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Going Off The Grid: Execs Dish On Facility Trends, Chicken Sandwiches

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. This week, our panelists discuss future facility trends and which chicken sandwich they prefer: Chick-fil-A or Popeyes?

  • Cogent Entertainment Marketing Founder & CEO Mark Zablow
    -- Is an award-winning pretzel chef.
  • 4Front VP/Innovation Brian Gainor
    -- Big fan of kayaking, Univ. of Florida football and "Stranger Things."
  • Varsity Brands Senior VP/Corporate Communications Nicole Lauchaire
    -- Runs the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon every year.
  • U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Properties Head of Partnership Management & Activation Dave Mingey
    -- Is a dedicated fan of "This Is Us."
Going Off The Grid

Favorite XFL team name/logo One person you would add to Mt. Rushmore? Hottest sports facility trend in five years? Chick-fil-A or Popeyes? Favorite sports podcast
Houston Roughnecks
James Naismith
Crowdsourcing tickets (Half/Qtr)
Andrew Schulz's "Flagrant 2" with Akaash & Kaz

St. Louis BattleHawks
Warren Buffett
Integrating fans worldwide into the live gameday experience
Chick-fil-A, no question!
Guy Raz's "How I Built This"
N.Y. Guardians
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Julie Foudy's "Laughter Permitted"

N.Y. Guardians
Susan B. Anthony
Continued reduction in the size of stadiums
Chick-fil-A all day
"The Bill Simmons Podcast"

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