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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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Congrats to Linda Dowden for winning the Sports Business Radio March Madness Bracket Challenge

Linda Dowden is the winner of our Sports Business Radio March Madness Bracket Challenge. Linda was the only person in our field who correctly picked UConn to win the national championship. See Linda on top of the standings here.

Linda should contact me at brian@sportsbusinessradio.com about coming on the show to gloat!

Congrats again to Linda and thanks to all who entered our competition.

I finished in the top 10 so I can show my face in public.

MLB BASEBALL 2011: REUNITED AND IT FEELS (NOT) SO GOOD

 

Former MLB commissioner Bartlett Giamatti wrote in his famed baseball poem, The Green Fields of the Mind, “(i)t breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.” He was speaking of the early promise that arises with each new baseball season, which is then ultimately washed away by the “cold rains” of the fall at seasons end.

I’ve experienced the baseball fan’s plight explained by Giamatti. As a Pittsburgh Pirates fan (insert joke here), my harshest sports memory came in 1992 when Sid Bream beat home an errant Barry Bonds’ throw in the ninth inning to eliminate the Pirates from the NLCS for the third consecutive year. Moments after Bream barreled into home, “cold rains” of tears streamed down my face and I proceeded to lock myself in the bathroom – broken hearted, yes.

Of course, that type of broken heart is actually endearing in the sense of fandom.

VCU Athletic Director Norwood Teague on Sports Business Radio

March Madness is upon us and there's not a more compelling story in this year's tournament than the run VCU has made to the Final Four. The Rams' men's basketball team has notched upsets over Georgetown, Purdue and No. 1 seed Kansas while busting brackets in the process.

I had the chance to catch up with VCU Athletic Director Norwood Teague to discuss the team's success, what the run to the Final Four has meant to Virginia Commonwealth University, if the team is ready to activate around the spotlight the team has brought to the university and the future of 33-year old VCU men's basketball coach Shaka Smart - who has turned himself into a hot commodity with the way he has coached and conducted himself.

Listen to my conversation with VCU Athletic Director Norwood Teague by clicking here (Norwood Teague is first interview listed on the page).

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