July 6, 2006
The promotional tie-ins with phone services, cable channels, websites, sports leagues, retail stores, etc., might dilute the music's spirit of rebellion, but those are the kind of connections that have kept the Vans Warped Tour the most reasonably priced -- and therefore longest-lasting and most successful -- of the recurring summer rock mobilizations.
November 27, 2003 |
K2 Inc., the maker of Rawlings sporting goods and Shakespeare fishing equipment, agreed to buy Fotoball USA Inc. for $17.2 million in stock, to add sports souvenirs such as bobble-head dolls, balls and bats. The transaction values each Fotoball share at $4.37, or 9.8% more than Tuesday's closing price of $3.98. K2 also will acquire $704,000 in Fotoball debt, bringing the total purchase price to $17.9 million, Fotoball Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hillebrandt said.
September 4, 2013
Re "A game changer," Aug. 31 AB 1309, the bill in California that would drastically limit professional sports leagues' liability for workers' compensation claims, seemed to make sense until I read this fact buried deep in the article: that out-of-state athletes have accounted for only one-half of 1% of all workers' comp filings since 2006. These claims are paid with taxpayer money, and under AB 1309, out-of-state workers in other professions would still be eligible to file claims in California.
April 30, 2013 |
NBA center Jason Collins made history on Monday, becoming the first athlete in one of the big four American professional sports leagues - NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL - to declare he is openly gay while still an active player. Collins' decision to come out in the pages of Sports Illustrated has already made him a topic of discussion beyond the world of sports and landed him on the front page of several major newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and New York Times. So how long before Hollywood comes knocking on Collins' door?
April 7, 2014 |
The ball teetered on the lip of the 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. It was 2005, and after Tiger Woods' now-famous chip shot fell in for a birdie and Woods went on to win the Masters for the fourth time, Jim Michaelian made a decision. With Woods' popularity and Tiger-driven television ratings soaring, Michaelian was convinced that the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach should not be run on the same day that the winner of a golf major was being fitted for a green jacket.
November 4, 2013 |
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission made news when it said it was reviewing the 40-year-old sports blackout rules. But there is a lot of confusion out there about what exactly the blackout rule is, how it works and what its removal would mean for both fans and the media. In a nutshell, for decades TV deals between sports leagues and their broadcast rights holders have contained clauses that prohibit them from showing a sporting event if the game is not sold out. For example, if the San Diego Chargers did not sell out, then the game could not be shown on local TV in the San Diego area.
November 30, 2003 |
Sports vs. church: It's become the Sunday morning dilemma in homes across the nation. With weekend sports leagues growing in popularity, schedules have stretched further into those hours that were once the exclusive domain of churches. Now, clergy of many faiths are pushing back, asking coaches and time-starved parents to keep Sunday morning holy, even if it means their children's teams have to play some other time.
July 1, 2013 |
Leading congressional Republicans are trying to stop professional sports leagues from encouraging Americans without health insurance to sign up for coverage. Why? Because that would further entrench a law -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare -- they're still trying to repeal. Granted, I support the Affordable Care Act, as flawed as it may be. But the GOP's actions still strike me as cutting off one's constituents to spite the president. The law's new insurance regulations and premium subsidies are hugely beneficial to those who've been red-lined or priced out of the private insurance market.
June 18, 2013 |
For the city of San Jose, four years of waiting had been long enough. The city filed an antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball on Tuesday, not necessarily to win in court but to gain leverage for a settlement in which the Oakland Athletics could move to San Jose. "All we're looking for is for the A's to come to downtown San Jose," said Joe Cotchett , the attorney representing San Jose. The suit laid bare the hostility between the city of San Jose and the San Francisco Giants, the team that has insisted it would neither surrender nor sell its right to keep the A's out of San Jose.
December 18, 2013 |
The Federal Communications Commission wants to eliminate its almost 40-year-old sports blackout rules, which serve primarily to prevent NFL games being televised in markets where the home team failed to sell out the stadium. In a notice of proposed rule-making released Wednesday, the FCC said the sports marketplace has "changed dramatically" and that the "economic rationale underlying the sports blackout rules may no longer be valid. " Adapted in 1975, the blackout rules were designed to prevent pay-TV distributors, including cable and satellite operators, from circumventing agreements between sports leagues and television rights holders regarding the blacking out of games that were not sold out. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll For example, if a San Diego Chargers didn't sell out a few days before kickoff and thus the broadcaster with the rights to show the game couldn't, the FCC's rule prohibits a pay-TV distributor from importing the signal of the game from elsewhere and showing it there.