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Beyond the Weight Room: Why Supporting Women’s Sports is Good Business

A familiar narrative has reemerged over the past few weeks around disparities in women’s sports, but as a former CEO who spent three-plus decades in corporate America and now leading the WNBA, I can confidently say this certainly is not about a weight room.  This is about what the weight room situation represents — the […]

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Mandalay Bay Venue to be Named Michelob ULTRA Arena

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas has signed a multiyear naming rights agreement with Anheuser-Busch to rename its 12,000-seat sports and entertainment venue the Michelob ULTRA Arena. The deal was negotiated by Mandalay Bay parent company MGM Resorts International. The deal includes assets inside the venue and at select bars and lounges throughout the […]

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Phil Cook Named WNBA Chief Marketing Officer

Phil Cook, who has two decades of sports marketing experience including at Nike, will be the first chief marketing officer in WNBA history. Cook recently was the leader of Nike’s Global Basketball Brand, which worked to drive revenue and introduced female athletes into marketing campaigns. With the WNBA, Cook will be responsible for developing league […]

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WNBA Seeing Success with ‘Wubble’ Concept

One of the professional leagues currently playing under a closed environment is the WNBA — but don’t call it a “bubble.” Instead, refer to it as the “wubble.” The league’s 22-game regular season is being played at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, with teams playing every other day without fans. The playoffs will retain […]

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WNBA, Twitter Renew Streaming Partnership for Regular Season

Twitter will stream 10 live regular-season WNBA games during the 2020 season as part of an extension of its partnership with the league, marking the fourth consecutive year that WNBA games will be available on the platform. The WNBA will stream a unique broadcast on Twitter hosted by alternative commentators that will include integration of […]

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Amazon Buys Seattle Arena Naming Rights, Brands it ‘Climate Pledge Arena’

The home for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and the city’s expansion National Hockey League team will be called Climate Pledge Arena after the naming rights for the venue were bought by Amazon. The announcement was made by Amazon and the Oak View Group, which is renovating the arena and owns the NHL expansion team that […]

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How to Coach Players During COVID-19

To win games, the head coach creates a playbook determined by player attributes. Being increasingly cognizant of the mindset of each player is more relevant than ever for coaches to have success. As the sports landscape braces for the prospect of little or no fan attendance when events return, this makes the sensitivity to player […]

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Safety is Priority Before Return to Play, Says NBA Union Director

Going six weeks without sports is making the fandom world start to go a bit stir-crazy, but NBA Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts has a firm message: Don’t rush things. “Our fans are more loyal than I think many of us appreciate,” Roberts said during the final virtual Sports Business Journal/CAA World of Sports […]

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NBA, Microsoft Partner on Fan Experience

The NBA will partner with Microsoft on a multiyear agreement that makes the technology company the official AI, cloud and laptop partner for the NBA, WNBA, G League and USA Basketball beginning with the 2020–2021 NBA season. Microsoft and NBA Digital will create a new platform on Microsoft Azure to deliver personalized game broadcasts and […]

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