The long time commissioner of the National Basketball Association David Stern, who ran the NBA between 1984 and 2014, once noted that there are three basic needs for a team owner and a league to be successful. Government support. A large local TV contract. Corporate support. The large TV contract in the United States was a product of the 1984 Cable TV Act and the corporate support comes from government mandated tax breaks. In 2017, all of those building blocks were in play whether it was for Olympic committee hopefuls, leagues or franchise holders looking for a new venue. Surprisingly enough, Donald Trump does not enter the sports stage until the ninth month of his presidency when he criticizes National Football League owners for allowing their employees to stage a silent protest, taking a knee, during the Star Spangled Banner to protest social conditions.
About the Author
Evan Weiner is an award winning journalist who is among a very small number of people who cover the politics and business of sports and how that relationship affects not only sports fans but the non-sports fan as well. Weiner began his journalism career while in high school at the age of 15 in 1971. He won two Associated Press Awards for radio news coverage in 1978 and 1979. He was presented with the United States Sports Academy's first ever Distinguished Service Award for Journalism in 2003 in Mobile, Alabama. Advisor to the SUNY Cortland Sports Business Management Program. The United States Sports Academy's 2010 Ronald Reagan Media Award. He is the author of seven books ,From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-So-Stern NBA, America's Passion: How a Coal Miner's Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century, The Business and Politics of Sports -- 2005, The Business and Politics of Sports, Second Edition -- 2010 and 2014 Edition: The Business & Politics of Sports. The Stern Years: 1984-2014. The Politics Of Sports Business 2017. He has been quoted in 25 other books and his words were read into the United States House of Representatives Congressional record: July 14, 2004 - Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, second session. He was been a columnist with the New York Sun and provided Westwood One Radio with daily commentaries between 1999 and 2006 called "The Business of Sports." He has also appeared on numerous television and radio shows both in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He has been on msnbc, NewsMax, CN8 and ABCNewsNow. He writes for The Daily Beast about the politics of the sports and entertainment business and has a daily podcast called, The Politics of Sports Business. Evan speaks on the business of politics of sports in colleges and universities as well as on cruise ships around the world. In 2015, Evan was featured in the movie documentary "Sons of Ben", the story of how a group of fans got a Major League Soccer team in the Philadelphia, PA market. Evan can be reached at email@example.com, https://www.facebook.com/evanj.weiner and @evanjweiner on twitter.