Archive for the ‘Football’ Category

NCAA Pac12 TV Deal

Monday, April 28th, 2014

http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/38499/college-tv-rights-deals-undergo-makeovers

The NCAA has many conferences based on east coast, west coast, north, and south. The biggest conferences have their own TV program that shows all their games for men’s and women’s teams. The Pacific-12 Conference made a TV deal in 2011 called the Pac-12 Network. The network consists of seven networks/channels that give 24 hr broadcast of the teams who are in the Pac-12. When the Pac-12 was Pac-10, they signed a 12 year contract with EPSN and Fox. the contract was worth more than  $225 million per year, which leads to 2.7 billion for the 12 year contact.

The values of this TV rights deal has increased, even after march madness is over, this season the Pac-12 will be watched even more due to the Stanford women’s basketball team making it all the way to the Final Four. The University of Arizona being #1 seeded in the nation, teams and networks getting bonuses for Pac-12 teams making it further than other conferences’ teams. The value of the Pac-12 has increased by being so competitive whether in footbal, basketball, and baseball.

The “Conference of Champions” consists of Arizona State University, Oregon, University of Colorado, University of Arizona, Standord, UCLA, USC, Cal, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State. I think the conference is doing very well and makes a lot of money than other conferences, it has grown substantially and will continue to grow as teams get better and bigger. I wish I had the Pac-12 network to watch my favorite team during baketball season, this conference makes the most profit during the season.

NFL and the history of its TV deals

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

 

The start of professional football can be tracked all the way back to 1869 where modified London football rules were used in a game of college soccer. It wasn’t until 1939 however, that the first NFL game was televised by NBC between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Brooklyn Dodgers. By 1951 the NFL Championship Game was televised coast-to-coast for the first time, December 23. The DuMont Network paid $75,000 for the rights to the game, in which the Rams defeated the Browns 24-17. By 1955, NBC became the television home to the NFL Championship Game, paying $100,000 to the league for the rights to telecast the league finale.

As Pro Football gained in popularity, it rights fees went up causing CBS to pass on NFL Football in the mid 1990’s and allowing the new FOX Television Network to gain a foothold in the broadcast sports realm. Today, the major networks pay upwards of $550 million a year to televise NFL games which can now be seen on cable, satellite and broadcast networks. NFL announced nine-year extensions to its broadcast television packages with Fox, NBC and CBS under which the networks are expected to pay roughly 60% more. The new agreements will run through the 2022 season as the current deals expired after the 2013 season.

The NFL’s new 10-year labor agreement and increased TV rights deals are the reason that NFL teams are worth $1.04 billion on average or twice as much as the average MLB team and three times what NBA teams command. NFL games represent 23 of the 25 most-watched TV programs this fall and they attract twice as many average viewers as broadcast primetime shows. Annually, the NFL redistributes upwards of $4 billion in radio, TV and digital earnings across its 32 teams, roughly $125 million apiece, plus an equal share for the league, and that number shows no sign of declining. The 19 highest-rated fall TV programs (and 28 of the top 30) were NFL games, and this year’s Super Bowl was the most-watched program ever. 5 of the many popular sports networks: ESPN, DirecTV, FOX, NBC, and CBS all have contracts with the NFL of roughly 3.985 billion dollars a season. ESPN pays $1 billion per season (18 games), DirecTV pays $1 billion per season (8 games plus NFL Sunday Ticket), FOX pays $712.5 million per season (102 games), NBC pays $650 million per season (18 games), and CBS pays $622.5 million per season (102 games).

T.V. rights have continued to escalade for the NFL and from what history shows will only continue to keep doing so. A new contract is underway with the NFL and major networks that will keep them under contract till 2022. The fan base is so large for the NFL, do to location in major cities across the U.S. & because of this, the demand for football is high. Households who are unable to see their favorite team live, can sit back in the comfort of their own home and watch the game televised almost anywhere in the U.S. Which is why football is the highest rated fall TV program.

We continue to see an increase in fan base in the NFL which brings in more popularity to the sport. As popularity and demands for the sport increase, more games will be televised, to the point where one day each game will be broadcasted nationwide. However, when that does occur a plateau may occur and profits may stop and just maintain a steady income. If this does occur which will be some time down the road, the NFL being money hungry will expand their horizons and aim for new markets, which is one of the reasons football is trying to spread to other parts of the world; I.E. Canada, Europe. This is also why some games are hosted in London, to help promote football and to expose others about the sport, so during the future it can expand and be broadcasted as a worldwide sport.

 

http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/history/pdfs/History/2013/353-372-Chronology.pdf

 

http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1951-1960

 

http://nfl-tv-history.blogspot.com/

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2011/12/14/the-nfl-signs-tv-deals-worth-26-billion/

 

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1103/nfl-inside-money-machine/content.2.html#ixzz308FRNGpe

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhOAzRnwpdY

 

USFL & ABL vs. NWSL

Monday, April 21st, 2014

 

The United States Football League (USFL) opened in 82’ and closed in 85’ after only 3 short seasons. Founded by David Dixon, from New Orleans, Louisiana, the USFL announced its formation on May 11, 1982, at the 21 Club in New York City. During 1982-1985, the USFL fought a bitter war with the established National Football League (the NFL) for players, fans, and media attention. In July of 1986, with a month before the league was to begin its first fall campaign, the USFL won its suit against the NFL, but was awarded $3.76. It’s time couldn’t have been better. The USFL was formed in 1982, right when the NFL was headed towards a strike. The first kickoff of the USFL in 1983 came just weeks after the Redskins were crowned Super Bowl champions after a strike-shortened nine-game season and playoff tournament. The USFL started to get into bidding wars for players. Some teams went bankrupt, in Los Angeles, the team was well known for the $40 million contract given to Steve Young. The USFL wanted to extend their success after their first successful season and tried to play games in professional stadiums but were unable to do so because of overlapping schedules with the NFL. Which along with the high salaries were reasons why it failed to exist after three seasons.

ABL or American basketball league was an independent professional basketball league for women in the United States. It only lasted from 96’ to 98’ for only 2 full seasons. On December 22nd, 1998, with almost no warning the ABL declared bankruptcy and suspended all operations. It had a higher quality of play than the WNBA did because it signed majority of its players from the 96’ national team, a possible reason it failed was due to the higher salaries offered compared to that of the WNBA. Financially they could not compete with the WNBA and had to shut down all operations.

What can the new National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) learn from those leagues in order to stay afloat?

Since there is not a larger women’s soccer league they’re not competing like the USFL had to compete against the NFL, or the ABL trying to compete against the WNBA. If they don’t make the same mistake of spending too much money on salaries like the USFL or the ABL did, and correctly market their league, they should be able to sustain a successful sporting organization.
For a short term marketing strategy:
I would market the individual players. All ten of the highest paid women athletes are from individual sports. However, I think marketing a single player like “Hope Solo” brought a lot of attention to women’ soccer, in my opinion. Probably not the right message, since I think she is a bit of a mess, but she brought awareness to women’s sport.

Long term success:
I would continue working with NIKE and other large corporations for potential sponsors to increase awareness. Possible Women only companies like Lululemon, Athleta, might see more value and give the sport more attention than possibly NIKE, a mega-corporation. Nike is too huge of a corporation to “worry” or spend extra time on such a small market. Women specific entities are more likely to spend more or extra time and effort specific to women’s sporting events.

Bibliography:
http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/basketball/abl-galleries-1996-1998/
https://sites.google.com/site/remembertheusfl/home
http://www.nwslsoccer.com/

http://blogs.nfl.com/2013/01/17/a-brief-history-of-the-usfl/

http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

 

Coaching Student Athletes

Monday, April 7th, 2014

With the steadily increasing interest in college athletics, the importance of academics has decreased. Why is this? The student athlete is supposed to be student first, athlete second. But these days it seems they are athletes first and students eighth or ninth. Is this coach’s fault? Is there too much emphasis on the sport and little to none on academics? Nowadays, the elite athletes are only worried about if they’re going to make it to the league. The NCAA needs to get back to the original student athlete and get these players grades up; especially men’s basketball and football programs.

Adding incentives to coaches contracts could decrease the problem. The athlete has to want to work in the classroom also so the incentives should include them as much as possible. Also, I would suggest all teams be in some kind of study table with tutors.

  • If team gets a cumulative 2.5 GPA coach gets $5,000 bonus and players get new game shoes
  • If team has 2.75 GPA coach gets $10,000 bonus
  • If team has 3.0 GPA team gets off of study table

Obviously, it would be a very difficult task for a full football team to have a 3.0 but the schools could rearrange the contracts however they wanted to. It’s just my personal opinion that these athletes need to think realistically and that they are not going to be able to play their sport forever and need to think about real life. Their education needs to come before their sport and the person who can start that tradition HAS to be the coach and backed up by the institution.

blog 2: coaches new attitude toward academics

Monday, April 7th, 2014

 

We have all heard the term student-athlete, meaning that student comes first. However, we can see at some D1 universities that many of the players are putting the athlete in front of student. They are allowing for mediocre work in the class room to have their best athletes play on either the court or the field.

In an article discussing UNC it stated that “the football players were taking ‘easy’ classes, ones that they were guaranteed an A in.” This allows you to keep good academic standing so that you may play for the upcoming season. What happens then when these athletes form a major and are required to take harder courses? In the study, most of the football team took a major in the communications department, because it was considered an easy A major. A professor stated that he handed out grades to athletes for classes that never met, allowing them to receive an A. It even stated that for some classes there was illegal grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls, and limited or no class time at all. Athletes who turn pro are very few and by allowing these low academic standards it is not preparing them for the real world. Their whole lives they thought they would go pro and didn’t make it, now their low standards that they scooted their way through college with, may hinder them in the work force.

NCAA is soon requiring a higher academic standard for incoming athletes to play a division 1 sport. This will hopefully allow for only the top student-athletes to be accepted into that school. Possibly allowing for colleges to strive for higher academic standards for athletes throughout their amateur career. As of now the required GPA to be eligible to play is a 2.0 for college athletes.

I would first start out by requiring a minimum GPA of at least a 2.5 and offer study hall for every individual who may need it, and tutoring available each day. I would state that they are student-athletes and that student comes first. By attending this university you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of a student. You will be able to achieve a higher education while also getting to play the sport you love. However, if academic success is not met, then success on the football field or on the courts will be postponed if you are not compliable with the rules. Athletes need to be taught that their sport is second to their education. You are coming to this school to learn, and also help your team win, but in that order.

By being on scholarship you are complying that you have read and will meet these standards. I would implement a fine policy for these athletes who do not meet these requirements even after being on study hall or tutoring, and scholarships may be taken away from them if academic success is not kept.

For those who do achieve success in the classroom rewards may be handed out as an incentive to keep striving for greatness to allow these athletes to feel the need to strive for success both on and off the football field. An increase in scholarship money may be handed out to show support for the determination for success in the classroom. However, it needs to be engraved in their mind that they are here to learn first, and play a sport second. If we focus on school when it is in front of us, and focus on our sport when it is time to practice, then success will come.

Many coaches are lenient on these rules because if they do not win they may get fired, and you may not win if your best players are benched for bad grades. But we need to step up and think about the bigger picture for these kids. Most will not go pro, and if easy classes are what it takes for these students to pass college, then how well will they do in the real world where their job requires hard work and dedication in order to be successful?

We need to reevaluate the importance of school on these kids’ lives, and push them to strive for greatness, not on the field, but in the classroom.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/high-school/new-ncaa-rules-require-incoming-athletes-meet-higher-academic-standards-play-division-sport-college-article-1.982115

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/15985/

Real Madrid for American fans

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey Final

The Real Madrid website has services and information about European soccer which is the biggest sport overseas where fans don’t miss a game and are always selling out home stadiums. Real Madrid also has European basketball in case soccer is not your cup of tea. The basketball program is not really mainstreamed like soccer, where both sports have the same sponsors, gear and trademark. The audience that is most appealing for this website are foreign soccer players, young boys and men who want to become a professional soccer player and be on Real Madrid’s team. European athletes who want to play soccer or basketball for their own private team who does tones of charity work worldwide. And if you’re (Madridista) fan enough, you can get a Real Madrid membership card that is packed with benefits for supporting the Madrid team for as long as you want. When I took a look at the website I thought it was two-way communications where the website can be seen in different languages. The owner/president of the club has also played on this team and won multiple championships nationally and still wants to be a part of the sport. So Florentino Pérez Rodríguez the owner is doing as much as possible to complete with next door Italy and France that Spain is the best for football in the country. I like the website, it is professional but does not really how it first started and what are the regulations for Real Madrid to become a professional team and its own club.

Real Madrid & NFL

Friday, March 14th, 2014

When scrolling through the Real Madrid website I found that it offers insite to both soccer fans as well as basketball fans. The first thing you will notice upon entering their website is a list of different videos that are offered for both basketball and basketball. As you open the menu button you will find different links regarding their website. What stuck out to me was the link titled “fan zone.” It allows you to as a fan to view recent news regarding the team, new videos uploaded and photos of the players during games and off the field pictures so you can stay up to date with what each of them are doing. It also has a shop that you can buy clothing for of the team to represent your favorite players from the sport.

The basketball link offers the same thing, a link to recent news and a photo and video gallery of updated pictures so you can stay in the loop with your team and their daily lives.

the website is very informative for any person, whether you are a fan or not. it allows easy access to the history of the sports, clothing, and news about the teams.

http://www.realmadrid.com/en

http://www.realmadrid.com/aficion/videos/2014/02/0-2-triunfo-en-el-calderon-y-a-la-final-de-copa?pid=1387570276487

this link shows the highlights of Real Madrids soccer team, allowing fans to insight on Christiano Ronaldo career thus far with Real Madrid. This website allows you to view each player and see highlights and news regarding them.

from what I found, Real Madrid only uses a one way model.

comparison of two sports:

nfl.com offers you access to each one of your favorite teams and news about recent changes that have occurred in the organizations. It allows you to stay up to date about trades, potential draft picks, and an updated roster for each of the 32 teams. On the home page it offers you the 2014 schedule and videos regarding all the news presented by sportscenter.

It also allows you to shop, not just for one team but for all 32 teams, and offers you different styles of clothing, authentic jerseys with players names, for their most recent team. So that you can support your favorite player regardless of the team he is on.

It also gives a link of the history of each team, allowing you to go further in to depth and gain further knowledge on your favorite football team.

http://www.newyorkjets.com/videos/videos/Barnwell-Decker-Can-Create-Opportunities-/db436e26-bfe4-4a01-a00d-572954de7b68

this is a news feed regarding the recent trade of Eric Decker to the jets. It shows highlights of his career with the Broncos and shows what he will bring to the jets offense.

http://www.nfl.com/

Through social media, each individual can find exactly what they are looking for regarding their favorite organization. It is another way to stay up to date on games, and news regarding teams. it also allows for a good sales tactic by offering brand clothing, if you are not located in the state or country who sells the specific brand of team you are looking for, these sites offer you easy access when it comes to purchasing different team labels.

NFL offers a two way model using forums, fantasy football, and emails you can send to the team page. You can also use Facebook, and twitter to  tag someone and state your request or observation.

North America and Europe sports communication: the differences and similarities

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The English version of Real Madrid’s website offers many different features. It of course offers news and insight on the football team, but it also offers information on the Real Madrid basketball team. General information about Real Madrid is presented such as their schedule, as well as a Fan Zone where fans can connect with Madrid’s teams with videos, social media, and exclusive interviews. Fans can also share stories with friends via the popular social media platforms such as twitter, googleplus and facebook. The interesting thing about Madrid’s website is that it allows fans to subscribe to a membership service which gives the fans an inside track to services such as season tickets and discounts on merchandise. The audience for Madrid’s website is for the hardcore fan of Real Madrid. Statistics, interviews, insight on philosophy, and links to buy merchandise are presented. In addition, there is a counter on the different championships they have won as well as how the club is structured with who the board members and the president are, This type of information is not meant for the casual fan yet casual fans can still enjoy some of the content the website offers with. However, the website doesn’t offer many avenues for two-way communication. It offers links for things like social media and it offers support services on ticket and merchandise orders, but that’s about the only way the fan can interact with the organization. For a comparison between a major U.S. sport organization and the Real Madrid soccer club, www.denverbroncos.com is the website examined which is the official site of the Denver Broncos. Many of the same type of services are offered. Roster information, recent news are some of the similarities as well offering social media outlets for fans to connect with and featuring exclusive interviews with players. The main difference between the two websites is that the Broncos offer more way for fans to engage with the Broncos. For example, fans can participate in forums with other fans and enter into contests that are geared for different ages. Other differences from the Real Madrid webpage include the ability to look up cheerleaders, and watch old games. The Broncos site also offers little fans their own section to explore. Additionally, the Broncos website offers stadium and ticket information that is a little more in depth than Real Madrid’s website. To wrap up, both of these teams communicate to their audiences in a similar manner. However, there are stark differences in presenting different information to reach and engage with their audience base.

By Opie Wilson and Kalen Dear

Who benefits the most from a stadium?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

No one can argue that America loves her sporting events. It is a natural tendency for humans to glorify athletics in some manner. The Roman Colosseum was very similar to the stadiums and arenas that we have today. Who should pay for these stadiums of ours though? Well the public is often the provider. Tax payers pay for a stadium that they might never go to, or ever support. This might seem fair to a fan of the said stadium’s team, but to someone who could care less this could be viewed as highly unfair.

http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/america-has-a-stadium-problem-62665/

All the while, American cities, counties, and states continue to struggle. Glendale, Arizona, may actually sell City Hall so they can afford to keep subsidizing a hockey team that few people actually pay to see.

Pacific Standard’s article illuminates several other issues concerning public funding of stadiums. The following link shows some exact costs of stadiums, as well as the percentage that the tax paying public contributed.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2010/05/cleveland_browns_1999_stadium/

The mainstream excuse for stadiums is that they create jobs. Well these jobs are limited, and not as glamorous as they make out to be. No one aspires to work at a concession stand. More private donors should take charge in building and upgrading stadiums. An economy that is already suffering enough shouldn’t have to pay for frivolous improvements that don’t have an impact on the majority of the city. I know sports are a huge part of the American tradition, but not at the expense of the public who receives no real benefit.