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Michael Barr, Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams 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, Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams 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.

    Jeter’s Price Tag Doesn’t Hinge on 100% Hall Ballot

    Jeter’s Price Tag Doesn’t Hinge on 100% Hall Ballot

    Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including what Derek Jeter’s memorabilia prospects are in light of his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jeter, a former New York Yankees captain, came within one vote of joining his former teammate, Mariano Rivera, as the only unanimous selections. Even so, the market for Jeter memorabilia should be robust, said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. Also talked about is Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s investment in the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. And also discussed is a possible sale of Bill Simmons’s media company, The Ringer, to Spotify.
     
    Hosts: Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr
     
    Producer: Tim Herro
     
    To contact the reporters on this story:
    Scott Soshnick in New York at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net;
    Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net;
    Michael Barr in New York at mbarr18@bloomberg.net

    To contact the editor responsible for this story:
    Scott Soshnick at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net

    • 15 min
    Chiefs-49ers Super Bowl Tickets Soar Past $4,500 Floor

    Chiefs-49ers Super Bowl Tickets Soar Past $4,500 Floor

    Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including a Super Bowl match-up that has ticket prices soaring. The Feb. 2 game in Miami features the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, two classic NFL franchises that haven't had a lot of Super Bowl success of late. The cheapest available ticket on secondary market TicketIQ.com is right around $4,500, with the average listing over $8,000. Also talked about is a changing of the guard regarding the NFL's most marketable stars, with Patrick Mahomes set to overtake Tom Brady as the players union's top selling athlete. Also discussed is mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor's return to the octagon, and what his 40-second victory this weekend means for the business of UFC.

    Hosts: Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr

    Producer: Tim Herro

    To contact the reporters on this story:
    Scott Soshnick in New York at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net;
    Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net;
    Michael Barr in New York at mbarr18@bloomberg.net

    To contact the editor responsible for this story:
    Scott Soshnick at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net

    • 10 min
    'It Doesn’t Stop Here': WNBPA's Historic Labor Deal

    'It Doesn’t Stop Here': WNBPA's Historic Labor Deal

    Terri Jackson, head of the Women’s National Basketball Association players union, joins Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr to discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, starting with the groundbreaking new labor accord negotiated between the league and union. If ratified, the new agreement would dramatically increase salaries for WNBA players, and expand benefits in areas like maternity leave and family planning, travel and road accommodation, and free agency. The executive director of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association since 2016, Jackson was instrumental in negotiating the deal. She discusses the process, the unique ownership structure of the league’s teams, and its profitability. She also speaks more broadly about similar efforts in sports like women’s soccer and women’s hockey to improve athlete compensation and treatment.

    Hosts: Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr

    Producer: Tim Herro

    To contact the reporters on this story:
    Scott Soshnick in New York at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net;
    Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net;
    Michael Barr in New York at mbarr18@bloomberg.net

    To contact the editor responsible for this story:
    Scott Soshnick at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net

    • 38 min
    Red Sox Up Next in Baseball’s Sign-Stealing Punishment

    Red Sox Up Next in Baseball’s Sign-Stealing Punishment

    Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including the sign stealing fiasco in Major League Baseball. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has already suspended the Houston Astros’ Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch -- both were subsequently fired by the team. Additionally, the Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora, who previously worked for the Astros. The league is still investigating allegations made against the Red Sox. Also talked about is the WNBA’s new labor contract, which significantly increases player salaries and benefits. For the first time the league’s average salary will eclipse $100,000. Also discussed is a recap of the college football championship game, including LSU quarterback Joe Burrow clinging to the game ball, which one memorabilia expert said is worth at least $100,000. And included in the show is a conversation with New York Islanders legend Mike Bossy.

    Hosts: Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr

    Producer: Tim Herro

    To contact the reporters on this story:
    Scott Soshnick in New York at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net;
    Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net;
    Michael Barr in New York at mbarr18@bloomberg.net

    To contact the editor responsible for this story:
    Scott Soshnick at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net

    • 27 min
    ‘Take Care of Ya’ll Chicken’ is Beast Mode’s Advice

    ‘Take Care of Ya’ll Chicken’ is Beast Mode’s Advice

    Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including Marshawn Lynch’s post-game advice to younger players in the NFL, which has reached the conference finals stage off its playoffs. Lynch, whose Seattle Seahawks lost to the Green Bay Packers, used his platform to tell younger players to take care of their bodies, minds and money. Lynch came out of retirement to play for the Seahawks, giving him a glimpse of life after football. Also discussed is the NFL’s final four, and the star power and brand-name teams still alive. The matchups bode well for television ratings. Also discussed is tonight’s college football national title game between Clemson and LSU, which generates far more money than its ACC opponent. Also talked about are Tony Romo’s broadcasting prospects, and the NBA players’ association starting an accelerator to assist its members in business ventures.

    Hosts: Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr

    Producer: Colin Tipton

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    To contact the reporters on this story:
    Scott Soshnick in New York at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net;
    Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net;
    Michael Barr in New York at mbarr18@bloomberg.net

    To contact the editor responsible for this story:
    Scott Soshnick at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net

    • 17 min
    Harvard-Yale on Ice in ‘World's Most Famous Arena’

    Harvard-Yale on Ice in ‘World's Most Famous Arena’

    Leverage Agency founder Ben Sturner joins Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr to discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including this weekend’s “Rivalry on Ice” hockey game between Harvard and Yale at Madison Square Garden. The event is owned and operated by Sturner’s company, which rents the midtown Manhattan arena and tries to make money by selling sponsorships and tickets. Sturner discusses the event model, how he’s gone about publicizing the game and what it takes to make it profitable. He also talks about how sponsors utilize the event, which, he said, works because of the affluent demographic of the schools' fan bases. He also talks about selling the stadium naming rights for English Premier League side Tottenham.

    Hosts: Scott Soshnick, Eben Novy-Williams and Michael Barr

    Producer: Tim Herro

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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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.

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