Saturday, February 28, 2015

Greg Crawford Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For February 25th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford---- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @crawssortsbiz @kcsportsmgmt @wchoops

Remember a few years back when it was thought the entire NHL was in trouble. Fast forward to today and the mayor of Toronto, Rob Tory, says he would strongly be in favor of a second NHL team in Toronto.

I am sure the Maples Leafs would love it, not really, but just the talk of it, is a statement of a strong NHL.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For February 25th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt @wchoops

When Title 9 was first passed in 1972, just over 90 percent of women's sports teams were coached by women. In 2015, just under 40 percent of women's teams are coached by women. There appears to be no solid reason for the drop.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 5 mins, 59 seconds, For February 24th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management---- on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Philadelphia 76ers---- The 76ers are one of the many interesting sports business studies in the NBA. On the floor, the team seems destined to be in a constant rebuilding mode, with constant trades, first round picks that do not work out and some bad hiring decisions.

For billionaire owner Josh Harris, he probably can be a little patient. In 2011, Harris bought Philadelphia for $280 million, peanuts for today's market values, four years later. As we know, the Kings and Bucks in the last 2 years have sold for over $500 million and the Clippers for $2 billion.

Despite getting into the NBA "cheap", Harris is sharp enough to know at some point, especially in Philadelphia, to maximize his investment, the team needs to win.

NFL Combine----Just for having fast times and wearing Adidas cleats, cornerback Trae Waynes and wide receivers Phil Dorsett and Kevin White have picked up $100,000 each from Adidas. Waynes in the 40 yard dash had a time of 4.31 seconds, Dorsett 4.33 and White 4.35.

The fastest time at the combine was run by J.J. Nelson, at 4.28, he was also wearing Adidas cleats, but unlike the other three $100,000 recipients he did not sign an endorsement agreement with Adidas prior to the combine starting.

Last year Adidas started out wanting to give the three fastest players wearing their cleats a Porsche 911, but that was vetoed by the NFL, on the basis of their long time sponsorship with General Motors.

The fastest time last year in the 2014 NFL combine was turned in by Brandin Cooks. who got the $100,000 from Adidas, but shortly after signed an endorsement deal with Nike, thus prompting the pre combine contract deals for all players who wanted money from Adidas.

NAIA--- The NAIA has long been in the shadow of the NCAA. They have always needed to think outside the box to survive, but for me, this is a great idea that has been floated out by some people. All NAIA student/athletes would get five years of eligibility.

It is a good idea, cause less than 50 percent of all college/university students in the United State graduate in four years or less.

Hockey To Vegas--- A drive to bring hockey to Las Vegas by billionaire Bill Foley, is still going on, but has slowed some. The goal is to get commitments for 10,000 season tickets. The drive started on February 10th, in the first two days 5,000 people committed, since then a little over 2,000, so 3,000 more to go, with no real deadline.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For February 23rd, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management---- on twitter @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt @wchoops

Fanstasy Sports and Leagues is a $800 million a year business and in 2014, over 41 million people played fantasy sports in some form. In the United States, the debate rages over whether fantasy sports is gambling, which brings in the government, who would like to take more control. As a person who has never played fantasy sports, let me know your thoughts please.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 5 mins, 59 seconds, For February 22nd, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management---- on twitter @kcsportsmgmt @crawssportsbiz @wchoops

NFL To Los Angeles---- Is it really going to happen? St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke started the ball rolling and boy is it rolling with big dollars to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles. Of course Kroenke has recently come out saying he wants to build an 80,000 seat stadium in Inglewood, on the former site of Hollywood Park Race Track.

Then  last week, the news came out that the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders would like to partner in for a $1.7 billion stadium, off of the 405 freeway in Carson, California.

These all appear to be legitimate ideas, as for the first time since the Rams left L.A. in the early 90s, you have solid teams associated with a stadium idea. In past few years there have been many attempts to move a stadium idea forward, but with no teams being mentioned. Kroenke has the upper hand in all of this, because after the 2015 season, he is free to move the Rams without getting approval from the NFL owners.

The Big Fight--- It certainly appears that this is the closest it has been to see two of the greatest boxers of all time, fight each other.  Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have signed to meet in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden on May 2nd.

Lower level seats for the fight will have a face value of $3,500, with their price expected to rise on the secondary market to near $5,000 as bell time gets closer. In the sports ticketing market, the only thing comparable to that price was the recent Super Bowl between New England and Seattle, where tickets on the secondary market were going for upwards of $5,000.00.

You Asked---- All you great readers can stop bugging me now. You asked and I delivered. The World Cup of Cricket will be starting soon, with 14 teams making the Finals.

Yes, both Nike and Adidas are involved. Nike sponsors the kits, of India. Adidas, the kits of England and South Africa.

Speaking of kits and uniforms, the highest uniform deal in the world is Adidas deal with soccer power Real Madrid at $41 million per year. This past year, Adidas also signed a deal with Manchester United of 10 years, for $1.3 billion. Comparison wise, Nike has a deal with the NFL of $18 million per year for all NFL uniforms. Yes, soccer is big worldwide, for both fans and sponsors.

Houston----The city that is soon to become the second largest city in the United States, behind New York City, will host the 2017 Super Bowl, the last time Houston hosted was in 2004.

At present, the city is spending $3.5 billion on its infrastructure, of which $1.5 billion is dedicated around the epicenter of the Super Bowl, the Texan's home field.

In my home state of Oregon, it has been years since I have heard one idea about a stadium to host major league baseball and the NFL. Yes, if they build it, they will come. not only for the experience, but with several boosts to the economy. Sports is a huge part of the fabric of every great American city and state.

Sweater And Boxing Gloves---- At a New York City auction, a week from this past Saturday, two sports items caught the attention of everyone.

A sweater worn by the iconic Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi, went for $43,020.00. The sweater was worn by Lombardi when he coached at West Point from 1949-53 and had West Point on the front and Lombardi's name etched in black ink on the inside. Most important, the sweater was bought at a Tennessee Goodwill store for 53 cents, yes 53 cents.

Another highlight of the event, a pair of boxing gloves worn by Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali in their May of 1965 heavyweight championship fight, went for $936,000.00. Do not throw anything away.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For February 21st, 2015

By Gregory Crawford---COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @kcsportsmgmt @crawssportsbiz @wchoops

New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey is the only full D-1 athletic program in the country that is totally independent. No league wants them at present, mainly because their basketball arena is horrible, below high school level. That is changing, as yesterday the school announced a new campus athletic facility, to be finished by 2017, at a cost of $100 million. Of course, NJIT is best known for their huge upset in men's basketball this past December at 17th ranked Michigan. With yesterday's announcement, some conferences might be calling soon.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For February 20th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford---- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management----on twitter @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt @wchoops

The discussion has begun among many NCAA athletic directors about freshman ineligibility. What are your thoughts on the matter? Mine are strong, I think it is a joke to even bring the issue up. One facet of the overall experience of college/universities is athletics, if a student chooses that path. Making freshmen ineligible is a bad idea, an outdated concept and whatever else you wish to call it.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 5 mins, 59 seconds, For February 19th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt @wchoops

New York Knicks---- As the NBA starts up again tonight after an extended all-star break,  some teams are talking about making the playoffs, others are drooling over the potential for a future star in the NBA Draft.

As pathetic of a season as the Knicks have had this year, they still have so far sold out every home game. We will see if that continues now that Carmelo Anthony has been shut down for the rest of the year. The Knicks also have held their own with merchandise sales, as they are up 16 % from last season, helped by hosting this year's all-star game.

Many Knick fans as well are starting to think they might really be able to pick up a quality player in the draft, including possibly what appears to be the number one overall pick, Jahlil Okafor from Duke.

The Knicks are 0-13 this season so far playing without Anthony, but it really does not mean that much if they do wind up with the worst record in the entire NBA when it comes to the lottery. Since 1990, only three teams with the worst record in the regular season have won the right to get the number one pick. The last time it happened was 2004, when Orlando picked Dwight Howard.

Ohio State---The Buckeyes always have a strong overall athletic program and they have a really popular athletic director in Gene Smith. The school recently rewarded Smith with a new contract which runs through 2020. It has some unique features to it. Here is a just sampling of what is in the contract.

1. Base pay of $960,000 per year, with an additional $420,000 per year for promotional and media appearances.

2. A $1,200 per month stipend to be used for up to two cars.

3. $5,000 per year for Smith and his wife to attend away athletic events of Ohio State teams.

4. A $50,000 bonus if the football team makes the College Football Playoff.

4. A $50,000 bonus if either the men's or women's basketball team wins the NCAA championship, $25,000 bonus if they make the Final Four.

5. Here is the most unique part of the contract. A $50,000 bonus if 95 % of Buckeye student/athletes are employed in a job that requires a college degree. (It might take two full time employees to gather the information).

Apparel Battle----As mentioned before in Crawford's Sports Biz it is always fun to follow the competition between the apparel and shoe companies, in order the big 3 being Nike, Under Armour and Adidas.

It will also be fun to see if Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is right when he says the future might be in wearables, as compared to apparel.

The thought being a wearable would have the ability with technology to change the color of your shirt, to turn your shoe into a running shoe from a walking shoe and to send reports directly to your Doctor as the wearable would be able to do on your medical condition.

Yes, we are all thinking the same thing. What would a wearable cost, in order to do the above.

Darts--- We all know our great mother threw out the baseball cards. Did she also throw out the DART board. Darts are making a huge comeback, especially in Europe.

And yes, Darts, like golf is a sport. It takes hand and eye coordination as well as a mental toughness, that all sports require.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For February 18th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt @wchoops

Tonight will be the 239th men's basketball meeting between Duke and North Carolina, spanning a period of 95 years. This game is easily the best rivalry in college basketball, it can also be very expensive if you want to have any hope of seeing the game in person. On the secondary ticket market, the average cost to see the game is $1,930.00. If you can get it in, an extra bonus is that you get to see what appears to be the number one draft choice in the 2015 NBA Draft, Duke center Jahlil Okafor.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 5 mins, 59 seconds, For February 17th, 2015.

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management---- on twitter @kcsportsmgmt @crawssportsbiz @wchoops

Note: As promised Crawford's Sports Biz is changing. Not only will Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds be out each day, now on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, we will be writing in addition Crawford's Sports Biz 5 minutes, 59 seconds, all guaranteed to read in the time listed. We will also be having plenty of golf on this site, starting this week as well. Enjoy and thank you.

NBA On TV--- At the all-star break it is fun to take a look around the league at some of the TV numbers of teams, which for sure have a pattern, of who wins is who gets the viewers. For their regional networks, here is the top five and bottom five compared to last year percentage wise.

Top Five:                                                                      

1. Charlotte up 52 %
2. Chicago up  62 %
3. Atlanta  up   71 %
4. Cleveland up 150 %
5. Milwaukee up 323 %

Bottom Five:

1. Knicks down 28 %
2. Nets  down    29 %
3. Pacers down  34 %
4. Nuggets down 53 %
5. Wolves  down 54 %

All Star Weekend--- Most international events such as the NBA all-star weekend, are highly successful when held in New York City. Last weekend proved a huge success for the NBA and New York City.

1. 166,000 people attended all-star events during the weekend.
2. Turner Sports came in one and two for the week in sports programming for TV ratings nationally.
3. New York City estimated the all-star weekend brought in $200 million to the city.
4. Over 1,800 media were credentialed, 540 of those being international journalists.
5. NBA Cares put on over 100 free basketball clinics in New York City during the weekend.

Maine Black Bears----Maine football plays in the FCS division, but in 2015 they will play two FBS schools, Boston College and Tulane. Those two games will bring in a guarantee to Maine of $750,000.

Just one more example of what it takes to sustain an athletic program at the level that is one below the big guys. Football must drive the bus and in order for that bus to move down the road, you better have at least 2 big paydays, where you are going to get beat, but at the same time cash a big check.

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Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For February 17th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford----COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt @wchoops

Yes you did hear or read it right. Last night, West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins made himself $25,000 by beating Kansas in the regular season. The last time I checked, you were suppose to win games as a coach. I can see putting in a contract a bonus for winning your league championship, getting to the NCAA tournament or College Football Playoff, but getting a bonus for winning a regular season basketball game on your home court? You make the call.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For February 16th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford---- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @kcsportsmgmt @crawssportsbiz @wchoops

No one can ever argue the power of LeBron James when it comes to drawing fans. On March 1st,  the Cleveland Cavaliers will visit Houston. The present average price to see that game on the secondary ticket market is $486.00, the highest price for any game in the NBA this year.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 5 mins, 59 seconds, For February 15th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @kcsportsmgmt @crawssportsbiz @wchoops

Note: Today starts a new chapter in Crawford's Sports Biz, actually a better term might be an expansion. You asked for more and your request is being honored. You will now see Crawford's Sports Biz 5 mins, 59 seconds each Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Each day, you will see Crawford's Sports Biz  59 seconds in addition. As well, plenty of separate golf news on this site. Thanks for reading and thanks for the feedback, appreciated.

Sparkling Ice--- I do not drink alcohol, but I love some non-alcohol drinks, my favorite being Sparkling ICE.

That is why I am happy they have a presence at this weekend's NBA all-star game. Sparkling ICE has two major billboards in Time Square, as well as will be giving away 144,000 bottles of their product, at various stations throughout New York.

Even better, the spokesperson for Sparkling ICE this weekend is NBA super stat Kevin Durant, even though the company has said over and over, Sparkling ICE is not a sports drink and do not want it branded that way.

Soccer--- The number one soccer league in the world, the English Premier League just got a little richer. Sky TV was just awarded the contract to televise 126 league games from 2016-19 for $5.1 billion.

If your keeping score, which is easy to do in soccer, the contract with Sky TV is just for regular season matches. BT owns the rights for playoffs.

Flat Seamed Baseball---- In the United States, most every sports fan wants offense. Unlike what they do with basketball rules, NCAA baseball has taken a major step to create more offense using a flat seamed baseball in 2015.

It is early, but the results "seem" to be positive, with the ball going on average flies, 20 yards further, while the speed coming off the bat has remained the same, which is great for protecting pitchers.

The biggest benefit and we love em, more home runs.

Sun Life Stadium----The Miami Dolphins are in the process for of major renovation for their football stadium, which part of that will be unique suites.

They will be called "Living Room Suites", which will seat only four people. Amenities will include plush reclining chairs, all the food you can ever eat and of course an Apple iPad.

There will be 32 sideline seats up for sale on the 35 yard line at $75,000 per year and 14 end zone suites for $65,000.

Those poor people in the end zone will not get car service included in their package, which allows cars to enter and exit in a special lane. That ruined the deal for me, ha ha.

NBA Lockout--- Here is maybe some good news. Hardly anyone thinks there will not be a lockout or labor stoppage in the NBA during the 2017-18 season. Keep in mind when everyone is saying it will happen, it usually does not.

Of course this talk all comes about because in 2017, either management or the player's association can opt out of the present collective bargaining agreement which runs to 2022.

Fueling all of this is the fact that in the 2016-17 season, the new TV deal kicks in which is triple the previous deal and giving the league from its TV partners $24 billion over 9 years.

My thinking is right now, Adam Silver is one guy who might be able single handedly prevent a labor stoppage of some kind.

Technology---- 25 years past, you never would have thought the NBA would be conducting a technology summit at its all-star weekend.

They are indeed however, bringing out many players to talk about their personal use of technology, especially with the expanding social media market. Players are also talking lots about "wearables", which is the great new buzz word for those watches and bracelets an individual can use to give you more than enough data to help monitor your health, no matter where you are, or what you are doing.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds For February 14th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Who gets the money on NBA all-star weekend. It breaks down like this.

Winning team members----$50,000
Losing team members-----$25,000
Slam Dunk winner-----$100,000
3 point winner----- $ 50,000

Average American worker now makes $42,715.00 per year.

Big News: We listen to readers. You want more sports biz news, so not only will we continue with Crawford's Sports Biz 59 seconds each day, but now our expaned version of of Crawford's Sports Biz 5 mins, 59 seconds will come out each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Thanks for the feedback and spread the word please.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 5 minutes, 59 seconds, For February 8th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Note: Each Sunday, we expand Crawford's Sports Biz to 5 mins, 59 seconds, from our M-F Crawford's Sports Biz 59 seconds. We know you are busy, go we guarantee the times it will take to read.

Sports Teams----- Sports teams and their ownership are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to real estate and especially the real estate that surrounds their arenas and stadiums.

Two good examples among many, the Chicago Cubs have announced they will spend $575 million to not only renovate Wrigley Field, but to almost prop of areas that surround Wrigley.

The Detroit Red Wings are building a new $450 million arena. At the same time, they will spend up to $200 million to prop up areas north of the arena, which in many cases have become blighted neighborhoods.

Good business practices, to say the least.

Quarterbacks----No question the quarterback is the most important position in football. Evidenced once again by the play of both Russell Wilson and Tom Brady in last week's Super Bowl. So here is what a couple of quarterbacks that play for teams that did not make the playoffs were paid in 2014.

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams---- $17.6 million
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears----$18.5 million

You make the call.

San Francisco Giants---- It pays to win in any sport, especially the World Series. Average ticket price on the secondary market for Giants game this year is $84.00, that is up 36 percent from 2014. As for opening day for the Giants on April 13th, on the secondary market the average ticket price is $248.00

Super Bowl---- You hear all the time Roger Goodell should be fired. Rightly or wrongly, it is not going to happen. As a matter of fact, it is pretty apparent very soon Goodell will make over $50 million per year, his present salary is $44 million.

Part of the reason. The recent Super Bowl had the largest audience ever for any American TV program, with an average 114 million people watching and a rating of 49.7 percent. Which means, 49 percent of people in the United States who own a TV, were watching the game.

The owners love Goodell, that is not going to change soon.

College Football----High powered college football programs are expensive to operate, occasionally they save some money. LSU's new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele per the school was given a 2 year, $1 million per year contract.

Steele replaced John Chavis who was making $1.3 million, but wanted $1.7 million to stay. He didn't get it and bolted to Texas A&M.

Easy math, the LSU just saved at least $300k, possibly $700k per year. Of course,  will the savings pay off in continued wins, always the bottom line in big time college football.

Big Announcement----Crawford's Sports Biz will have a big announcement coming out before the end of February. It will be exciting and great for all readers, spread the word about this blog. Suggestions, comments and concerns, always welcome.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For February 5th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford---- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt @wchoops

New Balance is entering the international soccer market, which will be tough considering the great revenue of both Adidas and Nike in the soccer market. Over the last five years, New Balance has increased its sales 17 percent, with total sales in 2014 of $3.3 billion.

But this will be there first journey into soccer, where in 2014, Adidas soccer business recorded sales of $2.7 billion and Nike sales of $2.3 billion. New Balance is a private company and is noted most for their running shoes.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For February 3rd, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management---- on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

82 PGA Tour caddies have filed a Federal Lawsuit, asking they be paid for wearing bibs at tournaments which have a company logo on the bib? Do you agree or disagree?

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz 5 mins, 59 seconds, For February 1st, 2015

By Gregory Crawford---COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @wchoops @kcsportsmgmt @crawssportsbiz

Super Bowl Ads--- The debate will rage forever on whether a company will get their value out of a Super Bowl Ad. The year as we all know, NBC is charging $4.5 million for a 30 second spot. It is expected that upwards of 175 million people will watch the game.

Figuring that 100 million viewers will watch each commercial, that means companies are spending a little more than .04 cents on each viewer. You make the call, is it worth it?

There will be a 60 second ad in the first quarter sponsored by the National Football League, on domestic violence, probably the most important ad all day.

Speaking of viewers, I will not be watching the game, but instead listening on the radio. The reason is simple, Kevin Harlan will be calling the game on Westwood One and he has risen to become the best play by play announcer in sports, not just in my opinion, but the opinion of many.

Super Bowl Fans---- Close to $14 billion will be spent by consumers in direct relation to the Super Bowl on food, drinks, apparel and decorations. It also means that each viewer will spend an average of $77.00.

For the first Super Bowl in 1967, the cost of a 30 second spot was $42,000 and each viewer spent an average $1.98 on the game.

College Basketball---- There is a crisis on the business side of college basketball, not sure if anyone is paying attention, but at least I am indeed. Attendance is down, TV ratings are down and students are not attending games in record numbers. Many fans also feel officiating has reached a low level, mainly because many officials work too many games, sometimes in certain cases working 7 nights in a row, in different states and arenas.

We all know there are too many games on TV, you never have to leave the couch to get a great night of college basketball. We also know that in many cases ticket prices are too high, way too high and eliminate the games for many families to attend.

Just as important, I personally do not think that fans want to see games that at halftime have at least one or  both teams scoring under 25 points.

The greatest thing anyone involved with rules changes could do, would be move the shot clock down to 29 seconds from the present 35. In another move, how about bringing back pre-game dunking and and completely change the timeout structure, which kills the flow of games often.

Someone better wake up, or we are going to lose a whole generation of college basketball fans.

Golf---- While it might be good for the sponsors of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and look good for TV, is the 16th hole at the tournament really good for golf?

Of course the 16th hole is most famous for the most fans on any one hole on the PGA Tour and plenty of drinking. Many people think this is good for golf, I do not in least, because it really does not bring more people into playing the game, which is what is needed.

The large crowds at Phoenix surely benefit the tournament's charities, which is great, but for anyone to say the drinking and partying is good for the game of golf, quite frankly does not get it.

Golf needs lower prices, courses that are user friendly and complete marketing makeover. It does not need the 16th hole to promote the game, that is for sure.

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