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NCAA vs. U Sports

11:17am EST

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Struggles facing NFL and Under Armour

Nov 03 2017

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.

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This Week in Sports: A new stakeholder for the Nets

Oct 27 2017

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.

'Your ad here' courtesy of the NBA

Oct 26 2017

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.

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This week in sports: The Dodgers clinch World Series berth

Oct 20 2017

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.

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Assessing business risk to NFL from national anthem discord

Oct 20 2017

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.

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This week in sports: Stunning upset for U.S. men’s soccer

Oct 12 2017

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.

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Latest NCAA scandal shows why student athletes need to be paid: Vaccaro

Oct 10 2017

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.

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This week in sports: E-sports grapples with rapid growth

Oct 06 2017

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.

The rise of e-sports

Oct 06 2017

Vice President of e-sports at Turner Sports Christina Alejandre discusses the media company’s role in the growing video game competition space. She also explains how more advertisers and professional sports leagues are getting involved. Plus, a look at some of the concerns about the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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This week in sports: Anthem protests sweep the NFL

Sep 29 2017

Tough-talking Trump: President Trump this week continued his crusade against NFL players who choose to kneel during the national anthem in protest, telling Fox News that team owners should do more to intervene. “I think they’re afraid of their players,” Trump said. “And I think it’s disgraceful.” An NFL spokesman refuted Trump’s statement.

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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