• Opinion: Time Has Come for Redskins Name Change

    by Rick Telander November 2015

    After their game Sunday against the Denver Broncos, the Bears play the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers in their next two games. Both teams are named for things particular to their area, their history. The Packers honor the Wisconsin meat-packing company that gave Curly Lambeau the $500 he needed to start the Green Bay team in 1919. The 49ers are a tip of the mining hat to the discovery of gold near San Francisco in 1849.

  • New Pro Basketball League Backed by Former NBA Players

    by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports November 2015

    The Champions League, a non-NBA-affiliated venture, is hoping to provide family-friendly and affordable entertainment during the NBA's downtime. The vision, quickly becoming a reality and expected to be announced formally Tuesday, looks like this:

  • Redskins: Other Offensive Names Have Protections

    by Erik Brady, USA TODAY Sports November 2015

    The Washington NFL team notes in its appeal of a ruling that canceled its federal trademark registrations that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has registered hundreds of what the team asserts are racist, misogynistic, vulgar or otherwise offensive marks over the years

  • Our New Day-to-Day Approach to Member Retention

    by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein November 2015

    For 20 years we've been telling people and writing about how there are two kinds of gyms — those that are "sales" focused and those that are "retention" focused. We put ourselves squarely in the second camp since we've never had salespeople, we use no high-pressure sales techniques and our entire business model is based on the premise that we need our members to actually use our clubs and thus continue their memberships.

  • NFL's Success in London Points to Future Growth

    by The Buffalo News October 2015

    By all accounts, the NFL's British presence has proved enough of a success for it to no longer be called an experiment but rather the completion of a major phase of the league's global expansion. No one can say for certain if or when a team will be located here on a full-time basis, but the commitment to make this a site for more regular-season games - such as the one Sunday between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium - is stronger than ever. So is the push to grow the model from the current three games per year to a full, 16-game slate. "I think we'd say it's marginally exceeding the expectations," Mark Waller, the league's executive vice president of international, said of the NFL International Series in London. "I think we feel really good about the fan momentum that we've made." Waller, who is from the United Kingdom, joined the NFL in 2007, when it staged its first regular-season game here between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins.

  • Sixers, Partypoker End Partnership Amid Fantasy Surge

    by David Sell; Inquirer Staff Writer October 2015

    The Philadelphia 76ers and partypoker have ended what both sides said in 2014 was a groundbreaking partnership between an NBA team and an online gambling business.

  • Professional Sports Great, Just Not for Local Economy

    by Dennis Coates October 2015

    If Forbes' latest ranking of National Football League franchise values is any indication, the owners of the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams - all competing to move to the Los Angeles area - figure to find a goldmine here.

  • ABC Trade Show a Must for Long-Time Exhibitors and Newcomers

    by Paul Steinbach October 2015

    Matrix brand fitness equipment will be on display this Nov. 19 and 20 at the 34th annual Athletic Business Conference & Expo, just as it has been for eight previous years. What keeps the company coming back?

  • No Chance to Clinch at Home, Cubs Ticket Prices Fall

    by Kyle Thele October 2015

    Heading into the NLCS, tickets for a game at Wrigley Field were some of the most expensive in all of baseball. After dropping the first two games of the series, that is changing dramatically.

  • Tourism Promotions Planned Around State Lacrosse Tourney

    by Palm Beach Post Staff Writer October 2015

    About 3,000 lacrosse fans from throughout the state are expected in April for the Florida High School Athletic Association championship tournament.