Keeping Score

Expect fewer college football bowl games

December 31, 2015

Arizona State University Athletic Director Ray Anderson explains why he thinks the number of college football bowl games will decline. Plus, he discusses how his experience as an NFL executive and agent helps him in his current job. Also, hear my picks for the top sports business stories of the year as we close out 2015 on this episode of Keeping Score.

You’ve probably never heard of the third-most popular indoor sports league

December 24, 2015

National Lacrosse League Commissioner George Daniel talks about the success of his league in drawing fans and its effort to broaden its media exposure. He also discusses lessons learned over the NLL’s 30-year existence. Plus, hear my thoughts on the NFL’s latest round of negotiations for broadcast rights and how a Pancake is working for Waffle House in this edition of Keeping Score.

How Phoenix scores from hosting the Super Bowl

December 17, 2015

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton discusses the economic benefit to his city from hosting events like the Super Bowl. He also discusses the effort to build a new stadium downtown. Plus, hear how some NBA and NHL clubs are hoping The Force is with them and my thoughts on the planned makeover of hockey’s Florida Panthers in this week’s edition of Keeping Score.

Growing up Andretti

December 11, 2015

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Marco Andretti talks about his famous auto-racing family and his development as a driver and business person. He also addresses the “crash damage budget.” Plus, hear my thoughts on Nike’s big deal with LeBron James and the planned expansion of Major League Soccer in this week’s episode of Keeping Score.

Millennials boosting Major League Soccer

December 3, 2015

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber explains how young adults have become the dominant fan base of the American soccer league and not the kids currently playing soccer across the country. He also talks about how the MLS has grown in the United States and why he thinks it doesn’t get the media coverage it deserves. Plus, hear my thoughts on the new sponsorship deal in German soccer and the increasing popularity of the NFL in the UK in this week’s edition of Keeping Score.

Want better hockey, build a bigger rink?

November 26, 2015


</pCalgary Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke explains why the ice surface should become larger for NHL games. He also discusses his career in the front office of several teams and how his son’s death led his family to start a campaign to eliminate homophobia in sports. Plus, my thoughts on a big deal in Major League Baseball and the troubles facing the Los Angeles 2024 Olympics bid – all in this week’s episode of Keeping Score.

Taxpayers shouldn’t fund stadiums: McCain

November 19, 2015

Arizona’s senior Republican Senator John McCain says taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot any of the bill for sports stadiums and arenas. He also talks about the role of sports in his life, including when he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Plus, why I think daily fantasy sports sites will not be shut down and why a troubled NHL franchise will get a chance to improve its business in this edition of Keeping Score.

Super Bowl likely returning to Los Angeles soon

November 13, 2015

Former NFL executive Frank Supovitz on why he expects the league will return to Los Angeles and bring the Super Bowl to the metropolitan area for the first time since 1993. He also discusses the increasing effort sports leagues around the world are making to connect with their fans. Plus, hear my thoughts on an innovative promotion at baseball stadiums and the effort to bring Major League Soccer to Miami – all in this week’s edition of Keeping Score.

How to lure the Super Bowl and Final Four

November 6, 2015

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on how the city has become a major player for sports championships. He also talks about efforts to help other cities negotiate with leagues and teams. Plus, hear my thoughts on the economic viability of DraftKings and how golf is going high tech in this week’s episode of Keeping Score.

London not ready for NFL team now

November 3, 2015

Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping discusses his team’s annual trip to London and the growth of American football there. He also talks about his career in sports business. Plus, hear my thoughts on daily fantasy sports, and why bull riding could become much more high profile in this week’s edition of Keeping Score.