Monday, June 25, 2012

Coast to Coast with Explorer Post 50

The Bulls 14-10 win over Buffalo aired on the MLB Network Monday afternoon. With our national footprint, we quickly added a couple hundred Twitter followers bringing the total to 9500. A contest to pinpoint our most distant fan went to a viewer in Olympia WA - 2900 miles from the Bull City. 

We try to include a few more "Chamber of Commerce" signature shots of downtown Durham in these telecasts - the snorting bull, the Lucky Strike chimney and water tower, the downtown skyline. (SunTrust makes out like a bandit with the gratis promotion.) 

As always, the game broadcast was produced by Explorer Post 50, our student TV crew. The extracurriculars on their college applications will look pretty impressive. Already this year, they have produced a game that was broadcast in Japan and two games for the MLB net. 

Multi-tasking: directing, audio & graphics in the control room

Close quarters: the instant replay booth

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

the arts AND sports

The arts and sports profoundly influence a community’s quality of life. It’s not an either-or proposition. We need museums, theaters and sports venues. (I’m particularly fond of the culinary arts!) The arts AND sports work TOGETHER. 

I was looking at some attendance figures last week that make it perfectly clear. West Side Story had a very successful run at the Durham Performing Arts Center June 5th – 10th drawing a total of 19,000 patrons. The Bulls - playing next door (literally!) - were at home during that time frame. Over the same six-day period we drew 34,000 fans. 

That goes a long way toward explaining downtown Durham’s renaissance - the arts and sports working side-by-side. 

For a couple of decades Durham has been playing defense, but we’re on offense now! That’s the gist of recent remarks from Mike Schoenfeld. He’s chair of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and VP of Public Affairs at Duke University. Under Mike’s leadership, the Chamber is looking at arts and sports as a new economic development tool. We market higher education, our highly educated workforce and the creative class of designers, software developers and entrepreneurs. Our arts organizations and sports teams should be on the list, too. 

Americans for the Arts released a study on Monday addressing the arts’ local economic impact. In Durham County, expenditures by nonprofits and their audiences (in 2010) totaled $125.5 million. Now, it’s on my list to aggregate the value of Duke and NCCU sports, the Bulls, USA Baseball and other amateur sporting events in Durham. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

50% Attendance Increase

Man's best friend meets America's Pastime...

Wednesday night was Bark at the Park, presented by Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC. We stopped counting at 200 canines, and that represents a 50% increase over last year's event. This is catching on! 

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Bark in the Park benefiting Second Chance Pet Adoptions

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Press Clippings

The grounds crew collects grass clippings, and in the front office, I gather up press clippings. Dig into our digital compost!

Time Magazine's Joe Klein was blogging from the American Tobacco Campus on Saturday. Our CEO, Jim Goodmon, was his subject. Click here for Jim - unfiltered and unplugged.

Durham Magazine just posted a Q1 interview with Jim and Michael Goodmon. It's a lively chat about baseball, community and real estate development

Fox8 News from the Triad recently paid a visit to downtown Durham. Here's their perspective: