Sports enterprise and investigative reporter for Seattle Times. A reader claims: Like a terrier on a rat. Bite down hard, shake him till head flies off.

Seattle’s best-kept secret a short trip away in Kent with WHL’s Thunderbirds — The future of the NHL is playing nearby in Kent and Everett and the T-birds are having perhaps their most glorious run in decades. Despite leaving KeyArena for Kent's ShoWare Center in 2009, attendance has remained steady and the team nearly reached the Memorial Cup last season.

Is this a sporting event, or a live infomercial? — The Sounders are the first Major League Soccer franchise - and among the only teams in North American pro sports - to use brand activation to this degree with a business partner's product. Share story Fans attending the Sounders' crucial season finale Sunday could be forgiven for thinking the home side's players had become walking billboards for a video game company.

Running promotions based on on-field performance can prove to be expensive gamble — Often businesses take out insurance in case those stunts end up costing a company big money, as it might when a fan hits that lucky half-court basketball shot. Share story Talk about biting off more than you can chew. Ruth's Chris steakhouse in Ann Arbor, Mich., ran a "Big Score" promotion tied to Michigan Wolverines football.

Ratings dip may have led to NFL ban on in-game clips — SEATTLE - An NFL decision banning teams from posting in-game video and GIFs to social media accounts has caught the sports business world off-guard. Some sports industry observers question why the league was apparently eschewing the prevailing wisdom that greater video content on social media leads to more fans watching games.

Did TV fears lead NFL to ban teams from showing in-game clips on social media? — TV ratings for NFL games are down 11 percent and now the NFL is only allowing teams to post video or GIFs the league has first put in an internal server for use by all teams. Maybe it's a shot at "cord cutters" dropping cable TV to watch pirated game broadcasts for free online.

Corporate sponsors playing key role in bringing Special Olympics event to Seattle — The USA Games, one of the biggest sporting events to come to the city, is scheduled for July, 2018. The Games' sponsors will help the competitors travel here for free and there will be no admission for fans.

Secondary ticket market not so hot for Washington football — Despite a perfect record and No. 5 ranking, demand for Washington tickets has fallen on secondary markets partly because of a poor nonconference schedule, dynamic pricing and a hike in season-ticket prices. Share story With the University of Washington Huskies enjoying their best ranking in a quarter century, you'd think ticket demand would be unprecedented.

Public bond funding for projects such as Sodo arena has hidden costs, study says — Inside sports business Recently, it was revealed that entrepreneur Chris Hansen had paid $32 million for land in Sodo District to house a parking garage for his proposed arena project. While providing a long-awaited signal Hansen hasn't given up, those...

Seahawks rank 4th in NFL for fan loyalty — Inside sports business Three seasons removed from their lone Super Bowl victory, the Seahawks have nonetheless maintained one of the NFL's most marketable brands. So says Brand Keys, a longstanding New York firm that develops high-end predictive marketing metrics. Brand...

Carlos Delgado’s 2004 protest a reminder that we shouldn’t rush to judge Colin Kaepernick — Inside sports business San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick protesting perceived racial inequality by sitting through the national anthem reminded me instantly of a different athlete using similar tactics. In July 2004, I had highlighted a sitdown by Carlos Delgado...
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Oct 24, 2016

Why did #Sounders build a crucial #MLS match entirely around make believe video game? It's the future of pro sports.

Oct 24, 2016

@TomSeaver41 A bad game is a bad game. Doesn't matter which teams are involved.

Oct 24, 2016

Easily the most deserved 6-6 tie in #NFL history. Good on #Seahawks D for not giving up when #Cardinals had ball at goal in OT, but sheesh!

Oct 23, 2016

Know who's winning this football game? Once Upon A Time: Street Rats on ABC and NCIS Los Angeles on CBS. #Seahawks #Cardinals #NFL

Oct 23, 2016

Arizona leaves 3 timeouts on the table? Yikes, there will be some hot takes in Phoenix if #Seahawks win this game. Arians let them off hook

Oct 23, 2016

Was just thinking: what this exciting game needed was another flag to make the tying FG a lot more difficult. #Seahawks #Cardinals

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