SportBusiness' weekly podcast examining the biggest stories developing across the global sports industry, particularly though the lens of finance and dealmaking. Co-hosted by SportBusiness US Editor Eric Fisher and Chris Russo, chief executive of Fifth Generation Sports
Episode 32 - September 13, 2021
In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview John Kosner, president of Kosner Media, a New York-based digital media and sports consultancy. A four-decade veteran of sports media and technology, Kosner has been highly active investor and advisor with sports-related startups. Eric and Chris also discuss multiple developments surrounding the start of the National Football League’s 2021 regular season, including expected record levels of betting in the United States, robust television ad sales, a 10-year partnership between for the league with Verizon, and a return of full stadiums.
Episode 31 - September 6, 2021
In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Will Ahmed, founder and chief executive of wearable technology provider Whoop. Eric and Chris also discuss the expansion of the National Football League’s roster of sportsbook partners in the United States, Facebook’s entry into prediction-based sports games, the Covid-19 pandemic creating new labor issues in the NFL and National Basketball Association, and climate-related matters hitting the sports industry.
Episode 30 - August 30, 2021
In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Vasu Kulkarni, partner with Courtside Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm. Eric and Chris also discuss the implications of Fanatics’ dramatic entry into the sports trading card market, the new alliance between the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, and Pac-12 Conferences; and the arrival of the 2021 US Open in tennis.
Episode 29 - August 23, 2021
In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Kathy Carter, LA28 chief revenue officer. Eric and Chris also discuss several dramatic moves in the global sports data business, the rapidly transforming market for sports trading cards and collectibles, and the National Hockey League’s landmark decision to allow jersey advertising.
Episode 28 - August 9, 2021
In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Eric Grubman, chairman of Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp. (SEAH), and Neal Menashe, chief executive of Super Group. Eric and Chris also discuss CVC Capital Partners’ ongoing bid to acquire a 10 per cent equity stake in a holding company focused on LaLiga’s commercial ventures, Penn National Gaming’s acquisition of theScore, new provisions in New York City requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination to attend indoor sports and entertainment events, and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s latest earnings report.
Episode 27 - August 2, 2021
In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview George Pyne, Bruin Capital founder and chief executive. Eric and Chris also discuss the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, tension surrounding the planned shift of the Universities of Texas and Oklahoma to the Southeastern Conference, and Barstool Sports’ acquisition of both the naming and media rights for the Arizona Bowl.