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Davyeon Ross on finding new insights and new markets in sports analytics

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Davyeon Ross, co-founder and president of ShotTracker, a sports technology and data and analytics company providing real-time basketball statistics and insights. Eric and Chris also discuss Major League Baseball’s recent domestic rights extension with ESPN, the National Football League’s release of its 2021 regular season game schedule, the pending sale of Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC, the start of the 25th season of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the appointment of George Kliavkoff as the Pac-12 Conference’s new commissioner.

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In this week’s episode podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Kate Howard, chief commercial officer for Eventellect, a Texas-based ticket distribution advisory firm that has quickly become one of the key industry players in the management of live sports attendance. Eric and Chris also discuss the initial public offering for global sports data provider Sportradar, strong early-season business metrics for the National Football League, a substantial funding round for international esports organization the Mobile Premier League, and revenue distribution recommendations for college sports in the United States from the Knight Commission.

Ioris Francini, the former co-president of WME IMG, current chairman of IMG Media and now specialist commercial advisor to the sports industry, gives his take on the shifting dynamics in rights brokerage and distribution and the spate of private equity deals sweeping through sport. Ben Cronin reports.

Thanks to the arrival of superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the approval of a $120m football performance center, there is a renewed sense of excitement and optimism surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars, as team president Mark Lamping tells SportBusiness.

In his first major interview since the collapse of the media rights deals for France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s Serie A, Mediapro founder Jaume Roures strongly defends the company’s approach in both markets and insists that neither deal fell through on concerns about Mediapro guarantees.