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Chase Center Warriors

Chase Center Providing Warriors Plenty of New Discoveries

  • 70% of the season ticket base made the transition over to the new arena.
  • The Warriors have an agreement with the Bay Area Transit System to offer ticket holders free rides for the entire day of a game.

The Golden State Warriors are now in a year of discovery. The team that has been to the NBA Finals five years running is certainly feeling out a new look on the court without some key contributors, but more than anything the business side of the organization is feeling out the new court it’s playing on inside the new $1.6 billion Chase Center. The year of discovery, as Warriors Chief Revenue Officer Brandon Schneider called it, is just getting started […]

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sports betting landscape

Bettman, Sports Betting Execs Say Landscape Still Developing

  • Since the PAPSA repeal in 2018, more than $11 billion has been wagered on sports. That could rise to $216 billion by 2025.
  • Currently, partnerships between sports entities and betting partners are establishing trust and legitimacy.
  • “There’s a lot of stuff we haven’t thought about," William Hill CEO Joe Asher.

The landscape of sports betting is still in the first period. That was the overwhelming sentiment this week at the American Gaming Association’s Global Gaming Expo in 2019. Drawing from a panel called “Executive Viewpoints” featuring NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, FanDuel CEO Matthew King, William Hill U.S. CEO Joe Asher and Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Carlin, it was clear the gambling and sports industries are still feeling each other out. A clear theme of the discussion was that all […]

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Manchester United Chivas Regal

How Chivas Regal Activates Manchester United Partnership in the U.S.

  • Chivas 13 Manchester United Limited Edition hits shelves in the U.S., the first time a 13-year-old Chivas whisky is released in America.
  • Chivas is bringing a tour of viewing parties for the team’s “House of United” fan club.

With nearly eight million fans Manchester United fans in the U.S., Scotch brand Chivas Regal is looking to blend a growing U.S. Scotch market with that rabid fanbase. Chivas 13 Manchester United Limited Edition hits shelves in the U.S., the first time a 13-year-old Chivas whisky is released in America. It is being partly done to celebrate the team’s 13 Premier League wins under former manager Alex Ferguson.  Chivas first partnered with Manchester United in 2018 as the team’s official […]

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Overtime Chris Toussaint

Overtime Expanding Esports Strategy From Team Ownership to Content

Overtime, the sports media network focused on grabbing Gen Z, is making a bigger play in esports. The company recently hired Chris Toussaint as head of esports, a position which will allow the 20-year-old seasoned esports professional to lead both the media position of Overtime as well as the company’s Fortnite team. Toussaint has spent the past seven years in the industry, including the past two with Magic Gaming building its NBA 2K organization. “If you look at how we’ve […]

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Dove Men+Care

Dove Men+Care Using ‘Big Names’ to Attract Average Joes

Dove Men+Care has turned to everyday athletes to connect with sports fans, a move the brand views as more relatable than partnering with a big-name professional athlete. The brand’s new “Biggest Names” campaign stems from the fact that 81% of men say they work out or play sports at least once a week, said Amy Stepanian, marketing director of Dove Men+Care for Unilever, but seven in 10 men feel as though the everyday athlete isn’t represented in media – as […]

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Cannabis CBD athletes

Cannabis, CBD Industries Offer Athletes Plentiful Opportunities

Athletes have long been connected to marijuana – often maliciously or negatively.  Now as the CBD and marijuana industries are evolving, both current and former professional athletes are becoming some of the most influential voices helping to change the perception around the products. Perhaps the most vocal and successful marijuana entrepreneur athlete thus far is former NBA forward Al Harrington, whose company Viola recently closed on a $16 million funding round, led by Gotham Green Partners. Before the most recent […]

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AI Powered Concessions

AI-Powered Concession Stands Full Speed Ahead At Sport Venues

Whether it’s to ease the strain of labor issues, increase consistent quality or save valuable time so fans can find their way back to their seats for game action, AI-powered and robotic concession stands are popping up across U.S. sports venues – with more expected to come in the future. “We’re continuing to explore opportunities in our client and partner venues,” said Carl Mittleman, president of Aramark Sports & Entertainment. “Management teams are clamoring for more units, but we’re not […]

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Edyoucore Bart Scott Antoine Walker

Bart Scott, Antoine Walker Sharing Financial Lessons With Young Athletes

As more money flows into the world of sports and the pockets of athletes, it’s more important than ever to ensure young athletes are educated and older athletes are quick to join the cause. Former NFL linebacker Bart Scott and former NBA forward Antoine Walker are aiming to do just that, joining a new effort to help improve the financial literacy of fellow athletes. Launched this spring by former Morgan Stanley sports and entertainment division managing director Drew Hawkins, Edyoucore […]

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Phil Horn Burger Patch

Ex-NBA Exec Finds New Career Path in Plant-Based Burger Patch

After more than a decade as a sports executive, Phil Horn thought he’d always work in the industry – at least until an entrepreneurial itch took hold. Now, the former Sacramento Kings senior vice president of sales and services has gone from selling tickets and sponsorships to plant-based burgers as he looks to build a vegan fast-food empire.  For Horn, the decision to leave his role in sports and dive head-first into the Burger Patch operation along with his wife, […]

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Overtime SZN programming

Overtime SZN Programming Targets Gen Z’s Football Woes

Digital sports network Overtime is going to Primetime with its new slate of football programming. The three-year-old network targeting Gen Z sports fans will launch five new shows in an expansion of its football coverage, including “Primetime 2.0” with NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and his son Shedeur Sanders. The shows begin premiering Saturday. Overtime’s dedicated football channel, Overtime SZN, launched last year and has gained nearly 1 million followers. To date, Overtime SZN videos have been viewed more […]

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