May 28, 1997 was a Wednesday. On that day, SportsBusinessNews.com published the first edition of the DailyDose. The internet was very different in 1997 with the medium being in its infancy. High speed internet was in the future and 14.4 (whatever that meant) was as fast as most people who were trying to create websites could go as far as speed. As unimaginable as it may seem today to being forced to deal with speeds like 14.4 and 28.8, a passion for excellence was born 15 years ago to deliver the latest and breaking sports business news.
Jillian Michael’s “Maximize Your Life Tour” ends this weekend in Canada. Saturday night Jillian the infamous trainer for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” visits Ottawa (the National Arts Centre) before a Sunday night appearance at Oshawa’s General Motors Place. and the last stop on her “tour” Sunday night at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
Earlier this week “filmmaker” John Ziegler* appeared on NBC’s Today show and CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight. Ziegler is in the midst of producing a documentary “The Framing of Joe Paterno”, seemingly a one-man mission to exonerate former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno for any role Paterno may have played in the massive Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
The New England Patriots remain one of the sports industries standard bearers, how other sports franchises judge themselves. The Patriots proven player philosophy – as long as you fit the team’s needs you’re welcome to be a part of the organization, once you no longer fit those plans as Wes Welker found out, it’s out with the old and you’re on the outside looking in.
In the coming days and weeks as March Madness unfolds, the NCAA’s annual national collegiate basketball celebration, expect the issue of the billions of dollars the event generates and the issue of NCAA players being the cheapest labor available (the players aren’t paid) to be debated.