Team Marketing Blog: Mar 11, 2005

In Mar 2005, blog sites were a relatively new thing, and Team Marketing Report staff wanted to give one a shot. Over the next several months, TMR’s associate editor at the time, Jon Greenberg, posted numerous stories and other sports business thoughts as the “Team Marketing Blog.” We have saved all of them and re-posting each of those individually for your reading enjoyment. Please note that we left the original links and many may no longer work.

Below is the entry from Mar 11, 2005…

World’s Billionaires announced…Daniel Cohen just misses again

While Daniel Cohen, Team Marketing Report’s Chief Research Associate, isn’t a billionaire (yet), he’s responsible for compiling the updated version of TMR’s Inside the Ownership.

That’s why Dan was so excited for the annual Forbes‘ listing of the world’s richest people, shown here: http://www.forbes.com/home/billionaires/2005/03/09/bill05land.html

Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers owner Paul Allen was the top sportsman on the list (surprise) at No. 7 with a net worth of $21 billion. That’s the same as last year when he was ranked fifth.

Much to our chagrin, the IO was postponed after being revived last year from a long hiatus. The NFL version is available now and the Major League Baseball version should be out sometime around Opening Day this April.

No. 9 Lawrence Ellison, founder of Oracle, is ninth with $18.4 billion to his name. He’s active in America’s Cup with his Oracle BMW team. He has explored buying the San Francisco 49ers and an NFL expansion franchise in Los Angeles.

No. 21 Roman Abramovich (13.3 billion and climbing), the Russian gas/oil magnate, owns England soccer power Chelsea.

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison slots in at No. 67 with 6.7 billion and rising. The Carnival Cruise heir was 68th last year but could move up in the next few years if Shaquille O’Neal leads the Heat to a title or two, raising the value of the franchise dramatically.

Phillip Anschutz is up three spots to No. 77 with an upwardly mobile bankroll of $5.8 billion. Anschutz owns the Staples Center and stakes in two of its tenants, the Lakers and Kings. He also plays a major role in Major League Soccer, owning two, no three teams, no four, no wait, he just bought more…He just loves soccer.

Check out the list and be ready for the upcoming MLB and NBA updates…

Currently Founding Editor/Columnist at The Athletic Chicago. Jon was with TMR from 2003-15, including Executive Editor 2008-15.