Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.
Twitter handle: @jeffmason1
Italy whiffs World Cup bid: Italians, who consider a spot in the World Cup finals a virtual birthright, slumped into collective despair after the national team failed to win a place among soccer’s elite for the first time in 60 years. Click here for a list of the countries that did make the cut.
Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Junior discusses his work building baseball fields to help at-risk youth learn the sport and valuable life lessons that go with playing it. Plus, how the tax bill in Congress could impact stadium construction and how Amazon is increasing its involvement in streaming sports.
Two corporations facing tough times. We look at the challenges confronting their leaders and what could happen next. Plus, how the Atlanta Falcons have used their new stadium to develop a stronger connection to the people of the city and help boost the local economy. A conversation with Frank Fernandez who serves as Vice President of Community Development with the foundation of Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
Netting a piece of the NBA: Joseph Tsai, vice chairman of Chinese internet conglomerate Alibaba, has struck a deal to buy a 49 percent stake in the Brooklyn Nets NBA team.
The NBA has become the first of the big four American professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) to allow advertising on players’ jerseys. We look at the impact. Plus, a discussion about how some basketball players are investing their money and a conversation about partnerships between businesses and sports leagues with the co-founder of education technology company EverFi.
California dreamin’: The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League Championship title this week, officially punching their ticket to the Major League Baseball World Series. They will face either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees – a fate decided tonight or tomorrow.
The league has rejected President Trump’s calls to punish players who kneel for the national anthem to protest racism. The ongoing dispute poses financial risk for teams and for sponsors. We discuss some of those challenges and how they may play out. Plus, Atlanta Falcon’s CEO Rich McKay explains how the team’s new stadium deal came together and how it aims to create an unparalleled live experience for sports fans and concertgoers.
Fox brushes off World Cup woes: The surprise failure of the United States men’s soccer team to qualify for next year’s World Cup will not affect Fox Sports' plans to televise the tournament, according to the network, which shelled out $200 million for the rights.
Former Nike marketing star Sonny Vaccaro discusses the fraud charges filed in late September against college basketball assistant coaches. Vaccaro, who signed Michael Jordan among others, explains why paying athletes could minimize these issues. He also discusses the role of the NCAA and how he helped develop the marketing plan to grow Nike’s basketball business. Plus, how Las Vegas’s newest professional sports team is getting off to a solid start.
It ain’t your grandpa’s Nintendo: As esports become increasingly popular, the high-tech tournaments are grappling with some age-old problems: match-fixing and doping.