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Monday, November 2, 2009

Review and Tour: 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live by Robert Tuchman

The 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live: An Insider’s Guide to Creating the Sports Experience of a Lifetime
by Robert Tuchman

BenBella Books (March 17, 2009) ~ 337 pages
Non-Fiction / Sports / Sporting Events / Reference

Edition Reviewed: Paperback - Review copy received courtesy of the publisher, many thanks to the author and the publisher for sending me a copy to review with a tour on Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

Perfect for : Personal Use, Gift for Sports fan

My Thoughts: This is a great book for travelers and for sports enthusiasts! Robert Tuchman must have spent a lot of time compiling all the information in 100 Sporting Events you Must See Live. The book is very similar to a Frommers type travel book: it includes everything you need to know about the sporting event, how to get there, where to stay, where to eat,important things to know, history, etc.

Robert Tuchman acknowledges the easy by which today's sports fans have the ability to watch events (cable, tv, internet, etc), but he also stresses that there are some events you simply have to attend in order to get the best experience, and he has included 100 of the top events (plus 6 extras). He also gives readers the inside information on the best way to purchase tickets, good websites to visit for each event, and some great quotes, significant historical facts, notable figures, records, etc.

Not only is this a great guide for what the author considers the top sporting events, but he includes a checklist (for those of you who might want to see how many events you can make it to!), and I also think this guide can also function as a sort of fact finder... such as:
From pg. 124: "Even thought the Rugby World Cup started in 1987, the idea goes as far back as the 1950's.
Content: Information on 100 sporting events, plus 6 honorable mentions, Top 10 Cities for Hosting Events, Checklist
Format: Each event contains a lot of information, including (when appropriate) Where, When, Significance, Who attends, History, Notable Athletes/MVPs, Records, Things to know before you go, How to get there, Tickets, Accommodations, On-site hospitality, Travel packages, Dining, Airports, Sports Travel Insider's Edge, Notable quotes, and Relevant websites.
Readability: Easy to use, enjoyable to read... I just wish there was an index in the back where you could look for events based on city/location.
Overall: A great book for the sports fan in your life!

About the Book:(From the Tour page)
What do running with bulls in Pamplona, watching contestants scarf down record numbers of Nathan’s hot dogs and witnessing the crowning of the newest Vincent Lombardi trophy recipient at the Super Bowl all have in common? According to Robert Tuchman, they all deserve to be in his new book, The 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live: An Insider’s Guide to Creating the Sports Experience of a Lifetime, published by BenBella Books this month.

As president of Premiere Corporate Events, Tuchman has spent most of his years traveling to hundreds of events on the top of any sports fan’s ultimate wish list. While at these events, organizing and accomplishing corporate outings, he gained very valuable information about said events. He spent two years researching details for the 337-page book, a veritable Frommer’s guide for sports travel fanatics who want to delve the live sports events world but do not know where to start.

Using live appeal as the main criteria, Tuchman breaks down one hundred events in more than 30 states and 15 countries into an easily readable list format. His pick for the top place: the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta. In the 100th spot? A no holds barred Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas. Also included: the Tour de France (#13), the Rose Bowl (#26) and a basketball game at Harlem’s legendary Rucker Park (#76).
“It doesn’t matter if you eat, sleep and breathe sports, or if only learned what the Iditarod was during last year’s presidential campaign,” says Tuchman. “There’s something in here for everyone.”

About the Author: (From the Tour page)

When Robert Tuchman graduated from Boston University, Tuchman was quickly forced to abandon his dream of becoming a sports reporter. Applications to sports producers across the country were ignored and eventually he accepted a position as an investment advisor at Lehman Brothers in New York.

Still wanting to break into the sports industry, he joined Sports Profiles after reading about them in Entrepreneur magazine, working out of his apartment selling sports magazine advertisements. Quickly realizing that everyone to whom he sold ads wanted the perks (tickets to games or luxury trips to events) more then the ads, he decided to start a business that catered to this niche called Tuchman Sports Enterprises (TSE).

Within two years of working out of that tiny one-bedroom Upper East Side apartment, with one phone and a fax machine, his company was named to the annual Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest growing privately held companies and as one of the top 100 promotion agencies by Promo Magazine. He started TSE with no money and no investors and ended up selling it in a ten figure equity deal to Premiere Global Sports. Last year PGS earned over $70 million dollars in sales. Robert Tuchman now serves as President of that division, still guiding his company in its new form.

He writes a monthly column for Entrepreneur.com. He also writes for Incentive magazine, an industry magazine for incentive and meeting planners. He is the author of The 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live, a sports travel book as well as Young Guns, The Fearless Entrepreneurs Guide To Chasing Your Dreams and Breaking Out on Your Own. His articles have appeared in ESPN.com and Sports Business Journal.

A favorite commentator on the sports industry, you may have seen him recently discussing sports business on “Anderson Cooper 360” or the “CBS Morning News.” A frequent guest on “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” he has also appeared on CNN, the “CBS Morning News,” BET, and has been featured in USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur.

100 SPORTING EVENTS BLOG TOUR ‘09 will officially begin on November 2 and ends on November 27. You can visit Robert’s blog stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in November to find out more about this great book and talented author!


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