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