Episodes
Published 04/28/22
Published 04/26/22
SBJ’s Abe Madkour and Ben Fischer talk about the new elements around this year’s NFL draft, excitement over the league’s extended rollout of it’s 2022 schedule, and early impressions of the USFL.
Published 04/26/22
Today’s SBJ Spotlight podcast features two interviews from this week’s SportTechie State of the Industry conference in New York. First up, NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio talks with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about how media and technology will be the keys to increasing revenue for NBA players and owners, and why it’s crucial to be more revealing about the personal and business lives of players. In the second interview, Meredith McPherron, CEO and Managing Partner of DRIVE by DraftKings,...
Published 04/13/22
Football and auto racing Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs, a member of SBJ's 2022 class of Champions of Sports Business, talks about the differences in running NFL and racing teams, leadership lessons he's learned, and what life has taught him.
Published 04/11/22
In this SBJ Spotlight Roundtable, SBJ’s Abe Madkour and Ben Fischer are joined by KAGR’s Jessica Gelman and Twitter’s David Herman to talk about the Super Bowl and the issues facing the league.
Published 02/09/22
SBJ Football Writer Ben Fischer breaks down the implications of the Brian Flores lawsuit alleging racism in NFL hiring practices, and says Washington's new name may not have been a touchdown, "but I think they converted a third down and five."
Published 02/03/22
SBJ Spotlight: NFL strength, CFP confusion and the stealth Olympics In today’s Spotlight Roundtable, SBJ’s Abe Madkour and John Ourand are joined by LiveLike CEO Miheer Walavalkar and Syracuse sports management professor Rick Burton to talk about big news in sports business. Topics included the ratings strength of the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys; confusion in college sports and the CFP; tech advances and the metaverse; and how NBC is just trying to get through the Beijing Games on the way to...
Published 01/14/22
Published 12/08/21
This episode looks at the hottest news in the industry, including how sports deal are helping crypto enter the mainstream; the NFL’s social push and the buy-in from players; why so many networks are bidding for next Premier League rights deal; and Angel City FC’s hot start on the business front.
Published 11/10/21
The episode looks at the hottest news in the sports industry, including the successful launch of the NHL Kraken and their new Climate Change Arena; attendance challenges facing the NHL; F1’s success in Austin and how that may lead to another race in Vegas; and the pandemic delayed glut of sports programming coming soon to theaters and streaming. All of that, plus RISE CEO Diahann Billings-Burford on building diversity in the sports industry, and SBJ’s Abe Madkour on the challenges facing the...
Published 10/29/21
This week's SBJ Spotlight covers how teams and leagues are finding new audiences as consumers turn to streaming. Also, PLL co-Founder Paul Rabil on the challenges of starting a new league; the future of the NWSL amid disturbing accounts of sexual misconduct and failures in leadership; success stories from one of the hottest leagues in sports, the UFC; and Riot Games’ esports business gets a new leader. All of that, plus our Insiders Roundtable discussing the most important stories of the week.
Published 10/08/21
This special football-focused episode looks at the biggest news in the industry, including high expectations for ratings and ad sales; whether they NFL has room to grow its sponsorship roster; the importance of teams getting fans into stadiums quickly; and the NFL’s likely reaction to any COVID-related scheduling issues. In addition, our roundtable of experts reacts to all of the news and predicts which teams will be in the Super Bowl.
Published 09/09/21
This episode looks at the hottest news in the industry, including how the market looks for ads on NHL jerseys; what a new alliance of top conferences means for college sports; how university athletic departments will try to woo back fans; and whether the NFL’s vaccine push will hurt its business. In addition, we introduce the newest member of our 2021 class of Champions of sports business, and our roundtable of experts reacts to the new Fanatics deal, and reveals their stories to watch and...
Published 08/25/21
This episode looks at the hottest news in the industry, including how the Tokyo Games were completed with few operational problems, but terrible ratings; how sponsors, athletes and governing bodies are preparing for a rocky road to Beijing; investment opportunities that the sports industry may be missing in Africa; and whether the increase in cases from the COVID Delta-variant will threaten live events this fall. In addition, our roundtable of experts gives their Olympic winners and losers,...
Published 08/11/21
This episode looks at the hottest news in the industry, including upheaval in the collegiate space, with Texas and Oklahoma looking to join the SEC and what four super conferences might look like; how relatively smooth sailing at the Tokyo Olympics is defying the naysayers; and whether the NFL hit the right notes with its veiled threats to unvaccinated players. Plus, a conversation with '21 SBJ Champion Larry Lucchino. In addition, our roundtable of experts talk about whether the NBC Olympics...
Published 07/29/21
SBJ debuts the latest episode of its video news series, "SBJ Spotlight." This episode looks at the hottest news in the industry, including ESPN dealing with personnel drama even as it enjoys great ratings for several properties, how a Game 7 in the NBA Finals would erase talk about low ratings and make ABC happy, whether ESPN and Turner will be successful with their NHL studio shows, and the latest news around the Olympics. In addition, our experts look at the athlete rights movement and the...
Published 07/14/21
Published 07/01/21
In the 'Spotlight': Softball's stellar ratings, prospects for CFP expansion, and MLB's sticky problem SBJ debuts the latest episode of its video news series, "SBJ Spotlight." This episode looks at the hottest news in the industry, including impressive ratings for softball and what that may mean for women's sports, the pros and cons of expanding the College Football Playoff to 12 teams, why MLB felt pressure to issue new rules in mid-season to address the problem of illegal substances on...
Published 06/16/21