Sunday, March 22, 2015

Crawford's Golf and Sports Biz Combo, For March 22nd, 2015

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

Paperless Tickets---- Of the 15 opening round NCCA basketball tournament sites, only 33 percent of the sites do not allow paperless tickets. As technology continues to expand, paperless tickets will be the norm at all arenas.

Interesting as the tournament moves on next week to the Sweet 16, only two host sites will allow paperless tickets. That being Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Chris Borland---- The biggest news last week in the NFL was obviously star linebacker Chris Borland retiring from the 49ers, to avoid any potential concussion injuries in the future. The economics for Borland was that in 2014 he signed a  four year contract for $2.9 million, in addition signing a $617.000 signing bonus, of which Borland per his contract has now returned 3/4 of that.

Bottom line here: For playing one season in the NFL, Borland will walk away with $575.000. If you factor out how good Borland is as a player and the average wage of an NFL linebacker, he probably walked away from upwards of $20 million, giving much new meaning to "you health is your wealth."

New York City FC--- The newest addition to Major League Soccer, New York City FC is off to a fast start in the MLS, leading the Eastern Conference heading into this week's games.

For now NYCFC will share the $2.5 billon Yankee Stadium with the iconic baseball team. In 2013 the Yankees and Manchester United partnered to own NYCFC, paying a record expansion fee of $100 million to the MLS.

In 2018, NYCFC will move into their own stadium, adjacent to Yankee Stadium. The soccer club has averaged 40,000 so far in their 2 home games.

Oakland--- Last Friday, the Oakland City Council approved a plan by New City Development to build a new football stadium, baseball stadium and new arena for the Golden State Warriors, to be completed by 2018 at best. The total cost would be $1.5 billion and would be located between Oracle Arena and the Oakland Coliseum.

The new complexes would also include alongside, 1,500 residential units and several business development complexes.

The city of San Francisco is also wooing the Warriors to come back to their original home, after moving to SF during the early 60s from Philadelphia.

Stadium issues are always fluid, especially when it comes to the As and Raiders, so standby.

NCAA--- This is a situation to watch in the very near future. We just might be headed to two NCAAs, with schools choosing which one to join. Obviously, one would be much more powerful than the other and the big issue as it always is, how to split up the TV money.

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