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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