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The Tao of Sports Podcast – The Definitive Sports, Marketing, Business Industry News Podcast

Sports Revenue Analytics veteran Troy Kirby interviews the team behind the teams in Front Offices and Athletics Departments throughout the world, revealing an industry of specialists and minds unseen by the local or national media. Examined in this podcast are current or long-standing industry topics; tickets, business, analytics, moneyball, revenue, finance, economy, sales and jobs of the NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. Also included are topics surrounding third party vendors, sports business, revenue, marketing, mentoring interns, facilities, managing employees, as well as how to not only break into sports, but stay in the industry long-term. The often-invisible side of the industry is where the Tao of Sports Podcast attempts to pull back the elusive curtain, providing information both to industry insiders and those who want to work in sports.
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Aug 17, 2017

To put it mildly, Eric Kussin's return to the podcast has been exactly 4 years apart (Ep. 218) with a lot of issues in-between. In 2015, Kussin suffered a hard drive crash of his brain as chief revenue officer of the Florida Panthers. Now on the road to recovery, Kussin shares his comeback story about mental health, and some of the things that sports sales professionals can do to improve theirs daily. Kussin also talks about his openness about his mental issues, including a blog post which was read over 45,000 times on LinkedIn. Twitter: @qsin34 Email: kussinwants2help@hotmail.com

Aug 14, 2017

Patrick Nowlin shares his knowledge on both the third party and in-house model, having worked at both. Now at the University of Oklahoma as an assistant athletic director, Nowlin talks about some of the different methods of implementing better technology in an environment that is often more conservative on change. Nowlin describes his methods for not only increasing sales and customer service, as well as finding ways to increase the growth of his employees. Twitter: @paddys_place

Aug 10, 2017

Under Bryan Sperber's leadership, the Phoenix International Raceway is undertaking a massive $178 million dollar rebuild of its facility, aimed at ensuring NASCAR's legacy in the technology era of sports marketing. Sperber discusses some of the features of the build-out, including how PIR is embracing esports as well as non-race events, and developing unique fan experiences when NASCAR comes to town. Sperber talks about some of the demographic changes with actionable data, as well as how transition to new NASCAR drivers has led to altering traditional loyalties to fan favorites. @PhoenixRaceway

Aug 7, 2017

After about 15 years of bobbleheads as a giveaway item, the crazy just continues for sports as a gift to drive attendance numbers. Alexander Promotion's Brian Sloan talks about how a simplistic bobblehead is no longer the regular order of the day, transitioning now to talking bobbleheads with microchip technology, life-sized bobbleheads as well as memento theme nights where the bobblehead tells a story. Sloan shares his experience working for minor league baseball teams as a general manager as well as now in his role as president of the West Coast League.

Aug 3, 2017

Nick Schmidt fully admits that sitting in class at Seattle University with Troy Kirby was an experience that he will never forget, and is the guest for Episode 800 of the podcast. Schmidt talks about various concepts at the small college level, concerning both the student athlete and the administrator engaging across campus and with each other. Schmidt discusses some of the ways he feels can help administrating deal with coaching and player issues, as well as the expectations that student athletes may have toward raising their profile overall. Schmidt examines some of the fundraising challenges that small colleges have and how to overcome them. Twitter: @Nick_Schmidt_10

Jul 31, 2017

Adam White started Front Office Sports when he was a sophomore at the University of Miami, and now in three years, has grown into a premiere website for sports career advice and employment. White discusses the role of Front Office Sports in engaging current sports business executives and getting them to agree to be interviewed for the blog as a way of paying it forward to young professionals. White talks about the challenges of playing a long game, especially with having enough content, and with coordinating with dozens of young professionals without ever meeting them in person. Twitter: @FOSAdam

Jul 27, 2017

Dave Arthur is an academic at heart, but understands the classroom limitations of sports education that need real world experience. Serving as managing director for iSport.edu, Arthur talks about bridging the gaps with online education and instructors who possess real-world sports industry skills. Arthur shares his insights into building true consulting assessments for sports organizations, as well as the problems with case study application. Twitter: @iSportedu

Jul 24, 2017

Jeff Longo is not only an associate professor of sports, events and entertainment at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, but also an owner of a Southern Professional Hockey League team, the Fayetteville Marksmen. Longo shares his decision to go into pro hockey team ownership, some of the pitfalls concerning budgeting and revenue generation that he has had to overcome, and how the Fayetteville team's rebrand from the FireAntz to the Marksmen transform the community awareness of the team in general. Longo talks also about ways that sports management programs can learn to enhance their relevance to students looking to get into front offices through networking and interviewing development. Twitter: @JefLongo

Jul 20, 2017

Anthony Rodriguez comes on the podcast to discuss the branding of the athlete in the digital world, how you can grow a niche audience that supports a brand and whether or not esports has a longevity brand with its athletes. Rodriguez shares how a tennis player coming into his dorm room upended his business aspirations, and the various ways in which tech has increased awareness of an athlete. Rodriguez talks about the increasingly hard game of bringing an athlete's brand to scale with the demands of the consumer for more unique changing content. Twitter: @LineageCEO

Jul 17, 2017

John Collins' experience with the major professional sports goes back to his days working at NFL Films, extends to working as President of the Cleveland Browns and as COO of the NHL. Collins now oversees NFL On Location, which is a joint venture with the NFL and a private equity firm, trying to create a better resale experience for those consumers trying to access the Super Bowl. Collins discusses On Location, its principles as well as his time working for NFL Films at the 27th Annual Association of Luxury Suite Director's Conference in Miami. Twitter: @NFLOnLocation

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