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Interview - Darren Rovell - Part I (NFL)
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 03:48
Darren RovellAs the coverage of sports business continues to gain notice in the media, the likes of analysts and reporters such as Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal, Chris Isidore of CNN/Money, Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and Tim Lemke of the Washington Times, have gained more notority when it comes to the average sports fan.

But, more than anyone, it may arguably be Darren Rovell at CNBC that brings more attention to sports outside the lines in the media.

Given Rovell’s broad background in sports business, we decided to do something unprecedented on the Business of Sports Network: have an interview span all of our sites.

Today, we provide the football segment of our multi-part interview on The Biz of Football, with follow-up Q&As on The Biz of Baseball and The Biz of Basketball to follow.

Rovell quoteTopics for this football interview include impacts to the NFL from the Michael Vick controversy, views on the NFL Network, whether the owners will opt out of the revenue sharing system in 2008, views on the NFL in Europe, and whether the recent flurry of controversial off-the-field events with players have an impact in the overall with the NFL.

Select the following link to view further:

An Interview with Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell - The NFL Segment


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football and The Biz of Basketball (The Biz of Hockey will be launching shortly). He is also a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.

He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

 
The Biz of Football Relaunches!
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 03 September 2007 15:00

The Biz of Football

For those that use other resources on the Business of Sports Network, we provide this update...

The Biz of Football website has been relaunched to provide a more dynamic user experience!

Like The Biz of Baseball and The Biz of Basketball, the site has better categorization, polls, a table layout of Business of Football documents, and CBAs.

Look for a multi-part interview across all the Business of Sports Network sites with CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell. The first part of the interview will cover the NFL on The Biz of Football, followed by baseball and basketball on The Biz of Baseball and The Biz of Basketball.

Thanks,

Maury Brown
Founder and President - Business of Sports Network


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football and The Biz of Basketball (The Biz of Hockey will be launching shortly). He is also a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.

He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

 
The Biz of Basketball - An Interview with David Kahn
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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 19 August 2007 17:01

David KahnFor those that recall the relocation derby for the Montreal Expos, the process involved several cities that were vying for the chance to host them, with one of those cities being Portland, OR. Portland passed stadium funding that has no sunset date within it, should an MLB team ever locate to the city.

The Biz of Basketball has an interview with the man who was the head of the MLB-to-Portland effort during 2003-2004. That man is David Kahn, the former General Manager of the Indiana Pacers, and someone who owns several NBA Development League franchises in the Southwest. Here's an excerpt of that interview:

Bizball: You were deeply involved in the effort to bring Major League Baseball to your hometown of Portland. What was that process like compared to the effort to get Canceco Fieldhouse built?

Kahn: Quite different. In Indiana, we were able to demonstrate to the elected officials and public that a new building was mandatory to keeping something they already had, the Pacers. In Portland, we had the proverbial if-we-build-it-will-they-come dilemma -- it's very difficult persuading lawmakers to provide financing for something that is ethereal. In the end, however, I think we had some extraordinary accomplishments -- a $150 million financing bill passed by the Oregon Legislature (which doesn't sunset) and subsequent planning with then-Mayor Vera Katz on the local pieces that could have contributed to the plan. We did all this in the midst of several economic crises and in the Pacific Northwest, where, historically, as the Sonics are learning, it is nearly impossible to convince lawmakers and the business community to build a new arena or stadium with public financing.

The rest of the interview covers Kahn’s rapid rise into the NBA as a sports executive; his time at NBA Showtime, his views on working within the salary cap; his involvement in the development of Canceco Fieldhouse; his thoughts on the sudden and tragic death of Dennis Johnson, who Kahn had hired to coach the Toros; the players he was the most proud of signing to the Pacers during his time as GM; the future of the NBDL, and much more.


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football and The Biz of Basketball (The Biz of Hockey will be launching shortly). He is also a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.

He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

 
Upper Deck Extends Offer for Topps to Aug. 29th
Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 11 August 2007 12:59

ToppsThe Upper Deck Company on Friday announced that it is extending its previously announced tender offer for all outstanding shares of The Topps Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: TOPP) (Topps), until 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on August 29, 2007, (which is the end of the day on August 29, 2007).

As announced previously, on June 25, 2007, The Upper Deck Company, through its direct wholly-owned subsidiary, UD Company, Inc., commenced a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Topps at a price of $10.75 per share net to the seller in cash without interest, less brokerage fees and less any required withholding taxes. Subsequently, the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR), with respect to Upper Deck's pending acquisition of Topps, expired on Friday, August 3, 2007.

The tender offer was previously set to expire at 12:00 midnight on Friday, August 10, 2007, and as of this morning, 11,829,601 shares have been tendered (30.52% of the outstanding shares).

The Upper Deck Company has retained CIBC World Markets Corp. as financial advisor and Liner, Yankelevitz Sunshine & Regenstreif LLP as legal counsel.


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football and The Biz of Basketball (The Biz of Hockey will be launching shortly). He is also a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.

He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

 
The Biz of Basketball is Open for Business
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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 05 August 2007 20:00

The Biz of Basketball

The growth of the Business of Sports Network continues with The Biz of Basketball...

Adding to The Biz of Baseball and The Biz of Football, we are proud to announce the addition of The Biz of Basketball for your sports business pleasure.

What is The Biz of Basketball about?

It's the same premise as The Biz of Baseball... only for basketball.

We'll cover the NBA, D-League, and NCAA Basketball news 24/7/365. Original articles by staff members of the Business of Sports Network, and top-notch contributors. Look for interviews, arena development, media news, trades and signings, and trade rumors... everything outside the hardwood.

As with The Biz of Baseball, registering on the site will get you updates via email on the latest original content.

Look for the announcement of the new The Biz of Basketball logo, designed by Todd Radom, shortly. 

Maury Brown
President - Bizball LLC
Founder - Business of Sports Network

 
Sunday: Maury Brown on Sports Business Radio
Written by The Staff   
Saturday, 04 August 2007 04:10

Maury BrownMaury Brown, the founder of the Business of Sports Network, of which The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, and now, The Biz of Basketball are a part of, will be on Sports Business Radio in the Portland, OR. market on Sunday.

Those that are within the region can catch the show on KXL radio. Brown will be discussing the sale of the Cubs, the Bonds home run chase, and the action at the trade deadline during the 4pm PT hour.

Also, Sports Business Radio will be broadcasting an interview with Los Angeles Dodgers owner, Frank McCourt on the national show this weekend. The interview will be available in MP3 format on The Biz of Baseball shortly. 

For more details:

 
Bloggers Wanted: Biz of Baseball, Football & Basketball
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 27 July 2007 20:00

The Biz of Baseball Wants YouLove baseball... or sports, in general? Have a blog, or want to get into blogging? Then, The Biz of Baseball , The Biz of Football and The Biz of Basketball are looking for you.

Candidates should have solid writing skills, with an understanding of blog formatting. A background in using WordPress and/or Joomla for blogging, and an interest in sports business is a big plus. 

Those that come on-board with this will be added to the “Authors” page, and be considered for blogging positions across the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball – one of the most popular baseball sites on the web – the newly launched The Biz of Football and the upcoming The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey.

Those that are interested should contact Maury Brown at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Maury Brown on Pittsburgh's 93.7 Monday @ 9:40am ET
Written by The Staff   
Sunday, 22 July 2007 20:00

93.7 - The ZoneMaury Brown, of the Business of Sports Network, of which The Biz of Baseball is a member, will be on Pittsburgh's 93.7 - The Zone.

Air time will be Monday at 9:40am ET on John Steigerwald's show.

The topic is the Pittsburgh Pirates and their financial situation in relationship to MLB's revenue sharing system. 

Make sure and tune in then. 

 
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