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Fort Myers Tip-Off Continues Building Toward Future

  • The Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off builds with second season with growth in attendance.
  • While elevating the tournament field, Intersport continues focus on off-the-court programming.

A lack of “elite” early-season basketball tournaments was the impetus for the creation of a new tournament, the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off. Now in its second year, the Fort Myers Tip-Off is continuing to build its status with longevity in mind, said Drew Russell, executive vice president at Intersport, the agency behind the tournament. Russell said only a few of the early-season college basketball events have a long-term view prioritizing high-quality competition and local community involvement. A notable example […]

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Maui Invitational Embraces Hawaiian Community For Lasting Impact

  • Since 1984, the Maui Invitational has hosted some of the best college basketball teams for an early-season tournament.
  • By embracing the Hawaiian Islands and high-quality competition, it continues to build a lasting legacy.

This week, a select few college basketball coaches will be roaming the sidelines in Hawaiian shirts, marking the return of one of the premier early-season tournaments, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.  While early-season tournaments are a dime-a-dozen now, the Maui Invitational has a 35-year legacy and regularly includes some of the best teams in the nation. This year’s field includes two top-five teams in Michigan State and Kansas. But beyond just good basketball, there are a variety of reasons it […]

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PGA Tour Expects Growth In Asia To Benefit Both Players And Its Brand

  • The PGA Tour’s interest in Asia began almost a decade ago. Today, the organization hosts three FedEx Cup events in the lucrative Asian markets of China, Japan, and South Korea.
  • There are no active plans on the part of the PGA to add more golf tournaments in Asia for the time being, for fear it will dilute player fields by expanding too quickly.

When the PGA Tour announced multiple changes to its season schedule this summer, it’s safe to say there was a lot for both fans and players to adjust to. For one, the PGA Tour moved back its prominent Players Championship tournament from May to March to create a “season of championships.” Golf’s biggest events of the year are no longer as spread out. Instead, beginning in March, each month will be highlighted by a flagship tournament in the sport. The […]

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Five Questions With FOS: Nike’s Ron Faris

Want to better understand how Nike wants to ramp up its sales straight to shoppers? The best place to start might be at New York City’s South Street Seaport. That is the new home of Nike’s s23NYC Digital Studio, a group of engineers, designers, data scientists, marketers and operators that are being tasked with finding innovative ways to connect with the company’s most dedicated consumers. The s23NYC team began three years ago and has operated Nike’s highly successful SNKRS app, […]

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NWHL Closes New Funding Round, Sets Sights On More Growth

  • The NWHL has closed on a round of equity funding, which now brings the number of total investors in the league to more than 20.
  • The league has seen signficiant growth alongside its fifth season, including its first revenue-generating media rights deal and the sale of its Boston franchise.

The NWHL has closed a new round of equity funding that the league said will ensure its viability and growth for future seasons to come. The round was led by Andy Scurto, an insurance and IT entrepreneur who was the founder of insurance software firm ISCS which he sold for $160 million in 2017. The league now has more than 20 investors, including Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman, former New Jersey Devils co-owner Michal Gilfillan, PaySafe Group Vice Chairman Joel […]

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MLS’s Diversity Hiring Grades Dip In 2019

  • In its 2019 Racial and Gender Report Card, MLS received an overall score of 82.9% - a 2.1% drop from 2018.
  • It also received C and A marks in its gender and racial hiring practices, respectively.

In 2019, Major League Soccer showed signs of strides, as well as setbacks, when it comes to embracing gender and racial diversity in the workplace. According to the 2019 MLS Racial and Gender Report Card from the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports, MLS received a B with a combined score of 82.9% for its gender and diversity hiring practices. This represented not only a 2.1% drop in the overall score but a decline from […]

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NBA TV Streaming Service Faces Stiff Competition Outside of Sports

  • NBA TV will combine the best of both NBA TV linear programming and NBA League Pass for fans.
  • The league's defined audience will limit the number of subscribers that will sign up, but should help NBA TV stand out in the market, experts say.

The NBA’s new direct-to-consumer service, NBA TV, was created with the sole purpose of providing fans with another choice in how they watch basketball, according to the league. Yet the offering does drop the NBA right into the highly-competitive streaming wars. In addition to mainstay offerings from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, new platforms – including Disney+ and the soon-to-launch HBO MAX – add to the competition NBA TV will face for consumer dollars outside of the sports industry. […]

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Dartmouth-Princeton Caps Off College Football’s 150th Anniversary Week

  • Princeton-Dartmouth at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 9 caps off Anniversary Week, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of college football's debut.
  • Princeton was apart of college football's first-ever game - a Nov. 6, 1869 showdown against Rutgers.

On November 6, 1869, college football played its first-ever competitive game.  That day, Rutgers and Princeton were the two schools to introduce the United States to college football.  Just over 150 years later on November 9, 2019, the latter team will be celebrating its role in the sport’s genesis when it takes on Dartmouth at Yankee Stadium. “It is exciting to have a game in Yankee Stadium between two teams that will be at or near the top of the […]

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Adidas European Sales To Be Supercharged by UEFA Euro 2020

  • Adidas reported a 3% growth in merchandise sales in Europe to $1.7 billion in the third quarter, its first positive earnings result this year.
  • The German footwear manufacturer expects an even stronger fourth quarter, buoyed by apparel sold ahead of next summer's UEFA Euro 2020.

Adidas’ inability to replicate growth it has achieved in international markets like North America and China domestically in Europe has dampened brand sentiment in the eyes of investors in 2019. But third-quarter results reported this week hint that the German brand may finally be trending in the right direction, with an eye towards the UEFA European Championships next summer. Adidas reported a 3% growth in merchandise sales in Europe to $1.7 billion for the period ending September 30. That’s compared […]

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MLS Players Association Addresses List of Demands In Ongoing CBA Talks

  • Demands heading into 2020 include higher wages for players, a revamping of the current free agency system, and more charter flights for teams.
  • CBA discussions also come during another period of off-the-field growth for MLS, including deals with Captain Morgan and MGM Resorts.

The MLS Players Association offered updates around ongoing negations with the league over the 2020 collective bargaining agreement Thursday, warning that players are ready to strike if demands aren’t met. Bob Foose, the MLSPA’s executive director, said players have been preparing for the possibility of a work stoppage for more than two years. The current CBA, signed in 2015, expires on January 30. The union admitted to also having multiple conversations with other major sports leagues on a variety of […]

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