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FanThreeSixty expands executive team, announces new Chief Sales Officer - 3 May 2016

Dedicated global sales focus designed to fuel company growth and expansion FanThreeSixty announces that sales veteran Dennis Cunningham will join the company as Chief Sales Officer, effective May 3, 2016. As a member of FanThreeSixty’s executive team, Cunningham will be responsible for all global sales and business development strategies, and building the company’s sales team. This new position is designed to further drive FanThreeSixty’s market expansion in a rapidly evolving sports ...
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Chicago Cubs' owners create new sales and marketing firm, Marquee Sports & Entertainment - 2 June 2017

The Chicago Cubs and Chairman Tom Ricketts are extending the scope of their fast-growing business, creating Marquee Sports & Entertainment (MSE) to serve as a centralized sales and marketing agency for the various Ricketts family sports and entertainment assets. MSE, a separate entity from the Cubs or Wrigley Field, will pool the various sales, sponsorship, event and marketing components of the Cubs, Wrigley Rooftops, the new Park at Wrigley, the American Airlines Conference Center in the ...
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Allphones Arena CEO, Paul Sergeant off to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium - 4 July 2012

The man who once ran Millennium Stadium in Wales, Paul Sergeant, will replace retiring Etihad Stadium chief executive Ian Collins. Collins, the AFL’s former football operations manager, left the League 12 years ago to become boss of the new stadium. He announced his plans to depart earlier this year. Sergeant is currently the boss of Sydney’s Allphones Arena, he’s also worked at London’s Wembley Stadium and Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. “It is a new challenge for me and I am looking forwa...
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Llanelli Scarlets appoint Paul Sergeant as new CEO -12 June 2009

The Scarlets have revealed that former Millennium Stadium chief executive has been appointed as their new CEO. Sergeant held the same position at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium for three and a half years until 2006 before taking over as general manager of the Suncorp Stadium based in Brisbane. During his time in Cardiff he was recognised with an OBE for services to business. Sergeant said: “It’s a great honour and thrill for me to be joining the Scarlets at such an exciting point...
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Baseball's Bill Veeck Changed The Pitch Of The National Pastime - 11 June 2016

Bill Veeck's surname rhymes with deck. As in how he KO'd baseball's tradition. A transformational baseball owner, Bill Veeck: Changed the makeup of stadiums, players and fans. Signed the first black player in the American League. Turned venues into carnivals. Produced Cleveland's last World Series triumph. Hired the first black front-office executive. Put the Go in Chicago's pennant-winning Go-Go Sox of 1959. Added names to uniforms and pregame shows to radio. Made millions of doll...
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Ecolab and Saints Partner on Green Efforts at CHS Field; Ecolab is an official sponsor of the “Greenest Ballpark in America” - 7 May 2015

CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints, was designed to be the “Greenest Ballpark in America,” with sustainability a key focus throughout construction. Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, signed on today as the founding partner of the ballpark’s environmentally responsible initiatives. Sustainability efforts at CHS field include recycling, solar power and water conservation and re-use. CHS Field will utilize recycling and composting to ensur...
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The funniest man in baseball is having the last laugh - 29 April 2015

Minor league promotions guru Mike Veeck has built a profitable empire of minor league baseball teams, including the St. Paul Saints. Mike Veeck has been called the funniest man in baseball. Veeck's slogan is "Fun is Good,'' and his teams host some of the most entertaining -- and outrageous -- promotions in all of sports. Who else would hire a dog or pig to deliver baseballs to the umpire or have mimes perform instant replays? Who else would lock fans out of the stadium to set an all-time attenda...
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Prince “Mission Impossible” in St. Paul - 7 February 2014

It was the Fall of 1996. As I was showing the ballroom of the Saint Paul Hotel to a group of five people for a future wedding, I heard a voice call out, “John, John are you there?” Wearing a black baseball cap, Bill Murray walked into the promenade and, moments later, he and I stood face to face. Graciously he pardoned himself, and then asked, “Hey, John, could you help me with something?” The group I was escorting didn’t mind being interrupted by such a celebrity as Mr. Murray. Standing...
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Mike Veeck talks about the St Paul Saints' new stadium in Lowertown - 14 May 2013

The location of a new professional sports stadium is critical to building support -- public and private, financial and emotional. Perhaps there's no better example than the new stadium for the St. Paul Saints, to be built in Lowertown -- a now trendy part of St. Paul. It's a unique location for a team that is equally out of the ordinary. Published on May 14, 2013.    Greater MSP Business Show  
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Mike Veeck has shaped the St. Paul Saints in his own image - 2 May 2012

Every year, Mike Veeck, president and part owner of the Saints, waits for the crowds at the Baseball Hall of Fame to thin. He finds a bench with his wife, Libby, and stares up at the plaque facing them. The visage of Mike's father, Bill, looks down — his trademark grin emblazoned across the facade. "It's the place I feel closest to him," Mike says, his charcoal goatee turning up in a bittersweet smile. The plaque enumerates Bill's many accomplishments: World Series owner, renowned innovator, "c...
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The family values of Mike Veeck, the Prince of Baseball Promotion - 15 September 2003

Marilyn Monroe look-alikes, nuns giving back rubs to fans, cross-dressing dog mascots, death-to-disco night, Bill Murray leading a marching band, Elvis tributes...just another typical scene for the prince of baseball promotion, Mike Veeck. Peel back the zaniness and find constant innovation, no fear of failure, and an inherited calling. ( If the name Bill Veeck means anything to you, it brings to mind a wacky showman out of baseball's golden era. He was a guy who pulled wild stunts like sending...
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Veeck His Name, Fun His Game; Bill's Son Mike Running Class A `Riot' In St. Paul - 27 June 1993

      ST. PAUL — The St. Paul Saints' first workout was being watched closely by the local media at Municipal Stadium-until club President Mike Veeck walked in. See Veeck? He's the guy dressed in the purple shirt and silk tie with baseball-team logos on it. Even in the minor leagues, Veeck doesn't look like your stereotypical baseball executive. Any resemblance between Veeck and some of the button-down major-league executives who run their clubs like corporations is mere coinci...
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New potential Supercars buyer surfaces - 11 January 2017

Supercars majority owner Archer Capital is believed to be talking to several prospective buyers. Buying a 60 percent stake in the sport for an industry-rocking $300 million six years ago, the Sydney-based private equity company has been fishing around to offload its investment in the sport for some time. Any sale would be a complex transaction with approximately 60 percent held by Archer, 5 percent by management and outside parties and 35 percent by the teams. It is believed that whatever off...
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TLA Worldwide creates sports marketing company, Talisman Sports and Media, headed by former Fox Sports bosses - 6 December 2016

Sports marketing agency TLA Worldwide has announced the creation of a new independent sports marketing business, Talisman Sports and Media, which will focus on increasing the commercial opportunities of both existing and new sports rights properties within the TLA group. Talisman Sports and Media will be headquartered in the UK with offices in London and Switzerland and be led by Simon Thomas and Andrew Guy, both of whom previously held global commercial roles at Fox Sport...
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Kiwi expat playing in the major leagues - 19 September 2015

Bart Campbell says he has never had a Jerry Maguire moment - but his company does own the building where Tom Cruise shouted that movie's most famous line.  "'Show me the money!' was filmed in our office in Newport Beach, California," says the New Zealand expat sports entrepreneur. Campbell was showing the money himself this week, when reporting his company's financial results in London. That company, TLA Worldwide, is in the business of athlete representation and sports marketing,...
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Manchester City buy out wealthy Melbourne City investors - 2 August 2015

English Premier League giant Manchester City has paid $2.25 million to a group of prominent Australian investors to take full ownership of A-League club Melbourne City. According to documents lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission last week, Manchester City now owns 100 per cent of its Melbourne club, having bought out minority owners Gerry Ryan, a BRW Rich List member and owner of caravan group Jayco, Crownbet chief executive Matthew Tripp, sports entrepre...
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The seeds of Man City's takeover of Melbourne Heart were sewn in New York a year ago - 23 January 2014

UNKNOWN to any of the parties involved, events in New York on May 21 last year played a major part in the breathtaking sale of Melbourne Heart eight months on. While the sale of National Rugby League club Melbourne Storm to a consortium led by New Zealand entrepreneur Bart Campbell was announced, 16,700km away New York City was named as Major League Soccer's newest franchise. Manchester City and fellow world sports heavyweights New York Yankees had agreed to combine their massive resources...
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Manchester City acquires Melbourne Heart as Melbourne Storm consortium get minority stake - 23 January 2014

The Melbourne Heart has confirmed the A-League club has been acquired by a consortium led by English Premier League powerhouse Manchester City. The 80 per cent acquisition will be completed by another consortium - which includes the owners of the NRL's Melbourne Storm - in a 20 per cent minority share.The Football Federation Australia (FFA) approved the acquisition on Thursday. Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano says the Premier League club is excited by the opportunity to invest in...
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Bart Campbell feels pull before the Storm - 5 June 2013

IT began with a few drinks between a pair of old mates and ended with the sale of the Melbourne Storm. New Zealander Bart Campbell, the Storm's majority owner and new chairman, yesterday revealed how a long-term friendship with Storm football manager Frank Ponissi was the catalyst for him purchasing the NRL premier from News Limited. Campbell, whose identity was cloaked in secrecy until the sale was announced earlier this month, broke his silence yesterday to document his takeover of the club. ...
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Hyundai A-League in harmony with Australia’s diversity - 20 October 2012

The first multicultural audit of the players in the Hyundai A-League have revealed an extraordinarily diverse player base drawn from all continents with 56 ancestries represented. The audit involved a survey of over 200 Hyundai A-League players across 10 clubs in 2011/12 and was commissioned by FFA as part of a multicultural fan engagement campaign. It measured a number of variables including ancestry, player place of birth, languages other than English spoken and those who have one or more pa...
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Melbourne Heart on verge of $12m takeover headed by New Zealand entrepreneur Bart Campbell - 27 December 2013

MELBOURNE Heart is on the verge of being sold for $12 million to a consortium led by New Zealand entrepreneur Bart Campbell. The Courier-Mail believes that the consortium has submitted an offer which has been accepted by the Heart's board, with the two parties now ironing out the finer details. It is believed that the new proposal includes a 100 per cent takeover of the Heart and could be concluded in January, in what would comfortably eclipse any previous sale of an A-League club. Discussi...
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New Storm owner is on the money - 9 June 2013

Few people have heard of new Melbourne Storm owner Bart Campbell. David Long sought out the mysterious Kiwi entrepreneur. For a man who now owns the NRL's most successful club franchise, whose company manages All Blacks superstars Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, and who routinely sniffs rarefied air at elite corporate events while rubbing shoulders with all sorts of powerful figures, Bart Campbell's sporting career began in innocuous circumstances. He decided to do his brother-in-law a ...
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From humble beginnings - Storm boss used to hold stop-go signs in Manawatu, New Zealand - 27 May 2013

Bart Campbell has done rather well for a Palmerston North lad who held stop-go signs on the road for Higgins contractors. Now aged 42, Campbell heads a consortium which bought the NRL champions from News Ltd on Monday night. He is the son of former Palmerston North couple Terry and Nan Campbell, who are now working out of the Hilton Hotel in Taupo. As a lad, Bart had other menial jobs. Terry remembers him coming home from Noel Eales' horse-racing stables covered in hay on a daily basis. He atten...
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New Storm owners regard themselves as 'custodians' - 21 May 2013

After months of negotiations, former New Zealand barrister Bart Campbell was confirmed as the new Chairman of the world and NRL champions, with ex-Harlequins and Saracens rugby union boss Mark Evans as CEO.  Evans moves to Melbourne immediately from London, where his consultancy firm was helping promote the Rugby League World Cup.  Evans said News Limited were tough in negotiations but “easy to communicate with”.   The Storm’s current Chairman Stephen Rue hands his role to Campbell while Ev...
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