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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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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

Jul 13, 2017

Sean Stellato has dealt with the adversities of sport both on and off of the field, beginning with his 1994 high school football team, the Salem Witches, which made it to the state super bowl, despite the obstacles in front of them. Stellato has written a book on that experience, called No Backing Down and shares insight into what exactly made that team so special. Stellato also shares his background as an NFL sports agent, and his time as a professional player in the Arena Football League. Twitter: @SeanStellato

Jul 10, 2017

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

Jul 6, 2017

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.

Jul 3, 2017

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

Jun 29, 2017

Mark Cameron represents the third generation of the Florida State ticket sales office experiment, taking an in-house model approach under the development umbrella, and creating a dynamic, commission-based sales structure. Chris Wilson represents the premium model of the ticket office, as FSU's football and basketball luxury sections have drastically increased over the past decade. Both talk about how to drive sales, how they have dealt with potential toxic legacy employees who drag down the rest of the staff, and what they look for in new staff members. Twitter: @ChrisWilsonFSU

Jun 26, 2017

While Russell Wilkins can appreciate the sold-out situation that Wichita State has in men's basketball, he also remembers trying to sell indoor football in that same marketplace. Wilkins takes about the challenges of having a sold-out venue, both from a pricing and sales perspective, as well as initiating different technologies and innovations when dealing with an older fanbase. Wilkins talks about work-life balance, as well as ensuring that he is building up his student staff. Twitter: @rwilk0912

Jun 22, 2017

Both Ryan Peck (Ep. 522) and Chris Baretta (Ep. 642) have been on the podcast prior, but serving different athletic departments. Now joining forces in Denton, at the University of North Texas, Peck and Baretta seek to turbo-charge The Mean Green revenue model for football and basketball. Peck and Baretta share their knowledge of metric-based business planning, as well as solutions toward gaining traction with the over 100,000 alumni in the local area. Twitter: @Ryan_Peck @Chris_Baretta

Jun 19, 2017

Markus Jennings is considered a rising star in college athletics development, now on the NAADD board as well as running revenue generation for Sacramento State. Jennings discusses the nuances that come with making major gift asks, as well as ticket sales, along with the transition of titles toward Deputy Athletic Director within departments. Jennings presents the current challenges in college athletic administration, as well as how young administrators are facing the peaks and valleys of social media, executive searches and personal branding. Twitter: @MJ_CollegeSport

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