New York State

Attending fans will be the first to see MLB play in Buffalo since 1915

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Patrick Keane, chief executive of the Action Network, which just completed a major deal in which it will be acquired by Danish sports betting media group Better Collective. Eric and Chris also discuss Verizon’s deal to sell its digital media assets to Apollo Global Management, Genius Sports’ furious run of dealmaking that includes a $200m agreement to acquire data tracking and visualization company Second Spectrum, new Covid-19 protocols in New York state that allow normal seating at outdoor stadiums for vaccinated fans, and recent turmoil surrounding the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers.

Unrestricted outdoor seating made available to fully vaccinated fans

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Jahm Najafi, chief executive of The Najafi Companies and vice chairman of the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns. Eric and Chris also discuss the recent deal in which venerable trading card entity The Topps Co. will become a public company, the continued growth of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), New York state enacting mobile sports betting, and the emergence of Genius Sports following its landmark agreement to acquire National Football League data rights.

Limited-operator model closer to what Governor Cuomo championed

A key populous American state moves critical step closer to enabling online wagering

Move is quickly welcomed by state's numerous pro, major college teams

Populous state looks to close large pandemic-fueled budget gap

James calls on seven major cable and satellite distributors to reduce fees attributable to live sports rights