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AUDIO ON DEMAND: Sacramento Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof on Sports Business Radio

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Sacramento Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof. I always enjoy our conversations when he joins me on Sports Business Radio.

Maloof gave us terrific insight regarding why his family decided to keep the Kings in Sacramento for at least one more season instead of relocating the team to Anaheim.  Gavin also shared with me what his family is looking for from the City of Sacramento in order to keep the team in Sacramento for the long term.

But the highlight of the interview for me comes towards the end of our conversation when Maloof discusses the lucky charm that the Kings will be taking to the NBA Draft lottery on May 17th. Its a very funny story so make sure to pay particularly close attention to that portion of our conversation.

Listen to my conversation with Gavin Maloof by clicking here.

AUDIO ON DEMAND: Conversation with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott on SBR

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is a rising star in the world of sports business. In a relatively short amount of time Scott has added 2 teams to the conference, added a championship game in football and now he has orchestrated a $3 billion broadcast and digital rights deal with ESPN/Fox/Pac-12 Network.

Larry Scott joined me on Sports Business Radio to discuss the new broadcast and digital rights deal as well as future plans for the confernece.

Listen to our conversation by clicking here.

Breaking down the Finances of the Pac-12 TV deal

As you've probably heard, the Pac-12 recently inked a lucrative 12-year TV deal with ESPN and Fox that is worth $3 billion dollars.

Rachel Bachman of The Oregonian joined me on Sports Business Radio to break down the new deal and discuss how the money will be spent.

Listen to our conversation here.

PACQUIAO PACKS A MAJOR PUNCH, BUT IS IT ENOUGH TO SAVE BOXING?

 

I may be in the minority, but consider me excited to fork over $64.99 Saturday night to watch the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight on Showtime PPV. Of course, I’m not thrilled about the steep price, but I am excited for the fight itself – or at least what it represents.

No, this is not the fight we were hoping to see, and yes, it probably is a sizeable mismatch that will result in the younger Pacquiao (32 years old) spending the majority of the fight applying continuous pressure to the older Mosley (39 years old). But still, anytime Pacquiao enters the ring the sport of boxing takes considerable strides back towards its once prideful status. 

No fan can pretend that boxing hasn’t drastically fallen down the rungs of the sports popularity ladder over the last several decades – actually precisely at the moment Mike Tyson infamously flashed a smile and a pair of handcuffs to the camera on his way from the ring to the cell. And since then, guys like Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya just have not been able to generate the enthusiasm that Ali, Tyson, and the legends before them did. Combine that with shady promoters, confusing weight classes and belt titles, and most importantly the rise of MMA over the past decade, and the result is a second-tier sports status.

Then along came Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach, perhaps one of boxing’s greatest working duos and its best chance to bring the sport back to prominence. Since being introduced to the boxing world following his odds defying and remarkable pounding of De La Hoya in 2008, Pacquiao has seamlessly moved through weight classes and collected titles with ease. And if he continues on this torrid pace and gains another defining win, he may well end up as the greatest fighter of this generation and be remembered as the guy who saved the sport.   

Tryng to Make Sense of the NFL Labor Situation? This Audio Will Help you

The NFL Labor situation is changing by the day and its very confusing for most fans.

Yahoo! Sports NFL reporter Jason Cole joined me on Sports Business Radio to try to make sense of the everchanging NFL landscape.

What strategies will the owners and players utilize moving forward? When will the NFL get back to "business as usual"?

Listen to our conversation here for answers.

Interview with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson

On Friday, I caught up with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson when I was guest hosting The Bald Faced Truth on 95.5FM The Game in Portland for John Canzano.

Paulson and I spoke about the hurdles he overcame to land an MLS franchise in Portland and we also talked about his overall business philosophies.

If you missed our conversation, you can hear it on demand by clicking here.

Talking NBA CBA with ESPN's Ric Bucher

So far the NBA playoffs have been tremendously exciting. And this comes on the heels of a terrific year of TV ratings for the league.

According to the Sports Business Daily, ABC drew 5.1 million viewers for its 15 NBA broadcasts, a 38.3 percent increase from the previous year. It was the best regular-season NBA viewership on a network since the '98-99 season on NBC. TNT drew an average of 2.45 million viewers for its 52 games, up 42.4 percent from the 2009-10 season. ESPN averaged two million viewers for its 73 broadcasts, up 28.3 percent from the previous year.

But as you'll hear during my conversation with ESPN NBA Senior reporter Ric Bucher, the chances of striking a deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by the July 1st deadline are slim.

And don't look for the NBA Players Association to use the same decertification tactic that the NFL Players Association recently utilized in their battle with the owners.

Listen to Ric Bucher and Brian Berger discussing the NBA CBA here.

High Interest Lockout Loans May Lead to Bankruptcy for Some NFL Players

As the NFL lockout continues, NFL players are getting more nervous by the day about loss of income this fall if there are no games.

ThePostGame.com's Rand Getlin joined us on Sports Business Radio to discuss a story he wrote detailing high interest loans that are being secured by NFL players during the lockout.

Could the loans lead to bankruptcy for several NFL players?

Listen to Rand Getlin on Sports Business Radio by clicking here.

Podcast: 3-hour Sports Business Radio Bonanza Featuring Jack Nicklaus, Mark Cuban and Mark Emmert

We celebrated 7 years of Sports Business on our Portland show on 95.5FM The Game today with a look back at interviews with Jack Nicklaus, Mark Cuban and NCAA President Mark Emmert.

We also talked about The Masters, the upcoming home debut of the Portland Timbers, changes in how security is handled at Dodger Stadium and we recapped the final TV and online ratings for the NCAA tournament.

Take a listen to the podcast of our show on The Game in Portland below.

To listen to Hour 1 (featuring conversation with Mark Cuban), click here.

To listen to Hour 2 (featuring conversation with Mark Emmert), click here.

To listen to Hour 3 (featuring conversation with Jack Nicklaus), click here.

Looking Back on 7 Years of Sports Business Radio

Seven years ago this week Sports Business Radio launched on NewsRadio 750AM KXL in Portland. SBR Co-Founder Keith Forman joined me on the maiden voyage and our first guest was NBA Commissioner David Stern. (Listen to our show this week and I'll have a special audio clip from a favor Commissioner Stern did for me following the interview......hint: It made this NBA wannabe's dream come true).

Our show's mission was and continue's to be, "We Talk to the People Who Call the Shots in the World of Sports".

I look back over the course of the past 7 years and there are so many highlights.

I've had the opportunity to go one-on-one with a few men who sit atop their sports - NBA Commissioner David Stern, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand and now the current NCAA President Mark Emmert and BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock. 

Team owners such as Portland Trail Blazers/Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, Washington Wizards/Caps owner Ted Leonsis, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, Cleveland Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and Sacramento Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof have joined me to explain some of the key decisions they've made with their franchises as well as share with us the business strategies that have made them successful over the years.

And I've even had the opportunity to chat with several athletes about their business interests. Jack Nicklaus talked about his successful golf course design company that is introducing the game of golf to people around the globe. Oscar de la Hoya spoke about being a successful boxing promoter and part owner of an MLS franchise. Steve Nash shared with us his passion for his charitable foundation as well as his thoughts about his first trip to China when I was with Nash in Beijing in 2007. Former Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubach joined us to tell us about his race car team and how he interned during his offseasons to learn the real estate business. And Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg, who I idolized as a kid, joined me to talk about working his way up the ladder as a baseball manager so he can one day hopefully manage a major league baseball franchise.

Even tennis great John McEnroe joined us on the show and serenaded our audience from his hotel room in Paris with "Purple Haze" (one of my favorite moments in our show's history).

If you would have told me 7 years ago that our show would make it to this point and that I'd have a guest list like the one mentioned above, I would have been thrilled. And now looking back on it, if I never do another show, I'd be very proud of what we've done to this point.

Our Sports Business Radio team has been the best part of this voyage though.

 

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