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Feb 04 2013

The Harbaugh Bowl

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Ahh, Super Bowl XLVII. Once a year, it gives football fans the opportunity to congregate with friends and family while having good food, mass amounts of beer and to actually watch the commercials that went for $4 million per 30 second time slot. This year was monumental to the Baltimore Ravens considering that it’s their 2nd Super Bowl championship and also the last season for seasoned veteran Ray Lewis. Also, that their star quarterback Joe Flacco earned the MVP award. Who could forget that the head coaches of both teams are biologically related? Talk about sibling rivalry on a grand scale. I’m sure both Jim and John Harbaugh were rooting for each other but when it came to game time, it was all business.

 

On the other hand, the San Francisco 49ers made history for themselves even though they were 4 points shy of victory. Not only have they won 5 Super Bowl championships with legendary players such as Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Steve Young but having a young quarterback with only 11 starts in the season is remarkable. Colin Kaepernick was outstanding even though he lacked the experience that most players have but with his 15 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter, he set a Super Bowl record of longest touchdown run by a quarterback. We also can’t forget his right hand men, wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss, as well as tight end Vernon Davis who assisted in making those touchdowns in the 2nd half of the game. Ironically when Kaepernick was a child, he wrote a letter that was submitted in a time capsule which predicted that he would be 6’4 and would play for the 49ers or Packers, even if they aren’t good in the next 7 years. Amazingly enough, his dreams came true and I’m sure that he was astounded when he found out that he would be the starting quarterback for the 49ers at a Super Bowl championship game. Although the 49ers probably analyzed every move, every pass and every play that might have caused their defeat, Kaepernick and his team put up a good fight. The Ravens didn’t sweep them off their feet completely and faced a challenging team for the trophy. Good for you Ravens but ultimately Niners, there’s always next year!

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Jan 19 2013

The Greatest Soap Opera on Earth

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Is it me, or is starting to seem that the amount of deception, lies, and quite frankly ridiculous stories coming out in sports is getting worse and worse (or better, depending on how you look at it)? You certainly have to give points for creativity. This past week, Manti Te’o, the Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman runner-up, has been accused of fabricating a girlfriend, creating an elaborate storyline in which she was involved in a car accident and later died of leukemia only days after his Grandmother passed away. Whether Te’o was actually a victim of a hoax or indeed knew what was going on is yet to be determined, but as of now he has denied ‘faking it’ during an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, which you can read more about here :

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8859077/manti-teo-notre-dame-fighting-irish-denies-being-part-hoax-late-girlfriend

Then, this past Thursday, part 1 of the 2 part interview with Lance Armstrong was aired on Oprah’s network, in which he admitted to using banned substances during all 7 of his Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005. This admission means that Armstrong will go down as the most coveted drug cheat in the history of cycling, and potentially all of sport. What’s more is that if that some of Armstrong answers implicated high ranking officials in world cycling, there is a possibility that road cycling will be taken out of the Olympic Games at Rio in 2016.

It seems that every year that the scandals and cheats are getting more and more extreme and elaborate, and my fear is that Sport is becoming the greatest soap opera on earth, which I suppose is both a good and bad thing, as we surely can’t take our eyes away from it and will ALWAYS have something to talk about. I just wish the drama would be kept on the field of play. I dread to think what news will come out later this year-can you imagine if say….Michael Jordan gambled on games? It sounds ridiculous and I would never wish for a million years that one of sports greatest athletes would be caught up in that, but hey, people once called Lance Armstrong that, and look where he is now.

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Oct 26 2012

“I Totally Agree” – College Football and NBA/NHL Franchise Relocation

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Click Here to listen to Episode 17 of “I Totally Agree”

In this episode, Chris and Gene talk about season-swinging games on this weekend’s college football slate as well as impending franchise relocation in the NHL and NBA. Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy!

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Oct 25 2012

Geno Rims Out

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It’s kind of hard to argue with Geno Auriemma. For those who live in the NFL, NBA, and MLB bubble, he’s the women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and he happens to have coached UConn to seven national titles.

In a recent article in the Hartford Current, Auriemma believes that the women’s game isn’t growing because some players can’t shoot and miss lay-ups. To fix this, he suggests lowering the rim to improve players’ offensive efficiency. He reasons that lowering the rim would allow the average female player, who is shorter than the average male player, to be at the height of the rim when she shoots.

So what do the folks on Around the Horn think?

According to Bob Ryan, nothing the sport does will make some men watch this game . . . The game will never be played in the air like the men’s game.

Kevin Blackistone worries that female coaches, administrators, and players will be offended because here is a man telling women how to play their game. While a reference was made to softball fields being shorter than baseball fields, Blackistone rightly points out that softball is a different game from baseball.

Israel Gutierrez thinks that current players wouldn’t take Auriemma’s suggestion very well – it’s a shot to the ego.

The fact that some college players consistently miss layups and lack shooting fundamentals is ridiculous, but I’m not sure I buy that lowering the rim will help. If a player refuses to learn the correct form for shooting a left-handed lay-up (or if coaches at the high school and AAU levels don’t demand that they do so), what good is lowering the rim?

In the same article, Auriemma makes the suggestion of selecting cities to annually host the Final Four, as well as changing the dates to Friday and Sunday (rather than Sunday and Tuesday). It makes a lot of sense to bring the game back to where the real women’s basketball fans are and to make it easier for them to watch the games.

 

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Sep 28 2012

Anschutz to Sell AEG – NFL Still Coming to LA, Part 2

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Click Here for Part 1 of “Anschutz to Sell AEG – NFL Still Coming, Part 1″

Now that you’ve read Part 1, let’s jump right into the second half of the article. With the NFL already three weeks in (!!), let’s dive into the three most likely teams that will move to LA and my prediction for which franchise it will ultimately be, starting with…

Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders, previously the Los Angeles Raiders, as tenants of the Los Angeles Coliseum between 1982-1994, have considered a return to Los Angeles. Currently, the Raiders play in antiquated O.co Coliseum, which generated only $48 million in stadium revenue last season – the lowest figure in the NFL.[1] The team still has $125 million of debt outstanding on loans from Oakland-Alameda County that it is paying in part from concession and parking revenue. According to Forbes’ annual “NFL Team Valuations” list, the 2012 Raiders are currently valued at $785 million, ranking 30th out of the 32 NFL teams.[2] O.co’s lack of premium seating and luxury boxes, retail space, and entertainment areas, which are all features that newer stadium facilities possess, has prevented the Raiders from generating maximum revenue, and has left current owner Mark Davis (son of recently-departed Al Davis, the Raiders’ longtime owner) in the unenviable position of determining the tenuous future of his father’s beloved franchise.

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Sep 26 2012

Anschutz to Sell AEG – NFL Still Coming to LA, Part 1

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Phil Anschutz has shockingly decided to sell his multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment conglomerate AEG.

Late on the night of September 17, a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal revealed the impending sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), a huge sports and entertainment conglomerate that owns the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, Coachella music festival, Staples Center, Farmers Field, part of Los Angeles Lakers basketball, and many other sports venues around the globe. The Los Angeles-based company has also been a leader in trying to bring an NFL franchise back to LA, as evidenced by their attempt to seek approval to build Farmers Field in LA that would ultimately be an NFL team’s home. Owned by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz and managed by widely respected CEO and president Tim Leiweke, AEG’s dynamic duo was anointed as the high-powered dream team that would bring football back to LA. Mock-ups of Farmers Field had Los Angeles fans salivating over the $1.2 billion facility that would surely attract teams like the Jaguars and Vikings to uproot and relocate to the nation’s second largest market. Now, the impending sale of AEG has shaken the sports landscape and caused many fans and journalists to doubt the likelihood of NFL football in LA.

On September 17, renowned sports columnist Bill Simmons tweeted:

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Sep 12 2012

Notre Dame to the ACC – What Does it Mean?

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Click Here to listen to Episode 15 of “I Totally Agree”

“I Totally Agree” is a podcast recorded and produced by Georgetown Sports Industry Management students Gene Horlbeck and Chris Yortsos. The podcast touches on relevant topics in the sports industry as well as individual insights into the business of the industry.

In this episode, Chris and Gene breakdown today’s surprising news of Notre Dame joining the ACC.  Is this a good move for both parties?  What is the effect on the other major conferences?  Listen in for all the answers.

 

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