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Navigating Sports Business

Release Date: 12/23/2020

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Navigating Sports Business

Larry Scott - former Pac-12 Commissioner - looks back on the media rights deals he negotiated - where he succeeded and what he would do differently now.

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Tod Leiweke shares details the process behind launching, naming, and growing the Seattle Kraken. He also details the importance of building a diverse organization.

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Navigating Sports Business

When Joe Theisman got to Notre Dame, he weighed 150 pounds, was competing for a roster spot on the football team, and his last name was pronounced like "Thesemen." Then, Roger Valdiserri declared him "Joe Theisman, like Heisman" and the rest is history.

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Kim Pegula - Buffalo Bills and Sabres Co-Owner and President - on diversity and inclusion in sports, and what it's like to be in an NFL owners meeting.

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Oliver Luck has worked with football at all levels. After playing in the NFL, he has worked for the NCAA, NFL, and XFL. He shares what it will take for a new league to succeed.

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Azania Andrews - VP, Connections at Anheuser-Busch - on the secret behind her team's ability to react quickly to trends.

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Episode recorded in June 2021, prior to the ending of Larry Scott's Commissioner term.

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Greg Sankey, Commissioner of the SEC, joins AJ Maestas on today's episode of Navigating Sports Business podcast. They discuss operating during COVID-19, the path to becoming commissioner, the future of collegiate athletics, and some great book recommendations.

 

Details:

00:00 - Commissioner Sankey's background

3:50 - Handling COVID in the SEC

17:20 - Book Recommendations

25:00 - Was playing football in 2020 the right decision?

31:10 - New SEC television deal with ABC

42:20 - The future of collegiate athletics 

57:20 - Leadership and social justice

1:01:00 - Personal habits for success

 

Book Recommendations:

Leadership Strategy and Tactics, by Jocko Willink

The Life You Always Wanted, by John Ortberg

Be Quick But Don’t Hurry, by Andrew Hill

Book of Ecclesiastes, Old Testament

Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets, by Andy Stanley

Thinking in Bets, by Annie Duke

How Churchill Waged War, by Allen George Packwood

 

Philanthropic Organizations:

neverthirst 

Compassion International