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We look back at the London Games with Sports Business Journal sports media reporter John Ourand as well as which Olympic athletes are most marketable post Olympics with Brand Affinity Technologies CEO Ryan Steelberg. We talk Andrew Luck's decision to table endorsement deals as well as the NFL officials dispute with Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated stops by to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers acquisition of Dwight Howard and the potential that this was the last Olympics with NBA players. David Benoit of FootballMarkets.com joins us to discuss his company's unique product and their August 28th launch. Listen to the latest edition of Sports Business Radio on iTunes or here: http://www.sportsbusinessradio.com/audio/2012/08/sbr-25-august-2012

The Fascinating Life of St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson

In my opinion, St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson is one of the more fascinating athletes in professional sports today. He's embraced social media and is a terrific follow on Twitter @SJ39 and his website (www.sj39.com) is one of the most comprehensive athlete websites you'll find.

He loves architecture and making films and he's very eloquent discussing both.

Listen to my in-depth conversation with one of the best all-around running backs in the NFL here: http://bit.ly/Q52BGL

Sports Business Radio Launches 30 Day Kickstarter Campaign

 

Since 2004 Sports Business Radio has allowed its audience to peak behind the curtain and get an up-close look at the inner workings of the sports industry.
 
Sports is a $450 billion industry, making it one of the top ten largest industries in the United States. Sports Business Radio covers the sports industry unlike anyone else. We bring you conversations with key decision makers in the world of sports who explain their decisions and path to success via in-depth conversations on the show. 
 
Guests on Sports Business Radio have included NBA Commissioner David Stern, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, NCAA President Mark Emmert, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock, golf icon Jack Nicklaus and Los Angeles Dodgers President and co-owner Stan Kasten.
 
Sports Business Radio is a dedicated sports business team who lives and breathes this industry and we are seeking the support from the people who find the information we provide valuable. Like any industry, in sports you get ahead by knowing more about your market than anyone else. And that's exactly what we try to bring you every week. We dig down and follow all the leads to bring you the inside story about the business deals in sports that really matter.
 
But as you can imagine, producing this type of professional product has built-in hard costs like studio fees, professional tools and outside tech experts. We also go to great lengths to chase the guests that we have on Sports Business Radio and this takes time and sometimes requires travel to meet up with those key decision makers who have incredibly busy schedules. 
 
Thus we are asking for financial support from our listeners and people who value our unique content via a Kickstarter project that we have just launched. The project duration is 30 days long (runs until July 28th)
 
If you would consider copying and pasting the below link into your Twitter or Facebook feed to alert your followers of our Kickstarter project, we would be greatly appreciative. 
 
Your post could read, "If you find the unique content that the @SBRadio podcast provides valuable, please support their @Kickstarter project here: http://kck.st/KFMZBv
 
If you want to see our unique podcast continue, please consider making a financial contribution to our Kickstarter campaign.
 
We appreciate your support!

BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock Joins SBR to Discuss New 4-Team Football Playoff

BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock recently joined Brian Berger on Sports Business Radio to discuss the new 4-team college football playoff that is being formulated.

Listen to the conversation here - http://www.sportsbusinessradio.com/audio/2012/05/sbr-12-may-2012

Signing Peyton Manning Not Just About On Field Performance

The Indianapolis Colts have released 4-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning. Now more than a dozen teams are after the 11-time Pro Bowl QB who is a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer.

Several NFL owners will reportedly do just about anything to convince the QB who has passed for 399 TD's to come play in their city.

Manning is one of the greatest QB's to ever lace up a pair of sneakers. But signing the 36-year old past his prime Manning is as much about what Manning will do for teams off the field as it is on the field. Manning is the most marketable player in the most popular U.S. sports league. From hosting Saturday Night Live to appearing in DirecTV commercials, Manning has the "it" factor that engages consumers.

Signing Manning will mean a huge boost to ticket sales (Stephen Ross in Miami knows this), it will mean additional sponsors coming on board who want to tie their brand to Manning's brand, they won't be able to make Manning #18 jerseys fast enough because they'll fly off the shelves and Manning will energize a team's fan base like no other NFL free agent ever has.

Peyton Manning will make some NFL franchise more relevant and team owners, who are desperately in search of stars who can make their team more popular with fans will pay big bucks to Manning.

Manning's health is a huge risk after 4 neck surgeries, but some owner will take a chance on Manning because his off the field upside and what he'll mean to the bottom line will be huge, regardless of what he does on the field.

This may end up being very similar to Michael Jordan's brief playing stint with the Washington Wizards. Jordan played two seasons in DC but in that time the Wiz sold $32M in additional tickets, the team went from being a terrible road draw to the #2 road draw in the league and the Wizards sold out their sponsorships.

Manning likely has 2-3 years left in his career and will provide the same boost to his new team that MJ did with the Wizards. 

MJ didn't make the postseason with the Wizards, but he made a ton of money for the franchise and made them relevant. Same scenario might play out for Manning - and that might be just fine for the owner that signs him.

Portland Radio show adds an hour & moves to noon - 3pm PT time slot

If you listen to Brian Berger's weekday radio show on 750AM The Game in Portland, please make note that the show has a new time slot effective January 30th.

You can hear Berger's show from 12 noon - 3pm PT each weekday in the future. The show has added an hour and has moved from the 10am - noon PT time slot.

Stream the show live at www.750thegame.com

News Regarding Brian Berger's Portland radio show on 750AM The Game

Monday morning, January 30th, we will have news to share regarding Brian Berger's weekday radio show on 750AM The Game in Portland.

Follow Sports Business Radio on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sbradio for the latest details.

Sports Business Radio Unveils Top 10 sports business stories of 2011

It was a year of scandal and lockouts in the world of sports. Sports Business Radio counts down the Top 10 sports business stories of 2011. Take a listen here.

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra Discusses His Team on Sports Business Radio

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, who led his team to the NBA Finals this past season, stopped by Sports Business Radio to chat with Brian Berger about the upcoming season, what LeBron James worked on this offseason to improve his game and his summer trip to the Phillippines. 

Listen to the conversation here.

One of a Kind Air Jordan's signed by Michael Jordan & Tinker Hatifield to be Auctioned off to Benefit Ronald McDonald House

 

I'm excited that next week on my daily radio show in Portland I will be auctioning off a one-of-a-kind pair of Air Jordans autographed by Michael Jordan and legendary designer Tinker Hatfield.

I am a Board Member of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington and am passionate about the charity that serves as a home away from home for so many families who have a child who is hospitalized and want to be close to their child's medical care.

Check out all of the details below. It would be great if you consider making a bid when we open the bidding on Monday, December 5th.

Auction for Autographed Air Jordans Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities 
One-of-a-kind sneakers feature signatures from NBA legend and Nike designer

Portland, OR - There are two geniuses behind the Air Jordan brand, but only one set of sneakers that the pair have signed together. Of course one of these figures is Michael Jordan – NBA Champion, All-Star and icon. The other is Tinker Hatfield, the legendary Nike designer who defined the Air Jordan brand. Every year for more than two decades this duo have teamed together to create a new pair of sneakers – in the process becoming friends and collaborators, while revolutionizing the athletic apparel industry.

Two years ago, Hatfield made a special request for Jordan to autograph, and then donate a pair of 25th Anniversary Air Jordan sneakers from his own personal stock of shoes. Hatfield then co-signed the sneakers, and gave them to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oregon and Southwest Washington (RMHC®) to help the charity celebrate its own 25th Anniversary that year.

Now, the public can bid on this collector-quality pair of Air Jordans – the only pair of its kind in the world bearing the signatures of both Jordan and Hatfield. RMHC has partnered with sports radio station 750 AM The Game and host Brian Berger to hold an online auction for the sneakers during the week of December 5-9. The charity hopes to raise at least $5,000 from auctioning the shoes, which have already received national interest from sneaker collectors and industry bloggers.  All the proceeds from the Auction will benefit families staying at Portland’s two Ronald McDonald Houses.

Autographed Air Jordan Auction for Ronald McDonald House Charities

To Bid: December 5-9

Visit www.rmhcoregon.org/theshoes.

Tune in to learn more about the shoes:

December 5-9, 10-noon;

The Sports Insider with Brian Berger

750 AM The Game

About Us:           

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington provides a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children, and supports initiatives to improve pediatric health. To accomplish this, we rely on the generosity of thousands of donors, the ingenuity of local volunteers, and the dedication of our staff.

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