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Where will your favorite sports team play next?

The Jacksonville-London Jaguars, Montreal Expos, Mexico City Montañas and Portland Greens might know!   International sports expansion is upon us  The Jaguars got married and took a second last name in London, baseball is back in French-speaking Canada, the Mexico City Montañas fight high altitude baseballs, but not in the Rockies, and the Portland Greens have beer and “going green” night. Despite this author making up those team names, they might be the...

Will “ShoTime” follow “The Great Bambino” into the batter’s box?

Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s 23-year-old pitching and hitting phenom, is not the first athlete to woo the American public. Babe Ruth also once captured America’s collective hearts when he burst onto the scene for 14 years in the 20th century. In terms of the rules, the game of baseball has not changed much and because of those rules, Shoehei “ShoTime” Ohtani may soon...

What Disney, ESPN+ and Hulu means for Sports Television

You should know four important things in 2018 when it comes to live sports television broadcasting.   Disney owns a 30% stake in Hulu  When Disney and Fox came to a $66 billion dollar agreement (including a portion of Fox’s debt), it included Fox’s 30% ownership stake in the Hulu platform.  If the United States Department of Justice approves the Disney-Fox deal, Disney,...

A Golden Age: The business of content creation, distribution and consumption

There was a time when entertainment meant film, television, stage acting and the music business. It was also a time when media meant the five o’clock news, anchors and Nielsen ratings. There was a time when sports meant Sunday night football, the national baseball game of the week and an occasional tournament or sports special.    Today, we, the consumers, have so many more options at our fingertips. We...

The Future of Sports Television

As we cruise through 2018, the entertainment, media and sports industry is abuzz about two things: (1) getting content to the consumer quickly and more efficiently, and (2) through various media applications and platforms. The sports world has been somewhat slower to change because sports are generally consumed live as opposed to recording a television show or watching a movie on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. There is really one simple reason for this:...

e$ports: If you cannot play, you $hould pay attention

Maybe you have never heard of eSports.  Maybe you do not care to know. Simply, it may not be of interest you. Here is the thing though, eSports became relevant to larger society when the industry began to bring in substantial revenues and obtain partnerships and sponsorships from major recognized brands.    First, what is eSports? eSports is a competition between players in a video game. The twist is that what...

Player Personalities Mirror the Cities Where They Play

Relationships, the idea is to be around people we like and admire.  To be around people and an environment that is conducive to our personality, strengthens our attributes, and forces us to grow in positive ways.  Until now, maybe the thought that the places professional athletes play does not necessarily equate to being a mirror image of the cities...

Best of the West: Predicting the 2018 National League West standings

The 2018 Major League Baseball season is upon us.  The sun has risen on the Arizona desert and Florida coast and cities.  Soon, your favorite baseball players will ascend on their home stadiums.     With the above in mind, what will the standings look like by the beginning of October 2018? Of the five teams in the division, three made the playoffs in 2017...

No collusion confusion: Three reasons why MLB did NOT collude this offseason

From Judge and former Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis to Curt Flood, organized baseball has a storied history as well as a complicated one when it comes to player rights and team control. Baseball players have gone from Elysian Fields to Sandlots to beautifully constructed ballparks as a place to practice and perfect their craft. In the past, the clubs essentially controlled baseball players indefinitely, while Justice Oliver Wendell...