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About Andrew Jaffee

Andrew is an accomplished and respected restaurant industry professional with more than 26 years of experience focusing on many aspects of small business management, ranging from human resources to marketing, operations and accounting. Prior to the SportsTV Guide, Andrew managed and owned a variety of concepts from quick service to fine dining, and spent the first 20 years of his career as a restaurant operator.

The 2018 NCAA March Madness Round 2 TV Schedule

March Madness 2018 has already been a banner year for upsets, last second shots, and weird tourney happenings. With only two number one seeds surviving, the second weekend it’s a wide-open field. In fact, Virginia was the first number one seed to ever lose in the first round…Go Retrievers, although they lost on Sunday. Just to clarify how many upsets there were: Of the 16 top seeds only seven remain. This is the worst performance of top seeds in tournament history. But have no fear, there are plenty of recognizable names still remaining, including last year’s champion, Villanova. Perennial powerhouses like Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse are still alive and looking to knock off Nova. Download Your 2018 March Madness Round 2 TV Schedule Eastern | Central | Mountain | Pacific With all these unpredictable outcomes, this tournament might defy the odds and have the second [...]

By | 2018-03-19T10:22:32+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Sports TV Schedule|0 Comments

The 2018 NCAA March Madness TV Schedule

And here it comes again…March in all its Madness! For sports-themed operators this is more like Christmas than St. Paddy’s Day. The first two days of full bracket play, featuring 64 teams from every corner of the country. All with the hope they can win it all. Of course, after Thursday and Friday, it calms a bit -- unless your local team is still alive, then the real madness begins. The good news is there are no surprises in this one. You always have a minimum of two days to prepare for whatever happens with your local entrant. Download Your 2018 March Madness TV Schedule Eastern | Central | Mountain | Pacific As far as your schedules are concerned, the games are spread out over the entire day on Thursday and Friday, so that really equalizes the volume. There are [...]

By | 2018-03-12T11:23:43+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Schedules, Sports TV Schedule|0 Comments

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb: How Sports Bars Can Prep for March Madness

Every year as March approaches, we field inquiries about the schedule for the NCAA March Madness Tournament and how to best prepare for it. Unfortunately, every year we respond by explaining, it’s really just the first two days of full field play that can be called madness. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare or promote to get as much from the event as possible. Check out our recent blog with some new ideas for promoting the NCAA Tournament. What makes the tournament great before it starts is also what slows it down as it progresses. With 68 teams making the cut, there is hardly a place in the US that doesn’t have a stake in the tourney before the first tip-off. Unfortunately, once play concludes on Thursday and Friday, that number dwindles to just 32 teams, and by Sunday [...]

Download the 2018 Winter Olympics TV Schedule Here!

The Winter Olympics officially begin on February 9th from PyeonChang, South Korea. During each Olympiad we try to offer you some insights on how to leverage them to your best advantage. To that end, there is good news and bad news for restaurants and bars hoping to attract guests to watch the events unfold at their locations. The good news is that there is an enormous amount of live coverage and ALL events will be available live. The bad news is that many of those events are at odd hours due the 12 hour time difference between Korea and North America. As with every Olympiad, the most important event is the first one -- the Opening Ceremony. The excitement associated with seeing all the teams march through the central stadium in their full international regalia has captivated audiences forever. This [...]

By | 2018-01-29T14:29:35+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Sports TV Schedule|0 Comments

It’s Not the NFL’s Fault

When the founder of Papa John’s decided to blame the NFL for his sagging sales, he was met with some pretty heavy hits from other pizza players in the market. Both Domino’s and Pizza Hut (arch-enemies, BTW) came out in response to dispute the claim. Now we have another food service put blame on the NFL and the league’s declining ratings for sales woes -- Sanderson Farms, Inc. The chicken wing company’s CEO made claims that their long run of high wing prices has ended because of waning interest in the league. A little examination of this claim sure makes it hard to take seriously. Let’s start with some facts. Full-service restaurants have been seeing significant traffic declines for the past 24 months. This has been the case as wing prices have been elevated to new heights. This is a [...]

By | 2017-12-18T15:35:48+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Sports Bar Management, Sports Bar Marketing|0 Comments

3 Steps to Making Wings a Centerpiece of Your Tailgating Menu

The NCAA Bowl Season is a time when folks gather to watch their favorite university duke it out for bowl supremacy. We already know that wings and football just make sense and that’s why we strongly encourage you to drive real results by offering wings as a centerpiece to your Tailgate Catering menu. Folks are consuming food in so many different ways than in times past. With the explosion of delivery during the past year and fully prepared meals from grocery stores, operators are faced with the challenge re-capturing the business that has moved to either of these options. Catering is a perfect solution. The home tailgate has grown over the years with fans coming together to watch games on their own outsized TVs in the comfort of their own homes. That’s why the timing is perfect to match the [...]

By | 2017-12-11T10:27:50+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Sports Bar Marketing|0 Comments

Football Preview for October 17-23

The second half of the full NCAA season begins this week and there are some good matchups, but frankly, it’s a soft week in general. The NFL has some more potent games for the schedule and the primetime games are all really strong this week. Both the CFL and English Premier League have full slates of games as well. Week 8 of the NCAA season isn’t filled with great matchups but there are some games that will generate interest. Between ranked opponents, there is only one game this week with (19) Michigan going to Happy Valley to take on (2) Penn St at 7:30pm ET. Unfortunately, the classic rivalry game between USC and Notre Dame is on at the exact same time and is the other best matchup of the day. Conference play continues with just 5 weeks of regular [...]

By | 2017-10-17T10:12:22+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Schedules, Sports TV Schedule|0 Comments

Football Weekend Preview for October 11-16

Are we already at Week 7 of the NCAA season? Holy cow! It always seems to fly by. This week has an interesting quirk in the NCAA with 13 of the top 25 teams on the road. The NFL Week 6 schedule is the second week of byes for teams and features a few great matchups and a lot of not so hot ones. This is while the CFL winds down their season on the run-up to the 105th Grey Cup. Finally, the English Premier League is back in action after their International Competition week off and should be a great schedule of games. Did you say 13 ranked teams are on the road? Yup. While it’s not a record it is very unusual. This is the type of week that is ripe for an upset. Start with the easiest [...]

By | 2017-10-10T10:24:00+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Schedules, Sports TV Schedule|0 Comments

The 2017 MLB Postseason Schedule

The 2017 MLB Playoffs begin on Tuesday October 3rd and it promises to be another interesting postseason. The Chicago Cubs return for their chance to chase back to back World Series Championships, but they aren’t the favorites. With Cleveland ending the season on a serious hot streak, most eyes will be on the Jake. Download Your 2017 MLB Postseason Schedule Eastern | Central | Mountain | Pacific The whole thing kicks off with the first Wildcard Game on Tuesday between the Yankees and Minnesota to see who becomes the sacrificial lamb for the Cleveland Indians. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers are limping into the playoffs after a lame finish to a season. The Divisional Playoffs are only five game series and are on FS1 (American League) and TBS (National League) with MLB Network filling in for any [...]

By | 2017-10-02T15:54:49+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Sports TV Schedule|0 Comments

Football Preview for October 3rd – October 9th

The upcoming week of football features the beginning of conference play in the NCAA and lots of good games in the NFL. There is no English Premier League schedule this week due to international play and the CFL is rapidly closing out their season. We would love to know how your football season is progressing, given all the negative news surrounding the NFL protests and ratings slide. Download Your Football Weekend Preview Eastern | Central | Mountain | Pacific The NCAA starts the week off with a bang when two ranked ACC teams go at it on Thursday night. (17) Louisville is at (24) NC State to see who will stay ranked after Week 6. On Saturday there are a few great matchups with LSU visiting (21) Florida and (23) West Virginia going to (8) TCU. Some rivalry action has [...]

By | 2017-10-02T15:51:23+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Schedules, Sports TV Schedule|0 Comments

Sports Bars Aren’t Dead, But They May Be On Life Support

If bad news comes in waves, then our industry -- and specifically the sports themed segment -- is getting rolled over by one mother of an ocean storm. For the past year, we have covered story after story lamenting the sales declines, the cannibalization of full-service by fast casual, and the enormous staffing challenges that face all operators in the current economy. This decline has been particularly hard on sports-themed operators as we have seen several high profile bankruptcies and worse-than-market sales reporting from some of our biggest players. What does all this mean for the future of the “sports bar” and is there anything you can do about it? Who’s to blame? The sales performance of full-service restaurant operators has been declining steadily for the past 18 months or so. In general, the entire segment is experiencing a shift [...]

By | 2017-09-28T11:00:27+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Guest Management, Sports Bar Management|0 Comments

Football Preview for September 26th – October 2nd

What a great week of football, both College and Pro. There were superbly played games, fantastic finishes, and political turmoil; and that’s good for our business. Regardless of your politics, this much focus on football means more people are watching and engaged. While this week doesn’t boast as many great matchups, there are still quite a few games worth highlighting. Also, we are wondering how you feel your football season is stacking up to previous years, now that we are several weeks into it? On the NCAA football schedule there are very few marquis quality games to highlight, but the few that are, certainly have great promise. Friday night you have a late night (10:30pm on the East Coast anyway) game between ranked teams with (6)USC visiting (16)Washington State. On Saturday there are only two games between ranked opponents with [...]

By | 2017-09-25T14:06:47+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Schedules, Sports TV Schedule|0 Comments