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Michael Barr, Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams follow the money in the world of sports, taking listeners inside decisions that power the multibillion dollar industry. From media and technology to finance and real estate, leagues and teams across the globe have matured into far more than just back-page entertainment. The show explains the money behind the final score.

Michael Barr, Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams follow the money in the world of sports, taking listeners inside decisions that power the multibillion dollar industry. From media and technology to finance and real estate, leagues and teams across the globe have matured into far more than just back-page entertainment. The show explains the money behind the final score.
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Michael Barr, Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams follow the money in the world of sports, taking listeners inside decisions that power the multibillion dollar industry. From media and technology to finance and real estate, leagues and teams across the globe have matured into far more than just back-page entertainment. The show explains the money behind the final score.

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Episodes

Would You Pay $100 NOT to See the Sporting Event?

11/14/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including the National Football League's decision to move Monday Night's game to Los Angeles from Mexico City after it was determined the field wasn't up to league standards. Also discussed is Calgary's vote against hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics, which continues a trend of cities opting against becoming hosts of the world's biggest sporting event. And, finally, the trio talks...

Duration:00:15:50

Numbers, Not Names, Matter Most in Big-League Baseball

11/12/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including comments made by Bill James, who spearheaded the use of Sabermetrics in baseball. James, an adviser to the Boston Red Sox, suggested that players are commodities and that replacing all of them would make no difference in the game. Also discussed is Nascar’s intention of buying up International Speedway Corp. stock and what it means for a possible minority share of the...

Duration:00:14:55

USA Gymnastics Under Fire; Hear the NCAA's Side

11/8/2018
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Rick Burton, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University, joins Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams to discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including the fiasco surrounding USA Gymnastics and what it's dissolution could mean for the athletes and broadcaster NBC. Also discussed are possible governance changes at the NCAA and why the organization's structure limits its ability to make alterations in major college sports....

Duration:00:31:51

Senators Say Sorry After Uber; USA Gymnastics Latest

11/7/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including the U.S. Olympic Committee's moving to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level. It's a move that comes in response to an organization that has seemingly botched its own restructuring after the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. Also talked about is NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's concern that teams are spending too much money as...

Duration:00:07:55

Fortnite and the NFL; Floyd Mayweather Goes MMA

11/5/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including the National Football League's new deal with Epic Games that allows Fortnite players to buy customized jerseys based on their favorite teams. The jerseys will cost about $15 of in-game currency. Also discussed is the decision by Fanatics to nix its deal with Nascar to sell merchandise at tracks just four years into a 10-year agreement. The Fanatics tent was designed as a...

Duration:00:14:28

The Mets' GM Controversy, Maryland Coach Finally Fired

11/1/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including the New York Mets's decision to hire agent Brodie Van Wagenen as their new general manager. Prior to his hire, Van Wagenen represented a number of current Mets, including star pitcher Jacob deGrom, and there have been concerns about the conflict of interest. Also discussed is the University of Maryland’s decision to fire its football coach, one day after saying he would...

Duration:00:29:25

Wanna Bet? Sports World Reaps Revenue From Wagering

10/31/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including the rash of sports betting deals taking place. Among them are the National Hockey League, which, like the NBA, inked a partnership with MGM, and the Devils and 76ers struck a deal with Caesars. Also discussed is the University of Maryland's decision to retain its football coach in the wake of an investigation into the death of one of its players, and World Wrestling...

Duration:00:19:32

Fortnite Maker Hits $15 Billion; USOC Hires Legends

10/29/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including LA 2028 and the USOC's hiring of Legends (owned in part by the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys) to sell some $2.5 billion in corporate sponsorship. They also talk about the brewing feud between the family of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and the trust running the team. Bill Bowlen, the brother of Pat, is asking a Colorado court to remove the three members of a trust...

Duration:00:19:18

Dodgers-Red Sox; Elon Musk, TV Blackouts and Bankers

10/25/2018
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Los Angeles Dodgers Chief Financial Officer Tucker Kain joins Scott Soshnick and Michael Barr to discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including Elon Musk's planned `Dugout Loop' tunnel, which would help the fans of L.A. to avoid the notorious traffic. Kain also discussed renovations to Dodger Stadium, the team's accelerator project, global ambitions, the team's television deal, and whether Guggenheim Baseball Management will sell a minority stake of the franchise. He...

Duration:00:38:53

Jim Dolan's War; NBA's G League Takes on One-and-Done

10/24/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including a new proposal from the NBA's G League that would pay elite prospects that choose to skip college $125,000. It's the latest attempt to dissuade highly touted prospects from pursuing what's become known as one-and-done, whereby they attend college for one season and then depart for the pros. Also discussed are the sale of Fox's regional sports networks and the battle...

Duration:00:23:16

Lacrosse Player Paul Rabil Talks About His New League

10/22/2018
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Lacrosse player Paul Rabil joins Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr to discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, focusing on the launch of his new venture, The Premier Lacrosse League. Rabil talks about what went into planning and, ultimately, launching the venture. He also discusses the broadcast contract with NBC Sports Group, the pitch to investors and the league's path to profitability. Hosts: Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael...

Duration:00:27:33

New York City Traffic Really Irks This IndyCar Champ

10/18/2018
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IndyCar driver Scott Dixon discusses a host of issues related to the business of sports, including what his particular sport is doing to drive interest in not only the U.S. but around the world. Dixon talks about fan engagement and how new media can possibly drive interest in IndyCar. He also discusses the important of sponsorship, and which companies and sectors are likely to participate in the sport. Dixon also talks about the dangers of IndyCar and what's being done to make driving...

Duration:00:34:11

What's Next for Paul Allen's Teams; Boxing's $365M Man

10/17/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including what may happen to the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers after the death of their owner, Paul Allen. The Microsoft co-founder's estate hasn't said what it intends to do with the pro sports franchises. Also discussed in Nick Bosa's decision to leave the Ohio State football team in order to prepare for the NFL draft. Also talked about was Canelo Alvarez's...

Duration:00:21:39

London Calling - Or Is It? Haslam Buys Columbus Crew

10/15/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including whether Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan will be able to buy Wembley Stadium, which is part of his plan to make London his football team's part time home. Also discussed is Jimmy Haslam's purchase of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, which likely would have relocated to Austin, Texas, without a new owner. And also talked about is the continuing developments from a...

Duration:00:22:45

Moon Boots (Literally), CrossFit, UFC: The New Reebok

10/11/2018
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Reebok Chief Executive Officer Matt O'Toole discusses a host of topics related to the business of sports, including how Reebok is redefining itself with customers. O'Toole talks about the company's deals ... not with sports leagues and teams, but with NASA -- yes, NASA -- UFC and CrossFit. O'Toole also talks about sneaker design and technology, and why Allen Iverson is still on the payroll. O'Toole is responsible for Reebok's strategy, product, marketing and business around the world. He's a...

Duration:00:32:46

Kobe Bryant-Justin Timberlake Team Up; MLB Final Four

10/10/2018
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Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including Major League Baseball's final four: Boston-Houston and the Dodgers and Brewers. They examine the matchups from a number of perspectives, including what it means for television ratings. They also discuss a new partnership between Justin Timberlake and Kobe Bryant, who are in talks to create programs for NewTV, a startup that aims to bring HBO-like quality to short videos....

Duration:00:16:13

UFC Brawl Good for Business, Ronaldo Rape Allegations

10/8/2018
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Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr discuss a pair of topics related to the business of sports, including the fallout of the post-match UFC brawl over the weekend. After beating Conor McGregor in the lightweight title fight, Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped into the crowd to go after one of McGregor's coaches, and members of Nurmagomedov's entourage fought with McGregor. There could be legal fallout, as well as fines and suspensions from UFC. Also discussed was the falling stock price of Italian...

Duration:00:13:11

Baseball's Business Isn't Balls and Strikes Anymore

10/4/2018
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Atlanta Braves Chief Executive Officer Derek Schiller discusses a number of topics related to the business of baseball, including the team's real estate investment surrounding SunTrust Park. Schiller also talks about the team's financial commitment to the project, and the role that it played in the baseball club securing public money for the stadium. He also talks about the changing role of stadiums, food pricing and even the intricacies of parking -- yes parking. He also discusses what it's...

Duration:00:34:48

Baseball Attendance Dips; Seattle Inches Closer to NHL

10/3/2018
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Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including Seattle's inching closer to getting a National Hockey League team. The team's investment group met with some NHL owners and officials earlier this week to pitch their plan for getting a team. Also discussed is Major League Baseball's attendance dip this season. For the first time since 2003, MLB's total attendance fell below 70 million. All told, 12 teams posted attendance increases...

Duration:00:13:46

NFL Middle Finger; NBA Tell J.R. Smith to Cover Tattoo

10/1/2018
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Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including whether the first trial in the NCAA corruption case will be a litmus test for others. Also discussed is the National Basketball Association's banning of a J.R. Smith corporate logo tattoo, Earl Thomas being carted off the field -- and flashing the middle finger -- and a pair of baseball tiebreakers on the same day. Hosts: Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr Producer:...

Duration:00:15:18