlins a year too soon after they won the 1997 World Series. “We […]
No, I won’t let this die. Here’s the latest piece — this time with numbers and smart people analyzing it and everything — explaining why the Citigroup-Mets deal is actually a good thing: Front Row Analytics, a consultancy that helps sports franchises value sponsorships, says television exposure in New York media market is a $15 […]
It’s interesting to see politicians and media people excoriating Citigroup for the Mets’ naming rights deal while folks who, you know, actually know stuff about business and sports are defending it. This from Darren Rovell: It is not rational to think the contract can just be dissolved, so if we want to talk breakup fee, […]
Blood is clearly in the water with respect to the Citigroup-Mets naming rights deal, and when blood is in the water, reason is often the first thing thrown overboard: “They just act as though the taxpayers’ money is free money, and they can spend it any way they want. Well, no they can’t,” says Rep. […]
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For Selig, that is. Despite the fact that his defense is worse than Adam Dunn’s. Not that I’m going to be critical. Selig can be something of a buffoon who tends to bungle the high-profile stuff, but he has also presided over a very bountiful few years for Major League Baseball. It’s quick and easy […]
Courtesy of Joesph P. at River Ave. Blues is everything you ever wanted to know about the cratering of corporate sponsorships but were afraid to ask: The risk for the sports industry and those who follow it is that a collapse in sports sponsorships could cause a downward spiral similar to the housing and credit […]
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If you’re like me, and you hate those stupid Under Armour logos on the outfield doors at Wrigley Field, this is good news: The Chicago Cubs baseball team has sued Under Armour Inc, charging the athletic clothing and shoe maker with reneging on a five-year sponsorship agreement worth $10.8 million. The Cubs, in documents filed […]
Sometimes it’s healthy to turn your backs on certain things