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.

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

Photo via @CJSimmons_.
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.”

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.

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 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.

Bernstein 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 or

AAA & Michael Waltrip Racing Announce Continuation of Partnership

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – Michael Waltrip Racing announced during a press conference today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, that AAA will join Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota as an associate sponsor through the end of the 2012 season.

AAA will also be the Official Travel and Roadside Assistance Partner of Michael Waltrip Racing. AAA will receive
branding on the B-posts of the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry as well as on the driver and pit-crew fire suits, team hauler and pit equipment.

AAA will be utilizing the personalities of Mayetta, New Jersey native Martin Truex Jr. and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip in its promotional materials, including radio and television spots plus digital media, and will also create unique opportunities for race fans to interact with both personalities. AAA will conduct in-market and at-track driver appearances, host a Michael Waltrip Racing Fan Cruise and execute a unique VIP race day experience sweepstakes.

The VIP race day experience promotion will give four lucky race fans the chance to meet Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip, have garage access on race-day, lunch with the Michael Waltrip Race Team, participation in pre-race driver introductions and the opportunity to sit in the Pit Box for the start of the AAA 400.

The AAA/Michael Waltrip Racing Fan Cruise will take place in late 2012 and be hosted by Michael Waltrip who will be joined by other race team members. Michael Waltrip Racing celebrity personalities will make appearances throughout the cruise, which will only be available to race fans that purchase their cabins through AAA.

Based on the success of last year’s partnership during the AAA 400, AAA was very excited about the opportunity to expand their relationship with Michael Waltrip Racing and the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota. “Last year we had such a great experience working with Michael Waltrip Racing,” said Matthew Haas, Director, Partnership & Event Marketing, AAA Mid-Atlantic.

“We held a tremendously successful sweepstakes that provided a truly unique race day experience for our winners. We were thrilled to be able to come back as a sponsor through the end of the 2012 season so we can build on this great partnership, and continue to provide unique experiences and opportunities for race fans and our members.”

Truex explained the importance of partnering with AAA. “I have a lot of friends and family back home in New Jersey who use AAA’s services,” said the 30-year-old Truex. “AAA is as important to a motorist as my helmet and uniform are to me.

I wouldn’t go on the track without my equipment and I wouldn’t leave my driveway without the peace of mind I get from AAA.”

Waltrip said AAA’s continuation with MWR enhances the team’s partnership family. “MWR has made an effort to associate ourselves with successful, recognizable partners and AAA fits that description as well as any partner in NASCAR,” said Waltrip. “I’m proud AAA sees the importance our team has in achieving their business goals and objectives. AAA has a lot of cool stuff planned for the race fans in the coming months that we can’t wait to tell you about.”

Aquarius Sports & Entertainment, AAA’s Sponsorship Agency of Record, negotiated the deal with MWR and is managing activation and promotional elements of the sponsorship with AAA.

About AAA
For over 100 years, we have been serving you and other AAA members on the road and around the world. Today, we offer our extensive services to you on the internet. Now, more than ever, AAA is able to help you around the clock with all your Cars & Driving, Travel, Insurance, Banking and Loan needs. As a AAA member, you’ve joined over 50 million people across the U.S. and Canada who enjoy special services, valuable savings, and priceless security.

About Michael Waltrip Racing
From its 140,000-square-foot shop in Cornelius, N.C., Michael Waltrip Racing fields Toyota Camrys in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Waltrip, David Reutimann and Martin Truex Jr. as well as a K&N Pro Series East entry for Brett Moffitt. MWR began more than a decade ago as a family-owned Nationwide Series team in Sherrills Ford, N.C. In 2007, MWR served as a flagship team for Toyota Racing Development, USA’s entry into both Sprint Cup and Nationwide competition. Reutimann earned MWR its first Sprint Cup victory in May 2009 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and second victory at Chicagoland Speedway in 2010.

About Aquarius Sports and Entertainment
Aquarius Sports and Entertainment is a full-service sports and entertainment marketing firm that provides clients with a one-stop option for sponsorship consulting and activation services, sponsorship sales representation, corporate hospitality, and event and promotional marketing. For more information, visit and follow on twitter @AquariusSports.