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SBJ I Factor features impactful interviews with SBJ award winners. You’ll recognize guests from Forty Under Forty, Game Changers, New Voices, and the Sports Business Awards. Discover how our guests found success and overcame failure while navigating their careers – not only individually, but as a team.

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SBJ I Factor features impactful interviews with SBJ award winners. You’ll recognize guests from Forty Under Forty, Game Changers, New Voices, and the Sports Business Awards. Discover how our guests found success and overcame failure while navigating their careers – not only individually, but as a team.

    SBJ I Factor: Miheer Walavalkar

    SBJ I Factor: Miheer Walavalkar

    Today’s episode features Miheer Walavalkar, co-founder and CEO of LiveLike, talking with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about growing up in India, his non-traditional path into the sports industry, building a company based on the communal sports experience, and his friendship with legendary NBA Commissioner David Stern. Walavalkar was a member of SBJ’s Forty Under 40 class of 2018.

    • 23 min
    SBJ I Factor: John Brody

    SBJ I Factor: John Brody

    Today’s episode features John Brody, chief revenue officer for LEARFIELD, talking with SBJ’s Terry Lefton about being ready for career opportunities, what he learned from working at WWE, why he still gets asked about putting Spider-Man on the bases, and the important traits he looks for when hiring. Brody was a member of SBJ’s Forty Under 40 classes of 2005-2007, and was inducted into the Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Quick hits:
    On being ready for opportunities: “I believe strongly that timing is everything in life, both professionally and personally, and what I’ve tried to do is look at opportunities where I felt there was an opportunity or chance for me to have a real impact.”

    On his six years at WWE: “I learned so much in those years beyond even what I had done at baseball or football, because Vince [McMahon] and that group of leadership were risk-takers, and not risk for risk’s sake, risk for good business. We did a lot of things there that I think set the table for what’s going on a lot in the marketplace now.”

    On how he hires: “It starts with three things: integrity, loyalty, morality. That is the precursor before you even can make a decision about a hire or make a decision about a change.”

    • 46 min
    SBJ I Factor: Stacey Allaster

    SBJ I Factor: Stacey Allaster

    • 29 min
    SBJ I Factor: Rob Tilliss

    SBJ I Factor: Rob Tilliss

    Today’s episode features Rob Tilliss, CEO of Inner Circle Sports, talking with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about his career move from finance to sports, despite being “not really a sports guy”; how his leadership style sets high expectations but gives “a lot of latitude”; and why the NFL’s debut on Fox was a landmark deal for the sports industry. Tilliss was a member of SBJ’s Forty Under 40 classes of 1999 and 2000.

    • 32 min
    SBJ I Factor: Brandon Schneider

    SBJ I Factor: Brandon Schneider

    Today’s episode features Brandon Schneider, president and COO of the Golden State Warriors, talking with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about leadership lessons, how he manages, executives he’s learned from, and the advantages of staying with a company for the long term. Schneider was a member of SBJ’s Forty Under 40 class of 2017

    • 38 min
    SBJ I Factor: Best Of

    SBJ I Factor: Best Of

    This episode of SBJ I Factor offers a look back at some of the best moments from the series to date. You will hear insight from leaders from across the sports industry and how they have navigated their careers, with highlights from KAGR CEO JESSICA GELMAN, PGA of America Chief Commercial Officer JEFF PRICE, WWE Chief Brand Officer STEPHANIE MCMAHON, 49ers Enterprises President PARAAG MARATHE and more.

    • 37 min

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