Episode 3: The Career of Sonny Vaccaro

In this episode (the first of a two part series), Peter Ott speaks with Sports Marketing legend Sonny Vaccaro about his career. Sonny was recently the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary entitled “Sole Man.” That movie looked at the broad outline of his life, from his start in Trafford, Pennsylvania to his signing of Michael Jordan to his first Nike deal to his recent advocacy on behalf of college athletes. This podcast starts with the assumption that listeners are already somewhat familiar with those aspects of Sonny’s life and explores some of the notable parts of Sonny’s life more in depth. This podcast brings out Sonny’s personality, as he discusses his personal and professional life and shares lessons that any #sportsbiz professional can take away from his life story.

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Special Preview of Upcoming Sonny Vaccaro Podcast

I just finished recording a new podcast with legendary sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro. It should be a good one, as we covered a wide variety of topics including his time with Nike, his dealing with Michael Jordan, his innovations in grassroots basketball, and his advocacy on behalf of college athletes. I plan on releasing it next week.

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Podcast Episode One – Deflategate with Ian Gunn

Today I am proud to release the first official episode of the Sports Law Biz Podcast. This is a full length podcast episode, lasting for 34 minutes. You can listen to it here on this blog post or you can follow this link and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. If you subscribe, this and future episodes will be downloaded directly to your computer or mobile device and you will never miss one in the future. You can also find the episode on Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Youtube.

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Deflategate and the NFLPA

This past Thursday, amid all of the “Deflategate” news, I came across the following three-minute long discussion between NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and ESPN Legal Analyst Roger Cossack on ESPN.com:

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An Introduction to Sports Law Biz Podcasts

Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to listen to “Episode Zero” of the Sports Law Biz Podcast, which I released last week. That episode is only seven and a half minutes long and it provides an overview of my vision for the podcast. I have been recording a series of podcast episodes about the law and business of sports and been saving them up before I begin releasing them. Now I have enough of them stored up to begin releasing them and my plan is to release them every other week, on Monday mornings (starting next Monday, September 7th).

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NLRB Rejects Northwestern Unionization Effort

Today, the National Labor Relations Board made a surprising decision that was actually a bit of a non-decision. The Board unanimously ruled that it could not rule on the issue of college athlete unionization because labor law only allows the Board to look at private-sector workplaces and only 17 of the 125 schools eligible to play in a college football bowl are private universities. The Board says that “asserting jurisdiction over a single team would not promote stability in labor relations across the league.” This decision has the practical effect of preventing Northwestern University football players from being able to unionize.

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