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.

Caribbean cricket comes to the U.S.

July 22, 2016

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The Caribbean Premier League brings the global sport to Florida for a tournament in July. Communications Director Peter Breen talks about the effort to market cricket in the U.S. and grow its audience. Breen says last year stadium attendance reached 300 thousand while 90-million more watched on television around the world. Plus, my thoughts on Tiger Woods’ continued absence from the PGA Tour and the worldwide interest in the Olympics in this week’s edition of Keeping Score.

One man’s mission to never watch a boring game again

July 14, 2016

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Entrepreneur Warren Packard discusses Thuuz, an app he developed to detect and connect viewers across the world to the most exciting games for a customized sports viewing experience. Find out how it works, along with the latest on the Olympics, deflategate and more, on this week’s episode of Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

The American men who could rule tennis

July 8, 2016

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Broadcaster and former professional tennis player Patrick McEnroe talks about the development of male players in the U.S. and gives names of those who could become top-ranked tennis pros. He also talks about the current state of the sport and his rivalry with older brother John. Plus an NBA first, courtesy of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and good news for Olympic golf organizers in this edition of Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

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.