Each week we have a sports business executive on the show to tell their story in an effort to educate you how they became a successful sports business leader
Jesse went from sleeping on an air mattress to being able to buy the Bananas, and now has a wait list for multiple years to buy tickets to games. It's a very interesting story - one we hope you enjoy and learn something from.
Charles is an A+ story teller whose anecdotes from his years with the Orioles, Padres and Red Sox might just inspire even more passion from our listeners for working in the sports industry. In addition to being a top notch verbal illustrator, Charles is also an accomplished author who, most recently, assisted in writing Bud Selig's autobiography: "For the Good of the Game."
Rachel and Rob met when they worked together at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders and she was the team's Community Relations Director. Since that time, Rachel has gone onto much bigger things as she runs all of the campaigns for VS Cancer nationwide.
Mark gives you the answers to the test when interviewing for your sports job. Mark and Chris talk about culture, "what does a typical day look like", salary negotiations and more. Mark says one of his biggest regrets is not working in Minor League sports. Why?
Zach is part of the executive team that runs a massive organization which includes the: Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and seemingly a thousand other sports brands. Zach discusses the leading role Monumental Sports is taking in regards to sports betting and e-sports, and where he sees these industries going in the coming years. Zach reiterates one key principal we discuss all the time, effort and attitude!
He was one of the early executives with the MLS, winning Executive of the Year twice. He built two stadiums with the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union. Now running the National Lacrosse League, he has formed innovative partnerships with B/R Live, Twitter and MGM, just to name a few.
Kara takes us behind the scenes, in a real life way, describing how her department protects the Celtics brand while continuing to push the envelope and be innovative. We discuss the relationship her department has to have with the players and their crazy schedules; and Kara talks about the importance of data and analytics in her role, particularly personalized data, which I found interesting. Finally we touch on her role and responsibility as a female leader in the sports world.
Brian Specia, Director of Sales and Service for USF, joins Chris in his parent’s basement to rehash their childhood together while discussing how they both landed in the world of sports. Brian recounts his path through the years with stops at the NHL, FL Panthers, NJ Nets, TB Lightning, and VGK before joining the Aspire Group.
Lara walks us through her career path from Disney to the Detroit Tigers, which jumpstarted her baseball journey, and how it will eventually lead to the Vikings. We dive deep into the culture of organizations and how to forge a collaborative, unified team
Larson and Rob reconnect as they were college baseball teammates. Larson has been running golf tournaments since graduating Springfield College and tells his career story and provides great advice to any sports business executive.
Jon talks about how Texas is considered "in the area" when trying to land an in-person interview in North Carolina. He also provides examples of how the NBA is cutting edge. Example 1 - Shooting one free throw that could equate to two or three points. Plus, Jon offers helpful tidbits of advice for emerging sports leaders throughout the interview.
Rob catches up with former colleague, Jeff Gogerty, Ticket Operations Manager for the Dallas Stars. Jeff tells the story of catching a MLB All-Star as a bat boy and they discuss the challenges of the upcoming Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl
Sam Zapatka travels the world with US Soccer and tells fantastic stories about winning the World Cup.
John discusses how he built and leverages his network even when Rob never returned his emails...
Jack and Rob had lost contact after Rob moved to Boston as a sixth grader, but reconnected recently through common connections on LinkedIn.
Pat talks about all the details that go into negotiating the Professional Baseball Agreement and his thoughts on the current status of the game.
Being former colleagues, Rob and Mike spend much of the episode busting each other's chops while sprinkling in actionable interview advice and Scranton / Wilkes-Barre RailRider stories with practical lessons
Kurt shares his thoughts about why he believes the XFL will have a much different fate than the Alliance of American Football, and how data and analytics have changed the sports industry for the better.
In this episode Rob talks with with his former boss, mentor and father-like-figure in his life, Martie Cordaro.
Rob sits down with Janet Marie Smith, a woman who changed the landscape of American cities with the creation of Baltimore's Camden Yards - a ballpark build so pivotal that former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, deemed its opening one of the most important points in baseball history.
In this episode, Rob sits down with Larry Freedman, the CBO of LAFC in the MLS. Larry takes us through his self-proclaimed "drunken stumble" through his sports business career that did not start in typical fashion. He also goes in depth about starting LAFC from the ground up, Magic Johnson's business acumen, and his investment into e-sports.
The first interview of Front Office Features is Larry Lucchino, the CEO Emeritus of the Boston Red Sox, past President / CEO of the San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles. He also was on the Watergate case with Hilary Clinton. You can say he's had an interesting career.