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From the battlefield to the playing field

Apr 20 2018

A medical startup funded in part by the U.S. Defense Department wants to bring medical treatment built for Navy Seals to the sports world.

Smart venue. Full value

Apr 06 2018

Sure, ISM Connect has its name on a number of big American auto racing events but one of its top executives says the company wants a payoff beyond the branding.

Keeping stars solvent

Mar 29 2018

As March Madness swirls and football free agency breaks records, a top-ranked financial advisor breaks down why so many of the top athletes crash and burn financially.

The flip sides of free agency

Mar 23 2018

In this week's Keeping Score podcast, sports agent Rick Davis explains some of the dynamics that have let NFL stars land big contracts while some of baseball’s big names felt left out in the cold.

Fine Food, Sweet Facilities and the Future of Indian Wells

Mar 16 2018

Tommy Haas went from life on the court to running a tennis tournament. Haas hopes an idyllic location and top-shelf amenities can “decouch” enough fans to keep Indian Wells among the key stops on the tour.

U.S. beach volleyball's future up in the air

Mar 08 2018

Phil Dalhausser won a gold medal in beach volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He discusses the challenges facing the sport and the opportunities. He also talks about the growth of the game among girls and young women. Plus, sports marketing expert Rick Horrow weighs in on the revenue model of the sport.

720 million rea$ons to host the Super Bowl

Mar 02 2018

Arizona Office of Tourism Director Debbie Johnson discusses the economic impact of hosting large events like the Super Bowl and Final Four. While the state’s former speaker of the house Andy Tobin talks about the role sports can play in establishing lasting business relationships for the state. Plus why the Olympic movement was the big winner in Pyeongchang.

Why Wednesday is the most important day of a PGA tournament

Feb 23 2018

PGA tour champion Scott McCarron explains why Pro-Am Day which is usually held on a Wednesday is the most important of a tournament week. He also discusses his experience playing the PGA TOUR Champions circuit which consists of players over 50. Plus my thoughts on what golf needs to do to grow the sport.

Scott Hamilton on the importance of failure

Feb 16 2018

Gold medal winner Scott Hamilton talks about why failure is key to success. The figure skating champion also gives his take on the competition on the ice at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and discusses his fight to overcome cancer and raise money for the cause.

Can Olympic hockey survive without the NHL?

Feb 09 2018

International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel discusses the decision of the National Hockey League to not pause its season to allow its players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. He also talks about the future of the sport and his interesting career path that has included stints as a dentist and a hockey referee.

Super Bowl 52 shines light on Minnesota stadium

Jan 31 2018

Minnesota Vikings Chief Information Officer Kevin Warren discusses the effort to build a new stadium which hosts the Super Bowl this year. He also talks about how it has revitalized the neighborhood around the facility. Plus, he gives his thoughts on the Vikings brand and what the organization can do to strengthen it.

How the Texans helped rebuild Houston

Jan 26 2018

Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes discusses the team’s community involvement especially after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. He also talks about the effort that went into hosting Super Bowl LI in 2017 and what Minneapolis is going through now as it prepares to host this year’s game.

Bob Griese’s South Florida field of dreams

Jan 20 2018

Bob Griese did more than just lead the Miami Dolphins to a perfect season and Super Bowls. His winning ways changed the culture of South Florida sports and proved it could be a major league market. Rick Horrow spent some time with the Hall of Fame quarterback during the season and he’s their Keeping Score conversation.

Fan 'experience' may be going overboard, says former Toronto sports CEO

Jan 12 2018

Richard Peddie served as CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment where he oversaw the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and other teams. He expresses concerns about the amount of attention paid to the amenities at stadiums instead of what’s happening on the court. He also explains why he thinks owners will have to shell out more for new facilities and rely less on public financing.

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Buffalo Bills face key stadium decision

Jan 05 2018

The Buffalo Bills will soon have to decide whether to renovate its existing stadium or build a new facility. We discuss the options with Bruce Popko, chief operating officer of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which manages the franchise. Pegula Sports also runs the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans and the National Lacrosse League's Buffalo Bandits, so Popko talks about his role dealing with them too.

Arenas, real and virtual

Jan 04 2018

Peter Feigin discusses how the Milwaukee Bucks are using a new arena and an e-sports team to key the franchise’s future.

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Why Bob Stoops likes the College Football Playoff but not overtime rules

Dec 29 2017

Former University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops discusses why he likes the College Football Playoff system and doesn't want it to expand. Plus, he recommends a change to the overtime rules that he thinks would speed up games. Also, a look at some of the top sports business stories of 2017.

How the Pac-12 Conference is following the NFL's lead

Dec 22 2017

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott talks about the athletic conference’s media plan and how it is modeled after what the NFL has done. He also gives his take on whether student-athletes should be paid. Plus, a discussion of some of the challenges facing ESPN and Roger Goodell in his new contract as commissioner of the NFL.

NCAA vs. U Sports

Dec 15 2017

The CEO of Canadian college athletic organization U Sports discusses how his group operates and how it compares to the NCAA. One major difference deals with the treatment of hockey players trying to get to the NHL. Plus, why there are so many college football bowl games and a look at the challenges facing the Olympics.

Growth plan for MLS

Dec 08 2017

Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko discusses how Major League Soccer has grown to this point and the steps it needs to take to become a bigger force in the global game. Plus, my take on Roger Goodell’s role with the NFL and why Detroit should win one of two expansion franchises MLS plans to award by the end of 2017.

How the NFL can fix itself

Oct 28 2016

From domestic violence by players off the field, to brain injuries on the field, the National Football League is facing serious challenges.

Sweaty equity – a tech accelerator takes on sports

Oct 14 2016

How a startup hopes to profit from a device that monitors athletes' sweat. Plus what could become the Uber for boating. My conversation with Tim Hayden at Saint Louis University which partners with companies like these in his role as the head of the school’s center for entrepreneurship.

Blame Clinton, Trump and Brady for NFL rating woes

Oct 07 2016

Why Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Tom Brady have hurt TV ratings for NFL games this season.

Golf in the rough, the Jose Fernandez effect and North Dakota’s pigeon strategy

Sep 30 2016

National Golf Foundation CEO Joe Beditz explains why the sport is going through a rough patch. =

The Green Bay Packers’ secret sauce (and drawbacks)

Sep 23 2016

Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy explains the team’s unique ownership model and why it limits the team’s international reach.

A sports protest with $400 million on the line

Sep 16 2016

From a college football game at a race track to ads on jerseys, how sports leagues and associations are trying to squeeze more revenue out of their events. Plus, how the WNBA is trying to boost its visibility and interest in the women’s game.

The Olympics are over, the scandals linger on

Aug 26 2016

Russia, Ryan Lochte and an Irish Olympic Committee president are all in hot water following the 2016 Games.

The lasting impact of the Rio Olympics

Aug 19 2016

Reuters Correspondent Liana Baker who is in Brazil discusses how the Rio games will shape future Olympics. Plus a look at the money generated from broadcasting rights, on this week's Keeping Score

Could Los Angeles host the 2024 Olympics?

Aug 12 2016

The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee Scott Blackmun talks about the financial aspects of putting together an Olympic team and how the organization chooses which sports to make a priority.

One way athletes are reducing injuries

Aug 04 2016

The founder and CEO of wearable fitness tracker WHOOP talks about how the device has helped improve the performance of users and reduce their injuries.

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U.S. gymnastics coaching duo says doctor's sex abuse surprised them

NEW YORK The coaching couple who helped turn the U.S. women's gymnastics team into a global powerhouse said in a TV interview aired on Friday that they knew nothing about the alleged sexual assaults by team doctor Larry Nassar at their training camp.