Keeping Score

Sweaty equity – a tech accelerator takes on sports

October 14, 2016

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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. Also, why TV networks are cheering for the Cubs and why Major League Baseball should look outside of Europe for international growth.

Blame Clinton, Trump and Brady for NFL rating woes

October 7, 2016

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Why Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Tom Brady have hurt TV ratings for NFL games this season. Plus, why Cubs General Manager Theo Epstein is worth his hefty new contract. We also look at the growth of the LPGA and an innovative partnership it has developed with its partners in Indianapolis as I talk with commissioner Mike Whan in this week’s Keeping Score.

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

September 30, 2016

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From courses closing to brands shutting down their golf lines, National Golf Foundation CEO Joe Beditz explains why the sport is going through a rough patch.  Plus, the impact of the death of Miami Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez on the team’s plans, and how teams figure out when to make money for playing poorly. Listen to this week’s episode of Keeping Score.

The Green Bay Packers’ secret sauce (and drawbacks)

September 23, 2016

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Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy explains the team’s unique ownership model and why it limits the team’s international reach. Plus, he discusses his role as the only non-owner in NFL owner’s meetings. Also, Reuters Executive Editor Dan Colarusso and I share our thoughts on golf’s “moneyball” approach to the Ryder Cup and why ESPN could start a Netflix-like a la carte model for streaming games.

A sports protest with $400 million on the line

September 16, 2016

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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. And, how the NCAA’s boycott of North Carolina over transgender bathrooms is affecting the state’s bottom line. Plus, how the WNBA is trying to boost its visibility and interest in the women’s game. I speak with new Chief Operating Officer Jay Parry in this edition of our sports business podcast Keeping Score.

The Olympics are over, the scandals linger on

August 26, 2016

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Russia, Ryan Lochte and an Irish Olympic Committee president are all in hot water following the 2016 Games. Keeping Score’s Rick Horrow dives into those scandals, and breaks down how much U.S. Olympic medal winners receive compared to their international competitors. Plus, Mike Knopp, executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, talks about the city’s efforts to shake off the dustbowl stereotype in its bid to become a water sport-friendly city.

The lasting impact of the Rio Olympics

August 19, 2016

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Reuters Correspondent Liana Baker who is in Brazil discusses how the Rio games will shape future Olympics from an organizational and business standpoint. Plus a look at the money generated from broadcasting rights and my conversation with a member of the team at online sports video company Silver Chalice. Check out our latest weekly edition of Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

Could Los Angeles host the 2024 Olympics?

August 12, 2016

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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. He also puts in a plug for Los Angeles, which is vying to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Plus, whether American football will ever make it to the games, on this week’s Keeping Score podcast.

One way athletes are reducing injuries

August 4, 2016

Subscribe to Keeping Score on iTunes 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. He also discusses the work that has gone into developing the product. Plus how Brazil may fare economically as a result of the Olympics and how one NBA superstar is still connecting with fans of his former team on our sports business podcast Keeping Score.

How golf benefits from return to Olympics

July 28, 2016

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Golf returns to the Olympics in Rio in August after a more than 100 year absence. The last time golfers competed for Olympic medals was in 1904 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Former PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka talks about how the sport can take advantage of its moment in the international spotlight, and what stakeholders can learn abroad. Plus, hear my thoughts on the latest controversies surrounding the games and Roger Federer’s withdrawal in this week’s edition of our sports business podcast Keeping Score.