Jason Kelly, Michael Barr and Mike Lynch 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.
Granderson's Player Alliance is a Dream
To commemorate MLK Day, we go deep on The Players Alliance. It's a group formed by current and former Black baseball players to educate and mobilize around issues of social justice and economic inequality. Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Chris Dickerson join the show to explain the founding values, the state of the game and reflect on their own experiences as pro athletes of color in 2020.
Rich Kleiman and Kevin Durant's Ambition is Boundless (Podcast)
Thirty Five Ventures is the very model of a major athlete's ambitions well beyond the court. Rich Kleiman, co-founder with Kevin Durant of Thirty Five Ventures. The day after Durant got a new partner on the Brooklyn Nets with James Harden, his long-time manager and business partner Kleiman joins for a wide-ranging conversation on where the Nets go from here, Kleiman's roots in the music business, learning from Jay-Z and building an empire.
John Burns Wants to Share the GOAT's Secrets
John Burns watches NFL a little differently: He's got a lot of business riding on the GOAT. The CEO of TB12 is building an empire around what makes Tom Brady keep going, bringing the secrets of training and nutrition underpinning an all-world, still-going career to the rest of us. Burns and Lynchie swap Brady stories and the group explores how the pandemic has made the wellness business both more difficult and more important.
Super Wild Cards, NBA Covid and CFB's Big Money Game
We catch our breath after a weekend full of high-octane NFL playoffs, including the games that set the stage for next week's Drew Brees/Tom Brady showdown -- a network programmer's dream. On deck, the College Football Playoff championship, itself a product of business-driven negotiations that contemplated all the TV money, and Justin Fields' future prospects as a pro. Plus, the NBA postpones a game and the first real sports fallout from last week's violence at the Capitol -- the PGA says it won't play next year's championship at the President's club.
Rabil on the State of Lacrosse, and the World
Few athletes have the perspective of Paul Rabil. The best-known lacrosse player in history has evolved into both an entrepreneur and activist, using his platform to elevate the game, its players and a new way of thinking about sports. In his latest visit to the show (where he first announced the creation of the PLL in 2018), Rabil talks about the recent historic merger with Major League Lacrosse (where he started his pro career before launching the PLL), what's next for the game, his philanthropic work and the age of the empowered athlete.
Gutierrez Guides His Team 'To Where the Puck's Going'
Less than a year into his tenure running the Arizona Coyotes, Xavier Gutierrez is on the cusp of another unusual season. The former private equity investor is applying lots of business metrics to ensuring a safe season -- with a limited number of fans as the NHL season looks ahead to the first pucks dropping next week. He talks to Jason, Mike and Michael about innovations in ticket sales, as well as leaning into his young, diverse market to find "fans in waiting."