Gain exclusive insight into the professional and personal worlds of high-level executives in sports and entertainment as we host top decision-makers in the industry to discuss emerging topics, their business, careers, and personal life stories.
From collegiate conference commissioners to professional sports team executives and owners, to CMOs and leading marketers at global brands, Maestas takes listeners inside the lives of key people making a major impact on the sports and entertainment industry.
Before being announced as CEO of the Seattle Kraken, Tod Leiweke held leadership positions with the Seahawks, Sounders, Trail Blazers, Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment, and the NFL. An industry vet with a fiery passion and love for the city of Seattle.
Steve Berkowitz is an investigative journalist (USA Today) covering the business side of college sports. His work includes breakdowns of coaches' compensation, NIL, and other critical storylines surrounding college athletics that occur off the field.
Luke Bould, Director at Alacria and one of Australia's top CMOs, joins the show to discuss the similarities and differences in marketing sports between the U.S. and Australia.
Chris Marinak is the Chief Operations & Strategy Officer for Major League Baseball. He and AJ discuss the future of baseball, overcoming COVID-19, and the innovative projects Chris oversaw in 2020, including integrating crowd noise from the popular video game "MLB The Show" in ballparks during real games.
Mike Haynes played in the NFL for 14 years, earning Pro Bowl honors nine times. He won Super Bowl XVIII with the Raiders in 1983, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Today he is the founder of Mike Haynes and Associates and is an advocate for increased awareness of issues related to concussions and men's health.
When Steve Loy recruited Phil Mickelson to play golf for him at Arizona State, he did not foresee the decades-long business partnership that would ensue. Today, Mickelson has earned over $700 Million in endorsement deals and Loy has been an integral part of those negotiations since day one.
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Essential for intelligent sports fans and industry insiders
AJ Maestas explores the people behind the sports industry - many of them made history as sportswomen and men themselves. We hear their personal stories, but he also asks the deciders where baseball, football, even cricket, are heading, as young fans set the agenda for the future. Can the NFL do more about diversity and inclusion? Should baseball games be shorter? How do you work with the TV Networks and the E-Sports and gaming franchises? This podcast really is a weekly journey into the future of America’s pastimes
Great podcast for those interested in sports business! Fascinating guests and conversations. AJ is an awesome host.
Informative and Entertaining!
Mr Maestas is obviously quite knowledgeable about sports (especially the business side), but it’s his personality that makes the delivery of the information/insights so enjoyable to listen to. Great podcast!