Keeping Score

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.

Going to the game? Don’t forget your apps

April 22, 2016

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YinzCam CEO Priya Narasimhan talks about how she developed mobile apps to keep fans connected to their favorite teams especially when they are inside the arena. She also discusses her other sports-related projects and her love of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Plus, my thoughts on the problems facing the upcoming Rio Olympics and the growing popularity of Stephen Curry’s shoe line in this episode of Keeping Score with Rick Horrow. Click above to listen to the podcast or click below to watch my interview with Priya Nrasimhan.

Why Twitter matters in the world of sports

April 15, 2016

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Twitter Director of Business Insights Jeff Ma talks about the rising influence of the micro blogging service in the sports world. He also discusses his analytics work for NFL teams and Kevin Spacey’s involvement in the movie based on his gambling activities with the MIT Blackjack team. Plus, my thoughts on Kobe Bryant’s last game and the freeze on the number of college football bowl games in this edition of our podcast Keeping Score. Click the image above to listen to the podcast. Click the image below to see my interview with Jeff Ma.

What you might not know about Lebron James

April 8, 2016

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Lebron James finishes first again in the Horrow Sports/MVPindex Power 100. The list evaluates an athlete’s brand and marketability. In this week’s episode of Keeping Score, I talk with his lawyer and friend Fred Nance about James’ work off the court. He shares a few tidbits most people don’t know about the basketball superstar. Click on the image above to hear the podcast. Click here to read more about the Power 100. Click here to see the entire list.

Women in soccer get paid the small bucks

April 1, 2016

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Members of the U.S. women’s soccer team file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over their pay. They say they’re the driving economic force for U.S. soccer, but get paid less than their male counterparts. Plus, WNBA star Sue Bird talks about the low pay for women’s professional basketball in the United States on this edition of our Keeping Score with Rick Horrow audio podcast. Click button above for podcast.

What it’s like to have your own pro basketball team

March 24, 2016
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Boston Celtics Co-Owner Steve Pagliuca discusses the steps the ownership group took to turn the team into a winner again after buying it in 2002. The Celtics won the NBA championship in 2008. He also talks about how Boston benefited from the failed Olympics bid he helped lead, as well as his experiences at Bain Capital and playing college basketball at Duke. Plus, hear my thoughts on the growth in the value of Major League Baseball teams and controversial comments made by tennis great Novak Djokovic in this week’s Keeping Score podcast.

Simply the worst rule in baseball

March 18, 2016

Baseball historian and statistician Bill James explains why he hates the balk rule. He also discusses the impact of analytics on the game. Plus hear my thoughts on FIFA’s latest moves and the money sponsoring March Madness in this week’s edition of our sports business podcast Keeping Score. Also, check out the video of my interview with Bill James below.