• TV Timeout: Change Of Scenery

    ESPN’s David Pollack, on the Big 12 being left out of CFP: “If I’m (Commissioner Bob Bowlsby), I don't know if I cost myself a chance to sit at the table and play for the college football final four, but you didn't do yourself any favors and he said that. You need to restructure your format. You need to look in the mirror and fix this” (“College Football Playoff Selection Show,” ESPN, 12/7).

    SOCIAL STUDIES: ESPN’s Howard Bryant said of athletes speaking out on social issues, "There was a time when sports was in front of the country on social issues, whether you're talking about the unpopular Muhammad Ali or you’re talking about Jackie Robinson or Sandy Koufax or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. These guys are at a point now (where) they're more popular than they were back then. They have more power than they had back then” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN2, 12/7). FS1’s Peter Schrager, on protests of Rams players last week: “They reminded us yet again that athletes can have the strongest voice in the room, even when no words are needed at all” (“Fox NFL Kickoff,” FS1, 12/7).

    CALIFORNIA DREAMING: CBSSN’s Amy Trask, on the NFL in L.A.: “I don't necessarily think two teams should be placed in this market at least at the outset. The league cannot afford to fail in Los Angeles. It's got to do it right” (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBSSN, 12/7). PFT’s Mike Florio said of the Chargers potentially moving to L.A., “Owners would be inclined to allow a team to move just a fairly short distance, more inclined to do that than have a team move across the country” (“FNIA,” NBC, 12/7).

    POWER PLAY: MLB Network’s Peter Gammons said of the strength of MLB, “This time around, we are looking at a business that has gone from a $1 billion industry in 1995 when Bug Selig really started taking over the business to pretty close to $9 billion now. It tells us a lot about what Bud Selig did to grow this business, how much the owners have incredible confidence in Rob Manfred and his cabinet, as I call it. I think it is really interesting. I don’t ever remember a time when owners have been more confident in the people who are running the game” (“MLB Tonight,” MLBN, 12/7).

    ROOM TO GROW: MLS Commissioner Don Garber, on league expansion: “I don't think we're still fully grown out. We're still going through that growth phase. It's why we are working with our players to try to find the right management of that growth. We're working with our owners, we're working with municipalities, our broadcast partners and long-term relationships” (“MLS Cup,” ESPN, 12/7).

  • Podcast: Most Influential media members

    Media reporter John Ourand and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss John Skipper's position at No. 2 on our list as well as the eight other media members represented among this year's Most Influential sports business executives.

    Tags: Most Influential, Media, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Podcast: Why is Adam Silver No. 1?

    NBA writer John Lombardo and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss the reasoning behind Adam Silver's selection as No. 1 atop our Most Influential list as well as many of the other NBA executives on the list.

    Tags: NBA, Most Influential, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Podcast: SBJ's annual college bowl gifts list

    David Broughton and Brandon McClung, SportsBusiness Journal's research staff, talk about the annual listing of college bowl gifts, one of SBJ's most popular features, which appears in this week's SBJ for the ninth time.

    Tags: Colleges, Research and Ratings, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Podcast: Dr Pepper's hold on college football

    College writer Michael Smith and Assistant Managing Editor Tom Stinson discuss Dr Pepper's hold on the college football postseason as well as Geico's move to sponsor the floor-apron space at college basketball courts.

    Tags: Geico, Basketball, SBJSBD Podcast, Colleges
  • TV Timeout: Season Of Discontent

    NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith said of the NFL’s decision to suspend Vikings RB Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season, “This is a league that can do better and when we are part of something that lacks process and when we are a part of something that lacks transparency and when our fans see the commissioner in a press conference that does not inspire the appropriate level of confidence, I know that there is a growing gap between the players and the league office, and that shouldn’t be” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 11/18). ESPN’s Adam Schefter: “The NFL is making a statement that this is a new league that is operating right now and the league is going to have very little tolerance for incidents in which it feels wrongdoing was done” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 11/18).  Radio host Dan Patrick asked about the Peterson ruling, “Is that what the NFL is doing? Are they kind of cleaning up what the courts didn’t?” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 11/18).

    EXCEPTION TO THE RULE? ESPN’s Bomani Jones, on the DEA raiding several NFL teams investigating painkiller distribution among team medical staffs: “Why aren’t we acting like this is a giant deal like we would if anybody else was being investigated by the DEA?” (“Highly Questionable,” ESPN2, 11/17).

    GONE FISHING: San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami said of Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton’s new contract, “Every new contract looks crazy but this is the A-Rod deal of this generation” (“Yahoo Sports Talk Live,” CSN Bay Area, 11/17). ESPN’s John Kruk: “To me it’s the most puzzling signing I’ve ever seen for an organization that doesn't spend money” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 11/18). MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal said, “It is a huge risk and at the same time, guys, you’re the Marlins. You’ve got to get credibility back. This is the only way to do it” (“MLB Now,” MLBN, 11/17). ESPN’s Curt Schilling: “Obviously, the game is in a good financial place. The bad for me is all from the team side” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 11/18). New Jersey-based Short Hills Capital Partners Founder & Managing Partner Steve Weiss said, “You could have bought the Dodgers for a seven multiple of what you paid for this guy’s contract. I’d rather own a team and the TV rights than one player” (“Fast Money Halftime Report,” CNBC, 11/17).

    FEELING BLUE: SNY’s Eamon McAnaney said of the Blue Jays signing C Russell Martin, “Toronto’s been burned by this before and they’re going to get burned in the last four or five years of that deal” (“Loud Mouths,” SNY, 11/17).

  • Podcast: Women staying tuned to the NFL

    In the latest NFL "Behind The Headlines" podcast, media writer John Ourand and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour talk about the NFL's strength among female viewers this season and how fans have been able to separate their love for the games from the league's off-field issues.

    Among the comments:

    "The number of women watching NFL games is now at an all-time high … and the gains that the NFL has made over the past 10 years are astonishing given the overall trends in TV watching."

    "TV executives say, and I think the numbers bear it out, that NFL viewers are able to separate their disgust with what happened off the field with their affinity for the teams on the field."

    "If I had to bet in the middle of the Ray Rice saga where the viewership trends were going to go, I would have bet that women would have dropped off, and that hasn't happened."

    Tags: Media, NFL, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Duke AD White among executives Wong most admires

    When it comes to “executive trees,” few match the reach of Duke University Athletic Director Kevin White, as 23 current ADs have been mentored by him, not included in this list is his son, Danny, the AD at Buffalo. White ranks as one of the leaders Glenn Wong most admires.

    “I’ve known Kevin since he was at Maine. I admire him because of the job he does at Duke and also in terms of college athletics. I also admire him in terms of how he manages his organization, how he leads his organization. I think he consciously makes an effort to prepare the people who work for him to be athletic directors. I admire how he cross-trains his people. He moves them to different roles. He’ll move the internal person to external and the external to internal and change their job descriptions. Therefore, they’re in a position when they apply for their AD jobs to be able to say, ‘I’ve done this, I’ve done that.’

    “I really admire him, his work ethic and his ability to stay connected with the student athletes. Every student athlete goes to his house at some point during the year for a cookout.”

    Tags: On The Ground
  • History with MLBPA has Wong interested in union's leadership change

    Glenn Wong has been a close follower of labor relations and union leadership, and the story he’s following with great interest is the leadership change at the MLBPA.

    “The death of Michael Weiner is unfortunate for so many reasons, just a great man and his death was so sad,” Wong said. “Major League Baseball and the players association were at that place where there was respectful animosity. They would argue on behalf of their clients and protect their interests, but at the end of the day, they ended up being reasonable. I wouldn’t say I am concerned now, but I would say that the union has had, in much different ways, three very effective leaders in terms of Marvin Miller, Donald Fehr and Weiner. Those are big shoes to fill. I haven’t had many dealings with Tony Clark, but I was very impressed by meeting him.

    “Player association jobs are very challenging. Those are not easy jobs. You are dealing with highly compensated athletes, and owners and agents, some particularly powerful agents. To try to navigate that is not easy. The baseball union has made some recent changes in the collective-bargaining agreement on drug testing that probably wouldn’t have happened 20 years ago. I’m not sure it’s the leadership. I think it’s the interest of the players. Leadership is responding to some players saying, ‘We think we’re at a competitive disadvantage’ because there are players who are tested for drugs who actually think the punishment should be more significant. That is significant change. It’s a challenging job.

    “Everything I’ve heard is Tony Clark is up for the challenge, but he’s a different person and it’s a different relationship. It remains an issue to watch.”
    He also admired the way Fehr handled his members.

    “He did an excellent job informing members. He also was very good with getting players who were respected and veteran players involved. He would have an executive community and would communicate through those people, which then had a trickle-down effect, where those well-respected veterans were involved and engaged through the union and they would then talk to the younger players. They had credibility and their voices mattered. It was a brilliant strategy.”

    Tags: On The Ground
  • TV Timeout: Remember The Alamo

    ESPN’s Howard Bryant, on the Raiders leaving Oakland: “Here's an idea Oakland: Say goodbye to the Raiders forever and build your one loyal tenant, the A's, a brand-new baseball-only stadium” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN2, 11/9). CBSSN’s Amy Trask, on whether San Antonio is a viable destination for Raiders: “When I learned of the comments attributed to Jerry Jones and Bob McNair, the very, very gracious comments in which they almost welcome the Raiders to San Antonio, I laughed aloud. The league has tremendous lawyers, and let me tell you; those men are not going to say anything that could trigger an antitrust concern" (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBSSN, 11/9).

    HOT TICKET: Chicago-based strategic relations firm Bruinhill Partners Founder & President Michael Gurka said of the NFL playing in London, “I’m not surprised there's not an empty seat in the house for the NFL and they’ll continue to pick it up as far as more games being played. It makes a lot of sense” (“Worldwide Exchange,” CNBC, 11/10).

    ICE CAPADES: NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren, on the Gordon-Keselowski brawl last week: “It looks more like the NHL than NASCAR” (“Today,” NBC, 11/9).

    BIRDS-EYE VIEW: CNBC’s Joe Kernen, on the Seahawks mascot, a live hawk, landing on a fan in the crowd: “That will you get your attention” (“Squawk Box,” CNBC, 11/10).

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