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Sports Business Radio focuses on the issues and people directly impacting the world of sports business. Guests on the show offering an insider's perspective include pro sports league executives, agents, college athletics administrators, sports apparel company reps, ad agency executives, media executives and athletes.






Houston Rebuilds After Hurricane Harvey

Joel Blank (@PackManJoel), talk-show host on ESPN 95.7FM in Houston and a former longtime executive with the Houston Rockets, joins us to give us an overview of how Houston and its sports teams are rebuilding following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Blank also discusses the Houston Rockets being sold for an NBA record $2.2B this week as well as the Houston Astros acquisition of pitcher Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers. Follow us on Twitter @SBRadio and on Instagram...

Duration: 00:47:37

Rafi Kohan, Author of the book "The Arena" & Dr. Phil Wagner of Sparta Science

Rafi Kohan (@Rafi_Kohan), Author of the new book "The Arena" & Dr. Phil Wagner (@DrPhilWagner) of Sparta Science are guests on this week's episode of Sports Business Radio.

Duration: 00:42:26

Kelly Swanson, President of Swanson Communications/Publicist for Floyd Mayweather

Kelly Swanson (@KellySwanson1) joins us to preview the Floyd Mayweather vs Connor McGregor fight, which is expected to be the highest grossing fight of all time. Swanson discusses overseeing the press operations for the mega-fight, which will include credentialing 1,000 media members from across the world and has already included a 4-city, 3-country pre-fight press tour that drew 40,000 people and 800 media members. Swanson also discusses her loyalty to Mayweather, whom she has worked with...

Duration: 00:27:04

Inside the Cavs Dysfunction

Sports Business Radio host Brian Berger lends his unique insight inside of the Cavs dysfunction. Sam Finn, co-founder of ergonofis (@ergonofis), discusses his company & the transformation from athlete to businessperson post athletic career. Kaig Lightner also joins the show to discuss his inspirational story, the importance of being inclusive & providing athletic opportunities for youth who can't afford to play on elite teams. Get a desk for your office that will change your life - go to...

Duration: 00:49:13

Laura Froelich, Head of Sports Partnerships, Twitter

Laura Froelich (@LauraFroFro), Head of Sports Partnerships at Twitter joins us to discuss the growth of the social media platform including #GoLive, which focuses on live streaming around sports. Froelich also discusses Periscope, fan engagement, sports partnerships and the upcoming Sports PR Summit Social Media Workshop, which will be hosted by Twitter at their headquarters on July 26 in San Francisco.

Duration: 00:37:18

Sports Business Radio Headlines & Crisis PR analysis

In this mini-episode of Sports Business Radio, we discuss Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement, Tiger Woods' future after back surgery, the future of Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, the NBA Playoffs and Adrian Peterson's signing with the New Orleans Saints. Crisis PR expert and SBR host Brian Berger also analyzes how United Airlines handled their recent crisis. Follow us on Twitter @SBRadio and on Instagram @SportsBusinessRadio

Duration: 00:37:26

Gary Hoenig, Editorial Director for The Players’ Tribune

Gary Hoenig, Editorial Director for The Players’ Tribune joins us to discuss the growth of the digital platform co-founded by former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter that allows athletes to tell first-person stories. Hoeing, who previously led ESPN Publishing for nearly 20 years, discusses the elements of telling a successful story, how to engage an audience on social media and how to monetize digital media. Hoenig also discusses the upcoming Sports PR Summit, hosted by The Players’...

Duration: 00:46:49

Inside the Raiders Relocation & Conversation with Boingo SVP Doug Lodder

We examine the Raiders pending relocation to Las Vegas and what the move means for Oakland, Las Vegas and the NFL. We also discuss NCAA March Madness as well as the state of North Carolina repealing its "bathroom bill" and how that could impact sporting events coming to the state in the future. Boingo (@Boingo) SVP Doug Lodder joins us on the show to discuss the importance of connectivity for sports venues & new technologies on the horizon.

Duration: 00:49:56

Sports Tech on Sports Business Radio

Luca Serra, Director of Sponsorship & Media at Soldier Field joins us to discuss the historic U.S. venue and the work Solider Field has done with Boingo to modernize the venue and make it one of the best wireless experiences in sports. PlaySight’s CEO Chen Shachar joins us from Israel to discuss his company's unique technology and being named to Fast Company's "Most Innovative Sports Companies" list. Follow us on Twitter @SBRadio.

Duration: 00:54:56

JoAn Scott - NCAA Managing Director of Men's Basketball Championships

JoAn Scott (@JLS4), who oversees March Madness for the NCAA joins us to preview this year's edition of the tournament, discuss changes, the growth of watching the tournament on TV and digital platforms, the tournament's first Final Four in the west (Phoenix) since 1995 and how she has advanced her career as a woman working in sports.

Duration: 00:33:14

Ric Bucher, NBA Insider with Bleacher Report & SiriusXM Radio Talks NBA on Sports Business Radio

Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) joins Brian Berger to discuss the #NBAAllStarGame and the upcoming #NBATradeDeadline as well as the recent trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. The two also discuss the current state of the NBA post new-CBA. Follow us on Twitter @SBRadio

Duration: 00:55:09

Super Bowl LI Recap

We break down the historic numbers around the New England Patriots victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI - from the best ads to the economic impact for Houston to the TV ratings. We even give you a scoop you likely haven't heard about Lady Gaga's halftime show.

Duration: 00:48:53

Super Bowl Preview - Jay Rood, VP of Race & Sports of MGM Resorts International (Super Bowl wagering) & Nick Hines, VP with Engine Shop (Super Bowl parties)

Jay Rood, VP of Race & Sports awith MGM Resorts International joins us to discuss the big money bet on the Super Bowl and the current revenue breakdown for Vegas casinos. Nick Hines with the Engine Shop stops by to preview the biggest parties around the Super Bowl in Houston & tell us how much it costs to produce those parties. We also bring you sports business headlines of the week including the Chargers move to LA and Raiders pending move to Las Vegas. Follow us on Twitter @SBRadio and...

Duration: 00:48:59

Bill Hancock (Executive Director) & Michael Kelly (COO) of College Football Playoff at the Sports Business Radio Road Show presented by Boingo

The Sports Business Radio Road Show presented by Boingo features an in-depth conversation with the Top 2 executives of the College Football Playoff - Bill Hancock an Michael Kelly from the campus of the University of South Florida. The conversation before the 2017 CFP Championship game between Alabama and Clemson takes an in-depth look at the current system that determines a champion at the highest level of college football. Hancock and Kelly also discuss what it takes to produce this...

Duration: 01:01:57

Sports Business Radio Top 10 Sports Business Stories of 2016

Sports Business Radio counts down the Top 10 sports business stories of 2016. Mark King, adidas President, North America also joins the show to discuss an incredible year of growth for the adidas brand. Follow us on Twitter @SBRadio and Instagram at sportsbusinessradio.

Duration: 01:32:33

David Stern at the Sports Business Radio Road Show presented by Boingo

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern sits down with Brian Berger for an in-depth interview and Q & A with students from the Marist Center for Sports Communications and the Columbia University sports management program at The Players' Tribune in New York City on 12.6.16. #SBRadioStern #NBA #DavidStern #Technology

Duration: 01:24:09

MLB & MLBPA Reach Agreement on a New CBA Deal

Maury Brown from joins Brian Berger to discuss the new 5-year agreement MLB and the MLBPA reached this week. What are the highlights of the deal and what is the overall financial health of MLB? We also bring you the sports business headlines of the week including expensive college football head coach buyouts and the return of Tiger Woods to the golf course. Follow us on Twitter @SBRadio and on Instagram at sportsbusinessradio.

Duration: 00:44:37

Seth Berger, Sixers Innovation Lab Director & Jim Olson, President of Vivint Smart Home Arena on Sports Business Radio

Seth Berger, @Sixers Innovation Lab Director & AND1 Founder discusses the recipe for being a successful entrepreneur as well as the new Sixers Innovation Lab. Jim Olson, President of Vivint Smart Home Arena (home of the Utah Jazz) stops by to discuss his arena's $125M rennovation and their new DAS installation done in partnership with Boingo Wireless (@Boingo). Brian Berger also discusses the start to the 2016-17 NBA season, the World Series and the NFL's handling of Josh Brown in the Sports...

Duration: 01:01:12

Shelley Duncan, former MLB player & current Hillsboro Hops Manager on Sports Business Radio

Shelley Duncan (@ShellDunc), who played for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays from 2007-20013 and is now the Manager of the Hillsboro Hops (@HillsboroHops), the farm team of the Arizona Diamondbacks, joins Sports Business Radio (@SBRadio) to discuss the 2016 MLB Playoffs, his playing career, his transition to Managing, growing up in MLB clubhouses with a Dad who coached and stretching his MLB earnings post-career. We also bring you the #sportsbiz headlines of the...

Duration: 00:59:10

Amy Trask, Former Oakland Raiders CEO on Sports Business Radio

Amy Trask (@AmyTrask), an Oakland Raiders executive for 30 years, joins Sports Business Radio to discuss her career as a front office executive in the NFL, her relationship with late Raiders owner Al Davis, being a CEO in the sports world, the current state of the NFL and her book "You Negotiate Like a Girl: Reflections on a Career in the National Football League". #AmyTrask #NFL #Raiders

Duration: 00:51:17

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