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The Growth of Pickleball
Posted: 1/18/2023 1:29:43 PM
SBRnet’s own Neil Schwartz was recently interviewed on Canadian Television discussing the growth of the Pickleball.
Sports Leadership Class
Posted: 11/30/2022 1:28:51 PM
This course examines contemporary and productive management principles and concepts used throughout the sports industry and various sport organizations. Through this course, students will learn skills related to creative problem solving and strategic planning...

At the 2022 Sports Marketing Association Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, SBRnet together with Chloe Kim a student at NYU along with her adjunct professor, Brian Hall presented a case study that was focused on A Data Driven Approach to Moving the Phoenix Coyotes to a new location.
Neil joined the IPSM-711 Sport Marketing Class taught by Professor Nancy Lough at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This course is a study of the conceptual and empirical approaches sport leaders can utilize for building relationships with stakeholders of college sport programs.
On Thursday, September 29th, Neil sat in the Beginning, Data Analytics for Sports class taught by Professor Richard Bailey at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. 
Marketers targeting sports fans as the focus of their various campaigns don’t show any sign of slowing down. From cryptocurrency companies putting their names on stadiums and arenas to traditional marketing powerhouses like Gatorade and McDonalds, sports fans are now a more sought after audience than ever.
Pro Tips: Help your Students Find SBRnet
Posted: 9/6/2022 3:06:25 PM
A number of students have told us they have had trouble finding SBRnet on their school library websites. To make it easier for everyone, here is the description we recommend libraries use and below that are a list of our suggested keywords.
This upcoming school term, Dr. Tim Koba from High Point University invited our President and Chief Data officer in to work with his students in his strategic management class for sports organizations.
Exploring the Football Fanverse
Posted: 8/17/2022 11:03:40 AM
You are invited to a conversation with Neil Schwartz and Mark Sullivan of SBRnet on fan behavior and trends to watch for the coming college and pro football seasons.
The FanVerse from SBRnet
Posted: 8/14/2022 3:29:05 PM
SBRnet has developed a holistic way of looking at audience measurement for sports fans that combines traditional audience measurment with categories that measure active engagement among the same fans to create the FanVerse Measurement.

To address the need for new voices and perspectives in sports coverage, digital sports media company First and Pen and Vanderbilt’s Sports & Society Initiative announced a new content partnership that focuses on sports stories told by voices of color from the college academic community.

Field of Streams
Posted: 7/13/2022 11:44:07 AM

MLB’s streaming strategy looks like a winner.

On Tuesday, July 19th, Major League Baseball will play its annual All-Star Game.  First played in 1933, the MLB All-Star Game is the first game of its kind played during the height of the regular season.  Since then, both the NHL and NBA have utilized similar strategies to showcase their top talent to a national and now worldwide audience.

The Hottest Social Media for Sports
Posted: 5/11/2022 11:56:25 AM
When it comes to looking at the Social Media habits of Sports Fans, new kid on the bock is garnering the biggest gains. In just one year, Tik Toc has grown a remarkable 70%.
Posted: 5/6/2022 5:18:30 PM
On Running contracted with SBRnet, a provider of data for the sports and active lifestyle market, to conduct an e-mail survey focused on Sustainability within the specialty running market.
More Content from Great Media Partners
Posted: 3/8/2022 2:46:49 PM
We’ve expanded our content to include articles from three great media partners, now including SGB Media, Ports Law Experts and First and Pen.
The 4-1-1 from MIT Conference
Posted: 3/8/2022 2:37:50 PM
We sent Neil to the recent MIT Sloan Data Analytics Conference in Boston.  He sat in on a number of panels and presentation covering and according to our man in Boston, the key topics were (1) Sports Gambling; (2) Women in Sports;and (3) the continuing use and evolution of data at all levels of the sports business.
SBRnet, a leading provider of data and content on the sports business, is pleased to announce it has received a platinum award in LibraryWorks’ eighth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs.)
Neil Schwartz and Mark Sullivan were invited to speak to the Sales and Revenue Generation in Sport class at Texas A&M University taught by Dr. Natasha Brison.
The student team from Loras College in Dubuque, IA was the winner of the SBRnet Case Study Competition at the annual SMA Conference held this past week in Las Vegas.
Students are extremely interested in salary information of professional athletes. Based on feedback from librarians and students, we have added the following information. The data can be found by searching the individual sports, such as basketball, golf, etc… and then the salary data is highlighted with flags that say NEW.
Back to School for SBRnet
Posted: 10/14/2021 3:22:15 PM
You and your students are not the only ones who are back in school in this fall.
Stay current on library trends and discover more about where the field is headed. Industry experts lead these sponsored, 60-minutes interactive presentations, which cover topics like digital publishing, search trends, and open access.
It all Starts with Search
Posted: 8/25/2021 11:34:22 AM
Before you begin to access data, it is highly recommend that you start at the beginning. In our case, the beginning is accessing our comprehensive search feature now called SBRnet Mega Search. This is also our site wide search feature that opens up the world of possibilities for students with applicable data and relevant articles.
New… Improved… Different… Better
Posted: 8/13/2021 4:31:54 PM
On August 17th, SBRnet’s new Sports Market Analytics Platform, (SMA), will be live and ready for use and we are excited for you to see it and use it. While it has a totally different look, it has all of the same great data you have come to expect plus a whole lot of new for students, faculty, librarians, researchers and our corporate users.
SBRnet Live!
Posted: 7/26/2021 3:43:56 PM
SBRnet co-owners Neil Schwartz and Mark Sullivan will be out and about starting next month, leading two online presentations. And SBRnet is the title sponsor of the upcoming Sports Marketing Association Conference which will take place in Las Vegas October 20-22, 2021.
SBRnet in the Classroom
Posted: 7/26/2021 3:40:41 PM
As interest in the business of sports becomes a much larger opportunity for students, professors and librarians are asking us to get more involved directly with the students by making in class presentations and providing guidance on specific projects.
Lisa Delpy Neirotti is the director of the MS in Sport Management Program and an associate professor of Sport Management at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB).
SBR Announces Intern Program
Posted: 6/15/2021 8:45:00 AM

SBRnet is committed to providing students with the most comprehensive array of sports business data available, and we want to provide them with first-hand opportunities to learn the business.

Where will the jobs be in the sports business in the next decade? Who better to ask than Matt Winkler, the Professor & Director, Sports Analytics & Management at American University.

Fantasy Sports Bounces Back
Posted: 5/3/2021 3:05:21 PM

At this point in my life there is not much I can brag about that will impress my college-aged children, but one story that recently captured their attention concerned Fantasy Baseball. I was among the earliest adapters to a game we called Rotisserie Baseball. This was a pre-cursor to today’s fantasy sports. It was invented by a Manhattan journalist named Daniel Okrent and named for La Rotisserie Française, the restaurant where the first players held their draft and laid out the ground rules.

What we did and what it means
Posted: 4/6/2021 2:55:58 PM
What did we all do this past year? Of course, we baked bread, binge watched and zoomed.  But what did we do when it came to sports and activities?
Profile - Natalie Welch
Posted: 4/6/2021 2:43:03 PM
Growing up on the Qualla Boundary in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, Natalie Welch did not imagine herself completely across the country running a sports business program at a private college in Oregon. But that is exactly where she is today.
Chad F. Boeninger is the Head of User Services, Business & Economics Librarian at Ohio University in Athens, OH. He answers a few questions from about the library and how he’s managing.
It's March Madness time and before we all get too wrapped up in filling out our brackets for this year’s college basketball tournament, SBRnet has some new findings from our 2021 Sports Market Analytics Survey of Fan Behavior as it relates to one of hotter topics: Gambling on Sports.
Laura Berdish is a both a professor and a librarian at The Ross School at The University of Michigan. Before her career in academia, she worked in technology, publishing and as a librarian/research assistant for the Transportation Research Department at General Motors.
New Data for a New Normal
Posted: 2/2/2021 8:36:18 AM
Around 150 million Americans will tune in to The Super Bowl this Sunday, with countless more millions worldwide making the match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers one of the most watched yearly sporting events on television, according to Nielsen Television measurement.  But just like almost every other aspect of our lives, this year’s big game cannot escape the challenges that have been created by the Covid-19 Pandemic.  In many ways, Super Bowl LV will be a look into the future-scape that lies ahead for teams and leagues to create new revenue opportunities.