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How Corporate Hospitality Took Over The Sports Business

Charmaine Belonio | Posted 01.11.2017 | Business
Charmaine Belonio

A decade ago entertaining a client could have involved a football season ticket and a parking pass. Perhaps even a few beers. But the corporate events...

In Beijing and Hong Kong, SPS Grows Global Partnerships

Jason Wingard | Posted 12.19.2016 | Education
Jason Wingard

At Columbia University's School of Professional Studies (SPS), we are continually working to enhance our students' experience and career pursuits with...

Believe It Or Not, Professional Athletes Are Actually Underpaid

Leland Faust | Posted 10.25.2016 | Sports
Leland Faust

In June, Forbes published its annual list of the world's highest paid athletes. But as is often the case, things are not what they appear.

Encore Careers: The Life-Long Learning Trajectory

Jason Wingard | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Jason Wingard

Corporate experience is helping fill the talent gap for seasoned management in the growing nonprofit industry. A second career, later in life, is part of today's new "life-long learning trajectory."

Commercialization Abuses Tainting Sports

Ken Reed | Posted 05.20.2016 | Sports
Ken Reed

Depending on your perspective, sport is either thriving or disintegrating today. From a purely commercial enterprise perspective, sport has never been stronger.

The Business of Athletes and Their Bodies

Yura Bryant | Posted 10.27.2016 | Business
Yura Bryant

American sports leagues are multi-billion dollar businesses that are built upon the entertainment provided by professional athletes. If athletic performances were to suffer than the business model that professional leagues operate upon would also suffer in the process.

Hall of Fame Golfer Annika Sorenstam Uses Lessons Learned on the Course to Succeed in Business

Alicia Jessop | Posted 09.21.2016 | Sports
Alicia Jessop

Like successful athletes before her, Sorenstam always had a vision for her life. And for the first time in her life, in 2008, her vision began off of the golf course. In that moment, it was time for Sorenstam to find success in the business world and in her personal life, as a wife and mother.

The Power of Sport: Analytics Conference Attracts 8th Graders

Kai Sato | Posted 05.11.2015 | Sports
Kai Sato

As an 8th grader, not only had Jonah chosen to attend one of the world's premier sports conferences, but he told me that he is already "working on an independent study in baseball analytics."

New Data Reveals Nike's Dominance Among Football Recruits

Kai Sato | Posted 03.29.2015 | Sports
Kai Sato

When the University of Oregon and Ohio State University football teams squared off in the national championship game earlier this month, the undisputed winner was Nike.

Become a Millionaire, Start Skateboarding

Kai Sato | Posted 10.14.2014 | Sports
Kai Sato

Skateboarding isn't a new phenomena but thanks in large part to SLS, it's becoming much more lucrative. There are four events on the 2014 SLS tour, and each one pays at least $100,000 in 1st place prize money, with the total series purse exceeding $1 million.

Why Your Business Needs a Tennis Player

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 09.29.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

We've all been part of a group or team where everything clicked. Everyone knows things a great team needs -- leadership, ownership of solving problems, camaraderie and integrity.

Pacers Have Cheapest NBA Playoff Tickets for No. 1 Eastern Seed in at Least 5 Seasons

Jesse Lawrence | Posted 06.22.2014 | Sports
Jesse Lawrence

Despite finishing the season with the best record in the Eastern Conference after a late season slide, the Pacers spent the entire season towards the bottom of the league for average ticket price on the secondary market.

Coaching Contracts: Should Athletics Trump Academics?

Dr. Matt Wilson | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Dr. Matt Wilson

What if a coach's potential athletic incentives were tied to the team's APR or graduation rate benchmarks?

From Lawyer to Commissioner: Insight From The National Lacrosse League Boss

The Legal Blitz | Posted 03.11.2014 | Sports
The Legal Blitz

In 1986, the NLL launched and George Daniel was grinding out his first year at Temple Law School. At no point did he ever imagine that he would find himself at the helm of one of the most popular professional indoor sports in the world.

Lacrosse Entrepreneur Seeks to Kick Start Video Game Industry

The Legal Blitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
The Legal Blitz

Despite its severance with the NCAA, EA Sports is still on pace to break $4 billion in revenue this year. Yet while EA dominates the sports market, it has failed to appreciate the popularity of one the world's fastest growing sports -- lacrosse.

Change Is Happening for Women in the Sport Industry

Sanyin Siang | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Sanyin Siang

Many of us love sports. So, with the attention on women's leadership and advancement, I thought I'd focus on how this issue plays out in the traditionally male-dominated sport industry.

Why Investment Dollars Are Pouring Into Sports

Kai Sato | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
Kai Sato

With the NFL season now underway, the nation's highest revenue generating sport has resumed center stage.

LOOK: Sports Team For Sale On Craigslist

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.07.2013 | Business

Looking to buy a sports team? Try perusing Craigslist. Cedar Rapids Titans co-owner Jim Polaski posted an ad on the online marketplace announcing t...

Life After Sports -- An Insider's Look at Athletes and Their Finances

Mark Doman | Posted 01.08.2013 | Sports
Mark Doman

Almost every day, I receive a phone call from one of my professional athlete clients, who have a cousin, parent, or friend from high school in need of financial assistance, believing that this athlete has an opportunity, or an obligation, to support them with whatever is needed financially.

ESPN Brings Back Big Name (On Twitter)

Posted 06.21.2012 | Sports

By Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing The world's best known sports tweeter is indeed headed back to ESPN. CNBC's Darren Rovell, who worked at ESPN prio...

Youth Baseball Costs Aren't Playing Around

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.25.2012 | Money

Fran Dicari, father of three, spent $11,704 on his brood's athletic endeavors in 2011. Dicari's shopping list would dent a lot of family budgets: N...

NBA Owners Thinking Of Doing What?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.29.2012 | Business

The world's biggest soccer teams already plaster sponsor logos on game jerseys. So why not NBA teams? NBA owners are weighing just that, reports sa...

Are Europe and North America Losing the Game of Sport?

Simon Chadwick | Posted 04.02.2012 | Sports
Simon Chadwick

There is already ample evidence that Asian sport is on the move: from investments in clubs and teams, through to successful bids for sporting mega-events.

Ron Dicker

Super Bowl: Patriots Fans Aren't Buying It | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

Where are the New England Patriots fans? Instead of gobbling up seats Monday for the Super Bowl, they were virtual-no shows on the ticket market. T...

Ron Dicker

BCS Title Game Produces Record Ticket Prices | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.06.2012 | Business

Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game between LSU and Alabama is already a blockbuster -- in ticket sales. StubHub, the ticket-resale site, rep...