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Anne Worcester on the expanding business of pickleball

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Anne Worcester, strategic advisor to Major League Pickleball. Fisher and Russo also discuss the findings of the latest investigation into the National Women’s Soccer League, Fox Sports’ linear television rights deal with Major League Soccer, Jeff Zucker’s arrival to new investment vehicle RedBird IMI, and the pair detail their top sports industry stories of 2022.

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