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Another week of sports business tests fan loyalty

Another week of sports business tests fan loyalty
BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Sometimes you wonder why people become emotionally and, in some cases, overzealous about sports. After all, it is just a game and when one ends another begins. It is understandable that someone cares when they are an active participant in a sports activity but why should a fan care about an industry — sports is an industry — when the real owners of sports seem to take a rather cavalier attitude about their customers.

Just in the last week, the National Basketball Association’s collective ownership through their hired help — NBA Commissioner David Stern is an employee of a consortium of 29 owners (the franchise in New Orleans is owned by the league) — “postponed” (canceled is the real word) the opening training camp sessions and 43 preseason games (which count as regular season games in season ticket plans even though they are not bona fide contests in the strictest sense of competition as part of the 30 team’s business plan.

The only good news for season ticket holders is that a good many of those games were scheduled in so-called neutral sites). There is no word on whether cable TV subscribers will get a refund for paying for something that is not going to be available for them -- NBA pre-season games on cable TV.

While David Stern and the owners’ lockout continues, there is a very real possibility that Seton Hall and St. John’s University basketball fans may see the Big East Conference crumble as big time jock factories presidents and chancellors are again building up cartels and “expanding” big time sports conferences.

 

What we learned from Rutgers’ victory over Ohio

What we learned from Rutgers’ victory over Ohio
BY MATT SUGAM
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

1. Rutgers’ Savon Huggins isn’t ready to be the workhorse running back. The true freshman running back’s youth was exposed on the first drive of Saturday’s 38-26 Rutge...

Fast start leads Monmouth football to huge road win over Central Connecticut

Fast start leads Monmouth football to huge road win over Central Connecticut
BY JEREMY SCHILLING
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Coming off last week’s team effort in defeating Villanova, Monmouth University football felt like they had gained a lot of momentum and confidence. They showed ...

Rutgers football preview: vs. Ohio

Rutgers football preview: vs. Ohio

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24

Kickoff time: 2:04 p.m.

Location: Piscataway, N.J.

Venue: High Point Solutions Stadium

Capacity: 52,454

Surface: FieldTurf

TV : ESPN3

Series Record: Series tied, 1-1

The Game

Rutgers (1-1) retu...

State of Rutgers Football: Ohio up next

State of Rutgers Football: Ohio up next

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano's address to the media Monday, Sept. 19 heading into Saturday's game against Ohio University (TV: ESPN3, 2 p.m., at High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, N.J.):

COAC...

N.Y. Jets' Jim Leonhard for Farkas Original Eye Black is a winning campaign

N.Y. Jets' Jim Leonhard for Farkas Original Eye Black is a winning campaign
BY JOE FAVORITO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
ON N.J. SPORTS MARKETING

Selling eye black as your main source of income is not an easy business. Does it work, should it stick, can’t I just use dirt? Is it to make...

Monmouth faces Central Connecticut in key Northeast Conference football matchup

Monmouth faces Central Connecticut in key Northeast Conference football matchup
BY JEREMY SCHILLING
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Monmouth University (1-1, 0-0) at Central Connecticut State University (2-1, 1-0)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Noon – Arute Field, New Britain, Connecticut

Radi...

Rutgers could be valuable asset for Big Ten expansion

Rutgers could be valuable asset for Big Ten expansion
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

During a meeting of Big East football members this week, Rutgers remained non-committal about its future.

Rutgers and Connecticut officials both said they would look at ...

Rutgers Coach Mike Rice and family to host Coaches vs. Cancer clinic

Rutgers Coach Mike Rice and family to host Coaches vs. Cancer clinic
BY MATT SUGAM
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Entering his second year as the head coach at Rutgers, Mike Rice and his wife Kerry will host a tip-off dinner to benefit the American Cancer and Society and its Coac...

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