Sporticast

'Sporticast' is a new podcast hosted by business journalists Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams from Sportico that will deliver the inside scoop on the intersection of money and sports. From billion-dollar valuations to team sales, sponsorship contracts and media rights, go behind the scenes on the deals that power the global sports economy. For more coverage and information, be sure to check out sportico.com

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1
American Money Eyes Mexican Soccer, NFL Biz Latest
Scott and Eben discuss another potential U.S. investment into Mexican soccer. They also talk about the quirks of the All-NBA vote, and some NFL business.
30 min
2
Longest-Tenured U.S. Commissioner Getting Exten...
Scott and Eben discuss a looming extension for Gary Bettman, who’s run the NHL for the past 30 years. They also discuss the relationship between MLS and the Mexican national soccer teams, and the XFL’s new ESPN deal.
26 min
3
U.S. Soccer’s New Economics, Plus Latest on NCA...
Eben and Sportico reporter Emily Caron discuss the new U.S. soccer labor peace, which will see the men’s and women’s national teams paid equally. They also discuss the latest with Brittney Griner’s detention, and with the NCAA.
30 min
4
Sports SPACs Dry Up, Apollo Mulls $1+ Billion M...
Eben is joined by Sportico’s Corey Leff to discuss the ice cold SPAC market, the innovation underway at lower tier leagues, and a $1.25 billion investment proposal from Apollo.
31 min
5
LeBron James Tops Highest Paid Athletes as Star...
Scott and Eben are joined by Sportico valuations expert Kurt Badenhausen to break down the 100 highest paid athletes in the world. LeBron James is first at $127 million, followed by soccer stars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
29 min
6
Chelsea Sells for $3.1 Billion / Magic Joins Br...
Scott and Eben discuss the sale of English soccer giant Chelsea, one of the most expensive transactions in sports franchise history. They also talk about the F1 race in Miami, and the latest in the sale of the Denver Broncos, which will almost certainly fetch more than Chelsea.
25 min
7
How F1 Became an Overnight Sensation in America
Eben and Sportico reporter Asli Pelit discuss the Formula 1 race this weekend in Miami, and how new ownership transformed the sport’s popularity in the U.S.
28 min
8
College Sports Confronts “Runaway Train” of Reform
Eben and Sportico reporter Daniel Libit discuss the upheaval currently underway in college sports, including new rights for athletes, state laws, anti-trust lawsuits, and a big job opening at the NCAA.
31 min
9
Military Mulls College Sports Takeover, Mark Em...
Scott and Eben discuss a recent Sportico story about a proposal for the Department of Defense to fund athletic scholarships for tens of thousands of students in exchange for military service. They also talk about Mark Emmert’s surprise decision to step down, Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase and the Super Bowl champions on a real estate binge.
25 min
10
Chelsea Sale Winds Down, Arctos Hits $3.9 Billion
Scott and Eben talk about the Chelsea sale, which now includes Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton and John Terry. They also discuss the Arctos Sports Partners war chest and Netflix’s bad week.
26 min
11
Yankees President Break Down MLB Team’s $7 Bill...
Scott and Eben speak with New York Yankees president Randy Levine about the team’s recent $7 billion valuations, its non-baseball business, and why the team is staying away from private equity money.
28 min
12
Five Broncos Bidders Reach Next Round / USFL De...
Scott and Eben discuss the latest in the sale of the Denver Broncos, plus the USFL’s debut weekend, the Chelsea sale, and Syracuse University renaming its iconic Carrier Dome.
31 min
13
New Franchise Valuations and the Commanders Con...
Scott's back from vacation to talk about the new valuations for all the sports teams and which MLB team has the most valuable sports franchise in the world. They also discuss the controversy surrounding Dan Snyder's Commanders.
30 min
14
Scottie Scheffler’s Meteoric Rise / Why Basebal...
Eben is joined by Jacob Feldman to discuss The Masters, Apple’s entry into live sports, and how tech is changing the way we watch sports.
28 min
15
National Championships, NIL and NCAA with PlayF...
Scott and Eben chat with Christy Hedgpeth, president of Playfly Sports Properties, about the commercial growth of women’s college basketball, and other rapid changes to the billion-dollar business of college sports.
31 min
16
Coach K’s Duke Career Ends, Coach Staley’s Stoc...
Scott and Eben discuss the latest from the NCAA tournament, including Coach K’s final game, and South Carolina’s national title. They also talk about Dan Snyder’s latest scandal, and Tiger Woods potentially returning to the Masters.
26 min
17
F1 Hits Vegas Strip / NFL Considers New Streami...
Scott and Eben discuss F1’s plans to race in Las Vegas in 2023. They also talk about the Final Four, the NFL’s streaming options, and the pervasive nature of “Man Cave” marketing.
26 min
18
NFL’s Bills Land Record $850 Million Public Sub...
Scott and Eben discus the record $850 million public subsidy secured by the NFL’s Buffalo Bills for a new stadium. They also talk March Madness, and the Chelsea latest.
23 min
19
St. Peter’s Is Already Capitalizing on Cinderel...
St. Peter’s athletic director Rachelle Paul joins the Sporticast to talk about the Peacocks’ surprise run to the Sweet Sixteen, plus what it means for the school and athletic department moving forward.
28 min
20
St. Peter’s Scores Historic NCAA Upsets / Chels...
Scott and Eben discuss the first two rounds of March Madness, including St. Peter’s shocking upsets of Kentucky and Murray State. They also discuss the latest with the Chelsea sale and NFL star Deshaun Watson.
26 min
21
Chelsea Bids Are Due / March Madness Tips Off
Scott and Eben discuss the latest in the Chelsea sale, which has an important deadline this week. They also discuss private equity in MLB, the NCAA tournament, and new Monday Night Football announcers.
27 min
22
Tom Brady Returns, Plus the Future of Sports Me...
Scott and Eben discuss Tom Brady’s return to the NFL. They also share thoughts from the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.
22 min
23
New NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman Discusses ...
Scott and Eben speak with incoming NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman just hours after her hiring was announced. They discuss her career, the future of women’s professional soccer in the U.S., and the difference between diversity and inclusion.
29 min
24
Chelsea Sale Highlights Economic Differences Be...
Scott and Eben discuss the sale of soccer giant Chelsea, which is one of the most valuable sports teams in Europe, under vastly different economic circumstances from U.S. leagues like the NFL or NBA. They also talk MLB lockout, and an NFL betting scandal.
34 min
25
Blue Checks & Viral Highlights with Twitter’s K...
Scott and Eben speak with Kelsey Bowers, a senior manager of U.S. sports partnerships at Twitter, about the changing face of sports fandom, and how Twitter works with partners like the NBA and WNBA.
29 min
26
Jeter Sells Out of Marlins / Broncos Sale Handc...
Scott and Eben discuss Derek Jeter’s departure from the Miami Marlins, which includes him selling his equity. They also discuss the Denver Broncos sale, and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich stepping away from Chelsea.
27 min
27
Phil Mickelson’s Saudi Comments Cause Furor / U...
Scott and Eben discuss the latest surrounding Phil Mickelson, whose comments about Saudi Arabia have caused a separation from sponsors. They also discuss U.S. Soccer’s settlement the women’s national team, and sportsbooks losing money.
25 min
28
NBA All-Star Recap / XFL-NFL Partnership
Scott and Eben discuss the technology on display at the NBA All-Star Game, the XFL-NFL partnership, and yet another Fanatics acquisition.
24 min
29
Move Over Mannings, Here Comes Shaq and Barkley
Scott and Eben discuss a new alternative NBA broadcast, the league’s All-Star weekend, Super Bowl ratings, and the MLB lockout.
24 min
30
Hollywood Ending Sets Stage For Dramatic NFL Of...
The Rams’ win over the Bengals closes the book on another NFL season, launching an offseason that will be dominated by the Broncos sale, racial hiring practices, and a probe into whether Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered to pay a coach for losses.
27 min
31
Rams CEO on Super Bowl, Racial Hiring and Billi...
Scott and Eben speak with Los Angeles Rams CEO Kevin Demoff about playing in a home Super Bowl, the team’s $5 billion-dollar stadium, and the NFL’s poor track record with coaching hires.
35 min
32
Super Bowl Tickets Soar in Rough Week for NFL
Scott and Eben discuss the upcoming Super Bowl, which has so far been overshadowed by questions surrounding the league’s racial hiring practices and its investigation into sexual misconduct at the Washington Football Team. They close with a new funding round for the WNBA.
31 min
33
Bombshell NFL Lawsuit Filed By Former Dolphins ...
Scott and Eben speak with Sportico legal analyst Michael McCann about a lawsuit filed Tuesday by former Dolphins coach Brian Flores. It claims discriminatory hiring practices and other illicit behavior.
24 min
34
The Evolution of Women’s Pro Hockey With Team O...
Scott and Eben speak with John Boynton, president of Firehouse Capital and an investor in three Premier Hockey Federation teams, about the growth of women’s hockey and a recent $25 million investment from league owners.
31 min
35
Tracking Sports Betting Fraud With Sportradar’s...
Scott and Eben speak with Andreas Krannich, who runs integrity services at Sportradar, about the high-tech battle between criminals and investigators in match-fixing.
32 min
36
How Athletes Unlimited Views the Sports League ...
Scott and Eben are joined by Jon Patricof, CEO and co-founder of Athletes Unlimited, to discuss the future of women’s pro sports, and a new model for pro sports more broadly.
30 min
37
Sports Leagues Eye Netflix Series / Sinclair Li...
Scott and Eben discuss the success of recent Netflix sport-related docuseries, which are inspiring a flood of new copycats. They also talk about Sinclair’s new streaming product, Microsoft’s $69 billion deal for Activision, and a major new investment in professional women’s hockey.
29 min
38
Washington Spirit Sale Saga / NFL Playoffs Kick...
Scott and Eben discuss the fascinating sale of the NWSL’s Washington Spirit. They also talk about the NFL playoffs, the NCAA latest, and what to make of Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open exit.
25 min
39
Georgia Wins Championship, Broncos Sale Moves C...
Scott and Eben discuss Georgia’s first college football title in 41 years. They also talk about the looming sale of the Denver Broncos, Apple’s MLB interest, and a strange sports betting story.
29 min
40
Eli Manning The Investor / A-Rod Lands New ESPN...
Scott and Eben talk about Eli Manning’s new job at Brand Velocity Partners. They also discuss ESPN’s attempt to recreate the ManningCast for MLB, and The New York Times’ $550 million purchase of The Athletic.
25 min
41
Fanatics Buys Topps / David Blitzer, Ryan Smith...
Scott and Eben discuss two major sports deals to start the year—Fanatics’ acquisition of Topps, and the sale of MLS club Real Salt Lake to a group that includes David Blitzer and Ryan Smith.
26 min
42
New Year, Same College Football Playoff
Scott and Eben discuss the college football national championship, which will be contested by Alabama and Georgia, SEC rivals that are among the richest programs in the country. They talk about whether another pair of blowout semifinals is an argument for or against CFP expansion.
26 min
43
Cincinnati Athletics Boss Talks Playoff, Big 12...
Scott and Eben speak with Cincinnati athletic director John Cunningham in the run-up to the College Football Playoff. The Bearcats’ historic season has set the table for major business growth in the next five years.
29 min
44
Inflation Hits Fans, Not Team Owners / Bowl Gam...
Scott and Eben discuss how inflation is affecting sports teams, as owners rush to borrow money for capital projects. They also talk about the sputtering college football postseason, and another NBA private equity deal.
26 min
45
NHL Says No To Olympics / Leagues Confront Omicron
Scott and Eben discuss the news that NHL players won’t be going to the Olympics in Beijing. They also talk about how sports leagues are confronting this new uptick in positive cases, and another private equity deal in the NBA.
24 min
46
David Blitzer Nearing Guardians Stake / NBA Val...
Scott and Eben discuss David Blitzer nearing a deal to purchase a significant minority stake in the Cleveland Guardians. They also talk about new NBA valuations and Urban Meyer’s exit from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
24 min
47
College Football Playoff’s Bill Hancock Talks S...
Scott and Eben speak with Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, about the upcoming semifinals, the recent changes in college sports, and the latest on talks to expand the playoff to include more teams.
29 min
48
Tom Brady’s Enduring Boston Legacy / NCAA Probi...
Scott and Eben discuss Tom Brady’s continued popularity in New England. They also talk about the NCAA’s probe into a few NIL deals and the NHL’s new ownership rules.
26 min
49
Yahoo Exec Jo Lambert Talks Media, Data and Spo...
Scott and Eben talk with Jo Lambert, president and general manager of consumer at Yahoo, about the company’s 900 million person global customer base, its sports endeavors and the growth Yahoo has seen in fantasy contests and gambling.
27 min
50
Denver Broncos Sale Looming At Historic Price
Scott and Eben discuss the latest in the potential sale of the Denver Broncos, which would fetch the highest price ever paid for a sports team. They also talk about the growth of sports NFTs and the dramatic final race of the F1 calendar.
28 min
51
College Football Coaches See Green, MLB Lockout...
Scott and Eben discuss the wild college football coaching carousel, the looming MLB lockout, and the rough month for U.S. sports betting companies.
27 min
52
Max Scherzer Inks Record Deal As MLB Lockout Looms
Scott and Eben talk about an active MLB free agency on the eve of a lockout. They also talk about a reset in the market for college football coaches, debt ratings for the major U.S. sports leagues, and Fenway’s deal to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins.
26 min
53
Devils President Jake Reynolds Discusses New Je...
Scott and Eben speak with Jake Reynolds, president of the New Jersey Devils, about the business of the NHL. Reynolds discusses the team’s approach to marketing and media, what it’s noticing in ticket sales, and the value of being the only major pro team with “New Jersey” in its name.
31 min
54
English Soccer’s $2.7 Billion NBC Deal / Red So...
Scott and Eben discuss the English Premier League’s new $2.7 billion U.S. broadcast deal with NBCUniversal. They also talk about the parent of the Boston Red Sox buying the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the New York Islanders’ new $1.1 billion arena.
25 min
55
SeatGeek CEO Jack Groetzinger Talks Tickets, SP...
Scott and Eben speak with Jack Groetzinger, co-founder and CEO of ticketing company SeatGeek, which is in the process of going public via SPAC. They discuss changes in the industry, SeatGeek’s investors and the new $1.35 billion deal.
27 min
56
Real Salt Lake Sale Closer / English Premier Le...
Scott and Eben discuss the latest in the sale of MLS club Real Salt Lake. They also talk about the English Premier League’s upcoming new TV deal in the U.S., and the changing nature of sports streaming more broadly.
26 min
57
Cincinnati is College Football’s Cinderella Wi...
Scott and Eben discuss the slow business divorce between the second-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats and Under Armour. They also talk about MLB labor, a new Manning family sports betting deal, and MLS private equity guidelines.
27 min
58
Jordan, Tiger and the Highest Paid Athletes All...
Scott and Eben chat with Sportico’s Kurt Badenhausen about his list of the highest-paid athletes of all time. They also talk Aaron Rodgers and the controversy around his vaccine stance.
24 min
59
Aaron Rodgers COVID Case Comes Amid Other NFL L...
Scott and Eben speak with Michael McCann, Sportico’s legal expert, about a host of NFL-related topics. They include Aaron Rodgers’ vaccine status, the St. Louis lawsuit and fallout of the Washington investigation.
23 min
60
BodyArmor’s $8 Billion Exit a Windfall for Athl...
Scott and Eben break down Coca-Cola’s purchase of BodyArmor, an $8 billion deal that will produce a hefty payout for the company’s many athlete investors. They also discuss Mets owner Steve Cohen potentially brining a casino to New York City, a new Saudi-backed golf circuit, and the Cleveland Guardians legal fight.
28 min
61
World Series Run Has Braves, Liberty Media Ridi...
Scott and Eben chat with Derek Schiller, CEO and president of the Atlanta Braves, about the team’s World Series run, its unique ownership structure, F1 and the supply chain crunch.
27 min
62
Bobbleheads to Buffalo Wings, Supply Chain Woes...
Scott and Eben discuss how the sports industry is dealing with global supply chain problems and a work force exodus. They also discuss a $1.5 billion valuation for Fanatics’ new NFT platform, the value of in-game memorabilia, and an esports team’s $1 billion SPAC deal.
21 min
63
Drive By DraftKings CEO Meredith McPherron Talk...
Scott and Eben speak with Meredith McPherron, CEO of Drive by DraftKings, about the VC fund’s high-profile investors, its new $60 million round, and who’s shaping the future of sports and entertainment.
23 min
64
LSU Owes $17 million in Dead Money to Fired Foo...
Scott and Eben discuss the firing of LSU football coach Ed Orgeron, who is owed nearly $17 million under the remainder of his contract. They also discuss NHL franchise values, a funding round for LeBron James’ media company and legendary sports lawyer Jeffrey Mishkin.
22 min
65
Boston Red Sox Welcome Younger Crowds As Team A...
Scott and Eben talk to Sam Kennedy, president and CEO the Boston Red Sox, to discuss the team’s playoff run, historic Fenway Park, and the franchise’s role in Fenway Sports Group’s sports, tech and entertainment platform.
20 min
66
Head: SeatGeek Going Public / NFLPA Boss Surviv...
Scott and Eben discuss SeatGeek going public via SPAC acquisition, NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith’s future after vote on his final term and the Saudi takeover of English soccer club Newcastle.
25 min
67
New Pac-12 Boss George Kliavkoff Reflects on Fi...
Scott and Eben are joined by Pac-12 Conference commissioner George Kliavkoff, who talks about the rapidly-changing college sports landscape. Kliavkoff discusses NIL rules, an expanded playoff, the Pac-12’s unique media approach and how he appraoches parity in the all-important sport of football.
30 min
68
Brady’s New England Return, NBA Players Resist ...
Scott and Eben discuss Tom Brady’s return to New England, the latest in what’s been a strong opening month for NFL telecasts. They also discuss NBA players and their vaccines, the NWSL’s abuse reckoning, MLB postseason and the carriage dispute between MSG Network and Comcast.
29 min
69
Fanatics Trading Cards Valued at $10B / Manning...
Scott and Eben discuss the new Fanatics trading card company, which raised $350 million before ever launching a product. They also discuss the NFL’s NFT plan, the Manning-cast, and changes in college sports.
24 min
70
$20+ Billion Gambling Takeover / NBA and NHL Je...
Scott and Eben discuss DraftKings’ recent $20+ billion offer for European gambling operator Entain, plus another massive Clippers deal, a new round of jersey patch sales, and a new NFL playoff TV slot.
23 min
71
LA Olympics Chief Talks Preparation, Taxpayers,...
Scott and Eben chat with Kathy Carter, newly-appointed CEO of LA28, about the business behind the upcoming Los Angeles Olympics. They also talk with ESPN executive Kevin Lopes about the company’s ESPN Edge Conference, a virtual tech event next week.
39 min
72
Billionaire Ballmer’s $1.8 Billion Arena / LeBr...
Scott and Eben discuss Steve Ballmer’s plans for the Clippers’ new $1.8 billion arena in Los Angeles. They also talk about an investment in LeBron James’ media company, SportRadar’s IPO and a viral NFL video.
25 min
73
Paul Rabil Talks Retirement, Lacrosse Legacy an...
Scott and Eben speak with professional lacrosse player Paul Rabil about his recent retirement, the growth of his Premier Lacrosse League, and what business ventures might be on the horizon.
27 min
74
Kings $1.8 Billion Ransom / Yo Gotti Buys Into MLS
Scott and Eben talk about Arctos Sports Partners buying 17% of the Sacramento Kings, plus another celebrity investor into MLS. They also discuss the U.S. Open, and a strong opening week for the NFL.
23 min
75
NFL’s “33rd Owner” Discusses Strength of Busine...
Scott and Eben speak with Marc Ganis, a consultant often called the ‘33rd NFL Owner,’ about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the strength of the league’s business heading into the 2021 season.
29 min
76
Big 12 in Talks to Add UCF, Cincy, BYU and Hous...
Scott and Eben discuss the start of the NFL season, Big 12 expansion, the Bishop Sycamore saga, and a handful of other major sports business headlines from the last week.
26 min
77
College Football Kicks Off Amid Major Changes
Scott and Eben talk to Rick Burton, professor of sports management at Syracuse University, about the start of a college football season wrought with change and turmoil. They also discuss the evolution of pro leagues on sports betting, and uncertainty surrounding the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
25 min
78
Ronaldo Returns to Man United / MLS Miami Team’...
Scott and Eben discuss Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United, where he started his career. They also discuss another major MLS stake sale, the league’s upcoming media negotiations, and the NFL’s continued embrace of sports betting billions.
23 min
79
The Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC Alliance / NBA Player ...
Scott and Eben discuss the new “alliance” between the Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC as the college sports landscape continues to shift. They also discuss an NBA Player suing his agent, the upcoming U.S. Open, and the world’s highest-paid female athletes.
24 min
80
Topps' Next Steps | Joe Tsai's Empire | Giannis...
Scott and Matt Bok discuss the next steps for Topps Trading cards, Joe Tsai's sports empire, and the how Giannis Antetokounmpo purchased a stake in the Milwaukee Brewers.
27 min
81
NHL Jerseys To Have Ads in 2022 / A Genius Idea
Scott and Eben discuss a major change in the NHL, which will let teams sell advertisements on its jerseys for the 2022-23 season. They also discuss a new Genius Sports hire, Sportradar starting the IPO process, the sports metaverse, and the NCAA’s upcoming changes.
28 min
82
Corn Stalks and Walk Offs at MLB’s Iowa Game
Scott and Eben discuss MLB’s “Field of Dreams” game, which ended in dramatic fashion in Iowa. They also talk about the NFL’s sports betting strategy, a WWE auction partnership and a BYU NIL deal that is the talk of college football.
24 min
83
DraftKings CEO Using Amazon Playbook as Busines...
Scott and Eben are joined by DraftKings CEO Jason Robins to talk about the company’s growth, and its future. Robins discusses the Amazon approach to growth, his company’s new $1.56 billion iGaming acquisition, and the launch of a new NFT marketplace on the platform.
28 min
84
Messi’s Messy Barcelona Exit, Olympics Wrap Up
Scott and Eben discuss Lionel Messi’s shocking departure from Barcelona, and the financial state of one of the world’s most valuable clubs. They also talk about the Tokyo and Beijing Olympics, a new DraftKings acquisition, and UFC’s compensation of its fighters.
23 min
85
Soccer’s $3 Billion Private Equity Play / Tokyo...
Scott and Eben discuss La Liga’s pending deal to sell 10% of the Spanish soccer league’s commercial rights to PE firm CVC. They also talk about the Tokyo Olympics, changes to the Olympics ticketing model, and a trademark fight over the Cleveland Indians’ new name.
26 min
86
Jordan, Kobe, Garnett and a Walk Down NBA Memor...
Scott and Eben chat with Ron Klempner, senior counsel for the NBA Players Association, about the union’s recent discovery of thousands of documents, such as original contracts, draft letters and lockout votes, that were recovered from its archives.
26 min
87
NBA’s No. 1 Pick Already Has Pistons Ticket Sal...
Scott and Eben are joined by Detroit Pistons chief business officer Mike Zavodsky on the eve of the NBA Draft. They discuss the team’s No. 1 overall pick, its business implications, and other ways the Pistons are re-tooling their approach to new business opportunities.
23 min
88
$550 Million a Bargain As Bucks Owners Celebrat...
Scott and Eben speak with Marc Lasry, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, about the team’s recent NBA Championship. They talk about the ownership group’s $660 million purchase of the team in 2014, the stardom of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and how the Bucks can capitalize on their first title in 50 years.
28 min
89
GOATs Jordan, Gretzky Back Sports Media Startup...
Scott and Eben speak with Bo Han, CEO of sports media startup Buzzer, about the company’s star-studded list of investors, its growth strategy, and the changing makeup of sports media.
30 min
90
Packers Financials Show NFL Muscle, Olympics Re...
Scott and Eben discuss the Tokyo Olympics, which start at the end of the week after a one-year COVID delay. They also discuss the finances of the Green Bay Packers, which provide the only consistent snapshot into the annual financial health of the NFL, and an interesting new marketing opportunity for Michigan Wolverines football players.
22 min
91
MLS’s $800 Million Clubs, LeBron James Media Em...
Scott and Eben discuss Sportico’s recent MLS valuations, which peg the league’s most valuable clubs at more than $800 million. They also talk about a new $1.5 billion sports and entertainment investment vehicle, and LeBron James’ production company seeking a $750 million valuation.
24 min
92
Fenway First / McGregor Loss / New 76ers CEO
Scott and Eben discuss the business around Fenway Park, which is a huge draw but likely leaves revenue on the table for the Red Sox. They also discuss a new CEO for the 76ers and Devils, Conor McGregor’s latest loss, and what it costs to insure the Olympics.
23 min
93
ONE Championship Founder Talks U.S. Expansion, ...
Scott and Eben speak with Chatri Sityodtong, the founder and CEO of mixed martial arts, muay thai and kickboxing promotion ONE Championship. They discuss Sityodtong’s journey before building ONE Championship, the company’s success in new media endeavors and the advantage that fights have over legacy sports leagues like the NFL or MLB.
29 min
94
Surprise NBA Finals To Rely on More Games, Not ...
Scott and Eben discuss the upcoming NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks, a series that is lacking the star power of recent championship showdowns. They also discuss the start of the NIL Era in college sports, U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s drug test, and yet another sale in the world of sports memorabilia and collectibles.
21 min
95
Sixers CEO Steps Down / Ares Management’s $1 Bi...
Scott and Eben discuss Scott O’Neil’s decision to step down as CEO of the 76ers and Devils. They also talk about Ares Management’s recent $1 billion investment across multiple sports, Jerry Jones’ esports ambitions, a $200 million Division III athletics facility, and a star-studded cap table for Buzzer.
23 min
96
Lakers Valued Around $5 Billion, Nike Hits All-...
Scott and Eben discuss a 27% stake in the Los Angeles Lakers that is being sold to two Dodgers owners. They also talk about JPMorgan Chase’s investment into Robert Kraft’s analytics company, Nike’s stock hitting an all-time high, and Sports Illustrated licensing its name for gambling purposes.
21 min
97
“Our David Beckham Moment” as Indoor Lacrosse H...
Scott and Eben chat with National Lacrosse League commissioner Nick Sakiewicz about the NLL’s latest franchise, a club in Las Vegas co-owned by billionaire Joe Tsai, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, basketball Hall of Famer Steve Nash and golfer Dustin Johnson.
24 min
98
"Open Season on NCAA” Following Landmark Court ...
Scott and Eben are joined by Sportico legal analyst Mike McCann to discuss Monday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling, in which the justices ruled 9-0 against the NCAA. They also discuss a Las Vegas lacrosse franchise with some big-name owners, and the latest executive hire by Fanatics.
24 min
99
Models, Athletes, Celebs and NFTs: The Club Nec...
Scott and Eben chat with real estate investor and D.C. United minority owner Al Tylis about his recent investment into Mexican soccer team Club Necaxa. They discuss Liga MX’s commercial success in both the U.S. and Mexico, its growth prospects, and an ownership group that includes Eva Longoria, Kate Upton and Mesut Ozil. They also discuss Necaxa’s ongoing sale of a 1% ownership stake, which is being auctioned as an NFT.
24 min
100
Yes! Yes! Yes! Islanders Playoff Run Comes at P...
Scott and Eben discuss the New York Islanders’s playoff run, which comes as the team prepares to open a new $1.5 billion arena. They also talk about an expanded College Football Playoff, pay-per-view sales from the Logan Paul-Floyd Mayweather fight, an NFT that carries a minority stake in a Mexican soccer team, and a few other topics.
25 min