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Mark Tatum on the NBA’s pursuit of global growth

The latest episode of the SportBusiness Finance Weekly podcast features an interview with Mark Tatum, National Basketball Association deputy commissioner and chief operating officer. With the league since 1999, Tatum in his current role oversees an array of key league functions, including its overall business and international operations, global partnerships, marketing, communications, and the highly regarded team marketing and business operations (TMBO) unit.

Tatum most recently has been a key figure in the NBA’s historic establishment of the new standalone NBA Africa entity in partnership with several strategic investors.

US Editor Eric Fisher and Fifth Generation Sports’ Chris Russo, podcast co-hosts, also discuss the National Football League’s advancing plans to stage regular season games in Germany, Major League Baseball’s rising on-field integrity and competition issues, heightened activity in the global sports data market, and recommended expansion for the College Football Playoff.

Prior episodes of SportBusiness Finance Weekly can be found here.

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