MLB Hall of Fame and Sports Licensing on this Week's Episode of Sports Business Radio

Maury Brown from the joins Brian Berger to discuss the MLB Hall of Fame voting process. Does the process need to be overhauled? How would Brown and Berger change the voting procedures? They discuss.

Jason Bolt, Founder and CEO of Society43 stops by to discuss his growing sports-themed sunglasses company that has deals with the NBA and 80 top collegiate sports programs. Bolt also takes us inside the licensing process.

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Sports Business Radio Counts Down the Top 10 Sports Business Stories of 2013

Every year, we count down the top sports business stories of the year. Listen to this week's show where we count down the Top 10 Sports Business stories of 2013.

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Sports Business Radio. We're looking forward to our 10th year on the air in 2014!

Latest Edition of Sports Business Radio Tackles Sochi Olympics & Miami Dolphins Controversy

Dave Mingey, President & Co-Founder of GlideSlope ( joins us to discuss the lead-up to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games & how Olympic sponsors are preparing their campaigns around a politically controversial Russia. Jason Cole (@JasonPhilCole), NFL reporter for the National Football Post joins us to discuss the Richie Incognito - Miami Dolphins story and take us inside an NFL lockerroom to see what really happens amongst teammates. Keith Strudler, Director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication joins us to discuss his program as well as the program's new partnership with the Sports PR Summit. Listen to the latest edition of Sports Business Radio on iTunes or here:

Christine Brennan of USA Today & Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated Appear on Latest Edition of Sports Business Radio

Christine Brennan, sports columnist for USA Today and commentator for NPR and ABC News, Jon Wertheim, Executive Editor for Sports Illustrated and Mike Jones, GM and Director of Golf Operations for Kapalua Golf Resort join host Brian Berger on the latest edition of Sports Business Radio. Listen via this link.

Sports Business Radio host Brian Berger's Fox Sports Radio Network Appearances

Sports Business Radio host Brian Berger has made a number of appearances recently on the Fox Sports Radio network to provide insight and commentary on sports business and crisis PR angles.

Berger joins Rob Dibble and Amy Van Dyken to discuss Johnny Manziel and Riley Cooper:

Berger joins JT the Brick and Tom Looney to discuss A-Rod's suspension and Johnny Manziel's most recent controversy:

Berger joins JT The Brick and Tom Looney to discuss Ryan Braun's suspension and his future here:

Berger joins Rob Dibble and Amy Van Dyken to discuss the recent rash of controversies off the field in sports (13 minute mark):

MLB Statements - Biogenesis suspensions

MLB just released the following statement from Commissioner Bud Selig after suspending 13 players including New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez:

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig made the following statement today regarding the discipline issued to players in relation to Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis investigation:

“Major League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am proud of the comprehensive nature of our efforts – not only with regard to random testing, groundbreaking blood testing for human Growth Hormone and one of the most significant longitudinal profiling programs in the world, but also our investigative capabilities, which proved vital to the Biogenesis case. Upon learning that players were linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, we vigorously pursued evidence that linked those individuals to violations of our Program. We conducted a thorough, aggressive investigation guided by facts so that we could justly enforce our rules.

“Despite the challenges this situation has created during a great season on the field, we pursued this matter because it was not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do. For weeks, I have noted the many players throughout the game who have strongly voiced their support on this issue, and I thank them for it. I appreciate the unwavering support of our owners and club personnel, who share my ardent desire to address this situation appropriately. I am also grateful to the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and our club physicians, who were instrumental in the banning of amphetamines and whose expertise remains invaluable to me. As an institution, we have made unprecedented strides together.

“It is important to point out that 16,000 total urine and blood tests were conducted on players worldwide under MLB Drug Programs in 2012. With the important additions of the hGH testing and longitudinal profiling this season, we are more confident than ever in the effectiveness of the testing program. Those players who have violated the Program have created scrutiny for the vast majority of our players, who play the game the right way.

“This case resoundingly illustrates that the strength of our Program is not limited only to testing. We continue to attack this issue on every front – from science and research, to education and awareness, to fact-finding and investigative skills. Major League Baseball is proud of the enormous progress we have made, and we look forward to working with the players to make the penalties for violations of the Drug Program even more stringent and a stronger deterrent.

“As a social institution with enormous social responsibilities, Baseball must do everything it can to maintain integrity, fairness and a level playing field. We are committed to working together with players to reiterate that performance-enhancing drugs will not be tolerated in our game.”

New York Third Baseman Suspended 211 Regular Season Games Through 2014 Season

Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason and the entire 2014 Championship Season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.
Rodriguez's discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez's discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation. The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8th, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.

Under the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Rodriguez’s suspension will be stayed until the completion of his appeal if Rodriguez files a grievance challenging his discipline.


Sports Business Radio host Brian Berger on Fox Sports Radio

Sports Business Radio host Brian Berger recently joined JT the Brick and Tom Looney on Fox Sports Radio to discuss the Ryan Braun suspension, Alex Rodriguez and PED's.

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Sports Illustrated Executive Editor and Senior Writer Jon Wertheim joins Brian Berger on the latest edition of Sports Business Radio. They discuss the NBA Finals, French Open, Bigenesis/MLB story and the Jason Collins story that SI broke.

Berger also discusses the recent Sports PR Summit (, which Wertheim joined as a panelist and Berger organized.

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Celebrating 9 Years of Sports Business Radio with a Jam Packed Edition!

We're celebrating 9 years of Sports Business Radio this week with a fantastic show. Steve Garvey (@SteveGarvey6), MLB legend and former Dodgers and Padres star joins the show to discuss his career, his run at Dodgers ownership and his battle against prostate cancer. B.R. Koehnemann of Bandon Dunes golf resort stops by to discuss the Speedgolf World Championships at Bandon Dunes and airing this Saturday on CBS-TV. Maury Brown (@BizBallMaury) of the shares his top sports business story lines for the just underway MLB season.

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Nigel Melville, CEO and President of USA Rugby joins us to discuss one of the fastest growing sports in the United States as well as the structure of the sport. Rand Getlin, investigative reporter with Yahoo! Sports stops by to discuss the recent overhaul of the NCAA's enforcement division and what they may mean to the future of the organization and NCAA member schools. We also discuss the NCAA's ruling regarding the Johnny Football trademark for Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel and how that ruling may impact trademarks around athlete nicknames in the future.

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