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Michael Barr, Scarlet Fu and Damian Sassower follow the money in the world of sports, taking listeners inside decisions that power the multibillion dollar industry. From media and technology to finance and real estate, leagues and teams across the globe have matured into far more than just back-page entertainment. The show explains the money behind the final score.

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Michael Barr, Scarlet Fu and Damian Sassower follow the money in the world of sports, taking listeners inside decisions that power the multibillion dollar industry. From media and technology to finance and real estate, leagues and teams across the globe have matured into far more than just back-page entertainment. The show explains the money behind the final score.

    Augusta to Arabia: Golf's Ever-Changing Landscape

    Augusta to Arabia: Golf's Ever-Changing Landscape

    Join hosts Michael Barr, Scarlet Fu and Damian Sassower for a look at some of the latest headlines and stories in the business of sports.Bloomberg News municipal finance reporter Amanda Albright discusses her story on how former MLB All-Star Frank White helped to upend a $2 billion ballpark and entertainment district project in Kansas City.

    Then, Bloomberg Originals chief correspondent Jason Kelly reflects on his conversation with US soccer legend Brandi Chastain, from the latest episode of "The Deal with Alex Rodriguez and Jason Kelly."Bloomberg Businessweek contributor and sportswriter Alan Shipnuck details his feature story on the PGA and LIV Golf, "Everyone Is Rich, No One Is Happy. The Pro Golf Drama Is Back."Plus, MLB Hall of Famer and Atlanta Braves legend Tom Glavine joins to talk April baseball and golf, ahead of the upcoming "Invited Celebrity Classic" tournament. 
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    Washington DC Teams Staying Put, Life on the Green

    Washington DC Teams Staying Put, Life on the Green

    Join hosts Michael Barr, Scarlet Fu and Damian Sassower for a look at some of the latest headlines and stories in the business of sports.

    Bloomberg Originals chief correspondent Jason Kelly joins to discuss his conversation with RedBird Capital founder and managing partner Gerry Cardinale, from the latest episode of "The Deal with Alex Rodriguez and Jason Kelly." Plus, they update the standings from Bloomberg's "Brackets for a Cause" challenge ahead of a big weekend for the NCAA tournament.

    Then, sports journalist and author Ann Ligouri joins to look ahead to the Masters. They discuss the state of golf and Liguori's new book, "Life on the Green: Lessons and Wisdom from Legends of Golf."

    Plus, the team welcomes Zach Leonsis, President of New Media and New Enterprises at Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystic and CapitalOne Arena in DC. They discuss the aftermath of a $2 billion deal that would have brought the teams to a new sports and entertainment center in Virginia falling through and what's next now that those teams will stay in DC.  
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    • 41 min
    Welcome Back to Baseball, Big Money in March Madness

    Welcome Back to Baseball, Big Money in March Madness

    Join hosts Michael Barr, Scarlet Fu and Damian Sassower for a look at some of the latest headlines and stories in the business of sports.

    They talk through the big money in this year's NCAA Tournament from a few angles: first with Bloomberg Intelligence senior media analyst Geetha Ranganathan, who says March Madness could create an advertising windfall for big media companies carrying the games - continuing a trend for live sports. Then, Bloomberg Opinion columnist Allison Schrager joins to discuss her latest piece on America's love affair with sports gambling and March Madness despite regulatory efforts to discourage what she calls "productive risk-taking."

    Michael, Damian and Scarlet then celebrate the start of the MLB season with MLB Network insider Jon Morosi. They talk through some of this year's big storylines, including the betting scandal surrounding superstar Shohei Ohtani and why Morosi is skeptical of the Dodgers chances of winning it all this year.

    Plus, hear a snippet from the latest edition of "The Deal with Alex Rodriguez and Jason Kelly", featuring guest Hannah Storm. 
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    • 38 min
    Ohtani's Star Power, Using Math to Create Perfect Bracket

    Ohtani's Star Power, Using Math to Create Perfect Bracket

    Join hosts Michael Barr, Scarlet Fu and Damian Sassower for a look at some of the latest headlines and stories in the business of sports.

    Bloomberg Entertainment reporter Lucas Shaw on the star power and gambling drama surrounding Shohei Ohtani. Then, Bloomberg Originals Chief Correspondent Jason Kelly stops by to talk about the latest episode of The Deal where he and A-Rod sit down with Yankees legend Derek Jeter. 

    Plus, Davidson College Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Tim Chartier joins to discuss how to create mathematical formulas and models to predict tournament winners using bracketology and rankings. 
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    • 38 min
    Caitlin Clark's Meteoric Rise, Mountain West's Ready for March Madness

    Caitlin Clark's Meteoric Rise, Mountain West's Ready for March Madness

    Join hosts Michael Barr, Scarlet Fu and Damian Sassower for a look at some of the latest headlines and stories in the business of sports.

    Noel LaMontagne, former NFL player and now Director at Verdence Capital Advisors focusing on high-net-worth clients in sports and entertainment joins to break down the early big signings and moves in NFL free agency. Then, Bloomberg Opinion columnist Adam Minter talks about his latest piece on Iowa women's basketball superstar Caitlin Clark's meteoric rise and what it means for her future, as Fox Sports mulls making her an NIL deal if she stays in college an extra year.

    Plus, Mountain West Conference commissioner Gloria Nevarez joins to discuss the state of her league and college sports in general ahead of this year's NCAA basketball tournament, where a lot of her teams have high hopes.
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    • 38 min
    College Athletes Unionizing, Karl-Anthony Towns

    College Athletes Unionizing, Karl-Anthony Towns

    Join hosts Michael Barr, Scarlet Fu and Damian Sassower for a look at some of the latest headlines and stories in the business of sports.

    First, Bloomberg News US Sports Reporter Randall Williams on Lebron James's latest business ventures and the renovation plans for Arrowhead stadium. 

    Then, Marty Edel, co-chair at Goulston and Storrs Sports Law Practice and adjunct professor at Columbia University, talks about the Dartmouth men's basketball team voting to unionize and the impact that may have on the NCAA's overall business model.

    And NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns joins the show to talk about the team's current season success and his thoughts on the Timberwolves's new ownership group.  
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

esanjay26 ,

Breezy, brisk & insightful

This podcast goes behind the back page leads to give interesting and insightful coverage of the dollars and cents of all the major professional sports in three 15 minutes casts per week - very digestible news and interviews I don’t find elsewhere.

bringbackbarr ,

Too much focus on US sports

The problem is there is not enough focus on international sport. In today’s world they are back playing unlike domestic sports. The old crew of Williams, Sosinick and Barr were a lot more focussed on this and i believe the program has slipped.

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