Sports Business Radio's Top 10 Sports Business Stories of 2012

Brian Berger and Bryan Griggs count down the Top 10 sports business stories of the year 2012. Listen to the podcast by clicking here:

Leigh Steinberg joins Brian Berger on SBR to discuss Re-Launch of Steinberg Sports

The December 1st edition of Sports Business Radio is now available via podcast.

Sports agent Leigh Steinberg joins Brian Berger on Sports Business Radio for an in-depth, wide ranging interview. Steinberg discusses the re-launch of his agency, player safety in the NFL and his battle against alcoholism and bankruptcy for his agency.

Listen to the conversation here - or go to iTunes and find the podcast under Sports Business Radio.

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Longtime sports executive Joe Favorito joins us to discuss Hurricane Sandy's impact on the east coast sports world as well as the cancellation of NYC Marathon. Sports Illustrated editor Bill Syken stops by to discuss the new book "Football's Greatest", which brings to life the best football players, stadiums and moments in NFL history. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports joins us to discuss the potential of Saints head coach Sean Payton leaving the team next season following the news that his contract has been voided by the NFL. Maury Brown of the discusses the low TV ratings for the World Series, the marketability of Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrerra and the potential suitors and contract details for free agent Josh Hamilton. Download the podcast here:

Brian Berger's Sports Business Strategies Class at Portland State University Debuts this January

After many years of guest speaking to the sports business classes of colleagues, I am excited to announce that I will be teaching my own class starting in January. The class is entitled "Sports Business Strategies" and I'll be teaching the course at Portland State University in downtown Portland.

If you're interested in learning more about the course or signing up for the course, go here:

I already have several terrific guest speakers who have prominent positions in the sports industry lined up to speak to the class during the 11-week course that runs from January to March, so students will get a very realistic glimpse about working in the sports world.

I'm very excited about this opportunity to share my 20-plus years of experience working in the sports industry with students. It will be a lot of fun.

New Edition of Sports Business Radio now available on iTunes

Marcus Mariota, QB of the nationally ranked Oregon Ducks football team joins us to discuss his emergence as the leader of the Ducks high scoring offense. Latanna Stone, the youngest golfer to ever qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur stops by to discuss what the life of a 10-year old golf prodigy is like. Rand Getlin, Investigative Reporter for Yahoo! Sports joins us to discuss his investigative piece about NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus and his relationship with a financial advisor who cost Rosenhaus' clients substantial amounts of money. We also discuss the NFL locking out the league's regular officials, the NHL lockout and the pending sale of AEG. To download the Sports Business Radio podcast on iTunes, go here:

Listen to the Latest Edition of Sports Business Radio

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 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:

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 ( 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:

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:
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 -

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.

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