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NHL’s San Jose Sharks Begin Accepting Bitcoin

Published June 7, 2021 by TheStreet

The San Jose Sharks NHL team will now join the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Oakland Athletics, Southampton F.C. and other professional sports teams accepting Bitcoin.

“We’re accepting PayPal, so then by definition, we’re accepting cryptocurrency. Why not embrace it and make it more visible as opposed to just doing it through a third party?,” said Becher.

Becher also explained via Twitter that the team will allow cryptocurrency to be used for season tickets, suite leases and partnerships but other use-cases would be reviewed in the future.

Read the full article here.

San Jose Sharks Prepare to Welcome Fans at the SAP Center

Published April 16, 2021 by San Jose Inside

The San Jose Sharks will be welcoming a limited number of fans back to the SAP Center to see them face off against the Arizona Coyotes on April 26.

“On behalf of the entire Sharks organization, I am elated to welcome fans back to SAP Center at San Jose,” said Jonathan Becher, president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment.

Becher said the health and safety of fans remains a top priority and pointed to the SAP Center’s recent Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s STAR Facility Accreditation.

“[It’s] the gold-standard designation awarded to select venues that have established procedures to prepare, respond, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics,” Becher said.

Becher is essentially saying: it is safe to come back.

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Wild honor Marleau for tying Howe’s career games played mark

Published April 17, 2021 by

It’s been 23 seasons since that debut on October 1, 1997. On Saturday at XCel Energy Center against the Minnesota Wild, Marleau was honored for tying Gordie Howe’s record for most games played in an NHL career.

When you are around as long as Marleau is, you rack up some interesting stats, like the one that Sharks president Jonathan Becher shared on Twitter pointing out Marleau has played with 37 percent of the NHL.

Not active players, 37 percent of the players who have ever played in the league’s 104-year history.

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COVID Reopening: San Jose Sharks Welcoming Fans Back At SAP Center April 26; Testing Or Vaccination Required

Published April 16, 2021 by CBS San Francisco Bay Area

The team announced Friday that fans would be in attendance starting with the April 26 matchup against the Phoenix [sic] Coyotes. A home game on April 24 against the Minnesota Wild will only be open to families of players and staff.

“We appreciate the patience of our fans over the past year and we’re thankful for your trust to provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience,” said Jonathan Becher, president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment.

Read the full article here.

The Sharks will resume playing in front of San Jose fans on April 26

Published April 16, 2021 by Silicon Valley Business Journal

Sharks fans, mark your calendars: San Jose’s National Hockey League team will be playing in front of paying home crowds again starting April 26.

The team will admit 500 to 1,000 fans to SAP Center for that night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. The game will be the first since March 8 of last year that the public will be allowed to attend.

“I hope you’re excited,” team President Jonathan Becher said on a video call with reporters Friday afternoon. “All I can think of is, ‘Is it April 26 yet?’ We’re counting down the days.”

The team does plan to ask fans to provide proof of vaccinations or negative test results before entering the arena, Becher said. The Sharks plan to gradually increase the number of attendees. But the team wants to make sure it can do so safely and wants to work through any potential problems first, he said.

“We’re intentionally starting much smaller than we could,” he said. He continued: “Safety is by far our single biggest issue here.”

Read the full article here.

Covid-19 Couldn’t Kill Trade Shows And Events: What’s Next For Marketers?

Published April 6, 2021 by Forbes

I was inspired to write this post when my friend and colleague, Jonathan Becher, tweeted: “To all of you using the term ‘virtual events,’ please don’t. They aren’t virtual. They are real events that just happen to be taking place online … Just call them events.”

Prior to Covid-19, many of us planned our marketing calendars around the top events in our industry: There were plenty of opportunities to sponsor, exhibit at or attend them. Starting in March 2020, one by one, events either got postponed, were canceled or turned virtual.

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UVA Clubs: The Business of Sports – At This Stage in the Game

Published Feb 26, 2021 by The University of Virginia

All alumni, parents, and friends were invited to join us for The Business of Sports: At This Stage in the Game. It was an exciting discussion with UVA alumni Jonathan Becher, President of the San Jose Sharks, and Jake Burns, the Executive Vice President, Business Operations for the Washington Nationals! The conversation was moderated by Gabrielle Adams, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology, Director of Executive Education at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, who teaches a UVA January Term class, “Leadership in Athletics.”

Watch the video here.

An Unexpected Disruption and Transformation — Jonathan Becher, President San Jose Sharks and Sharks Sports and Entertainment

Published Feb 10, 2021 by Robert Siegel, Stanford Business School

Our fourth session this year was the first time we spent a whole class talking about a sports team — a new industry for The Industrialist’s Dilemma. With the rise of Esports and gaming, accelerated in popularity by the pandemic, we thought we had the perfect setup: an executive from a major league sports franchise who would be juxtaposed to the CEO of a major gaming company a few weeks later (Bobby Kotick of Activision Blizzard).

Alas, if the last six years have taught us anything, our best sessions happen when we hear insights that we did not anticipate in our preparation. This year, Jonathan Becher, President of the San Jose Sharks and Sharks Sports and Entertainment, provided lenses on the company’s activities around the many opportunities he sees in the coming decades.

Read the summary of the class here.