Sports News for New Jersey Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:09:01 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb March of Dimes Sports Lunch Sets The Bar High For The Fundraising Season 165436852_opt_copy_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

It’s hard to get anyone in sports business to agree on anything, let alone a charity of choice. However one thing that is universally accepted this time of year is that the March of Dimes annual sports luncheon is the place to be every December. Over 600 attendees fill the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria for a well-run two hour event that features a host of sports broadcasting names spread around the room, from athletes turned commentators like Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason to longtime local favorites like Bruce Beck and Warner Wolf, all joining with an “A list” of honorees to raise funds for the March of Dimes. Every year the event also has a decidedly Jersey flair, especially because so many of the committee members are high level sports execs who live in and around the State.

Professional Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:36:22 +0000
New Jersey Martial Arts Hall Packs A Potential Brand Punch 165436852_opt_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

Because of its physical location, the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, and the Martial Arts before and during the rise of MMA, has fit very well with New Jersey. Wrestling has always been a hotbed, Atlantic City has drawn big fights and other competitions, and the inner-city makeup of towns from Paterson to Jersey City to Camden has made sports from jiu-jitsu to Muay Thai household names. Factor in the continued reticence of New York to license professional MMA and the fact that Pennsylvania is just a relative newcomer to the sport, and New Jersey has been, and continues to be, a hotbed of fight and martial arts activity.

So it should come as no surprise then that the third edition of the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame will be another robust one, and one worthy of praise. This year’s class will be honored at the third dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 5, 2014 in Secaucus. The event highlights not just the household names like UFC Champion and elite NCAA wrestler Chris Weidman and rising star Dan Miller, it also takes into account all the other supporters of all disciplines behind the scenes, from gym owners and trainers to promoters and timekeepers, all of which play important roles in the growing of MMA, boxing and traditional martial arts from the grassroots on up.

Professional Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:30:38 +0000
Monmouth Football looks to Close Season with Victory Saturday monmoutfbnewlogo_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JEREMY SCHILLING

Gardner-Webb University (4-7, 0-4 in Big South) at Monmouth University (5-5, 0-4 in Big South)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Noon ET – Kessler Field, West Long Branch, NJ.

Radio: 1160AM, 1310AM,

THE LAST WHISTLE: Monmouth lost to the number one team in the nation, Coastal Carolina last week 52-21. This week they close the season out against Gardner-Webb, a team that Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan says is very physical at the point of attack.

Professional Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:36:42 +0000
Seton Hall’s Veterans Take Charge In Season-Opening Win Setonlogo_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JASON GUERETTE

Much has been made (and rightfully so) about Seton Hall’s youth movement this season. With their highest-ranked recruiting class in one and a half decades now on campus and in uniform, big things are expected from the youngest group of Pirates this season.

But if you were looking for big things right away in the Hall’s season-opening 63-47 win over Mercer at the Prudential Center on Sunday afternoon, chances are good that you came away disappointed.

Instead, it was the more-experienced group of Brandon Mobley, Sterling Gibbs and Jaren Sina that carried Seton Hall in the second half and down the stretch as they pulled away from their visitors from Georgia.

Professional Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:56:57 +0000
N.J. HS Football Spotlight on St. Joseph of Montvale montvale_optBY JIM HAGUE

The top high school football teams from across New Jersey will soon compete in the 2014 SportsCare State Football Tournament.  First round games will be held on November 14 and 15. The second round is November 21 and 22, with championship finals contested on December 5-7. Leading up to the Championships, SportsCare is nominating teams weekly to be the ‘SportsCare Team of the Week’ based on performance and rankings.

For all intents and purposes, it was not going to be a typical football season at St. Joseph Regional in Montvale.

For one, long-time head coach Tony Karcich had retired, turning the program over to one of his all-time best linemen and former assistant Augie Hoffmann. That alone changed the complexion of the Green Knights, because the program was totally synonymous with the legendary Karcich for so long.

Professional Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:27:39 +0000
Monmouth Falls on the Road to No. 1 Coastal Carolina neal_sterling_nov_15_optBY JEREMY SCHILLING

Being the number one team in the nation is a big deal. Its impact on the Big South Conference was asked to every coach on the weekly coaches’ teleconference. The coach of that team – Coastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia – made sure everyone inside their athletics building made sure the team knew how appreciative they were of the work that contributed to that mark. Their campus was, understandably, abuzz.

But it was a big deal in West Long Branch, too. The dream for Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan and his players were to be THE team that knocked off the number one team and ended their chance at a perfect season. That was the dream, and would be a sensational way to save what has been, by all accounts, a disappointing season for players that dreamed of conference title and playoff hopes.

Professional Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:40:42 +0000
Ivy Sports Business Symposium Returns To Its Princeton Roots 165436852_opt_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

Every year for the past nine years in the middle of November the Ivy Sports Symposium brings together leaders in the sports industry as well as hundreds of students and rising professionals for a jam-packed day of thought leadership, advice and networking. Back in the Garden State this year after stops on the campuses of Harvard, Columbia and Penn the last three years, the Symposium is one of the few student-run large scale gatherings for sports business, and its speakers list is reflective of the prestigious schools the Ivy League represents worldwide. This year’s event (Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) is the first one off campus, moving to the Hyatt in Princeton after spending its first five years in and around the University. The move is more reflective of the growth of the event, as the anticipated 600 plus attendees and speakers are now of a size that only Palmer Stadium or Jadwyn Gym could hold. Growing pains may take away some of the intimacy of the event, but the impact will hopefully again be felt by all involved who make the trek from over 40 schools up and down the east coast.

It is no secret that sports business has grown to be a multi-billion dollar enterprise the world over, and with that the competition for jobs and experience has also grown exponentially. Right now in the U.S. alone, there are over 300 “sports management” programs at colleges and universities that are churning out degrees by the thousands. That doesn’t include the scores of students in other majors looking to delve into some form of the business once they get whatever degree they happen to receive, from business to anthropology in some cases.

How many of these programs provide practical experience and a skills set that will help a workforce find gainful employment is up for some debate. However the real value lies more outside of the classroom in elite events like the Ivy Symposium and a handful of others, the ability to share experience and meet successful individuals in a field where who you know is as important of not more important, than what you know sometimes.

Sports business for all its glitz and glamour remains very much a people business, and programmes like the one at Princeton and others at places like the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and MIT, provide young people with invaluable lessons you can’t always get in a book; a chance to hear and experience firsthand what the successes and failures have been for people who now fill the ownership chairs and the C Suite. While the college experience is important, the networking experience, which can lead to volunteerism, internships and even entry level jobs, not to mention lifelong relationships, is invaluable.

Friday’s event, like the previous eight events, will feature speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, from owners like the Minnesota Vikings Mark Wilf to team CEO’s like the Sixers and Devils Scott O’Neil and the Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro. The topics will range from entrepreneurship to philanthropy, marketing to sports law, minor league baseball to the NFL, all with a who’s who of successful businesspeople from around the world, not just around the country, leading the discussions. This year there will event be a Shark Tank, with three emerging businesses vying for exposure, along with a recognition of ten rising stars in the business, all under the age of 30.

Like many wide ranging one day events, some will say the Ivy Symposium tries to do too much in one day, but for those with interest and focus in sports business, it has always been a day well spent.

Like other years as the days close in the Symposium becomes a tough ticket, and this year is no exception. For those who aren’t on board yet, a waiting list does exist. But for those going on Friday, it should be a great day of networking, learning, and engagement, right in the middle of the corridor between New York and Philly, one of the most fertile areas for sports business anywhere.

For all the latest details on the Ivy Sports Symposium, check out

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Joe Favorito has almost 30 years of strategic communications/marketing, business development and public relations expertise in sports, entertainment, brand building, media training, television, athletic administration and business. He has been head of communications for the New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, the USTA and other entities and now runs a successful strategic communications and marketing consultancy based in New Jersey and Manhattan. He is also an author and instructor at Columbia University. You can find out more at or follow him on Facebook and Twitter (@JoeFav).

Professional Fri, 14 Nov 2014 01:38:11 +0000
As The NFL Goes Back To Europe, the Domestic Gambling Battle Continues To Grow 165436852_optBY JOE FAVORITO

Toward the end of the series finale of Boardwalk Empire, Nucky Thompson, played so well be the actor Steve Buscemi for these past few years, turns to a young man in his employ and makes a reference about sweeping the sand off the front porch. Thompson knows from his work as a youth in the hotel business that the sweeping is the same as trying to battle against the tide, inevitably you lose, as wind and sane and nature will have their way.

While not exactly the same, it is becoming more and more apparent that the fight for legalized sports betting in some way, shape or form, not just in new Jersey but across the country, is a battle that eventually will be regulated and won out, and will be a major, major revenue stream for sports teams and leagues down the line.

Professional Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:17:44 +0000
7 Reasons New Jersey Has Legal Sports Betting Figured Out BETTING_opt-1_copyBY BOB HOLT

New Jersey has been trying to beat the odds and bring legalized sports gambling to the state for many years now. Most of the opposition has come from the four professional sports leagues and the NCAA.

But the head of one of those sports leagues believes the time has come for the idea.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes that New Jersey is ready for legalized sports betting, and says it can be monitored and regulated properly. And the state already has a lot of Silver’s ideas in place.

Professional Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:41:00 +0000
Monmouth Looks to Upend No. 1 Coastal Carolina's Perfect Season on Saturday monmoutfbnewlogo_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JEREMY SCHILLING

Monmouth University (5-4, 0-3 in the Big South) at #1 Coastal Carolina University (10-0, 3-0 in the Big South)

Saturday, November 14, 2014

3pm ET – Brooks Stadium, Conway, South Carolina

Radio: 1160AM, 1310AM,

THE LAST WHISTLE: Monmouth hung tough with Liberty last week but ultimately couldn’t come away with the victory, losing in the end 34-24. Now they go up against the number one team in all of FCS, something head coach Kevin Callahan knows is daunting but could be an amazing experience -- they could be the team that ends an undefeated season.

Professional Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:51:33 +0000