Sunday, March 29, 2015

Crawford's Sports Biz and Golf Combo, For March 29th, 2015

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

NFL Blackout Rules---- Many have been asking this week, "what took so long", when it was announced that the NFL owners voted to do away with all TV blackouts for NFL games. Blackout of games in the NFL on TV, first took place in the 50s with no regulations.

Then in 1973, Congress dictated that the NFL could only blackout games within a 75 mile radius of the home team, if the game was not sold out 72 hours in advance. That rule continued until last week, now we probably will never see any more TV blackouts of games in the NFL, with its tremendous popularity of the game and the huge TV contracts that are involved. Good move on the part of the NFL owners in eliminating the blackout of games.

Texas Golf----There is no state in the United States that has a greater history of golf than Texas. Not only the players that have come out of Texas, but the terrific golf courses that dot the entire state.

It is only fitting that the two best United States golfers, Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth, will battle it out today for the Valero Texas Open, the sixth oldest event on the PGA Tour. With Walker leading by four strokes starting the day, he will be almost impossible to beat, as he has proven to be the greatest front runner on the PGA Tour.

Tiger Woods----There will be so much drama in the next few days about whether Tiger Woods will play in the upcoming Masters in two weeks.

My take, Tiger will play in the Masters, no matter what it takes.

Hockey---- In less than two weeks the National Hockey League playoffs will begin the quest for the Stanley Cup.

The Detroit Red Wings last missed the playoffs in 1990 and they will not be missing them this year. Does complacency set in when you are always good? Out of those 24 straight playoff appearances, the Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups during that time. Yet, as of today, the cheapest ticket price for the opening round of the playoffs on the secondary market belongs to the Red Wings at an average of $164.00.

That compares to two teams that hardly ever make the NHL playoffs, but are in this year. Average first round price on the secondary market for Nashville is $249.00 and for Calgary a whopping $586.00.

NCAA Regionals--- Out of the four cities that hosted NCAA regionals this weekend, Los Angeles, Houston, Cleveland and Syracuse, it is interesting to note that Cleveland got the best draw for fans wanting to drive to the games.

The average driving distance for fans from the four regional team in Cleveland from their home base was 286 miles. The average driving distance for the four teams in L.A. from their home base was 1,800 miles.

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