93 episodes

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.

Navigating Sports Business AJ Maestas

    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 58 Ratings

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.

    Tom Stultz - JMI Sports

    Tom Stultz - JMI Sports

    Tom Stultz - Special Advisor to the CEO and former President at JMI Sports - breaks down the current MMR marketplace and how it will be impacted by changes to the structure of college sports, such as NIL and conference realignment.
     
    He and AJ also discuss JMI's status as a privately held company, and why that's unique among their competitors.
     
    Details:
    7:30 - The future of JMI
    20:30 - Tom’s background
    31:30 - Changes to college athletics
    33:55 - Rapid Fire Questions
     
    Book Recommendations:
    The New York City Noon Prayer Meeting Burl The Church of Baseball Dreamland Dopesick  
     
    For more insights, visit our LinkedIn page or learn more about Navigate at https://nvgt.com/.

    • 44 min
    Highlight: Tim Leiweke - Oak View Group

    Highlight: Tim Leiweke - Oak View Group

    If the NBA decides to expand, Oak View Group will be ready with state of the art arenas in Seattle and Las Vegas. However, Tim Leiweke - Chairman & CEO of OVG - breaks down why the business plan in those cities doesn't rely on the NBA.
     
    Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle is already home to the NHL's Kraken, and the WNBA's Storm. The new development in Las Vegas is designed to be the city's first true point of destination built around live entertainment, and will be profitable through concerts, UFC fights, and other events, whether or not it lands a full-time NBA tenant.
     
    Listen to the full episode here: https://nvgt.com/podcast?ppplayer=98f56b6dd6dca41729f186d12a4d1251&ppepisode=9e7c1d2eaa20d5a4a8ad004e6839afa8
     
    For more insights, visit our LinkedIn page or learn more about Navigate at https://nvgt.com/.

    • 6 min
    Catie Griggs - Seattle Mariners

    Catie Griggs - Seattle Mariners

    Catie Griggs - President of Business Operations for the Seattle Mariners - joins the show for an insightful conversation about increasing the popularity of baseball among young fans. She and AJ discuss her time at Atlanta United, the exciting Mariners stars including Julio Rodriguez, and what the MLB All-Star game will mean for the city of Seattle in 2023.
     
    Catie also shares how she went to T-Mobile Park incognito to observe the fan experience when she first joined the organization. AJ points out that Adrian Hanauer, Majority Owner of the Seattle Sounders, takes the same approach to undercover data-gathering, so it's a proven strategy in the Seattle sports market. 
     
    Details
    1:40 - Catie’s Time at Atlanta United
    3:35 - Going undercover at Mariners games
    12:10 - The next generation of Baseball fans
    14:10 - Catie’s background
    17:55 - MLB All-Star Game coming to Seattle
    23:15 - Future of the Mariners
    27:35 - Rapid Fire Questions
     
    For more insights, visit our LinkedIn page or learn more about Navigate at https://nvgt.com/.

    • 32 min
    Highlight: David Cutcliffe - SEC

    Highlight: David Cutcliffe - SEC

    David Cutcliffe - Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Football Relations at the Southeastern Conference and college football veteran - shares his advice for aspiring athletic directors and the importance of the company you keep.
     
    Listen to the full episode here: https://nvgt.com/podcast?ppplayer=98f56b6dd6dca41729f186d12a4d1251&ppepisode=026a19eb25ca6ea439a75e9009579b21
     
    For more insights, visit our LinkedIn page or learn more about Navigate at https://nvgt.com/.

    • 3 min
    Mike Leach - Mississippi State

    Mike Leach - Mississippi State

    Mike Leach - Head Football Coach at Mississippi State - caught up with AJ Maestas while on a bike ride around the Florida Keys. Coach Leach was previously at Texas Tech and Washington State and is known for his animated interviews and his pioneering of the air raid offense. He gives his take on the state of Division I athletics and breaks down his plan for a 64-team College Football Playoff. 
     
    He also shares a novel idea for a two-tiered system that would allow football recruits to chose between becoming traditional student athletes, or professionals that can be signed, traded, and cut by coaches. 
     
    Details
    5:00 - Mike’s idea for a new college football system
    11:50 - Relating to college players 
    16:10 - Rapid Fire Questions
     
    For more insights, visit our LinkedIn page or learn more about Navigate at https://nvgt.com/.

    • 23 min
    Kevin Warren - Big Ten

    Kevin Warren - Big Ten

    Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren joins the show with AJ Maestas to discuss the rapidly evolving collegiate landscape. He also shares lessons he's learned over the course of a 30-year career across law, professional sports, and now college athletics.
    Details
    3:45 - The state of college athletics
    6:10 - The Big Life Series
    11:10 - Changes to college athletics
    20:00 - Kevin’s reputation in the press
    22:30 - The professionalization of collegiate athletes
    27:05 - Rapid Fire Questions
    For more insights, visit our LinkedIn page or learn more about Navigate at https://nvgt.com/.
    AJ's conversation with the late Roger Valdiserri: https://nvgt.com/podcast/?ppplayer=98f56b6dd6dca41729f186d12a4d1251&ppepisode=1b442ef51a297a93127e7ad32dba776a

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

MediaMcDonald ,

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

D ANG ,

Must listen

Great podcast for those interested in sports business! Fascinating guests and conversations. AJ is an awesome host.

BWallz ,

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!

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