Jordan Kobritz

Jordan Kobritz makes 2016 Sports Predictions

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…

Mizzou Football Overthrows its Creator

Jordan Kobritz

Most of us are familiar with the economic impact of collegiate athletics. After the recent incidents at the University of Missouri, we also know the political ramifications athletic teams can have. – by Jordan Kobritz University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe along with R. Bowen Loftin, the chancellor of the flagship campus at Columbia,…

Wonder Boy Jeff Gordon retires – by Jordan Kobritz

If there was any justice in sports, Jeff Gordon would have been hoisting the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship trophy at the end of the Homestead race on Sunday. Instead, Gordon settled for a sixth place finish which left him third overall in this year’s series. Gordon announced in January that 2015 would be his last…

Royals’ victory ends 2015 baseball season – by Jordan Kobritz

The Royals’ victory over the Mets in the World Series signals the official end of the 2015 baseball season. Now fans in need of their baseball fix can turn their attention to the hot stove league, the off-season maneuverings where teams try to improve through trades and free agent signings. In today’s media-centric world, trades…

Coaches vs. medical personnel at colleges – by Jordan Kobritz

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With colleges on the cusp of pre-season football practice, there’s an off-field battle worth keeping an eye on: Coaches vs. medical personnel. Head coaches at a majority of the big-time college football programs insist on hiring, supervising and firing the doctors and athletic trainers that attend to their student-athletes. Not surprisingly, medical practitioners don’t believe…

Fantasy Game Advertising by Jordan Kobritz

Last week we finally got to experience the long-anticipated excitement of the NFL season. We were also inundated with something few of us were prepared for: Non-stop ads for daily fantasy games. According to the SportsBusiness Journal, the two behemoths in the daily fantasy business, DraftKings and FanDuel, have committed to spend a minimum of…

Computer Espionage in Professional Sports

Jordan Kobritz

If it can happen to retailers like K-Mart, Target and Home Depot, and even the U.S. Government, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that it happened to the Houston Astros. But in this case, the perpetrators weren’t a criminal element in Eastern Europe or the Chinese government but apparently employees of another MLB team, the St.…