Category Archives: Sports

A suite idea for fans

Get this: A time-share arrangement for plush seats and personalized service at the local sports arena. In a lousy economy, it’s a concept that’s actually working. Here’s the SportsBIZ column from ColoradoBIZ magazine.

Brother, can you spare a luxury suite?
By Stewart Schley
ColoradoBIZ Magazine

We’re staring down the teeth of a double-dip, the market’s in tatters, and nearly one in 10 adults doesn’t have a job.

It’s a great time to be selling sports-venue luxury suites.

At least that’s what we’re hearing from Todd Lindenbaum, the president of a 4-year-old LoDo company that’s building a growth business from a category you might not associate with the new cultural embrace of austerity. Continue reading A suite idea for fans

Invesco Field: Good riddance

The name is now Sports Authority Field. But the legacy is lousy. And the whole idea of publicly funded sports facilities remains dubious. Here’s my ColoradoBIZ column on the curse of Denver’s Invesco Field.

The ROI on Invesco
By Stewart Schley
ColoradoBIZ Magazine

So, Metropolitan Football Stadium District residents: How’s that whole Invesco Field thing working out for you?

Next month marks the 10th anniversary of the stadium’s grand opening (an Eagles concert marred by horrible acoustics), so we’re dusting off the memory vaults to compare the promise then with the reality today. Continue reading Invesco Field: Good riddance

The low-end coach

In a world-of-the-absurd where many college football coaches pocket 10 percent or more of the revenue their teams produce, the University of Colorado’s Jon Embree earns a throwback salary, as this ColoradoBIZ column points out.

Sports biz: Will coach for food
By Stewart Schley

There are lots of reasons to root for the University of Colorado Buffaloes this coming football season. Home-state loyalty. An exciting new conference. That big freaking buffalo that makes every other mascot in the nation look like a simpering suit of fluff.

But I’m down with the Buffs for another reason. I like CU’s style when it comes to paying the top dog. Continue reading The low-end coach

Winning: at what cost?

Everybody knows what a ticket to the ballgame costs. But what’s the price of seeing a win? In this ColoradoBIZ column, I’ve figured it out.

Statistically speaking
By Stewart Schley

Baseball season is upon us, so once again we are presented with fresh opportunities to parse on-field performance into about a million shards of statistical flotsam.

No spectator sport offers more mathematical and computational possibility, or attracts more followers with a fearsome devotion to statistics. The mere fact that baseball statistics zealots have a lofty-minded school of analysis known as Sabermetrics alone is evidence that baseball fans are … searching for the right word here … weird. Continue reading Winning: at what cost?

The Xs and Os of your heart

A clever physician enlists brawny ex-NFLers to help make the case for preventing heart disease. From ColoradoBIZ.

Sports biz: Playing with heart
By Stewart Schley

In his quest to keep patients away from the operating room, Denver physician Jeffrey Boone brings the want-to of a determined linebacker. Why shouldn’t he? It’s the position he played in high school in Garden City, Kan., in the 1970s, and its requisites – shed blockers, knock down passes, flatten running backs – are all about refusing to yield to obstacle. Continue reading The Xs and Os of your heart

Troy’s our boy (or one of them)

Yeah, the Rockies are pretty much going to rule the NL West this upcoming season. Shortly after I wrote about the Tulowitzki signing in this Colorado BIZ column, they defy all sense of logic and tradition by locking up Carlos Gonzalez for a similar multi-year contract. If you’re not counting, that’s two (2) of the best players at their respective positions getting long-term deals and a boatload of money. I don’t know where the sudden wellspring of pride and actual competitiveness came from, but I like it, dammit, I like it.

Mullet fever

By Stewart Schley

Two All-Star shortstops inked long-term contract extensions this off-season with the only Major League Baseball teams they’ve ever played for. With apologies to the great Derek Jeter, the guy the Colorado Rockies signed is the prize of the pair. Continue reading Troy’s our boy (or one of them)

The NFL calls a TV audible

Oh, the irony. Television used to offer a mechanism for getting games from the stadium into your living room. As this ColoradoBiz column explains, now it’s the other way around.

Screen play
By Stewart Schley

Professional football’s enduring entanglement with television began to generate its first serious sparks in December of 1958, when NBC televised the NFL championship game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants, drawing an audience estimated at 45 million viewers. Continue reading The NFL calls a TV audible

We can rebuild him…

The cure for your tennis elbow might just be inside your own DNA. Here’s a look at the (possible) future of sports medicine, from ColoradoBIZ magazine.

The Big Fix
By Stewart Schley

If you watched television in the 1970s, you may recall it cost $6 million to rebuild the body of the astronaut Steve Austin, TV’s bionic man. And that was before 30-some years of inflation.

So comparatively speaking, the few thousand it’ll cost you to repair that mash of meniscus in your knee should sound like a pretty serious bargain. Especially considering that unlike the guy Lee Majors played in the TV show, you won’t need machine-tooled implants or a 20:1 infrared zoom lens fitted into the hole where your eye used to be.

All it takes is a few drops of a DNA brew drawn from your own body. And the steady hand of a Broomfield, Colo., physician who is doing to professional athletes and weekend warriors the same thing a shadowy arm of the U.S. government did to Steve Austin in “The Six Million Dollar Man.” Which is to say, rebuilding them. Better. Stronger. Faster. But without ever touching a scalpel. Continue reading We can rebuild him…

A CEO with vision. And voice.

Articulate, wise and able not only to see the bigger human picture, but to apply it to his business. They should make all CEOs like Steve Patterson, who I profiled in this ColoradoBIZ column.

Vocal Point
By Stewart Schley

Sit down, says Steve Patterson, who played tight end 20 years ago for his high school in Cortez, Colo. Sit down and let’s talk.

Mid-morning sunshine streams through a tinted window at Patterson’s Highlands Ranch office as he settles into a comfortable chair. A copy of Sun Tzu’s 6th Century manifesto, The Art of War, sits on a bookcase nearby. For an hour, Patterson talks about his work and his philosophy of work: How he’d prefer that an employee rip up the ski slopes on a Sunday afternoon and drive home Monday, rather than grind through the traffic Sunday evening on I-70. How there’s no dress code at his company and no ordained vacation: better to hire great people and trust them to figure out their own work schedules – and what to wear. How he insists his software developers work on something other than their day jobs on Fridays, so long as they tell their colleagues about what they discovered. Continue reading A CEO with vision. And voice.

Down, set, realign!

College football’s season of realignment means big changes for the University of Colorado, which once tore through the Big 8 with a running attack tailor-made for the hard-nosed conference. Here’s my SportsBiz column on the subject from ColoradoBiz magazine, July 2010:

CU’s Pacific heights

By Stewart Schley

As the football coach at the University of Colorado in the 1980s, Bill McCartney invented a powerful offensive weapon: the T-bone.

The four-man backfield attack was a variation on the wishbone formation that had been sharpened to perfection by Barry Switzer’s Oklahoma Sooners, and it was ideal for the Big 8 Conference, where winning in early November, in the biting fourth-quarter winds of Norman and Lincoln and Stillwater, meant you had to know how to run the ball. Continue reading Down, set, realign!