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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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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
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
17
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
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
$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
22
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
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
$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
40
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
41
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
42
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
43
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
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
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
48
“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
49
"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
50
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
51
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
52
Basquiat and Biggie: Brooklyn Nets CEO talks Bu...
Scott and Eben chat with John Abbamondi, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets, about the business of the NBA’s hottest team. Abbamondi talks about challenges during the pandemic, the return of fans to the Barclays Center, and how the Nets think about franchise value growth on a long-term horizon.
21 min
53
“Legalized Bank Robbery” in Boxing, MLS Team’s ...
Scott and Eben discuss Sunday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and YouTube star Logan Paul, which made both men millions. They also talk about NFL executive Kevin LaForce’s new job, D.C. United’s $710 million valuation, and changes at Manchester United.
24 min
54
NBA Valuations, Unruly Fans, and Leadership Les...
Scott and Eben chat with Scott O’Neil, CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, to discuss leadership, the rapid growth of the NBA, its opportunities in China, and the recent string of ugly incidents involving fans.
34 min
55
The NBA’s Unruly Fans / Naomi Osaka’s Media Freeze
Scott and Eben discuss a recent string of ugly incidents involving fans during the NBA playoffs. They also talk about tennis star Naomi Osaka’s announcement that she wouldn’t participate in press conferences during the French Open, and financing problems for the new NFL stadium in Las Vegas.
28 min
56
Surging Fan Demand with StubHub Executive Aksha...
Scott and Eben are joined by Akshay Khanna, GM of StubHub’s North America business, to discuss the surging demand for live sporting events and concerts in the back half of the year. They discuss the challenges of the last 18 months, optimism moving forward, and why there may be a lot more third-party events at big league venues this fall. The hosts also discuss Sportico’s recent list of the world’s highest paid athletes.
27 min
57
Mickelson’s Millions / U.S. Soccer Shakeup
Scott and Eben discuss Phil Mickelson’s historic win at the PGA Championship, which earned him $2.16 million. They also talk about changes in U.S. Soccer marketing, and new high school basketballs super league.
23 min
58
English Soccer’s Inequality / Another MLS Club ...
Scott and Eben discuss Sportico’s recent Premier League valuations, led by Manchester United at $4.65 billion. They also talk about Stanford University’s decision to reinstate the 11 varsity sports it eliminated in July, and the sale of MLS club Houston Dynamo to Ted Segal.
26 min
59
Kobe Bryant’s Footwear Future / A $43 Billion M...
Scott and Eben discuss the latest for Kobe Byrant’s footwear empire, as the Hall of Famer’s estate explores potential options in the wake of its separation from Nike. They also discuss sports implications of the $43 billion merger between AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery; a pair of new ESPN broadcast deals; and the Pac-12 Conference’s next commissioner.
24 min
60
LeBron vs. Steph In One-Game NBA Playoff / A’s ...
Scott and Eben discuss the release of the 2021 NFL schedule, which the league has turned into another offseason spectacle. They also discuss the potential relocation of the Oakland A’s, a recent Sportico story about a lucrative corner of the college sports world, and the NBA’s new playoff format.
23 min
61
NFL Owners Readying MLS Investment / Horse Dopi...
Scott and Eben discuss a Sportico report that the Wilf family, owners of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, are nearing a deal to acquire MLS club Orlando City SC. They also discuss the latest in a horse racing controversy that has ensnared the sport’s most prominent trainer; a $200 million acquisition in sports data; and a sold out crowd of 73,000 fans for a boxing match in Texas.
23 min
62
Teenage Prodigy’s Soccer Lawsuit / Knicks, Rang...
Scott and Eben discuss 15-year-old soccer phenom Olivia Moultrie, who is suing the NWSL to try and lift its age restrictions. They also discuss the latest in the $10 billion SPAC deal involving data giant Sportradar, heavy revenue losses for the Knicks and Rangers, and what sports teams and athletes are doing with their NFT cryptocurrency.
24 min
63
NFL Draft Wrap / Rugby’s Big Private Equity Moment
Scott and Eben discuss the NFL Draft, which drew move viewers this year than the Oscars, and a new sponsor-inspired camera angle that’s drawing ire from baseball fans in Texas. They also discuss a possible $281 million private equity investment into New Zealand Rugby, and Intel exploring a sale of its sports unit.
25 min
64
Inside Baseball’s Billion-Dollar Valuations / N...
Scott and Eben discuss a recent Sportico live event featuring the most powerful people in Major League Baseball. They also discuss the upcoming NFL draft, which will open with Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, and the NHL’s new media deals with Turner.
22 min
65
Yankees, Mets Eye TV Tie-up / New Dodger Dog, S...
Scott and Eben discuss the potential sale of SNY, the TV partner of the Mets, which could result in a media partnership between New York’s two MLB teams. They also discuss a sponsorship shake-up for gymnastics star Simone Biles, a $4.75 billion deal in sports betting, and a new supplier for the iconic Dodger Dog.
22 min
66
Bumbling Billionaires, Oligarchs and Sheikhs Of...
Scott and Eben discuss the rapid collapse of the European soccer Super League, which fell apart less than 48 hours after it was announced, following outrage from fans, players and government officials. They also discuss a new bonus structure for PGA Tour golfers, digital horse-racing and a big esports donation.
25 min
67
The Simpsons Help Explain Europe’s New Super Le...
Scott and Eben discuss a blockbuster development for European soccer, with 12 of the sport’s richest teams announcing plans to form their own continental championship. They also discuss Trevor Lawrence signing with Adidas, and the NFL’s $1 billion betting deals.
22 min
68
DraftKings Hires / Fans Return / A Chat With AE...
Scott and Eben discuss a new DraftKings hire, which explains a lot about the future of sports betting and sports media, and news in the world of esports and professional lacrosse. They’re then joined by AEG CEO Dan Beckerman to discuss how the privately-held entertainment giant is approaching the return of fans to sports stadiums and concert venues this spring.
27 min
69
Matsuyama’s $600 Million Masters Moment / A-Rod...
Scott and Eben discuss Hideki Matsuyama’s historic Masters win, the first for a Japanese golfer, which could end up being worth $600 million in future business opportunities. They also discuss the first major U.S. investment into Mexico’s Liga MX, the most-watched soccer league in the U.S., and the pending sale of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves to a group co-lead by Alex Rodriguez.
22 min
70
The Masters Tees Off / Olympics Boycott Controv...
Scott and Eben discuss the business behind the Masters, which tees off this week without 2019 champion Tiger Woods. They also discuss comments made by a U.S. State Department official regarding the 2022 Beijing Olympics, and the latest developments in the world of sports collectibles and digital art.
22 min
71
NFL/Genius NCAA Women's Tourney $$, Monumental ...
Scott and Sportico managing editor Matt Bok discuss the NFL's deal with Genius Sports to be the exclusive league data provider for sportsbooks before turning to the uncaptured value of the women's college basketball tournament. They also look at Arctos Sports Partners' investment in the Golden State Warriors and review a profile of Monumental Sports and Ted Leonsis's burgeoning empire.
24 min
72
The NCAA Has Its Day At the Supreme Court
Scott and Eben are joined by Sportico legal analyst Michael McCann to break down oral hearings in a Supreme Court case that could forever alter the landscape of college sports. The trio discuss how the NCAA got here, what happened with SCOTUS on Wednesday, and what to expect moving forward.
22 min
73
Yankees Worth $6.75 billion / March Madness Money
Scott and Eben discuss Sportico’s recent MLB valuations, which found that the New York Yankees are the most valuable sports franchise in the world at $6.75 billion. They also discuss business stories surrounding March Madness, and two media acquisitions from last week that are both gambling-inspired.
23 min
74
NFL, Amazon Deepen Relationship / Fanatics Wort...
Scott and Eben discuss a new partnership between Amazon and the NFL that will see more fan gear listed on Amazon’s marketplace. They also discuss the latest funding round for Fanatics, Dan Snyder consolidating his ownership of the Washington Football Team and a Sportico story about how companies are approaching their corporate tickets as people return to arenas and stadiums.
21 min
75
NFL’s $105 Billion Media Deals / Upset-Filled M...
Scott and Eben discuss the NFL’s latest media renewals, which are worth more than $105 billion from partners ESPN, FOX, CBS, NBC and Amazon. They also discuss the NCAA postseason tournaments, which have been filed with upsets and accusations of gender inequality. They also discuss a potential Endeavor IPO and new chairman of Genius Sports.
23 min
76
LeBron Becomes MLB Owner / Basketball Players M...
Scott and Eben discuss LeBron James’s latest investment, an equity stake in Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC. They also discuss a social media movement by college basketball players on the eve of the NCAA tournament, a new ETF geared towards sports leagues and teams, and Tiger Woods’s return to golf video games.
25 min
77
Newest Billionaire Comes from Sports Betting / ...
Scott and Eben discuss one of the business world’s newest billionaires, DraftKings co-founder Jason Robins, who is now worth more than $1.2 billion because of the company’s dramatic growth as a public company. They also discuss the money behind March Madness, the NCAA’s main revenue driver; new technology helping arenas re-open to fans; and China’s offer to vaccinate athletes for both the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
23 min
78
XFL Delays 2022 Relaunch / LeBron Nike Brand’s ...
Scott and Eben discuss the latest from the XFL, whose new owners have paused next year’s planed relaunch as they explore a strategic partnership with the Canadian Football League. They also discuss Nike’s new partnership with Florida A&M, which is a first for LeBron’s brand; and the NHL’s new seven-year deal with ESPN, which leaves the other half of the league’s U.S. rights still up for grabs.
22 min
79
Meghan Markle vs. LeBron / NBA’s Star-Studded B...
22 min
80
Nike Exec Steps Down After Story on Son’s Sneak...
Scott and Eben discuss a recent executive shake-up at Nike. Ann Hebert, the company’s GM of North America, stepped down this week after a Bloomberg Businessweek magazine story detailed her teenage son’s sneaker re-selling business. They also discuss the revealing reaction of Texas Longhorns donors during the school’s reckoning with its “The Eyes of Texas” fight song, and a recent Sportico story that undercut a critical piece of testimony in the NCAA’s fight to preserve amateurism.
22 min
81
Selling Michael Jordan’s $15 Million House / NF...
22 min
82
Vince McMahon Comes Off Top Rope in XFL Lawsuit...
Scott and Eben discuss the latest in the $23.8 million legal fight between Vince McMahon and former XFL commissioner Oliver Luck, and the Vegas Golden Knights’ recent partnership with a tout service. They also discuss a new lawsuit between Team USA and Puma, the bizarre story surrounding Rangers star Artemi Panarin, and the latest on Tiger Woods.
22 min
83
MLB Team Executive’s Disastrous Interview / Fer...
Scott and Eben discuss an interview that Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mather gave to a local rotary club, which included insults of foreign players and details about the team’s business strategy. Mather resigned on Monday. They also discuss Sportradar’s potential $10+ billion valuation, the NHL’s latest series of outdoor games next to Lake Tahoe, and Notre Dame throwing cold water on the much-anticipated return of the EA Sports college football video game.
24 min
84
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Sees Value Explode / ...
Scott and Eben discuss the rapid growth of the collectibles industry, with sky-rocketing valuations on memorabilia of all types, from Topps rookies to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tuna cards. Now, investors such as Mets owner Steve Cohen and the Chernin Group are getting in on the action. They also discuss the upcoming MLB season, and the push to drive investment and coverage of women’s sports.
19 min
85
UCLA’s Nike Deal a $11 Million Drop / Daytona 5...
Scott and Eben discuss the details of UCLA’s new apparel contract with Nike, which is worth about $11 million less, per year, than its prior agreement with Under Armour. They also discuss the Daytona 500 and the business of NASCAR, plus RedBird Capital’s investment in Wasserman Media, and the resignation of Tokyo Olympics head Yoshiro Mori.
20 min
86
NHL Takes Betting Equity / NBA’s Anthem Wars
Scott and Eben discuss the Super Bowl’s underwhelming ratings, and the NHL’s latest sports gambling partner, which includes the league receiving stock in Australian sportsbook Pointsbet. They also discuss the Super Bowl streaker’s gambling claims, a disagreement between the Dallas Mavericks and the NBA over the playing of the national anthem, and quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick’s new investment vehicle.
21 min
87
Super Bowl Business Recap / Technology Hiccups
Scott and Eben recap the Super Bowl, including what the statement win means for Tom Brady’s legacy, and what the loss means for Patrick Mahomes. They also discuss the ads, the halftime show, and a series of technology outages that affected both CBS’s digital stream, and a handful of sports betting apps in the run-up to the game. They close with a discussion of 32 Equity, the NFL’s venture capital arm.
23 min
88
NFL Sponsorship Grows / College Football Video ...
Scott and Eben discuss the business of the NFL on the eve of the Super Bowl. League sponsorship jumped 10% to $1.6 billion last season, according to marketing firm IEG, and it was a strong year for the league from a broadcast perspective as well. The two also discuss Jeff Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO, and the reality behind EA Sports’s decision to resume making its popular college football video game.
21 min
89
NBA’s COVID Woes / MLB Labor Deja Vu
Scott and Eben discuss how NBA owners are managing the pandemic, and news from this week that long-time MLB team executive Theo Epstein is joining a private equity group that will invest in pro sports teams of all types. The two also discuss the looming labor fight in Major League Baseball, which for the second year is threatening to derail the baseball season right before it is set to start.
18 min
90
GameStop Stock Saga / NCAA Loses $800 Million
Scott and Eben discuss the wild story of GameStop’s stock surge, and a few sports related angles to the saga. They also discuss the NBA’s new guidelines for institutional investors, the NCAA’s $800 million loss from the cancelled March Madness tournament, and the final ratings for the NFL’s two conference championship games.
18 min
91
Super Bowl Stardom Delivers for CBS / A Sports ...
Scott and Eben discuss all things sports media, including a Super Bowl showdown between two eras of NFL stars, and NBCUniversal’s decision to shutter cable network NBCSN by the end of the year. In addition, big UFC and WWE streaming news make this the perfect time to revisit the future of how we watch games.
18 min
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The NBA’s $5 Billion Franchises / Will Kelly Lo...
Scott and Eben discuss the business of the NBA, including recent Sportico valuations that found the average franchise is now worth $2.4 billion. The NBA now has three teams worth more than $5 billion; the NFL has just one. Also discussed: Why former U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler may be forced to surrender her ownership of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, and one New Jersey school’s unique approach to its athletics deficit.
21 min
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Introducing Sporticast, Your New Sports Busines...
1 min