NFL's TV Blackout Policies No Longer Suppored by FCC
by Jerry Zremski October 2014
WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday didn't exactly sack the National Football League's policy of blacking out games that are not sold out, but the agency clearly put the league under heavy pressure. And that could be just the start. The FCC's 5-0 vote to eliminate its 40-year-old sports blackout rules means that the league will no longer have the support of the federal government when it tries to black out games. For now, the blackouts will continue unless the NFL changes its policy or Congress acts to remove the antitrust exemption that allows blackouts.
NFL's Pink Campaign Proceeds Despite Sponsorship Drop
by Lindsay H. Jones, @ByLindsayHJones, USA TODAY Sports October 2014
The NFL's annual breast cancer awareness campaign, always in October, has long been the league's most substantial plan to appeal to women.
Angels Back Out of Stadium Talks with Anaheim
by ART MARROQUIN, and MARTIN WISCKOL September 2014
Angels officials said they are now "exploring all options," and the Tustin City Council will hold a special closed-door meeting Tuesday night solely to discuss the possibility of hosting a new stadium for the Angels at the former Tustin Marine Corps Air Station.
Corporations Turn Tailgate Parties into Skybox Experience
by Denise O'Neal. Staff Reporter September 2014
The bright orange Lamborghini at the entrance of E3 VIP's event was the first sign that it was going to be more polished than the typical parking lot tailgate party; the chef-prepared food and live entertainment was confirmation.
Vinyl Wall Art Aids Cal State Fullerton's Facility Branding
by MIRIN FADER Staff writer, The Orange County Register September 2014
Titan Stadium, home to the men's and women's soccer teams, has a new look this season. Vinyl wall art was added to the auxiliary locker room building at the south end of the stadium.
Opinion: MLS Undermining Its Southern California Profile
by Nick Green September 2014
Just when it appears Maor League Soccer marketing mavens couldn't get any more obtuse when it comes to the Southern California marketplace and selling the sport in general, along comes a confounding series of statements over the last seven days that suggest otherwise. First up last week: an updated league logo.
Playoff Structure Puts Financial Pressure on FCS Schools
by MARK EMMERT Staff Writer September 2014
The advent of college football's playoff system means big paydays are getting harder to find for small Division I programs, some of which have earned up to $1 million for traveling to play powerhouses such as Auburn and Michigan in recent years.
UMaine Drops Hockey Prices Amid Attendance Decline
by Larry Mahoney BDN Staff September 2014
The University of Maine has lowered its season ticket prices and has cut the prices on single-game seats for 12 of its 21 home games this season in an attempt to increase attendance at Alfond Arena.
Anheuser-Busch, Other Sponsors, Condemn NFL Inaction
by Nancy Armour September 2014
Now the NFL has real trouble on its hands. Fed up with the league's woeful inconsistencies on domestic violence and its belligerent insistence on protecting misbehaving players, Anheuser-Busch took the NFL to task Tuesday. No, it didn't say it was pulling its $1.2 billion, six-year contract -- yet. But it doesn't take a marketing genius to see what's down the road if the NFL doesn't get its act together -- and fast.
Dayton's Elite Eight Run Brings Season-Ticket Sales Spike
by David Jablonski September 2014
New season-ticket holders bought their tickets without knowing the schedule or where their seats would be located.