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Sports got us together in the first place, but in this podcast, sports are the backdrop for way bigger conversations!



This podcast is presented and produced by the SportsE Media Podcast Network. Part of KazSource, Inc and QuietLoud Studios.



SportsE Media is a digital media sports brand and a production company focused on podcasts and blogs. Originally this platform explored the intersection of sports and entrepreneurship as the brand, SportsEpreneur. While that still exists, SportsE Media is much more. Just like this podcast is conversations that are way bigger than sports.



The Sports Backdrop show features topics and difference-makers in and around the world of sports -- including sports business leaders, athletes, managers, coaches, trainers, mental health professionals, those impacting the sports market, entrepreneurs, and amazing creatives.



Sports brought us together in the first place and sports serve as a backdrop for so much.



Recent and upcoming topics include: Innovation and technology in sports, mental health, sports media, the future of MLB, the NIL movement in college sports, soccer and football including the case for soccer becoming a top 4 sport in the US, World Cup 2026, sports betting legalization and addiction concerns, TGL, football, college football, esports, fantasy sports, and much more!



This podcast and the entire SE platform constantly remind us that sports serve as a backdrop for so much including how sports bring people together -- that is why we love sports enough to talk and write about them all the time. Sports epitomize the relationships and the stories that make it all worth it in the first place.

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Sports got us together in the first place, but in this podcast, sports are the backdrop for way bigger conversations!



This podcast is presented and produced by the SportsE Media Podcast Network. Part of KazSource, Inc and QuietLoud Studios.



SportsE Media is a digital media sports brand and a production company focused on podcasts and blogs. Originally this platform explored the intersection of sports and entrepreneurship as the brand, SportsEpreneur. While that still exists, SportsE Media is much more. Just like this podcast is conversations that are way bigger than sports.



The Sports Backdrop show features topics and difference-makers in and around the world of sports -- including sports business leaders, athletes, managers, coaches, trainers, mental health professionals, those impacting the sports market, entrepreneurs, and amazing creatives.



Sports brought us together in the first place and sports serve as a backdrop for so much.



Recent and upcoming topics include: Innovation and technology in sports, mental health, sports media, the future of MLB, the NIL movement in college sports, soccer and football including the case for soccer becoming a top 4 sport in the US, World Cup 2026, sports betting legalization and addiction concerns, TGL, football, college football, esports, fantasy sports, and much more!



This podcast and the entire SE platform constantly remind us that sports serve as a backdrop for so much including how sports bring people together -- that is why we love sports enough to talk and write about them all the time. Sports epitomize the relationships and the stories that make it all worth it in the first place.

    Athlete Mindset | Doug Middleton | From NFL Player to Mental Health Advocacy and Yoga

    Athlete Mindset | Doug Middleton | From NFL Player to Mental Health Advocacy and Yoga

    In this episode of Athlete Mindset, host Lisa Bonta Sumii shares space with Doug Middleton, a six-year NFL veteran and mental health advocate. Doug shares his journey through professional football, his transition to becoming a yoga instructor and studio owner of Dream Yoga and Wellness, and his passionate advocacy for mental health through his leadership of the Dream The Impossible Foundation. From discussing the importance of building relationships and enjoying the journey in the NFL to his passion for yoga and mental health, this episode explores resilience, purpose, and well-being.

    This is the Athlete Mindset podcast. And it’s all about mental health in sports. Presented and produced as part of the podcast network by SportsE Media.

    “Doug Middleton | From NFL to Mental Health Advocacy and Dream Yoga + Wellness” Highlights:



    * Doug Middleton’s insights into the critical role of relationships and intangibles in the NFL.

    * The significant impact of yoga on physical and mental well-being.

    * The importance of mental health advocacy, inspired by personal loss and the desire to support others.

    * The mission of the Dream The Impossible Foundation — to focus on the mental health of African American male student-athletes.

    * The perspective and lessons Doug hopes to impart to his daughter, emphasizing faith, positivity, and being present.



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    About Dream Yoga + Wellness and Doug Middleton:



    Doug Middleton played 6 years in the NFL. During his career, he learned from some of the best athletes in the world. One common theme across Doug’s career that he observed with these elite athletes was their attention to detail and their personal investment in wellness resources, emphasizing both mind and body, which led to their success on the field. Doug was also able to see that these athletes had access to some of the best medical providers across the country. Dream Yoga and Wellness was created to bring the same luxury wellness resources to those who may never step foot in an NFL locker room but deserve the same level of care. Dream Yoga and Wellness will have 5 minority partners who have also played in the NFL with a combination of over 40 years of NFL experience. These partners also believe in the importance of Yoga, Mental Health, and the focus on investing in one’s personal wellness.



    In 2017 Doug Middleton lost his best friend to suicide. This event became a pivotal moment in his life – leading to a passion and purpose in advocating for mental health education and resources. Doug has spoken at numerous corporations, foundations, high schools, and colleges. He has also won numerous awards, including the NFL Community MVP and Appalachian State 2022 Young Alumni Recipient, amongst many others. Doug and his wife also created their foundation, Dream The Impossible, which has helped over 10,000 youth over the past 5 years, connecting them to mental health resources, career and goal-setting education, and financial literacy. Doug discovered yoga in 2014 and became a yoga teacher in early 2022. Doug uses his background in athletics and his experience in mental health to provide a unique yoga experience focusing on mind and body.



    Connect with host, guest, and podcast production team:



    * Lisa Bonta Sumii: LinkedIn | Instagram | a href="https://twitter....

    TGL and The Evolution of Professional Sports

    TGL and The Evolution of Professional Sports

    In this episode of The Sports Backdrop, we focus on the innovative world of the TGL Golf League, Tiger Woods’ and Rory McIlroy’s latest venture aimed at revolutionizing how we experience golf. With high-tech simulations and fast-paced competition, TGL seeks to attract a new generation of fans by making the sport more entertaining and accessible. We’ll explore how TGL fits into the broader evolution of professional sports, catering to the digital habits of Millennials and Gen Z, and whether it can successfully bridge the gap between traditional golf and the demands of modern viewership.

    The full transcription for this episode can be found at the bottom of this episode page.

    Main Topics Discussed:



    * The launch and vision behind TGL, and its potential to change professional golf

    * How TGL plans to engage younger audiences with golf simulator technology and team competitions

    * The balance TGL must strike between innovation and the traditional golfing experience

    * Challenges TGL faces, including skepticism from traditionalists and the need to prove its value beyond an “indoor golf” novelty

    * The role of celebrity and athlete investors in shaping TGL and its appeal to a broader audience

    * The future of professional sports in adapting to the preferences of younger generations



    Wrapping up:



    * digital sports media brand for entrepreneurs engaged in sports: SportsE

    * want to create impactful content: KazCM



    Social media:



    * Eric Kasimov: LinkedIn | X

    * SportsE Media: LinkedIn | X



    Related content to “TGL and The Evolution of Professional Sports”:



    * The Future of Sports Betting with Frontrunner’s Neil Zhang | A $231 Billion Industry!

    * Shaping the Future of MLB: Embracing Change and Engaging a New Generation

    * The Sports Betting Industry: Exploring Future Opportunities, Challenges, and Game-Changing Trends

    * US World Cup Series | Soccer: The World’s Most Popular Sport



    Resources for the episode: “TGL and The Evolution of Professional Sports”



    * https://www.sportsdestinations.com/management/economics/gen-zs-consumption-lot-less-live-sports-and-lot-32441

    * https://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/2657184

    * https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/will-tiger-woods-rory-mcilroys-tgl-succeed-exploring-new-golf-leagues-battle-to-capture-an-audience/

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    • 10 min
    Lisa Bonta Sumii on the Importance of Therapy

    Lisa Bonta Sumii on the Importance of Therapy

    An Athlete Mindset special episode featuring Lisa Bonta Summi’s thoughts on the importance of therapy.



    In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii discusses the following topics:



    * The importance of seeking out a mental health professional.

    * Therapy does not make you weak, and you don’t have to tell everything to your therapist.

    * You can engage in preventative therapy; you don’t have to wait for something to happen.

    * You can go through a consultation with a therapist to know if it’s a good fit.

    * Friends are not a substitute for therapy; both are really important.





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    Connect:



    * Lisa Bonta Sumii and AthMindset: LinkedIn | Instagram | AthMindset website

    * Presented by SportsE Media | a digital sports media brand for entrepreneurs engaged in sports: TikTok | Instagram | X



    Related episodes to “Lisa on the Importance of Therapy”:



    * Normalizing Mental Health in Sports

    * The Alarming Impact of Powerful Psychiatric Drugs on Mental Health

    * The Challenges of Finding a Therapist | Derek Bylsma, LCPC



    Music credit:



    * Beat Provided By freebeats.io | Produced By White Hot



    Eric Kasimov

    • 11 min
    Audible Style | The Moment Matters: Embracing the Now in Sports

    Audible Style | The Moment Matters: Embracing the Now in Sports

    This is an audible-style blog post on embracing the now in sports — on the SportsE Media platform. The original article is titled “Championship or Bust.” And it focuses on why the moment matters.



    * Exploring the universal sentiment of sports fans’ championship aspirations across various cities and sports levels.

    * We highlight the statistical improbability of most teams winning, focusing on the NBA’s structure and the historical championship droughts of teams like the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, and Phoenix Suns.

    * Fan optimism vs. reality: Addressing the paradox of unwavering fan support despite the long odds against championship victories.

    * Proposing that the love for sports transcends championships, emphasizing the journey and experiences over the final outcome. The moment matters.

    * Personal reflection: Sharing an anecdote of watching a basketball game while ill, leading to a revelation about the significance of “the moment” in sports.

    * A Buffalo Bills anecdote: Illustrating the concept of “the moment” through a personal story of family, football, and the memories created beyond the game’s result.

    * Beyond the championship mindset: Questioning the sole pursuit of championships and highlighting the importance of aiming high while finding value in the moments experienced along the way.

    * The aim and the moment: Concluding thoughts on the balance between striving for success and cherishing the moments that sports and life offer.



    Read The Moment Matters: Embracing the Now in Sports on SportsE Media.

    CONNECT:

    Host: Eric Kasimov: X | LinkedIn

    SportsE Media: website | X | Instagram | TikTok

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    This episode was produced by the team at KazCM

    Main point: It’s not about the championships. It’s truly about the moments. My moment lying in bed feeling bad but enjoying the game. All those other moments I’ve spent watching games, exchanging texts with others, or watching with family and friends. It’s about the connections. It’s about witnessing something. It’s about entertainment. It’s about fun. It’s about coming together as a group. It’s about the discussions and the debates. It’s about life. It’s about this article. And all of those things are moments.

    Eric Kasimov

    • 5 min
    Athlete Mindset | Danita Johnson, D.C. United, President of Business Operations

    Athlete Mindset | Danita Johnson, D.C. United, President of Business Operations

    In this empowering episode of Athlete Mindset, we’re honored to host Danita Johnson, a trailblazer in the world of sports. As the President of Business Operations for D.C. United, Danita brings a wealth of experience, innovation, and leadership to the forefront. We discuss the core themes of consistency, communication, and commitment. And then explore how these principles have shaped her career and success. Danita shares her unique perspective on the process over outcome, the importance of being a “professional friend,” her addiction to building and growing in her field, and how confidence, pressure, and purpose intertwine in her journey.



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    About this Episode | Danita Johnson, D.C. United | Consistency, Communication, Commitment



    * Consistency, Communication, Commitment: Exploring the foundational elements that drive success in sports business and personal growth.

    * Process Over Outcome: Danita’s philosophy focuses on the journey rather than the destination.

    * Being a “Professional Friend”: How building strong relationships contributes to personal and professional success.

    * “Addicted to the Build”: A deep dive into Danita’s passion for creating, developing, and enhancing sports organizations.

    * Confidence, Pressure, and Purpose: Unpacking how these elements interact in high-stakes environments.

    * Preparation, Routine, and Mindset: The daily habits and mental frameworks that fuel success.

    * The Power of Authentic Leadership: The impact of genuine, transparent leadership in the sports industry.



    About Danita:



    * Danita Johnson stands as the first Black President of an MLS Club and only the third woman in league history to serve in this prestigious role.

    * Danita has a 17-year career marked by significant achievements, including record-breaking sales, innovative marketing strategies, and impactful community engagement.

    * Under Danita Johnson’s leadership, D.C. United saw a substantial increase in ticket sales, concessions, apparel sales, and partnership revenue, alongside hosting landmark events.

    * Danita spearheaded the re-introduction of the D.C. United Foundation and significantly enhanced the club’s community relations efforts, positively impacting over 125,000 individuals.

    * From launching professional franchises to leading the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks to historic attendances and sponsorship dollars, Danita’s influence spans across major sports leagues.

    * Through her mission of “Unite Sport. Build Community. Win Championships,” Danita has fostered a culture of success and community involvement.

    * A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and a graduate of Western Carolina University, Danita is deeply involved in community service, serving on multiple boards and as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.



    This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of sports, leadership, and personal growth, offering invaluable insights from one of the industry’s most influential figures.



    Production Team for “Danita Johnson, D.C. United | Consistency, Communication, Commitment”:



    * Presented by SportsE Media: a digital sports media brand for entrepreneurs engaged in sports



    Social Media:



    * Lisa Bonta Sumii: LinkedIn | a href="https://www.instagram.

    • 30 min
    Audible Style | Amazon Prime Regional Sports Streaming

    Audible Style | Amazon Prime Regional Sports Streaming

    This is an audible-style blog post on Amazon Prime regional sports streaming — on the SportsE Media platform. The original article is titled “Amazon Prime Saves Bally Sports and Sports Fans Everywhere.”

    This episode explains Amazon Prime’s transformative role in sports media and its impact on fans and blackout restrictions.

    Topics touched on in Amazon Prime Regional Sports Streaming audible style episode:



    * Amazon’s investment in Diamond Sports (owner of Bally Sports) is a major shift for fans of 37 professional MLB, NBA, and NHL teams.

    * The potential of Amazon Prime’s streaming technology is a massive upgrade for regional sports viewing with enhanced accessibility.

    * Mixed reactions to Diamond Sports’ ongoing operations despite Amazon Prime’s involvement.

    * What will the long-term response be to Amazon’s involvement in sports broadcasting?

    * The convenience of Amazon Prime for sports fans: Streaming favorite teams and everyday shopping on one platform.



    Read the full Amazon Prime Regional Sports Streaming article on SportsE Media

    CONNECT:

    Host: Eric Kasimov: X | LinkedIn

    SportsE Media: website | X | Instagram | TikTok

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    Your new favorite podcast is ready for your ears: Saviors of the Metaverse

    This episode was produced by the team at KazCM

    Main point: In a groundbreaking sports media development, Amazon has rescued Diamond Sports, the owner of Bally Sports. Diamond Sports operates 18 networks under the Bally Sports brand, holding the rights to 37 professional teams across baseball, the NBA, and the NHL.

    Takeaway: Amazon Prime is not the only streaming service going for live sports. Netflix and WWE scored a huge deal. Netflix and Tennis are bringing Netflix Slam to your Netflix streaming service. Apple TV+ and the MLS started their run last year and added Messi to the programming. Amazon Prime already hit it big with Thursday Night Football. Of course, YouTube TV won the day with their NFL Sunday Ticket deal. Peacock and the NFL have aired exclusive games as well. Live sports plus streaming is where we will all be watching our sports. At this moment, it’s a race to which streaming service can gain access and m...

    • 2 min

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