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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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May 11, 2017

If its gotta be the shoes, then Nick DePaula has a story about it. The Creative Director of NiceKicks.com has been able to take his fans into the behind the scenes look at the shoe industry, shoe contract endorsement deals, and increase the amount of coverage in overall marketing of player brands. DePaula shares his beginnings from 2007, when he served as both Editor-In-Chief and Creative Director with Sole Collector Magazine. DePaula talks about the ZO2 Big Baller Brand of Londo Ball, the pinnacle of Michael Jordan's $3 billion shoe empire with Nike, and the impact on China of Yao Ming on the marketplace. Twitter: @NickDePaula

May 8, 2017

In a rather extensive conversation about data, Roger Tomlinson argues that board members, as well as senior directors, should be establishing protocols of training for their staff at venues. Tomlinson presents his case that box office staff tend to know their customers better than executives, yet tend not to be involved in the data initiatives that are rolled out. Tomlinson talks about ticket pricing, touting and how the value of the ticket is robbed by papering the house. Twitter: @brandinyourhand

May 4, 2017

Angela Gahan breaks down exactly what it takes to bring an entertainment production to Australia, and points out that it cannot sell just in Sydney, but has to be a show that can run throughout the entire country. Gahan specifies on pricing, brand and the art of the presale, where some shows are advance-sold over a year from performance night in order to gain its full audience. Gahan discusses various points of production contention, including travel costs and performers, which can make or break a show's extended run Down Under. Twitter: @gahan_Antix

May 1, 2017

Steve Nudelberg provides an intense sales training work out for anyone looking to maximize how they engage in broadening their relationships skills with a decision-maker. Nudelberg talks about how to make enough "touches" to count, crafting a CRM protocol to ensure that any prospect feels respected, but not sold to. Nudelberg shares his insight into the difference-making conversation skills that he trains in his sessions, ensuring that the prospect is in the right frame of mind during a face-to-face interaction. Twitter: @SteveNudelberg

Apr 27, 2017

In many ways, Simon Mabb presents the argument that one of the oldest businesses, insurance, may actually help the primary ticket marketplace. Everything else in the world has insurance behind it, including airline tickets, yet entertainment tickets do not generally. Mabb talks about how the coverage can help fans recoup their investment, as well as drive revenue streams for venues, ticket platforms and organizations through micro purchasing of insurance plans. Mabb discusses his efforts thus far in the United Kingdom, as well as his aspirations to bring insurance to entertainment ticketing aboard. Twitter: @SimonMabb

Apr 24, 2017

By listening to this episode, your network may have just tripled. University of Miami sports marketing professor Windy Dees discusses the program's marketing campaign, and subsequent advertising push, which illustrates networking and connections available for incoming students. Dees talks about the seriousness of actually having professors who are actively engaging in the marketplace in order to help their students land internships and jobs, along with building a credible course curriculum that goes indepth and researches various issues within the sports industry. Dees also covers her reliability to prospective students on social media complete with Drake and Honey Boo Boo gifs, how she laughs at her ratemyprofessor.com 3.9 rating and reviews, and why she's the most competitive supermarket onion weighing champion that you'll ever come across. Twitter: @GetDeesTweets

Apr 20, 2017

When it comes to pricing, Mark Stiving is one of the people willing to explore every component of how to drive customers to buy. Stiving readily admits he does not understand why the secondary ticket market manages to exist aside from venues and teams not taking the pricing seriously, laying down details of different pricing modules that could work. Stiving discusses whether dutch auction pricing has any merit aside from going out of business sales, and how dynamic pricing could be broader, especially when considering weather. Stiving talks about his own research, meeting a product expert of an old industry in Las Vegas, and what it taught him about pricing overall. Twitter: @MarkStiving

Apr 17, 2017

If you’ve ever tried to buy a ticket to the hottest concert, only to find all of the presale numbers gone within seconds, you may have Lowson to blame. Lowson ran Wiseguy Tickets, a ticket scalping operation, until 2009, when the FBI raided his business, charging him with wirefraud, after he generated over $25 million in ticket sales during the 2000s selling tickets to Bruce Springsteen, the Yankees playoff games, and personally being responsible for U2’s drummer publicly apologizing for the 2005 Vertigo concert’s ticket availability not going to their actual fans. Lowson says he’s now on a mission to change the industry, to get rid of his own ticket bot creation, as well as expose some of the inside practices that Ticketmaster, AXS and other ticket companies are utilizing to sell less than 1 percent of the tickets to the general public. Lowson also discusses why the BOTS Act of 2016 signed by then-President Obama has little teeth, especially when most of the bot operators are now located outside of the United States. Twitter: @Tixfan007

Apr 13, 2017

Allen Schlesinger swears that he hasn't made a cold call in 5 years, utilizing LinkedIn's Sales Navigator as well as various online tools to get to the decision-maker faster. Schlesinger describes how he has made his successful sales methodology grow while at the Austin Spurs, becoming the first NBADL rep in the league's history to sell over $500,000 in season ticket sales. Schlesinger talks about seeking out alternative information, such as home-buying, political contributions and LinkedIn mutual connections, in order to discover just who he should be talking to about purchasing Austins Spurs ticket packages. Twitter: @ATXSpursAllen

Apr 10, 2017

Jack Lucas' podcast episode is bittersweet, as he is retiring after 30 years of operating one of the more successful ticket start-ups in United States history, TicketsWest. Lucas mentions how a 1987 phone call changed his life, while he was teaching music in the Spokane public schools system, and with it brought several facets of electronic ticketing to the Inland Northwest. Serving also as president of West Coast Entertainment, Lucas covers his involvement in bringing Broadway to Spokane, as well as his involvement with Gonzaga basketball, Washington State University and Eastern Washington University.

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