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Pac-12 Conference commissioner Kliavkoff on the transformation of US college sports

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview George Kliavkoff, commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference. Eric and Chris also discuss National Basketball Association’s league-level cryptocurrency sponsorship deal with Coinbase, a $100m (€86m) funding round for startup digital collectibles company Candy Digital, and ongoing turbulence in the United States’ regional sports network business. They also explore the acquisition by OneFootball and Eleven of a pool of international rights for nine European football leagues, as well as increasing scrutiny from the US House of Representatives on the National Football League and Washington Football Team.

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In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview 777 Partners managing director Juan Arciniegas. Fisher and Russo also discuss Major League Baseball’s lockout of the MLB Players Association, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s new digital rights deal with the National Hockey League, and the $840m funding round for India-based fantasy sports platform Dream Sports.

Simon Cummins, partner and head of the global sports, gaming, and media practice at executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, discusses three C-suite sports business trends he expects to play out next year

MLS vice president of media Seth Bacon tells SportBusiness the league would jump at the opportunity to stage annual games on Thanksgiving Day after the historic viewership success of the recent Colorado-Portland game on Fox.

With the first-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix taking place this weekend, SportBusiness speaks with Charlie Beauchamp and Chris Long of CSM Sports and Entertainment, who are acting in advisory capacity for the race. They talk about the Kingdom's commercial goals and what will be needed to make the event a success. Adam Nelson reports.