32: The History and Future of the WNBA with Dave Berri

In this episode, Peter speaks with Dave Berri, a Professor of Economics at Southern Utah University at Southern Utah University. He’s also the lead author of two revolutionary sports analytics books – The Wages of Wins and Stumbling on Wins. They discuss the history and future of the WNBA and how it compares with other professional sports leagues. You can follow him on twitter here.

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23: HGH-Gate with Dan Werly

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the recent “HGH-Gate” NFL interviews with Dan Werly. Dan is the founder and managing editor of the White Bronco, a leading sports-law blog. If you like this podcast and have not yet checked out the White Bronco, you should definitely check it out. . You can follow him on twitter at @WerlySportsLaw.

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10: College Athletic Apparel Deals with David Teel

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the University of Virginia’s recent extension of its athletic apparel deal with Nike with David Teel, an award-winning columnist for the Daily Press, an newspaper that covers the Hampton Roads metro area of Virginia. Interestingly enough, neither Nike nor the University of Virginia seemed eager to publicize the deal much, which provides an interesting contrast to past agreements between universities and athletic apparel companies. Mr. Teel provides an interesting and informed perspective into this current deal and how these deals have evolved over time. You can follow Mr. Teel on twitter here or order his book “Press Pass: Thirty Years of Bylines, Headlines and Deadlines” here. Mr. Teel was able to learn about this detail through his reporting work.

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9: Discipline in Sports with Bob Latham

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses how discipline in sports with Bob Latham, a partner at the international law firm of Jackson Walker, LLP. Mr. Latham is also Chairman of the World Rugby Regulations Committee  and has extensive experience in developing and maintaining disciplinary processes in that capacity. Additionally, Mr. Latham has written a book entitled Winners & Losers: Rants, Riffs & Reflections on the World of Sports, which contains a series of anecdotes touching on the sports world. His wide-ranging experience in both the legal and sports worlds make him an authority on issues of sports discipline, which has been a hot topic as of late.

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7: MLB International Draft with Jeff Tiedeman

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses issues surrounding the potential introduction of an International Player Draft in Major League Baseball with Jeff Tiedeman.  Jeff wrote an article about a challenges and benefits of a proposed international draft in MLB that was published in the May 2014 edition of the Sports Lawyers Journal entitled “MLB International Player Draft: Home Run or Headache?” Jeff believes that although there are some obstacles to implementation of an international draft, having a workable draft would solve many problems in the current player acquisition system in baseball.

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6: Collegiate Athletic Conferences with Bernadette McGlade

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses issues involved in running a college athletic conference with Commissioner Bernadette McGlade of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They discuss the respective responsibilities of individual school athletic departments, athletic conferences, and the NCAA. They discuss differences between different athletic conferences across the NCAA. Commissioner McGlade speaks about how conference realignment affects the individual conferences. The discussion ends after analyzing the recent O’Bannon ruling by the 9th Circuit and what this means for the future of college sports. Commissioner McGlade has years of experience working in college sports and she brings an important perspective to this discussion.

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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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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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