Keeping Score

Under Armour emulates Nike at Rio Olympics

June 30, 2016

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Athletic apparel brand Under Armour is taking advantage of a new rule to conduct guerrilla marketing at the summer Olympics, following in the footsteps of rival Nike. Plus, another golfer takes a pass on the games due to Zika, and talking golf and tennis with a tennis hall of famer who had a role with a PGA Tour stop. A packed show on this week’s Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

How to improve professional tennis

June 24, 2016

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Tennis Channel President Ken Solomon talks about how to recruit young talent and reach larger pools of tennis fans. He also discusses how the network is changing after Sinclair Broadcasting bought it. Plus, how the NHL has managed to grab positive headlines after its low-rated Stanley Cup Finals, and what members of the Cleveland Cavaliers staff are doing this summer. All on the latest Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

A premier soccer league for the Americas

June 16, 2016

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Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell discusses his effort to create a champions league for soccer in the Americas. The league would consist of the top professional clubs in North, South, and Central America competing against one another.

Muhammad Ali: Requiem for a champion

June 7, 2016

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With the passing of the boxing champion and humanitarian, we explore his life and legacy, including the effects he had on sports, social justice, television and the memorabilia market.

In defense of kids playing football

June 2, 2016
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Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner Little Scholars, talks about the increased focus on concussions in the sport, and how his youth organization deals with the controversy around it. He also talks about his group’s efforts to grow the sport internationally and explains why he believes cheerleading should be considered a sport. Plus, my thoughts on the Oakland Raiders’ stadium situation and the possibility of a tax break for playing golf, in this week’s episode of the Keeping Score podcast with Rick Horrow.

Shane Battier’s plan to pay college athletes

May 27, 2016

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Former NBA and NCAA basketball champion Shane Battier details his idea for how to compensate college athletes for the money they make their universities. Plus, he discusses the importance of team work – and what it was like to play on a team with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Also, the Super Bowl returns to Los Angeles and virtual reality companies team up with sports franchises in this edition of our podcast Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

Improving the fan experience with technology

May 20, 2016

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The head of IBM’s sports and entertainment practice, Jim Rushton, talks about fan-centric design. From dealing with traffic to parking issues to where to find a hot dog once inside the stadium, he explains how technology can play a role in making your visit more enjoyable. Plus, Chelsea of the English Premier League scores with Nike and Jordan Spieth continues to score with all of his sponsors on this week’s Keeping Score with Rick Horrow podcast.

Yao Ming and China’s Team

May 12, 2016

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Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown talks about how the basketball team became a favorite in China even before Yao Ming came to play there. He also discusses the changing media landscape and its impact on the NBA. Plus, my thoughts on who may be smiling the most after Stephen Curry won another NBA MVP award and a new way to sell sports tickets — all on this week’s Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

Michael Jordan – the businessman

May 5, 2016

Michael Jordan’s longtime agent and friend David Falk discusses his superstar client’s success off the court. He also takes issue with the union that represents NBA players and what he calls the unscrupulous practices of some of his competitors. Plus, how much some British bookmakers lost on Leicester City’s English Premier League Championship and why the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are headed to the track – all in our 44th episode of our audio podcast Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

The NFL Draft hits the Windy City

April 29, 2016

Chicago Sports Commission Executive Director Kara Bachman on what hosting the NFL Draft brings to the city. From the free media exposure to the tens of thousands of hotel rooms booked, she details how Chicago wins from holding the event now in its second straight year in the Windy City. Plus Wimbledon steps up drug testing and Tom Brady loses a round in court – all in this week’s episode of our sports business podcast Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.