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Guys drawing players for fantasy football teams
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Tackle a fantasy football story on any business beat

With both professional football and college football about to kick off their 2014 seasons, the myriad  businesses that depend on gridiron action to generate revenue, from hot-dog sellers to TV advertising executives, are counting down the moments to the first big plays. But a lot of buzz this pre-season is focusing on the growing industry […]

Tony Steward sponsors
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Racetrack accident highlights pros and cons for corporate sports sponsors

It’s been a rough stretch for corporate sponsors of sporting events, who’ve had to react to public relations fiascos ranging from Lance Armstrong’s drugging revelations to the racist remarks by the soon-t0-be former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.  Now, a motorsports incident over the weekend has set the stage for another dilemma for corporate underwriters […]

Kids playing soccer
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As eyes turn to World Cup, how does local soccer spending rank?

With soccer’s 2014 World Cup matches kicking off this week in Brazil,  “futebol” as it’s known in Rio is going to dominate a lot of sports talk over the next month.  This every-four-year event is  a good opportunity to delve into the business of sports, and soccer in particular, in your region. Obviously if you have a professional […]

May is Bike Month
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Spin a story about an overlooked industry from National Bike Month

May is rife with those industry holidays and observances, and one that might make an intriguing launchpad for stories that don’t often make the biz writers’ radar screen is National Bike Month. In 2012 (most recent figures available), sales of new people-powered two-wheelers were more than $3.66 billion in the U.S., according to Bicycle Retailer […]

Boston Marathon 2014 security
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Security firms thrive as safety standards tighten for public events

According to news reports, some 4,000 security personnel were on hand for Monday’s Boston Marathon, the first since the 2013 bombing at the event killed three people.  From cameras to cops to bomb-sniffing dogs, and through bans on backpacks, face masks and more, officials are determined that this year’s event won’t be marred by tragedy, […]

woman in yellow skirt on green golf course, blue sky
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High-tech carts, speedier play: Golf industry courts new players

Golf’s premiere tournament, the Masters, will be swinging into action in a few days, and it’s a great peg for a look at the fiscal health of your region’s golf industry – from resorts and courses to equipment sales and lesson. As fewer time-pressed Americans opt for a slow stroll around the links, and demographics […]

28 Days a month full of story ideas
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Lap dogs in New York to hot laps in Daytona, February is full of news

The old Bulgarian term for February was “month of dreadful ice” and while that may be true meteorologically, especially this year, it’s a hot-hot-hot little 28 days for news pegs. In addition to the just-past Super  Groundhog Day, and Valaentine’s Day (also known this year as Val-Pres weekend due to its confluence with the President’s […]

Chinese New Year cupcakes
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NBA to Macy’s to Twitter: The Year of the Horse is embraced

With icy temperatures still gripping a large swath of the United States, we all could use a little springtime.  And if you’re looking for an interesting business feature and perhaps a way to showcase companies, cultures and entrepreneurs who don’t normally make your radar screen, how about a marketing or consumer story tied to Lunar […]

Sochi 2014 countdown
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Local fans, athletes help drive 2014 Winter Olympics games coverage

Today will begin the one-month countdown to the 2014 winter Olympics, which will take place Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. Unless your region is sending a marquee athlete to the games, or is home to an Olympics training facility, or one of the top Olympics corporate sponsors, you’ll need to dig a bit to find […]