USC Sports Business Institute
Great for source. Site includes research projects, press room, upcoming events and contacts.
National Sports Journalism Center
Indiana University organization features blogs and columns about trends in the industry. It's a must-bookmark for sports journalists.
University of Oregon: Warsaw Sports Marketing Center
Good for finding experts, research and statistics on sports marketing trends and marketability of athletes.
Written by a corporate attorney who also practices sports law, this site covers both pro and college issues. It includes NCAA recruiting, lawsuits, NASCAR, etc. A great resource for finding experts on sports law and sports business.
The Sports Economist
Started by a Clemson economics professor, this blog offers in-depth business and statistical analysis of revenue data. Good place for coming up with story ideas.
National Sports Collectors Convention
Helpful in looking up value of memorabilia, autographs, etc.
The Sports Law Blog
Sports law professors weigh in the financial impact of off-field legal and economic issues. Great for sourcing.
NFL Players Association
Site provides background and details about the salary cap.
Sports Illustrated: Rising Ticket Costs
This database compares average prices of pro tickets in all the top markets.
USA Today Sports Salaries Database
Search pro football, basketball, baseball and hockey salaries through the years. Very handy for covering free agency.
A political action committee that supports a playoff system.
Started by BCS officials and former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer to oppose a playoff.
Indianapolis Star: NCAA Athletic Department Financial Database
Use the pulldown menu to select by school, or topics such as ticket sales, concessions, advertisements and sponsorships and much more. You can also sort the data. This only covers public universities, as private institutions aren't required to disclose information via Freedom of Information Act filings. You can sort by football conference, basketball conference or see rankings by topics (ticket sales, etc.)
Explains how the BCS works and how revenue is distributed in Division I football.
Team Marketing Report
Chicago-based sports research firm supplies stats on ticket prices, fan cost indexes, stadium leases, etc. An invaluable tool for sports journalists.
BizJournals: Sports Business News Ticker
Constant feed of sports headlines.
Howard Bloom's Sports Business News
Includes a daily newsletter.
The Business of Baseball
Resources galore on how the game works. Read archives of articles, links, bios, etc. Subscribe to the newsletter.
Suggestions on equipment, radar guns, safety, etc.
Background, research and statistics on the sports gear industry.
This firm specializes in sports marketing research and has information sports writers might find useful. In particular, sponsorship valuation numbers for the major auto racing series, as well as for the PGA, NFL, MLB, etc.
Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association International
Good source for participation and sales statistics.
International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association
Tracks memberships to health clubs and provides other consumer research. It also can connect you with experts on health/lifestyle.
Michigan State Instutute for the Study of Youth Sport
Great resource for experts, links, etc. on sportsmanship, participation, etc.
Baseball Play America
A trove of information on youth baseball.
Sports Fan Graph
Track which teams have the most social media followers.
Nonprofit partners with sporting goods manufacturers to get equipment to urban and disadvantaged youth. Good for finding sources and participation statistics.
American Council on Exercise
One of the largest fitness certification, education and training organizations in the world. ACE currently has more than 40,000 certified fitness professionals in 107 countries. Has research, experts, information on faulty exercise products and scams.
A non-profit organization that works to increase youth sports participation and fitness by getting sports equipment into the hands of the disadvantaged. The group has many statistics on youth sports participation at many levels.
Blog about sports uniforms.
TicketNews.com: Sellers Rankings and Events Rankings
Keeps industry professionals and fans informed about tour dates, current and pending ticket resale legislation, rankings, ticket 'steals and deals', and more.
Team Marketing Report Fan Cost Index
Tracks fan attendance costs for NFL, NBA, NHL, etc.
World Golf Foundation
A collection of the sport's top governing bodies, industry-leading companies and course operators.