Category Archives for "Sports & Entertainment"

Sep 28

Why you need an owner in the house

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Entrepreneurship , Life Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment

Why is it that, for the longest time, the National Football League refused to allow corporations to own one of their franchises? It’s because the NFL understands perhaps better than any other league that a close relationship between ownership and fans/sponsors/corporate community/marketing partners/suppliers/agents/players/coaches/GMs/scouts/lenders/staff/local, state and federal politicians, police and regulatory bodies is incredibly important. With […]

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Jun 20

Fun with your kids this summer

By Bruce Firestone | Sports & Entertainment

Charles “Chip” Esten (better known as Deacon Claybourne from TV series Nashville) was asked by his writers to come up w/ a song (in just 3-days) he could perform on the show (season 6) as a tune his daddy had once taught him. The result is the fabulous, Itty, Bitty, Ditty, https://youtu.be/ZmMz1UQu0u0 Play it and […]

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Jun 15

How to get sponsors for practically anything

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

Bruce M Firestone, PhD, keynote at FanSaves Event May 2019 YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/ZY6j-PgjUFU What is covered? -even Ice Fishing Huts are sponsored! -and keynotes are sponsored! -Ottawa 67s find a way to say “Yes!” to every sponsorship request by turning such asks into a new sales channel by harnessing the give a person a fishing […]

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Jun 15

Planning at Macro and Micro Scales

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

I have long believed that the best urban condition is one that arises from multiple ownership of land, each of them doing their own thing in a kind of organic growth mode. In other words, the best towns, villages and cities in my view evolve with little in the way of interference from a modern […]

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Jun 13

HST, it’s complicated

By Bruce Firestone | Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

Harmonized sales tax (HST) is a value added tax. Believe it or not, it’s a profit center for most businesses (because you are allowed to set off against HST amounts owing to government any ITCs (input tax credits) you may have). From a consumer’s POV, however, it’s just another tax (in most cases). When we […]

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Apr 08

10 decisions that made Ottawa, Ottawa

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Entrepreneurship , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

Andrew Duffy writes that ten crucial events shaped my hometown of Ottawa; the work I did with my dedicated team at Terrace Investments Limited (the first part company of the Ottawa Senators and their home arena, Canadian Tire Centre) comes in at #9, https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ten-of-the-decisions-that-made-ottawa. Those ten fateful events? 1. To found Wright’s Town at Chaudière […]

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Mar 19

Ever wonder why Canadiens mid-week games are on TV in Ottawa and the Leafs aren’t?

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Sports & Entertainment

Blame me. Here’s an excerpt from Don’t Back Down, the real story of the founding of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and why big leagues matter that I wrote for the 25th anniversary of the Sens that explains why… When the modern-era Sens were re-established in the 1990-1992 period, we did a deal with the Canadiens […]

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Mar 06

Magic Wand: How pro-active government can turn around practically any city, town or village and case studies that prove it

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Entrepreneurship , Ideas , Real Estate , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

Keynote speech for: NOMA, Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association SMALL TOWNS, GREAT FUTURE? “Hi Bruce. I just got home and wanted to reach out to thank you for your riveting and informative presentation today. It was so well done. I had one city manager come up and ask me if it was possible to get a […]

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Mar 03

ROI Group, networking that builds wealth

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment

Want to create an above-average performing real estate investment portfolio and/or a PB4L (personal business for life) that will take care of you and your family for 3 generations? Want to learn how to finance, buy, lease/rent, animate, and manage real estate properly? Want to know the secret to driving up the value of your […]

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Feb 24

Is there an alternative to going broke after your pro sports career is over?

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Life Coaching , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sports & Entertainment

Ever wonder why, according to Sports Illustrated, nearly 80% of former NFL players go broke within three years of leaving the league? Not to mention other high net worth people like successful actors or busy executives and entrepreneurs experiencing financial problems as they age. According to superstar player agent Leigh Steinberg, there are five main […]

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Feb 24

Owning a pub after your pro sports career ends makes sense… at least if you are former Sens defenceman Chris Phillips

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Life Coaching , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment

[This article originally appeared in Ottawa Business, Journal, https://obj.ca/article/opinion-big-rig-gaining-steam-microbrewery-biz.] What’s in a name? Well, if you are Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and the other four founding partners of Big Rig restaurant and brewery, a lot. Mr. Phillips and his partners – Angelis Koutsos, Lon Ladell, Pierre Cleroux and Jimmy Zourntos – spent $5 million […]

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Feb 19

Just how crazy are entrepreneurs? Ask Queen Isabella

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sports & Entertainment

If you want to understand entrepreneurs, maybe you live with one or work with or for one, then read this excerpt (see below) from Don’t Back Down, the real story of the founding of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and why big leagues matter, a book I wrote for the 25th anniversary of the founding of […]

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