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Keeping Score Podcast


Bob Griese’s South Florida field of dreams

9:16am EST

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.


This week in sports: A turnaround for Timberwolves?

Jan 19 2018

This season has marked a massive turnaround for the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise: Despite a couple of losses this week, the Timberwolves have enjoyed a strong season, including a five-game winning streak cut short this week by the Orlando Magic. Rick’s take: The next few weeks will be telling for the T-Wolves, as the franchise will be dealing with fans distracted by local Super Bowl activities – especially if the Vikings make it to the Big Game.


This week in sports: Marquee events are ad sales boon for NBC

Jan 12 2018

NBC expects ad sales records for the Super Bowl and the Olympics, the broadcaster said, including more than $900 million in national ad sales for the Games.

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.


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.

This week in sports: Looking ahead to 2018

Jan 05 2018

This week, sports business marketing expert Rick Horrow offered up his predictions for the upcoming year in sports. Here are a few of his insights:

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.


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.


This week in sports: Saying goodbye to a legend

Dec 22 2017

Oh my,  goodbye: Legendary sports broadcaster Dick Enberg died this week at the age of 82, ESPN reported. Enberg, whose career spanned five decades, was known for his “Oh My!” declaration as he called sporting events.

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.

This week in sports: Toronto Blue Jays up for sale?

Dec 08 2017

Getting pushed out of the nest? Canadian telecom company Rogers Communications is considering selling the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. Forbes valued the team at $1.3 billion.

This week in sports: Tiger Woods’ triumphant return

Dec 01 2017

Tiger comes roaring back: Tiger Woods performed well in his much-anticipated return from injury in the Hero World Challenge, where he mixed five birdies with two bogeys for a three-under-par 69.

Tiger Woods to boost Golf Channel ratings 40%

Dec 01 2017

Golf Channel Executive Producer Molly Solomon talks about what Tiger’s return to competitive golf this weekend means for the game and the network’s ratings. She also discusses the evolution of the sport and the kinds of competitions the channel may cover. Plus, a discussion of college football coaching salaries and which Major League Baseball team could end up with Japanese superstar Shohei Otani.

This week in sports: Iran’s women ready to do the heavy lifting

Nov 24 2017

The weight of a nation:  Women weightlifters from Iran will be allowed to compete internationally for the first time. Iran has one of the world’s strongest weightlifting cultures, with its men having won seven Olympic gold medals this century.


Professional football's push to reach millennials

Nov 24 2017

Canadian Football League Chairman Jim Lawson discusses the challenges in reaching  younger fans and making money from them. He also gives his take on the health of the league. Plus, Reuters Digital Editor Dan Colarusso and sports business marketing expert Rick Horrow share their views of the issues facing the NFL and what it could do to reach millennials.


The week in sports: Italy in shock after World Cup dream deferred

Nov 17 2017

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.


Cal Ripken Junior turns baseball into an outdoor classroom

Nov 17 2017

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.

High-speed raceway for drivers and fans

Nov 09 2017

The Phoenix Raceway is undergoing a major upgrade as part of a partnership with a technology company to provide faster internet connectivity to fans and more interactive experiences. Bryan Sperber who is the president of the motorsports facility explains the project. Plus, a look at a new survey ranking the most marketable players in the NBA.

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.

Keeping Score is a weekly podcast on the business of sports hosted by Rick Horrow.   Click here to subscribe 


North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

LAUSANNE North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games in the neighbouring South next month and compete in three sports and five disciplines, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday.