Author: Charlie Hackett

-Columbus, OH -Sports Business/Economics Expert

MJ vs. LeBron- Off the Court edition

By Charlie Hackett

Air Jordan or The King?  Although hundreds of millions debate on whether or not LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan within the confines of a 94 by 50-foot wood floor, most people often overlook the competition between the two in respect to their cultural and economic impact.

Now I know it may seem like Jordan is far ahead of LeBron in these aspects if you make this argument based on the present.  But keep in mind MJ is 22 years older and therefor has had more time to accumulate money and build up his Jordan Brand empire, while LeBron is still playing in the latter part of his prime.  After all, it wouldn’t be fair to solve the debate of MJ vs. LeBron on the court by facing a 55-year-old Jordan against a 33-year-old James. Read Full Article Here!

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Why the NBA Will Rule the Sports World

By Charlie Hackett

The National Basketball Association has constantly grown in revenue since its birth in 1946.  It is now at an all-time popularity peak, and not just in the U.S.  The NBA is increasingly growing in international coverage and attention partly due to the increase in number of international players entering the league.  In the season of 91-92, the NBA featured only 23 international players from 18 countries.  Now, recorded on opening day of this season, the international player numbers have skyrocketed to 108 players across 42 different countries.

 

So what?   Well, due to this growth in international numbers, the television ratings for the NBA have stretched all across the world.  The NBA finals have turned into a global event, which featured 265 journalists from 35 different countries during the 2017 year according to Kevin Wang, ESPN.  As a matter of fact, I found my own self watching game 4 of the most recent finals in a hotel lobby in London, England, at 3:00 A.M. accompanied by a crowd of other tourists, most of which were European.  That was the first time that I truly understood the global stretch of influence that the sport had. Read Full Article Here!