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EP-243 NFL Kickoff, Rating Down & Most Marketable Players

The NFL season has kicked off and the New England Patriots losing was almost as much of a surprise as rating being down for the game by more than 10%. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about why this happened, what impact the New York Jets being the worst team in the NFL has, and why there was zero mention of players doing elaborate end zone celebrations. They also talk about who the most marketable NFL players are. What is it about Antonio Brown and JJ Watt that is so appealing and what...


EP-242 Tough Mudder & Building a Community

What does it take to build a community and why don’t more brands do it? Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about each of their experiences in building a community and share tips for how you can too. Why is consistency and volume of content so important? Rob also talks about his experience running the Tough Mudder. What made it such a fun experience and what does Tough Mudder to do build and engage their community? Our goal of the podcast is to create the best sports marketing podcast and...


EP-241 Derek Jeter To Save The Marlins

Derek Jeter is part of the ownership group that is purchasing the Miami Marlins for just under $1.2 billion. As part of that Jeter also plans on becoming the Marlins CEO. What does the sale from one of the worst owners in professional sports to one of the faces of success in baseball do for the marketability of the Marlins? What will the transition from the field to the front office be like for Jeter? Will Miami become more of a baseball town and if so how long will it take to field a...


EP-240 Are Business Cards Dead

After going to a recent conference in which he received 84 business cards and none of them stood out, Brian Cristiano told Rob Cressy that “Business Cards Are Dead.” Interestingly Rob has had incredible success using custom business cards for personal branding and grassroots growth with Bacon Sports. On this podcast Brian and Rob dish about if it matters what your business card looks like, should you carry one, and if you do what sort of mindset you should have. They also talk about what...


EP-239 Charge 25 Under 25 with Jesse Ghiorzi

Who are the hottest up and coming young athletes based on social influence and attention? Jesse Ghiorzi, Director of Brand Strategy for Charge, Joins Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy on the podcast to talk about the formula for ranking the athlete index, how much the ranking correlates to brand endorsements, if controversy is a good thing, and younger athletes coming into the league with significantly higher social followings than you’d expect. Jesse also gives his thoughts on what Lavar...


EP-238 MLB Nickname Jerseys & Yankees History

Major League Baseball recently announced Players Weekend, where players have the opportunity to wear jerseys with nicknames, colorful new hats, and customize anything they can wear. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about some of the best nicknames, their thoughts on the campaign, plus if it makes sense for the Yankees to take part in it despite their rich history of not having names on the back of their jerseys. Our goal of the podcast is to create the best sports marketing podcast and...


EP-235 Please Tell Me You Are Paying Attention To eSports

Esports is no longer just a cute storyline for people who like to play video games. It’s an industry where high school kids can make $75,000 a year playing their favorite game, and cities are building full-size arenas in order to acquire an eSports team. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about the continued ascension of eSports, why you should give a crap about it, who some of the new high profile owners of teams are, and what you can do to become more knowledgeable about it. In each...


EP-234 Mayweather vs McGregor Press Tour M*TH!A F**!A

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are on the fighting press tour to end all press tours and is showing how generating attention is done. From insults and brash language to mink coats, suits that cost more than your house, and duffle bags full of cash. This promotional tour would make Vince McMahon proud. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about their thoughts on the tour has gone down so far, the marketing tactics, plus Brian shares a story about running into Floyd and The Money Team...


EP-233 Is Aaron Judge The Next Derek Jeter?

The New York Yankees and Major League Baseball may have just found their next superstar and he goes by the name of Aaron Judge. As the league leader in home runs going into the All Star break, he dazzled the crowd in Miami and nationally across TV’s & devices by winning the Home Run Derby in thrilling fashion. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about what Aaron Judge did for TV and streaming ratings, Topps baseball cards, fans, Major League Baseball and the Yankees. Could Aaron Judge be...


OTR-The Quest To Build a $100 Million Company

What does it take to build a $100 million company? In this, off the record, Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy candidly dish about Brian’s quest to scale Bold Worldwide. What challenges has he faced adding new members to his team? How has his excitement and energy levels been since committing to this goal? What drives him to keep grinding? In each episode of The Sports Marketing Huddle, CEO of BOLD Worldwide Brian Cristiano, and Founder of Cress Media & Bacon Sports Rob Cressy give a...


EP-232 You Can’t Stop The Ball Family, You Can Only Hope To Contain Them

Love him or hate him, Lavar Ball and the Ball family are great at generating attention. LiAngelo Ball has more Twitter followers (1.2 million) than every PAC 12 Men’s Basketball account combined (323k.) With the ability to have anything he says potentially become national headlines, how should UCLA, the PAC 12, and NCAA approach student athletes with large followings? Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about what schools can do in order to keep up with the current digital landscape. They...


EP-231 Does Fox Sports Website Going Video Only Make Sense?

Fox Sports is ending written content on their site and instead focusing 100% on video. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about the viability of this and if this strategy makes sense? Does Fox Sports care about user experience considering there is a pre-roll ad before every video? Why would someone go to their website when they could watch the same video on Facebook without an ad? Is there much value in a website now and if so, what ways could one single piece of content be optimized? In...


EP-230 Viability of Ice Cube’s Big 3 League

Ice Cube’s Big 3 League just tipped off and is ushering in a new era of basketball. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about the viability of the league. How much does Ice Cube’s name being attached actually matter? What does the league need to do to grab the attention of the casual fan? How much does the Olympics adding 3 on 3 basketball as a sport help? What if higher profile NBA players join the league in future seasons? In each episode of The Sports Marketing Huddle, CEO of BOLD...


EP-229 Markelle Fultz IG Gaff, Lavar Ball’s Likability & Fallout From Bulls Trading Jimmy Butler

Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy put a bow on the end of the NBA season by dishing about #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz’s Instagram gaff at the NBA Draft where his sponsored post for Tissot forgot to change the text. Is this a bad thing for Fultz or did it end up being a victory as the post got significantly more awareness than if he did things correctly? They also talk about Lavar Ball’s likability and if he is growing on them. He very much mimics an old school WWE manager who is always...


EP-228 Will The Knicks Continue To Be A Dumpster Fire Now That Phil Jackson Is Gone?

Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks have parted ways, ending what was one of the worst runs in NBA history. How bad was it? Phil Jackson was the highest paid American sports executive at $12 million/year, and over his tenure, the Knicks had the 5th worst winning percentage in the NBA. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about if this is a good or bad day for the Knicks? With James Dolan still as the owner, and leadership starting at the top, should we expect anything to change in New...


EP-227 Arica Kress, VP of Marketing for the Columbus Crew SC

Columbus Crew SC Vice President of Marketing, Arica Kress, joins Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy on the Sports Marketing Huddle to talk about marketing and fan engagement strategies for the team. Arica discusses how grassroots marketing has become an integral part of their marketing mix and explains how they are measuring the ROI. What is the most important thing that it takes to be successful in marketing today? How important is video? How's the Columbus Crew SC channeling the ravenous Ohio...


EP-226 Adam White, CEO at Front Office Sports

Front Office Sports Founder Adam White joins Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy on the Sports Marketing Huddle to talk about his journey of building up a sports business community. Why did he start Front Office Sports and when did he realize it could be something more than just a side project? What are his current thoughts on the content landscape? What are the best paths for monetization? What does the future of the company look like? In each episode of The Sports Marketing Huddle, CEO of BOLD...


EP-225 Warriors vs Cavs: Trilogies, KD’s brand, Lifetime Value

By the Cleveland Cavaliers winning Game 4 of the NBA Finals not only did they keep their hopes alive of winning the title, but they also pocketed the Warriors owners a cool $11 million by having another game. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about if the Warriors going 16-0 would have generated more long term money. They also delve into the growth of Kevin Durant’s brand if the Warriors win the NBA title. Has he passed the “Mom Test” yet? Are trilogies good for the NBA? The ratings are...


EP-224 Lessons Learned From Penguins Winning Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins just won the Stanley Cup and are the first team in 19 years to win back to back titles. Rob Cressy is originally from Pittsburgh and is a die hard fan. He is joined by Brian Cristiano and they dish about lessons Rob learned from the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup. What simple life hacks can you implement from sports to add more gratitude to your life? How can you take the energy of winning and keep that positivity going? How does the Stanley Cup run motivate you to...


EP-223 Live Streaming- Tips For Helping You Get Started

Live streaming video gets better organic reach and engagement, and is the most authentic form of content. Despite this why have so many people and brands have not taken action? It’s because of a lack of confidence due to a lack of knowledge. In their first Facebook Live Streaming episode, Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy give you tips for how to get started live streaming. What is the value in live streaming? What about the challenges? Is it better to just start right away or be more...


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