15 episodes

Office Hours, presented by Front Office Sports, features interviews with diverse leaders who are helping shape the sports industry. From c-level executives and Athletic Directors to professional athletes, Office Hours provides actionable insights into the ever-changing sports business landscape.

FOS CEO Adam White leads guests down a path revolving around 3 core themes: What is on their mind, what they are excited about, and what big ideas or theories they have to share.

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Office Hours, presented by Front Office Sports, features interviews with diverse leaders who are helping shape the sports industry. From c-level executives and Athletic Directors to professional athletes, Office Hours provides actionable insights into the ever-changing sports business landscape.

FOS CEO Adam White leads guests down a path revolving around 3 core themes: What is on their mind, what they are excited about, and what big ideas or theories they have to share.

    Rich Antoniello, Founder and CEO, Complex Networks

    Rich Antoniello, Founder and CEO, Complex Networks

    On this week's episode, we're joined by Rich Antoniello CEO and founder of Complex Networks.

    Antoniello founded Complex in 2002 after several years in print and digital media at National Geographic and Men's Journal following his start as a media planner at Saatchi & Saatchi in 1993.

    Antoniello sat down to discuss the value of organic growth, what teams and leagues can learn from media companies, the importance of good brands and good businesses, and what it takes to be a good entrepreneur.

    4:04-4:39: The value of organic growth. 
    9:01-9:58: On creating content vs. reporting
    14:44-15:50: Monetization in college athletics
    28:33-30:06: What teams and leagues can learn from media companies
    41:12- 41:47: The importance of good brands and good business
    43:53-45:25: The sacrifices necessary to be an entrepreneur

    • 47 min
    Gary and AJ Vaynerchuk, Founders, VaynerMedia and VaynerSports

    Gary and AJ Vaynerchuk, Founders, VaynerMedia and VaynerSports

    On today's episode, we are joined by Gary and AJ Vaynerchuk, founders of VaynerMedia, a social-media focused digital agency, and VaynerSports, a full-service athletic representation agency.

    The Vaynerchuks have their sights set on the sports industry as the next target for disruption, and they sat down with FOS CEO Adam White to discuss the sports industry, the business of being an agent, what things leagues are doing well, and the future of men's makeup.

    5:29- 6:30 - AJ on the easy and hard parts of being an NFL agent
    9:05- 9:21- Gary on why he enjoys working in sports.
    13:14- 14:07- Interplay of Vayner Media and Vayner sports
    20:39- 21:54 - The business of being an agent
    23:43- 25:33 - Gary on how he got into tech
    37:23 - 38:22 - Extremely bullish on men's makeup

    • 42 min
    Geoff Reiss, General Manager, Yahoo Sports

    Geoff Reiss, General Manager, Yahoo Sports

    On today's episode, we are joined by Geoff Reiss, General Manager of Yahoo Sports.

    Reiss' extensive resume in the sports media space includes time with Newsweek, ESPN, the Professional Bowlers Association, Twitter, and more. With that background, Reiss brings an interesting perspective in a time when several upstart professional leagues are forming, sports betting is approaching full legalization, and the media landscape is constantly changing.

    2:09-4:33 On constants in the sports industry
    4:34-5:59 On pro leagues that can gain an audience outside of traditionally successful periods for tv ratings
    6:01-7:58 Economic problems for upstart pro leagues
    38:45-39:45 On NFL Media rights situation
    39:45-40:38 On doubling NFL revenue in 2019
    40:39-41:18 What Yahoo Sports invest in for 2020
    41:19-42:41 What a successful 2020 looks like for Yahoo Sports
    42:42-43:41 Exciting things about the sports industry to look forward to

    • 54 min
    Donn Davis, Chairman & Co-Founder, Professional Fighters League

    Donn Davis, Chairman & Co-Founder, Professional Fighters League

    On today's episode, we are joined by Donn Davis, chairman and co-founder of the Professional Fighters League.

    A lifelong entrepreneur and operator, Davis decided to do something most 50-year-olds wouldn't - start a professional sports league. Heading into its third year, Davis has high hopes and ambitions for the PFL that include global expansion and betting integration. Having raised $100 million, Davis is bullish on the PFL becoming the next billion-dollar league.

    3:25-3:52 - How PFL fits in the broader MMA landscape 
    4:15-4:57 - Fundraising journey 
    5:22-5:39 - The next billion-dollar brand
    5:58-6:19 - The PFL's road to success 
    8:07-8:35 - PFL x ESPN
    16:38-16:55 - Sports betting integration
    35:28-36:16 - International expansion 
    40:46-41:52 - 2020 success 
    43:07- 43:54 - Path to profitability 

    • 50 min
    Peter Hutton, Director of Sports Partnerships, Facebook

    Peter Hutton, Director of Sports Partnerships, Facebook

    On today's show, we are joined by Peter Hutton, Director of Sports Partnerships at Facebook.

    Previously, Hutton spent just over three years as the CEO of Eurosport. He takes us through the tech giant's strengths and opportunities in the sports space, being a seasoned world traveller, and preparing for the future.

    On Facebook working and growing their relationship with athletes (14:47)

    On knowing Facebook is in a good spot (36:39)

    On growth opportunities for Facebook Sports (37:17)

    On the biggest issues that teams hope Facebook can help them solve (39:00)

    • 45 min
    Heather Brooks Karatz, President, Los Angeles Wildcats

    Heather Brooks Karatz, President, Los Angeles Wildcats

    On today's show, we are joined by Heather Brooks Karatz, president of the XFL's Los Angeles Wildcats.

    Her career has included several years as the Executive VP of LAFC as well as many different roles in sports law with the NFL, NHL, and the agency world.  She takes us through her own professional journey through the sports business as well as the XFL's return in 2020.

    On joining the XFL (0:04)

    On maintaining a work life balance (29:48)

    On her own personal journey (33:24)

    • 39 min

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