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.

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

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 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


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.

NCAA Mark Emmert Joins Brian Berger for Wide Ranging Interview on Sports Business Radio

NCAA President Mark Emmert joined Brian Berger on Sports Business Radio to discuss a wide range of topics including the scandal at Penn State, the retirement of Joe Paterno, the BCS, conference realignment and upcoming changes to the NCAA rule book.

To listen to the candid conversation click here.


Listen to In-Depth Interview with Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard joined me for an in-depth radio interview today. The wide ranging interview reveals how Sugar Ray's pro boxing career was first financed, which opponent's stare down was most intimidating, which person served as a role model for him growing up, overcoming his nervousness about competing on "Dancing with the Stars" and what he is doing to keep busy these days.

To listen to my interview with Sugar Ray Leonard, click here.

I grew up watching Sugar Ray Leonard and always found him to be one of the most exciting athletes in the world. He was also one of the first athletes utilized for endorsements by corporate America. From his "Feeling 7-Up" commercials to his larger than life showdowns with Hearns, Hagler and Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard was always entertaining.

It was a pleasure to speak with him for this week's edition of Sports Business Radio.

5 Steps that Would Resolve the NBA lockout

NBA owners and players continue to struggle with finding a middle ground to resolve the current NBA lockout.  There's $4B in annual revenues at stake along with goodwill that has been built over a long period of time and the NBA cannot afford to miss half or all of the upcoming season.

Here are my suggestions for ending the lockout and returning to the basketball court.

1.) BRI split - The players and owners need to move closer to a 50-50 split of the BRI (basketball related income). The players currently take 57% of the BRI. A split of this revenue would be a big step towards finding middle ground.

2.) Flex cap - The players and owners need to agree to a flex cap. The owners are currently firm in their position for a hard cap, but this could be the #1 sticking point for why games are lost. A hard cap would eliminate "super teams" like the Heat, Lakers and Celtics as teams would no longer be able to afford three stars. TV ratings and fan interest has exploded because of the interest in the "super teams" and if those teams are forced to break up because of a hard cap it will be terrible for the league over the long haul.

3.) Revenue sharing - MLB has a revenue sharing system in place and the NBA needs to adopt a similar system. The Lakers, Knicks and Bulls make a tremendous amount of money from media rights fees because they play in large markets. The Lakers new TV deal with Time Warner Cable is worth $3B. By contrast, small market teams make $10-12M per season from their media rights deals. The NBA is not a balanced league and until there is revenue sharing between the big market teams and small market teams it will always be difficult for the small market teams to turn a profit.

4.) Amnesty provision - This rule was implemented during the last lockout. It allows each team a short window to wipe their worst contract from their books. The team has to pay the player in full, but the contract comes off the books. The players union likes it as the players get paid in full and the owners like it because they can get rid of one albatross contract.

5.) Franchise tag - Small market teams are very worried about keeping their superstars (see Chris Paul and Dwight Howard). LeBron and Carmelo have already left their old franchises in ruins and owners want to prevent superstars from teaming up in the future. Each team should adopt the NFL's "franchise tag" policy where they can tag one player per season. The player has to be paid at the top of their position but the owner gets to keep his superstar instead of seeing him leave town.

If the players and owners could agree to the above deal points, they would take a gigantic step towards resolving the current lockout.


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