Nascar’s Sponsors, Hit by Sticker Shock

Nascar’s Sponsors, Hit by Sticker ShockBy SUSANNA HAMNERThe New York TimesPublished: December 14, 2008 At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last July, the parking lot was filled with excited Nascar fans chugging beer, roasting pigs and exchanging drivers’ statistics. But in an office inside the racetrack, the scene was far from celebratory. Executives of the Big…

SEC suit endangers Cuban’s Cubs pursuit

SEC suit endangers Cuban’s Cubs pursuit By Ann Saphir Chicago Business Published: Nov. 17, 2008 (Crain’s) — Charges that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban engaged in insider trading, allegedly using confidential information on a stock sale to avoid more than $750,000 in losses, could strike him out of the running to buy the Chicago Cubs.…

How the BW Power 100 Was Put Together

How the BW Power 100 Was Put TogetherOur 35 expert panelists, and the fans, considered 300 candidatesBusinessWeekPublished: October 2, 2008 Measuring individual power in a global industry as diverse as sports isn’t easy. But for the second year in a row, a panel of experts has done just that for BusinessWeek (MHP), ranking the 100…

Cuban’s Cubs ownership: not so crazy

Cuban’s Cubs ownership: not so crazyBy Mike Colias and Ann SaphirChicago BusinessPublished: July 27, 2008 In the extra-inning saga that is the Chicago Cubs sale, Mark Cuban has been cast in the part of the feared slugger left sulking on the bench. Pundits predicted Major League Baseball club owners would never allow the bombastic billionaire…

Zell pitches an August sale

By Mike Colias and Ann SaphirChicago BusinessPublished: May 03, 2008 Sam Zell has set a fresh deadline of late August to sell the Chicago Cubs — a time frame that could strengthen his hand if the North Siders emerge as late-season playoff contenders. The Tribune CEO told about 100 employees during an April 24 meeting…

Enthusiasm Cools for Hockey’s Foray Into the South

SLAP SHOTEnthusiasm Cools for Hockey’s Foray Into the SouthBy JEFF Z. KLEIN and LEW SERVISSThe New York TimesPublished: February 10, 2008 Almost 20 years ago, the N.H.L. embarked on a master plan to expand into the Sun Belt. The idea was to add teams in nontraditional hockey markets and, in the jargon of the day,…

Loonie Economics in the N.H.L.

SLAP SHOTLoonie Economics in the N.H.L.By JEFF Z. KLEIN and LEW SERVISSThe New York TimesPublished: January 27, 2008 A decade ago, the N.H.L.’s Canadian franchises were the league’s economic weak links, with two teams leaving for the United States and at least half the remaining six close to insolvency. Now the skate is on the…

Curveball for Cubs bidders

Curveball for Cubs biddersBy Gregory MeyerChicago BusinessPublished: Oct. 08, 2007 The effort to sell the Chicago Cubs has slowed to a crawl as the team’s owner brainstorms ways to reap maximum cash from its pinstriped asset. Despite Tribune Co.’s official line that the Cubs will be sold in the fourth quarter, the team looks likely…

Owning Lightning Isn’t About Profits

Owning Lightning Isn’t About ProfitsBy MICHAEL SASSOThe Tampa TribunePublished: Aug 10, 2007 TAMPA – Two-hundred million bucks for a perennial money-loser? This week, accountants and ordinary sports fans alike must be scratching their heads at the buyout of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The exact sale price hasn’t been disclosed, but Lightning President Ron Campbell suggested…

The Deal Life: The Sporting Club

The deal life: The sporting clubby Douglas McCollamNewsWeeklyPublished: March 21, 2005 TheDeal.com Gulfstream gassed up in a hanger at Teterborough? Check. Triplex apartment with Central Park views? Right. Standing invites to Davos and Renaissance Weekend? Been there, done that. Dealmaking success opens lifestyle options that didn’t exist when you spent weekends crunching numbers. But with…