Visualization: Premier League Summer Spending

Andy Kriebel of VizWiz analyzes the money spent on transfers during the summer leading up to the Premier League season. Premier League clubs spent a record £835m during the 2014 summer transfer window. Manchester United led the way, spending a record £150m.

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Big spending is nothing new for clubs in the Premier League. Back in January, Deloitte Sports Business Group released their 17th annual key findings among the top 20 club spenders.

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Harry Carson, Michael Strahan, and Victor Cruz Discuss Life as World Class Athletes

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Michael Strahan, Victor Cruz, and Harry Carson (via @CJSimmons_).
Three generations of New York Giants Super Bowl Champions visited NYU this week to discuss the life of a world class athlete. The panel, hosted by the NYU Sports and Society Program, discussed topics ranging from being drafted and the first days as a professional athlete to locker room culture and planning for post-NFL life. Moderated by Arthur Miller, founder and chairman of the NYU Sports and Society Program, the panel featured Harry Carson, Michael Strahan, and Victor Cruz.

Harry Carson played 13 seasons as linebacker for the New York Giants. He was captain for 10 of his 13 seasons and was the NFC Linebacker of the Year twice. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Michael Strahan was a seven-time Pro Bowler for the New York Giants. He was named the NFL’s 2001 Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. Strahan will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this year. Victor Cruz will be starting his fifth year as a wide receiver for the New York Giants when the 2014 season begins. In 2011, Cruz became the Giants’ all-time single season receiving record holder.

One of the first topics discussed was the transition from college to an NFL locker, an appropriate topic since the NFL Draft is this week. Strahan discussed his first days at training camp and immediately felt the heritage and tradition of the New York Giants. Looking around the locker room he saw these larger-than-life figures such as Bart Oats, Jumbo Elliot, and the intimidating Lawrence Taylor. Strahan cited Taylor as the best player he ever played with. Carson shared Strahan’s sentiments on Lawrence Taylor. “I was happy he was on our team and we didn’t have to face him.” The three panelists had very different Draft Day and first training camp experiences. Carson shared that he felt he had something to prove because he went to South Carolina State, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). He said he felt some of his teammates questioned whether they played the same level of college football at HBCUs as they did at schools like Alabama. Cruz was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Massachusetts by the New York Giants moments after the 2010 NFL Draft concluded. Despite not being drafted, Cruz said he felt a lot of joy when he signed with the Giants and even found a Giants baseball hat to wear around his house just like the first-round draft picks wear in Radio City Music Hall. “In my mind, I was drafted that day.”

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Dean Di Lorenzo with Victor Cruz, Arthur Miller, and Harry Carson (via @NYUSCPS).

As the discussion shifted to life after football, Carson noted that preparations for life after retirement begin as soon as you make the NFL. “Once you sign the paperwork, you don’t know when the clock will run out.” All three athletes discussed their careers outside of football. Victor Cruz co-owns a clothing line, Young Whales, which he started with Nate Collins of the Chicago Bears during the NFL lockout. Strahan is now widely recognized outside of football as the co-host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael and Good Morning America. Strahan credits his jovial personality with his successful transition to media. “In what other place can a guy with a gap in his teeth and a lisp have a career in media? Only in New York!”

Arthur Miller drove the conversation to serious topics including organizational culture. Strahan emphatically stated that as the leader and captain, he never would have let the Miami Dolphins bullying fiasco escalate and leave the locker room. When the discussion shifted to Donald Sterling, Carson felt strongly that he would not have been able to play under similar circumstances. The three athletes did not agree on how best to handle the situation if they were members of the Los Angeles Clippers, but they all agreed with Adam Silver’s handling and ruling. Carson, Strahan, and Cruz spoke highly of the New York Giants ownership. John Mara and Steve Tisch are co-owners of the Giants.

The panel was the first in a series which will be held by the NYU Sports and Society Program.

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Before the NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks Sent a Brochure to Prospective Undrafted Free Agents


There’s a reason winners keep winning. The Seattle Seahawks sent a brochure to agents of athletes they suspect may go undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. The brochure, obtained by NFL.com, highlights the success undrafted free agents (UDFAs) have had within the Seattle organization over the last few years.

The brochure opens with a quote from Head Coach Pete Carroll: “We wholeheartedly believe in competition in all aspects of our program, and the only way to compete is to show it on the field. We’re dedicated to giving all of our players a look to find out who they are and what they’re all about so we can field the best team possible.” The brochure goes on to discuss how successful UDFAs have been within the organization and provides several pages of statistics regarding opportunities for UDFAs in Seattle during the preseason and the regular season.

The NFL Draft begins May 8, 2014 at 8pm EST in New York City.

Eight current Seattle Seahawks first joined the team as undrafted free agents and the coaching staff clearly sees the development of UDFAs as a point of differentiation for the Seahawks organization.

After the conclusion of the NFL Draft, players who are not drafted become undrafted free agents and are allowed to sign with any team. While there are many benefits to being drafted, some players prefer to be undrafted if they are not selected in an early round of the Draft because they are then able to sign with any of the 32 teams.

The brochure speaks volumes about the culture within the Seattle organization. They are completely focused on player development and winning games. A quote on the second slide of the deck highlights Seattle’s mentality perfectly:

“It’s not how you are acquired but rather what you can bring when you are acquired!”

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VIDEO: J.B. Bernstein on The Million Dollar Arm and The “Next Big Idea”

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, J.B. Bernstein came up with an idea worth a million dollars. After a recruitment fiasco in 2006, sports agent J.B. Bernstein decided he needed to find the next big thing, the next Yao Ming.

At the 2007 NBA All Star Game, Bernstein wished he could find the next Yao Ming. “That would be a good thing to have.” With some research in hand, India became the country, and cricket the sport, that would lead him to finding “his ticket.” He decided that he could find the next great baseball pitcher in a country where the game was not popular, but where the national pastime had similarities to baseball. Thus began the search for The Million Dollar Arm.

On Tuesday, March 4th, J.B. Bernstein was invited back to his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as the 2014 Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence, to speak about developing The Million Dollar Arm contest and his system for creating the “next big idea.”

The Million Dollar Arm contest was based loosely off American Idol. Substitute a microphone for a radar gun, add a baseball and some cricket players, and you have yourself a contest. Thirty-eight thousand men aged 18-29 across 12 cities in India came out to show how fast they could throw with the hopes of both winning one million dollars and being granted the opportunity to travel to America for a professional baseball tryout.

MillionDollarArmBookBernstein shared his journey of The Million Dollar Arm contest from ideation to execution. The audience learned about his travels to India and his return home to California with the two contest winners, Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh. We learn about culture differences, perseverance, and no matter how thoroughly you prepare for something there will always be challenges along the way.

J.B. has had a long career and is also very well known for his other accomplishments. As co-founder and president of the Access Group of Miami, Bernstein represented some of the greatest athletes of all time including Barry Bonds, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith.

The presentation was not short of laughter as Bernstein told stories of Patel and Singh adjusting to a very different way of life than they were accustomed to. Stories included Patel’s “smurf butt” nickname, Singh thinking his steak came from a chicken, and their fascination with technology.

As promised, six months after landing in America, Patel and Singh were afforded a professional tryout. While their first attempt was disastrous, and, as he claims, the worst day of Bernstein’s life, their second attempt nine days later was a success. Both Patel and Singh were signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in November 2008.

Underneath the laughs and the success of an idea is a remarkable story. It is a story of two young men from India who were allowed to follow a dream that never would have been possible in their own country. It is also a story of a man looking to salvage his career and change the lives of others along the way.

To learn more, you can purchase Bernstein’s Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game on Amazon or see Disney’s major motion picture, featuring John Hamm as J.B. Bernstein, out in theaters May 16th.

Beth Grupsmith

Beth is the Managing Director of the Sports Business Education Network (SBEN), which brings the ideas and insights of industry leaders to the next generation of students and young professionals through live events and programs. She has operated the organization since its inception in 2012 producing 65+ unique events for over 12,000 followers in 58 different countries. Beth also has a passion for digital media.

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Callaway Signs Japanese Sensation Ryo Ishikawa

CARLSBAD – Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) announced yesterday the signing of Ryo Ishikawa to a multi-year contract. Ishikawa, a ten-time winner on the Japanese Tour by the age of 21, joins Callaway as a full staff professional to play the Company’s cutting-edge equipment, including its new RAZR Fit Xtreme™ Driver and the Odyssey putters Ishikawa has relied on throughout his career, including nine of his professional victories. Beyond the equipment, the Saitama, Japan native will wear Callaway-branded apparel, caps, gloves and footwear. Terms of the contract will not be disclosed.

“I am very happy to join the Callaway team,” said Ryo Ishikawa. “I believe the wonderful innovation and support Callaway gives to its many great staff players with help me grow as I compete on the PGA Tour this year.”

In May of 2007, when Ishikawa was just 15 years and eight months old, he became the youngest golfer to win a men’s tournament on the Japan Golf Tour, winning the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup. Since then his rise to golf stardom in Japan has been swift and steady. Ishikawa turned professional in 2008 and by the end of that season, he became the youngest player to break into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He went on to dominate the 2009 season in Japan. With four wins on Tour, he was the leading money winner on Tour and was named the Japan GTO MVP. In September of that year, Ishikawa became the youngest golfer to ever reach the top 50 on the Official World Golf Rankings.

“Ryo is an exciting, young international talent who has proven he can compete and win at the highest level,” said Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Office, Callaway Golf. “And not only is he an accomplished golfer, Ryo is an extraordinary and generous young man. We are proud that he has chosen our products for their exceptional performance, and we are excited to welcome Ryo to Team Callaway.”

Ishikawa played several events on the PGA Tour for the first time in 2009. He caught the attention of the American golfing community at the 2010 U.S. Open, however, where his pink attire and low scores piqued interest in the Japanese phenom. His best major performance came at The Masters in 2011, where he finished T20. Further endearing him to the golfing public across the globe, Ishikawa announced in March 2011 that he would donate his 2011 tour earnings – plus an additional 100,000 yen for every birdie he made – to the Japan earthquake relief efforts.

Ryo Ishikawa officially became a member of the PGA Tour in March 2012. His first event in 2013 as a Callaway staff professional will be the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., followed by the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, Calif.

About Callaway Golf
Through an unwavering commitment to innovation, Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) creates products designed to make every golfer a better golfer. Callaway Golf Company manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls, and sells golf accessories under the Callaway Golf® and Odyssey® brands in more than 110 countries worldwide. For more information please visit www.callawaygolf.com or shop.callawaygolf.com.

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