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303. Scott O'Neil, CEO HBSE (Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils)
Longtime sports executive Scott O'Neil is an inspirational speaker. The CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils, Dignitas E-Sports team, and more is the author of a new book entitled, "Be Where Your Feet Are." O'Neil talked about the unique challenges that lead to his idea of writing this book, and the message he hopes to get across.
The episode also featured an in-depth conversation on the Sixers' place in the Philadelphia sports landscape. He also discussed the unique fan base for the New Jersey Devils, and where he sees both franchises going. (Note, this episode was recording during the Sixer's Spring 2021 NBA Playoff run)
Previously, O'Neil was the President of Madison Square Garden. During this episode, he discussed how his career began. He also talked about how the teams can use technology to continue to engage with younger fans of both franchises.
Get "Be Where Your Feet Are" here: https://tinyurl.com/yk5jdf5n
Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottONeil
302. Mike McCarthy (Marquee Sports Network)
Longtime sports executive Mike McCarthy joins the show this week. McCarthy is currently the General Manager of the Marquee Sports Network, a new regional sports network based out of Chicago, owned in part by the Chicago Cubs.
McCarthy started his career at Madison Square Garden, starting as an intern and ascending all the way to President of MSG Network. He was also the CEO of the NHL's St. Louis Blues and COO of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.
In this episode, McCarthy spoke about the new Cubs' RSN. He addressed non-play-by-play programming for RSNs. The issues with cord-cutting as RSNs also was a topic. McCarthy also discussed the relationship that Chicago fans have with their beloved Cubs.
301. Jon Morosi (FOX Sports, MLB/NHL Network)
Long-time baseball insider returns to the podcast. He was on Episode 63 back in 2016. Jon works for both the MLB Network and the NHL Network and appears on FOX Sports' properties. He is one of the preeminent baseball insiders in the industry today.
This episode began with the story of how he and his family dealt with the still-ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. They also discuss the differences between covering baseball and hockey.
The last half of the episode is about the state of baseball in 2021. At the time of this recording, there were already six no-hitters in baseball. Strikeouts are happening at a fever pitch. Morosi offers insight on that issue, plus the impending labor agreement expiration.
Follow Jon on social media @jonmorosi.
300. The 300th Episode Documentary
Commemorating 300 episodes of this podcast, this one is presented as a documentary. It runs through the history of this podcast, which started in Spring 2015. It was originally 2 podcasts, and then a tragedy lead to it being rebranded. Hear from over 50 of the 300 guests that came on during the show's first 300 episodes.
Guests range from Ken Griffey Jr. to Sir Richard Branson to Tiger Woods to Jayson Stark to Martin Brodeur.
Hear from Eli Manning, who made five appearances on the show, which is second only to LaTroy Hawkins, who came on six times.
For new listeners, this is a great "jumping on" point. For loyal followers, this will be a great catch-up on what this show has had. So far.
Thanks to everyone involved with the creation, promotion, and publishing of Sports with Friends.
299. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has known Seth for over 15 years and has been on Seth's various radio shows, but this is the first time he's done this show.
Bettman was hired as the NHL's first commissioner in 1993 and has held the position ever since.
The NHL recently made two huge broadcast deals to solidify its strong future. First, with ESPN, and later with Turner Sports.
Topics covered in this episode are the NHL's dealings with the Covid-19 pandemic, both the "bubble" from last year's playoffs and this season as well. They also talk about the emphasis of the broadcast deals were about both linear television and streaming services.
Plus, the Commissioner talked about his legacy at the helm of the NHL, and how he may have been the first league commissioner to be booed by fans.
298. Peter Burns, SEC Network
This week, Peter Burns came on the show. Peter and Seth go back to the days of FOX Sports Radio in 2008. Peter is now working for the SEC Network as a studio host.
Burns joined that network in August 2014, regularly hosting the news and information show, SEC Now. Beginning in the fall of 2018, Burns added host of SEC This Morning to his repertoire, a simulcast of his hit radio show by the same name. The SEC Network simulcast airs every Monday morning in the fall.
In this episode, the guys talk about their history together. They also have an honest conversation about the SEC Network's audience and how to walk the line and not favor a specific SEC team over another. They also discuss the last year as the SEC played through the pandemic. Peter explains how divided the country is, and how sports cannot escape it.
Follow Peter Burns on social media @PeterBurnsESPN.
Great podcast! Seth is really good at interviewing guests, it sounds like he’s sitting down with a friend for a casual conversation. I really enjoyed listening to it and look forward to more podcasts in the future!
Always awesome guests
Nails in my ears