Podcast Highlight: Former Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott on Negotiating Media Deals

Former Pac-12 Commissioner – Larry Scott – on the success of the conference’s media deal, and what he would have done differently regarding the launch of the Pac-12 Network.  The Tier 1 media deal he negotiated increased annual revenue 3x from the prior deal, and also introduced a new structure that shared revenue equally between […]

Podcast Highlight: Roger Valdiserri’s Favorite Stories from his Time at Notre Dame

Roger Valdiserri worked for the Notre Dame Athletics Department for 3 decades. Over the years, he witnessed some of the best games in college football history, and some of the greatest collegiate athletes of all time. He shares how he got Joe Theisman’s entire family to change the pronunciation of their last name to rhyme […]

The Data Behind a Hypothetical Pac-12 Expansion

We were proud to have our work referenced in Jon Wilner’s Mercury News article, “If the Pac-12 were to expand, one school stands as the clear No. 1 pick.” For those who wish to dive in a little deeper, we’ve included in this blog post a more complete picture of key datapoints for the schools […]

Podcast Highlight – Oliver Luck on the Potential for a Rival to the NFL or NCAA

Will the XFL ever make a comeback? In this highlight from our very first episode, Oliver Luck – former XFL Commissioner – explains what a potential competitor to the NFL or college football would need to get right in order to succeed. He also shares some of his favorite innovations that the XFL made in […]

Podcast Alert: Larry Scott- Pac-12

Episode recorded in June 2021, prior to the ending of Larry Scott’s Commissioner term. Larry Scott – Former Commissioner of the Pac-12 – joins the show to talk about his experience leading a Power 5 conference, including his biggest successes and greatest challenges from the past 12 years on the job. He and AJ discuss […]

Podcast Alert: Val Ackerman

Val Ackerman was the founding President of the WNBA. Now she draws on her years of experience as a professional basketball player, executive, and journalist in her role as Commissioner of the Big East. She joined the Big East in 2013 while the conference was reeling from the departure of 7 member schools. She discusses […]

Podcast Alert: Ray Anderson – ASU

Ray Anderson – VP for University Athletics and Athletic Director at Arizona State University – has a résumé unlike most other athletic directors. After finding success in the NFL as an agent and executive, he transitioned to the collegiate side in 2014. He and AJ discuss the differences between pro and collegiate sports, NIL, the […]

Podcast Alert: Jim Host

Revolutionizing the college sports media landscape and founding Host Communications was only the start of Jim Host’s story. On this week’s episode he talks about his time as a DI pitcher, his start as a businessman, and what he learned in his run for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. He also shares his thoughts on NIL […]


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