Finance Weekly Podcast

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Mark Tatum, National Basketball Association deputy commissioner and chief operating officer. Eric and Chris also discuss the National Football League’s developing plans in Germany, Major League Baseball’s rising on-field integrity and competition issues, heightened activity in the global data market, and recommended expansion for the College Football Playoff.

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Kenny Gersh, Major League Baseball executive vice president of business development. Eric and Chris also discuss the recent earnings report for Endeavor and the company’s new hospitality deal with the International Olympic Committee, the return of the United States Football League, and a major funding round for the Premier Lacrosse League.

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Steve Loy, president of global golf for international sports business agency Sportfive and the longtime agent and business partner for iconic golfer Phil Mickelson. Eric and Chris also discuss limited partner lawsuits involving the Minnesota Timberwolves and Tampa Bay Rays, the rising presence of Las Vegas, Nevada, as a major sports market, and the strong performance of American retail chain Dick’s Sporting Goods during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Zack Weiner, co-founder and president of digital sports media network Overtime. Eric and Chris also discuss the landmark media merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery, the National Basketball Association’s development of its NBABet content initiative, a special financial distribution by college sports’ Southeastern Conference to its member schools, and Stanford University’s move to restore 11 varsity sports that had been discontinued.

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.

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.

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Rachel Jacobson, Drone Racing League president. Eric and Chris also discuss discuss the National Hockey League’s new, seven-year domestic rights agreement with Turner Sports, a new content and sponsorship agreement between Meadowlark Media and DraftKings, and the pending domestic rights renewals for England’s Premier League.

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Chris Halpin, National Football League chief strategy and growth officer. Eric and Chris also discuss the dramatic rise and fall of the proposed European Super League, Vivid Seats’ plan to go public in a merger with a special purpose acquisition company led by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly, and a $80m (€66.1m) round of funding for digital sports media entity Overtime.

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Mark Abbott, Major League Soccer president and deputy commissioner. Eric and Chris also discuss National Football League’s recent trio of official sports betting partnerships, the developing effort of former Major League Baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez to buy the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves, TrillerNet’s acquisition of combat sports-focused media company FITE, and rising tension between US media networks and Nielsen Media Research.

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.

In this week's episode of the SportBusiness Finance Weekly podcast, co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Mike Dee, president of sports for Pennsylvania-based multiplatform audio company Audacy, which recently rebranded from its prior identity of Entercom. Eric and Chris also discuss Endeavor's revived efforts to go public, a major fundraising round for the developer of NBA Top Shot, and DraftKings' acquisition of the Vegas Sports Information Network (VSiN).

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Ken Goldin, founder and chairman of New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions. Eric and Chris also discuss the recent fundraising round for sports merchandising giant Fanatics and venue naming rights deals in Miami, Florida, and New Orleans, Louisiana, and further unpack the National Football League's landmark set of domestic media rights agreements.

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Lisa Baird, commissioner of the National Women's Soccer League. Eric and Chris also discuss the National Football League's landmark set of domestic media rights agreements, a pair of large-scale industry pacts for National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James, and the return to video gaming for golf icon Tiger Woods.

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Massimo Marinelli, chief executive of global investment company Aser Ventures. Eric and Chris also discuss the National Hockey League's landmark media rights agreement with The Walt Disney Co., the XFL's potential collaboration with the Canadian Football League, and a $40m investment round for prominent esports organization Envy Gaming.

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Chris Bevilacqua, co-founder and chief executive of sports betting startup Simplebet. Eric and Chris also discuss the warning issued by Comcast Corp. chairman and chief executive Brian Roberts regarding the company's future sports rights, and recent transactions involving sports marketing outfit Playfly Sports and mobile commerce company VenueNext.

In this week's episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Russ D'Souza, co-founder and president of SeatGeek, and also discuss the emergence of ViacomCBS streaming service Paramount+ and the rise of athlete investment vehicles.

In the latest episode of the SportBusiness Finance Weekly podcast, Shervin Mirhashemi, president and chief executive of Legends, discusses global investment firm Sixth Street's deal to acquire a majority stake in the company for $1.35bn.