Articles matching tag: 2016 Predictions

  1. Column: Biggest Sports Stories in 2016December 31, 2015

    While we savor the waning days of 2015, it’s not too early to look ahead to the most notable sports business stories to follow in 2016. For the second year in a row I hit mostly winners last year, with one notable, embarrassing exception. The winners included high expectations for Rob Manfred in his role as the new baseball commissioner; the evolving ways we consume sports, in-venue and outside the facility; the expanding use of analytics which has revolutionized how we watch and analyze sports; the pursuit by states, notably New Jersey, to adopt sports gambling; how social media expands the opportunities for fans to engage with teams, players and sponsors; and the economic impact of NCAA rule changes on intercollegiate athletics.