31: Leveling the Playing Field with Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard

In this episode, Peter speaks with Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard, assistant general counsel for a professional sports franchise and host of the Leveling the Playing Field podcast. They discuss Bobbi-Sue’s career trajectory as well as her new podcast, which features women in sports. You can find the iTunes link for her podcast here and you can reach her on twitter here. You definitely don’t want to miss out on her wisdom on twitter, both personally and professionally!

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18: Sports Law Entrepreneurship with Tony Iliakostas

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the experience of hosting a sports law blog with Tony Iliakostas, the host and founder of the sports law webshow Law and Batting Order. He’s also a sports law contributor for the website LawNewz. Tony is a graduate of Fordham University and an alumnus of New York Law School. He’s also currently a Business Affairs Manager in the Rights Representation Group at Corbis Entertainment. You can follow Tony on twitter at @aliakostas and Law and Batting Order at @LawandBO.

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13: Morals Clauses with Kelly Jones

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses morals clauses with Kelly Jones. Kelly is Senior Counsel at Under Armour, an apparel and footwear company. She has years of experience negotiating endorsement contracts (among other types of contracts) on both sides of the bargaining table, previously representing athletes and currently representing a company that  seeks athlete endorsement of its products. In this interview, she provides insight into why morals clauses exist and how these clauses operate in the “real world.” This discussion covers good contractual drafting and negotiation principles for all lawyers, including sports lawyers.

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8: #Sports4Good with Alicia Jessop

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses how sports can be a force for good with Alicia Jessop. Ms. Jessop is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami who has written for numerous media outlets about sports business issues. Throughout her career, she has witnessed countless examples of athletes who have made a difference in the lives of people, either through direct interaction or indirectly through a charitable organization. In a world where we often hear about the bad things that athletes do, Ms. Jessop wants to make sure that people are aware of the positive impacts that athletes can have on their communities as well.

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Episode 5: Stadium Concession Trends with Windy Dees

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses recent trends in stadium concession sales throughout the sports industry with Windy Dees, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Miami in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences. She’s an expert on #sportsbiz issues ranging from branding to corporate sponsorship effectiveness to event marketing strategies. In the April 2013 edition of the International Journal of Education and Research, she co-authored a study entitled “Concession Sales: The Examination of Novelty Effect and Consumer Mood,” which we used as a springboard for this discussion of concession sales trends in stadiums.  She is very active on twitter and you can follow her at @getDeestweets. I learned a lot from our conversation and I’m sure listeners to the podcast will as well.

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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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The Story of Starting Lineup Figures

My wife and I listened to the “Half-Baked Ideas” Podcast with Kevin Wildes and David Jacoby on the Grantland Channel the other day. Normally, this podcast consists of the two men coming up with crazy ideas for new businesses that are not fully formed, which can be entertaining. One of my favorite ideas in the past was a company that would allow people to operate heavy machinery and destroy things for fun, as part of bachelor parties and other events. It’s usually a pretty enjoyable listen.

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