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Knicks-Heat Game Earns Season High O/N Ratings on ESPN!

by on Feb.28, 2011, under ALL, NBA

D-Wade, Melo, Stat and LeBron watching another game, now maybe others will start watching more of them!

Now that the Knicks have added another star to team up with Amare Stoudamire, they have a lineup worth watching apparently. The Knicks-Heat game from Sunday night generated the highest overnight ratings for ESPN so far this season.

Knicks tickets have (continue reading…)

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Free Papa John’s pizzas if Super Bowl goes to OT!

by on Jan.24, 2011, under ALL, NFL

Papa John’s announced recently that they will offer a free pizza to anyone in the USA if the SuperBowl game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers goes into overtime.

To be eligible, you need to sign up for their Loyalty Program, called “Papa Points” by a specified time before super bowl Sunday. The pizza would be distributed by awarding 25 points to your loyalty account, which would be redeemable for a free pizza.

An interesting yet potentially risky marketing tactic by Papa John’s. Do you think they are hedging themselves by actually betting that they game goes to overtime with the company’s cash? That would be a great question to ask big Papa John!

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The Los Angeles “LA” Vikings

by on Dec.15, 2010, under ALL, NFL

How did you not see the collapse of the domed football stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play their home games on TV? It was a like a combination of Sportscenter meets Modern Marvels gone bad on the discovery channel.

The Vikings may have had their home in Minnesota be played at for the final time. Just like they did with the Lakers, it seems like Los Angeles may be stealing another team from Minneapolis. Let’s just see if they have the same success as the Lakers. (continue reading…)

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LA Football Stadium Update! AEG to build stadium

by on Nov.16, 2010, under ALL, NCAAB, NFL, SOCCER

The City of Industry is not really Los Angeles. There has been a group that has proposed building a stadium in the City of Industry, California, but now there are some big boys who are stepping up to the plate.

The group is AEG. They own the Staples Center and developed LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. And now they want to build a stadium in… (continue reading…)

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Taxes: Why Magic REALLY Sold His Share of the Lakers

by on Oct.21, 2010, under ALL, NBA

HAHA Obama! Trying to raise taxes on the Magic Man?

This week, it was announced that Magic Johnson sold his 5% stake in the Lakers to billionaire biotech investor and long-time Lakers season ticket holder Patrick Soon-Shiong, the 46th-richest individual in the country, according to Forbes magazine.

However, a source not authorized to speak publicly has said that Earvin “Magic” Johnson has also sold 105 of his Starbucks franchises back to the Starbucks company.

Magic’s long-time agent Lon Rosen said: “it was a very smart business decision on Earvin’s part [to sell].” Keep reading to understand why it was.
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The blueprint to become a famous sports reporter, by Inez Sainz

by on Sep.22, 2010, under ALL, NFL, OTHER

Erin Andrews had it done without her permission. She was video taped through a peep hole at her hotel room while naked. After that episode, she quickly became the worlds most famous sports reporter.

She sued the video-taper for the irreparable damage done to her, but financially one could make the argument that she should pay the person who recorded her for the amount of fame that it brought to her.

I’m not saying that it is ok to videotape someone naked, but I think that Inez Sainz may have gotten a clue from what happened to Erin.

CLICK ON “continue reading” to see photos of the world’s hottest sports reporters, and to finish reading the article!

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Stephon Marbury becoming Starbury in China!

by on Aug.22, 2010, under ALL, NBA

Stephon Marbury has been a big joke to us in the NBA for a while now. He just didn’t understand how to be a team player and sacrifice his self-ego for the betterment of his teams that he was playing for. It was really all about the money.

Last year he signed a $60,000/month deal to play for a Chinese basketball team in the CBA (China Basketball Association). $60k/month is the maximum allowed in the Chinese league for foreign players. Why would Marbury play for such little money? I’m sure it doesn’t even cover his expenses for one month. (continue reading…)

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And the first BILLION dollar athlete is…

by on Jul.01, 2010, under ALL, NBA, OTHER

Step aside Lebron James, you have been beaten to the punch. I’m not quite sure whether you would prefer to win an NBA Championship or be a billionaire. We’ll see from the results of where you choose to sign as a free agent (why else would he sign with the Nets/Knicks?).

Woods has you beat in terms of getting to $1 billion. And I’m not talking about the Woods whose first name is that of the animal that Siegfried and Roy would perform with. (continue reading…)

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Lakers Profitability… Losing Million$?

by on May.27, 2010, under ALL, NBA

The Lakers will be profitable as long as Kobe gets what he wants

How profitable are the Lakers? How close were they to losing millions of dollars this season?

It cannot be confirmed, but with some basic accounting, you can figure it out.

According to Forbes, in 2008 where the Lakers made the finals, they had the following financial stats:

Revenue В В В В В В В В В  В В В В В В В В В В В  $191 mil
Operating Inc. В  В  В  В  В  В $47.9 mil
Player Expenses В  В  В  В $77 mil
Gate Receipts В  В  В  В  В  В  В $82 mil

These statistics included the playoffs from that year, which they made it to the finals and lost to the Celtics in 6 games.В  They played 11 home playoff games that year (2 vs. Denver, 3 vs. Utah, 3 vs. San Antonio and 3 vs. Boston).

With 41 regular season home games and 11 playoff home games, that makes a total of 52 games total.В  Revenue per game calculates out at $3.67 million and operating income per game comes out to $0.92 million.

This year the team had player salaries totaling over $93 million.  With the luxury tax set at 72 million, that essentially becomes an extra $21 million in salary totaling to $114 million for players salaries.  That’s $37 million more than in 2008!

If the Lakers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round in the 7th game, they would have played 4 home playoff games, totaling 45 games for the season.  Assuming that they made 5% more revenue per game in 2010 compared to 2008, the total revenue would be $173 million.  That’s $18 million less than in 2008!

The net loss in income due to lost revenue and increased player salaries would be $55 million! The Lakers would have lost over $7 million this year had they lost to the Thunder this year.  It probably would be more in reality because I’m sure that the Lakers make more money for games played in the finals than they do for regular season games.  But based on the assumptions made, we considered all games as equally profitable.

Looks like the gambler in Jerry Buss comes out with his basketball team as it does with his poker game.  But if I were in his shoes I would take a chance to try and make $40 million and a championship with the downside being to lose $7 million.  Wouldn’t you?

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