Mark Abbott on the start of Major League Soccer’s 26th season
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.
McConaughey’s star power helps Austin FC make immediate MLS splash
MLS expansion team drawing huge buzz thanks to the excitement of Austin, Texas, finally becoming a major league sports town and the global profile of minority owner and noted actor Matthew McConaughey. Bob Williams reports.
Jahm Najafi on global sports investment trends
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.