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Alliance of American Football: An Alliance Dissolved

Oh, the best laid plans. When it was first announced earlier this year, the Alliance of American Football, a new upstart professional football league poised for Spring play, sounded like it had its act together – from branding to promotion to strategy to, most importantly, a viable business model. Yet, despite all of that, it … Continued

Are You Ready For Some (Spring) Pro Football?

As I write this the Bears are battling the Eagles in something us Lions fans are not very accustomed to: a playoff game. Before we know it, the February Super Bowl will be a distant memory to be followed as usual by a many-month gridiron hiatus broken only by the April draft and summer camps. … Continued

Even With Media Change, Baseball Announcers Matter

As much as media has changed dramatically in recent years, the bond between longtime baseball broadcasters and even casual baseball fans remains as strong as ever. We have seen that here in Detroit in recent weeks after public reports of conflict, suspension and now the termination of the long-running Tigers TV broadcast duo, Mario Impemba … Continued

Ohio State Didn’t Get Shut Out, But Still Badly Lost At PR

There’s a saying, widely used by coaches, that I’ve used both with my family and with clients during tough times. “Adversity doesn’t build character. It reveals character.” Ohio State University, its Athletic Department and its head football coach, Urban Meyer have been challenged by recent adversity. Last night, that may have dangerously revealed Meyer’s character … Continued

The Search for Common Ground on the Gridiron

With the official kickoff to a brand new NFL season just a couple of weeks away, we appear still mired in the discussion on the national anthem. Same old controversy, different day? Perhaps. Even with each new development – most recently ESPN’s decision not to broadcast the anthem during its live Monday Night Football telecasts … Continued

Urban Meyer’s Statement Line That Doesn’t Fly

The series of decisions that will determine whether Urban Meyer remains the Head Coach of Ohio State’s football team will not be made by administrators and lawyers but will have long-term PR implications for the university, its football program, college athletics overall and Meyer himself. Meyer, now on “paid administrative leave,” tried getting in front … Continued