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The Rundown Sports and Event Management Podcast

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Hosted by Don Costante, an expert specializing in sports and event management. Since 1994, with more than 2,000 events produced Don has been creating authentic experiences for premier sports organizations such as MLB, NBA, WNBA, AHL, NAIA, EPL, NCAA and others. No detail too small, no problem too complex, his meticulous approach and robust experience is what it takes to deliver best-in-class events. The Rundown Podcast is a unique opportunity to hear from some of the best in the sports and event management industry that Don has worked with during his 25-year career. With episodes releasing in January 2020, guests from the NBA, MLB, NFL and many other sports organizations will provide insightful and realistic perspectives for what it takes to create authentic experiences to connect with audiences.

Hosted by Don Costante, an expert specializing in sports and event management. Since 1994, with more than 2,000 events produced Don has been creating authentic experiences for premier sports organizations such as MLB, NBA, WNBA, AHL, NAIA, EPL, NCAA and others. No detail too small, no problem too complex, his meticulous approach and robust experience is what it takes to deliver best-in-class events. The Rundown Podcast is a unique opportunity to hear from some of the best in the sports and event management industry that Don has worked with during his 25-year career. With episodes releasing in January 2020, guests from the NBA, MLB, NFL and many other sports organizations will provide insightful and realistic perspectives for what it takes to create authentic experiences to connect with audiences.

Location:

United States

Description:

Hosted by Don Costante, an expert specializing in sports and event management. Since 1994, with more than 2,000 events produced Don has been creating authentic experiences for premier sports organizations such as MLB, NBA, WNBA, AHL, NAIA, EPL, NCAA and others. No detail too small, no problem too complex, his meticulous approach and robust experience is what it takes to deliver best-in-class events. The Rundown Podcast is a unique opportunity to hear from some of the best in the sports and event management industry that Don has worked with during his 25-year career. With episodes releasing in January 2020, guests from the NBA, MLB, NFL and many other sports organizations will provide insightful and realistic perspectives for what it takes to create authentic experiences to connect with audiences.

Language:

English

Contact:

210-213-8792


Episodes

Interview with Sharon delPilar

11/5/2021
In this episode, Don interviews Sharon delPilar who shares her path to becoming the Production Stage Manager for Magic Mike Live. Listen as Sharon illustrates the differences between stage management and production stage management and provides a behind-the-scenes look at what she does for the show. Also, she identifies the skillset required to be successful in this field, outlines her self-development strategy, offers some resources for anyone looking to become more marketable, and much...

Duration:00:44:02

Interview with Chad Folkestad

8/17/2021
In this episode, Don has a conversation with Chad Folkestad who shares his career path, event presentation philosophy, and talks candidly about storytelling and the creative process he utilizes to generate award-winning content. Listen as Chad illustrates his methods for creating an organic environment that relies heavily on spontaneity. They touch on a variety of topics including… keys to great storytelling, getting players to “buy in” to projects, tactics for generating content ideas,...

Duration:01:38:29

Interview with Andrew Johnson

7/14/2021
In this episode, Don interviews Andrew Johnson who shares his path to becoming the mascot performer for the Houston Texans. Listen as Andrew breaks down the three areas every great mascot should focus on. Also, he provides advice to those who manage mascots, identifies the ideal skillset for performers, points out some of the biggest mistakes made by mascots today and much more! If you’re a mascot, someone who oversees a mascot program, or you enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the sports...

Duration:01:11:09

Interview with Ahmaad Crump

5/11/2021
In this episode, Don has a conversation with 16-year NBA in-arena host veteran, Ahmaad Crump. Listen as Ahmaad shares his experience and talks openly about his path to becoming an emcee for the Cleveland Cavaliers. During their conversation, they touch on several topics including communication between Game Director and Emcee, handling situations with multiple hosts, advice on becoming a successful emcee, common mistakes, and much more!

Duration:00:45:32

Tim Tubito, National Football League

4/6/2021
In this episode, Don has a conversation with Tim Tubito who shares his event presentation philosophy and takes listeners “behind-the-shield” revealing the NFL’s methodology in facilitating two of their large-scale events… the NFL Draft and the Super Bowl. During their discussion, Tim uncovers logistical details that illustrate exactly why the NFL is considered a leader in the sports and entertainment industry. Listen as Tim provides insight into his role as Club Liaison, the pandemic’s...

Duration:01:08:04

Interview with Michelle McComas

3/9/2021
In this episode, Don interviews Michelle McComas who shares her career path, event presentation philosophy, and reveals entertainment best practices that have helped position the Chicago Bulls as a leader in the NBA. Listen as Michelle speaks passionately about her strategy for utilizing and incorporating entertainment resources, development and recruitment of talent, the creative process for performances, importance of branding, how she measures success and much more!

Duration:00:44:24

Interview with Sean Belgrade

2/1/2021
There’s one sporting event that goes beyond traditional fan engagement and totally immerses its spectators into the fabric of their brand like none other… The Daytona 500. In this episode, Don interviews Sean Belgrade, Managing Director of Consumer Experience for NASCAR, who shares his event presentation philosophy and takes listeners behind-the-scenes of the Daytona 500, uncovering logistical details that have elevated the fan experience to mirror the prestige of the race itself. During...

Duration:00:40:34

Interview with Brian Clapp

1/11/2021
In this episode, Don and Brian talk candidly about the job search process. Listen as they discuss several job seeking tactics that may get you thinking differently about the way you approach the sports industry’s job market. During their conversation they touch on important topics including the first step you should take before starting a job search, construction of a resume, impact of a cover letter, effective strategy for building a professional network, differentiating yourself in an...

Duration:01:39:17

Robert Alberino, Award-Winning Director

12/14/2020
In this episode, Don has a conversation with Rob Alberino who shares his approach to achieving award-winning content. During their discussion, a variety of storytelling topics are covered including how to generate initial concepts for stories, ingredients of a great story, workflow during the creative process, importance of developing characters, how to get players and fans to participate and achieve desired results, the impact a great editor has on storytelling, advice on developing one’s...

Duration:01:03:11

Interview with Maurice “Mo” Brazelton

11/16/2020
In this interview with Don, Maurice shares his event presentation philosophy and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the NBA Bubble and the steps taken by the NBA to ensure proper execution of game operations. During their discussion, Maurice details the days leading up to the bubble, the NBA’s communication process, the comprehensive health and safety protocols, the on-site preparation and execution of gamedays, the technology that was utilized, life for staff inside the bubble, activism...

Duration:00:58:00

Jonny Greco, Seattle Kraken

10/14/2020
In this episode, Don has a conversation with Jonny Greco who shares his game presentation philosophy and reveals his methodology for tackling the startup process with a new franchise. Listen as Jonny reflects on the lessons he learned from Vegas, how he plans to approach the gameday experience for Seattle, sheds some light on his creative process, provides insight into the facilitation of his ideation sessions, explains the importance of proper execution, identifies the steps he takes in...

Duration:01:31:24

Self-Development Tip with Lumenbrite

9/10/2020
In this episode, Don has a candid conversation with Anthony Bueno who is an Adobe Certified Trainer and Lead Consultant with Lumenbrite. Listen as Don talks about the benefits of learning creative software and the impact it has on him professionally. During their discussion, they talk about free versus paid resources, improving communication with production staff, understanding workflows and identifying key assets, recognizing realistic timeframes for projects, capabilities of software that...

Duration:00:20:40

Danelle Winfield, Los Angeles Sparks

8/14/2020
In this episode, Don interviews Danelle Winfield who shares her career path, event presentation philosophy, and reveals best practices that have helped position the Los Angeles Sparks as a leader in the WNBA. Listen as Danelle speaks passionately about understanding your audience, developing team chemistry with staff, the importance of passing knowledge forward and more!

Duration:00:51:35

Duncan Wardle, Former Head of Innovation and Creativity for The Walt Disney Company

7/15/2020
This episode features Former Head of Innovation and Creativity for The Walt Disney Company, Duncan Wardle. During this interview with Don, Duncan shares his philosophy and some tools from his Design Thinking Innovation Toolkit. He explains what what’s wrong with marketing today, identifies the right mindset required for innovation, describes the key barriers to innovation and creativity, highlights several creative behaviors that enhance the collaboration and creativity process, provides...

Duration:00:49:13

Tracy Allen, Walt Disney Company & Ace Productions

6/16/2020
In this interview, Tracy Allen shares his best audio practices as we discuss our days working together in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. Listen as Tracy takes us behind-the-scenes of being an audio director for the Spurs and reveals his philosophy and techniques that has made him the best in the business.

Duration:00:40:14

Diane Ferranti, Detroit Pistons

5/7/2020
This episode features Emmy Award Winning Producer and 2019 Information Display & Entertainment Association (IDEA) Hall of Fame member, Diane Ferranti. During this interview with Don, Diane details her event presentation philosophy, provides insight into managing staff, outlines her formula for creating impactful team introductions, gives the secret to developing successful contests, discusses digital production, highlights the latest technology she’s most excited about and more!

Duration:01:03:48

Q&A with Don Costante

4/20/2020
April’s episode has Don answering questions submitted by listeners. Hear Don’s insight on a variety of topics that include: issues switching from NBA to MLB, using activations from one sport to another, what to do if you can’t secure a full-time position, can’t get “hands-on” producing experience but want to be a producer, ideal skill set for a producer, suggestions for how to ideate in-game elements, finding alignment with team operations, and how to combat negative statements that prevent...

Duration:00:36:43

Jackie Maldonado, Houston Texans

3/13/2020
In this interview, Don chats with Jackie Maldonado who shares the Houston Texans event presentation philosophy and also provides her incredible insight into what it takes to produce an NFL game, establish effective communication (both on and off the field) and facilitate a first-class halftime performance. Additionally, Jackie goes into great detail as to her path into the sports industry and offers tremendous advice to those looking to get into the industry as well as those already in...

Duration:01:32:12

Scott Cunningham, Atlanta Braves

2/10/2020
In this episode, Don interviews Scott Cunningham who shares his event presentation philosophy and takes you behind the scenes giving you full access to the inner workings of the Atlanta Braves off-season planning process, partnership integration strategy and development of a new mascot program. Topics include staff involvement, upper management’s role, collaboration with other departments, creative process from inception to production, communication documents, maintaining control over...

Duration:01:22:20

Chris Miles, Professional Emcee/Host

1/14/2020
Hear from one of the best emcees in the business. In this episode, Don interviews Chris Miles and goes in-depth into what it takes to be a successful emcee. Topics discussed include Chris’ path to the mic, the preparation required before an event, tips on how to deliver a performance that connects with the audience, what separates a good host from one that is extraordinary, advice to those who oversee emcees, his overall philosophy and much more.

Duration:01:07:52