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
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The Reds have inked a deal with the best available option at an extremely important position. Good for them.
I’m kind of an idiot when it comes to the concept of seat licenses, mostly because I’ve never considered buying season tickets for anything and thus haven’t been required to think much about it. Beyond knowing that they have been a part of every new park, stadium, and arena to open over the past couple […]
The economy may be stank on a stick, but the Twins are doing just fine, thank you: The Minnesota Twins are on pace to sell a franchise-record 11,000 season tickets for the 2009 season, up from about 10,000 last year. The team expects about 90 percent of last year’s season-ticket holders to renew — a […]