Malcolm Bordelon represents a 20-year legacy with the San Jose Sharks (1993-2013) where the NHL franchise was one of the highest revenue drivers in all of professional hockey. Bordelon discusses his tenure with the club, which created waves in Silicon Valley and the tech industry, stemming from the birth of building naming rights to the secondary market. Bordelon chats about leaving the Sharks to work at various tech start-ups, then the Silicon Valley Business Journal and now as president of the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in San Diego. Twitter: @SVBizMalcolm
The international soccer community's interest in the Chinese Super League is growing and is bouyed by Wild East Football, the only English speaking website focused in China on the sport of soccer. Founding editor Cameron Wilson opens up the massive country of soccer-crazed fans, showcasing where the sport in within China and how far it can potentially go. Twitter: @CameronWEF
Mike Snee comes on the podcast to discuss the overall branding of College Hockey, as it expands from a northeast American sport to a national one, with more Midwest and West Coast athletic departments seeking new programming for men and women. Snee talks over some of the challenges that have faced the game of hockey at the college level in the past, as well as the opportunities. Twitter: @mikesnee218
Ken Gelman comes on the podcast to chat about the KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (“KASAI”), New York City’s premier competitive professional and amateur Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) promotion. Gelman talks about how committed the organization is to hosting live events featuring the most talented male and female grapplers from around the globe. Gelman discusses the history of KASAI’s organization, including well-renowned names of Hollis Gracie and other athletes from the worlds of martial arts. Twitter: @kasaigrappling
Craig Pintens joins the podcast to share his insight on how his marketing team has enhanced the profile of the University of Oregon athletic department. Pintens discusses various aspects of tickets, especially concerning deals and subscription models. Pintens talks about how to create a brand mechanism that doesn't happen as one opportunity, but continues to grow with a long term strategy. Twitter: @UOPintens
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
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.
Try to get a meeting culture going where Rocky Harris works, he dares you. The Chief Operating Officer talks about his lack of eagerness to create a meeting culture and his ability to disrupt them, involving as few people as possible in order to ensure that the decision is made and initiated upon. Harris shares his experience coming from the professional sports and Corporate America ranks, and how Arizona State Athletics has been evolving, adding new sports and more sales staff, at a time when most athletic departments are doing the opposite. Twitter: @SunDevilRocky
Pat Gallagher's amazing sports marketing career has culminated with a book about his experiences pulling off Super Bowl 50, called Big Game. Bigger Impact. Co-authored with Stephanie Martin, Gallagher shares the background of the SB50 campaign, including dealing with the various issues around getting the Bay Area to support such an endeavor. Gallagher talks about his sports marketing career with the San Francisco Giants, how he sold Candlestick Park, and how that helped him when trying to get the National Football League to buy into SB50 happening in Santa Clara.
The growth of women's basketball is a consistent topic of conversation for Tracie Hitz, director of operations at the NCAA. Hitz discusses some of the metrics, both in the world of traditional and social media, which have helped increase awareness about NCAA women's basketball throughout the year. Hitz discusses some of the damaging side effects of discounting and free tickets that women's basketball programs have suffered through, especially when seeking to show value otherwise during tournament time. Twitter: @TracieHitz