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Florentino Pérez, Chairman of Real Madrid, is widely considered to be the architect of the now-defunct European Super League. While the English were almost universally up in arms against the ESL and their fans ensured that it was over before it started, the view from Spain, and particularly, Madrid, is very different. Real Madrid supporter Amit Naw…
 
Murphy McCullough is the regional manager for commercial development in Skanska’s Seattle office, where he has worked for the past decade. He’s delivered Skanska’s first development projects in the region, including the urban-inspired apartments at Alley 111 in Bellevue, the Brooks Sports headquarters and flagship store at Stone34 in Fremont, and T…
 
Ann Kletz founded Goal Five with a simple mission, to help young female athletes enjoy sports by wearing apparel suitable to their physicality and sport. But the company is on a broader mission to raise awareness about inequality in sports and at the same raise the confidence of young girls entering sports. It's an important time for the company an…
 
In trying to make sense of all that has transpired last week in European soccer, I reached out to a trusted friend who understands the game really well. Chris Jones was a college soccer player, and he worked in the industry following his years playing the sport. Most recently, he is involved in trying to raise money to make an investment into socce…
 
On today’s podcast, we have the pleasure of talking with Chely Wright, Unispace’s recently minted first Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer. Chely brings a background that fuses advocacy, business, real estate and communications, and has worked with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Southeastern Grocers and Morgan Stanley to advance their …
 
Does anybody watch sports on cable anymore? Smashing through walled-garden of old-school TV broadcasting, sports is now consumed OTT - Over The Top. That's streaming - to our phones, iPads, laptops and other digital devices. We watch what we want - clips, highlights, interviews or the entire game, when we want - on the bus, at the gym, at the beach…
 
Soccer (or football!) is at war! The billionaire owners of 12 of the leading teams across Europe thought they had launched the much-vaunted European Super League on Sunday night. Is this the beginning of the NFL-isation of the beautiful game? Or does fan-power smash the elites? Listen in to find out! Anand & Vlad butt heads in a "friendly" fight ov…
 
Sports D³ mission is to democratize finances in the global sports industry. SD³ is a global marketplace for digital assets in the Sports industry, which brings together sports clubs & athletes with millions of their fan-investors around the world. Our conversation with CEO Gene Swinton brings us a step closer to understanding how this FinTech platf…
 
When Matt Macko and I first met, he was just kicking off the formation of this business in San Francisco, which was going to focus on building more sustainable spaces and buildings. In a similar way, we were also trying to make a name for ourselves in an industry that over the last decade transformed the Bay Area commercial real estate market into …
 
Hideki Matsuyama is the first Japanese golfer to with the Masters, and his country could not be more excited about that. It's a very wealthy economy, it's a country with over half of all golf courses in Asia, and marketing sponsorships pay out very well. Some estimate he could be a $1B golfer by the time he retires, which could be in a couple of de…
 
Julia Weatherspoon is an architectural designer at SmithGroup and current president of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, (SF NOMA). With a mission to to create more inclusive spaces within design, her projects range from workplace commercial interiors, aviation, community and civic design, and now Higher…
 
Anand & Vlad sit down and talk rugby with Former Australian Rugby Union International, Adam Freier. Now General Manager of the Los Angeles Giltinis Rugby Club, Freier shares insights covering a wide range of topics about Rugby Union in the USA. Join us for a fascinating conversation covering : - Why LA Giltinis is named after a cocktail - How Freie…
 
On today’s show, we’re going to do a quick San Francisco commercial real estate market overview, and today, that is brought to you by Zac Monsees. Zac is a vice president at Transwestern in San Francisco, and his team advises on leasing and capital markets transactions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area on behalf on institutional landlords, fami…
 
The NCAA's case that reached the Supreme Court in March of 2021 was somewhat predictable, and in the eyes of our guest, no strategically beneficial. Nonetheless, the fate of college sports lies in how this case is decided, and it will shape the nature of revenue collection and distribution in collegiate sports for decades to come. To help us throug…
 
Anand & Vlad analyze the week's top sports business stories: Amazon Prime could soon be the world's largest sports broadcaster. "The other team in Liverpool", Everton, will build a world-class stadium. Will that lift them into the top-tier of European football? Most pro tennis players can't earn a living on tour. Novak Djokovic questions if the ATP…
 
Veronica Hinkley Reck is a licensed architect with over 25 years of experience designing award-winning affordable, market-rate and senior housing projects. Veronica brings a particular passion for creating beautiful, sustainable affordable housing that is specific to its context and population and that truly enhances the lives of its residents and …
 
Joe Pompliano joins Anand & Vlad for the second part of our discussion about the Sports Industry. Listen in to learn about how you can invest in your favorite sports teams, why now you could profit from million-dollar sports cards, how digital sports assets bring opportunities for athletes, teams, leagues and fans. Joe created Huddle Up, a daily ne…
 
Jon Scholes was named President & CEO of Downtown Seattle Association in November of 2014, following six years as the organization’s Vice President of Advocacy & Economic Development. He believes the health of downtown Seattle is critical to a healthy city and region, and he’s led this organization during a time of explosive growth for Seattle and …
 
The NFL has just closed some amazing broadcast deals and accomplished its goal to double its revenue over the next decade. But, they're also lowering the salary cap, which means the teams' margins just went up. Significantly! This provides maximum flexibility for the ownership and less flexibility for players, but it will certainly be a sticking po…
 
Joe Pompliano decided in early 2020 to leave his fixed income Wall Street job to pursue a passion in telling stories about sports and business. Since kicking off this initiative, he's garnered over 32,000 followers on Substack and over 164,000 Twitter followers. He joins us today to talk about one of the top news items that hit the airwaves last we…
 
Mike Sroka is the co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Dealpath, a company that describes itself as a platform that enables smarter deal management in the commercial real estate world. Prior to Dealpath, Mike has spent over a decade growing venture-backed software companies including Fanhood (acq. by FOX), Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) and OneSeason (a…
 
Vlad and Anand discuss LeBron James's investment into Fenway Sports Group, owners of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC. They also analyze Beneliga, a proposed merger between 2 European Soccer Leagues - Belgian's First Division A and Holland's Eredivisie. Finally a look at how rapid growth in the Sports Gambling industry is reflected in the expand…
 
Even with all the complaining some All-Stars did, the big NBA weekend was, buy most accounts, pretty successful. Most importantly, the stars had a really good time, and everyone could tell. Some of those at the weekend reminded us that there are different ways to get to the league, and we explore some of those paths the new stars will likely take t…
 
Tom Deane serves as the CEO of Project Mark. He has spent 10 years in the Construction Industry working primarily in Cost & Risk Management. He's been involved on a multitude of different projects, from new healthcare facilities to major high-rise developments. He has a bachelor's degree in Quantity Surveying from Limerick Institute of Technology. …
 
The NFL is in a protracted battle to double its broadcast revenues over the next decade, and one story recently came out saying their supposed deal with Disney is not getting them quite what they were hoping to achieve. Whether that's true or not, we'll find out soon. If, however, the revenue shortfall is as large as the claim states, it will be di…
 
Jonathan Needell is the president and chief investment officer of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.-based Kairos Investment Management, a commercial real estate investment firm focused on acquisition, asset management and development of a mix of property types that over time have invested over $1 billion in more than 12 million square feet of commerci…
 
Today's episode takes us to Indianapolis, where Telemetry Sports CEO Jeremy Hochstedler talks about innovation in sports analytics and his company's foray into NFL and MLB professional leagues. Teams are turning to data more and more, and his firm is at the forefront of helping teams identify ways to optimize the performance of its players. But fir…
 
Randy Tsuda is the President and CEO of Palo Alto, California-based Alta Housing, an affordable housing development firm that has been active in Silicon Valley for over 50 years. Randy joined Alta Housing in 2018 after serving as the Mountain View Community Development Director for over 10 years. His career includes experience in the non-profit, pr…
 
Athletes Unlimited is about to kick off something others have failed to sustain in the past - a women's professional volleyball league in the US . They're taking a novel approach to the play, the scoring and the revenue. It's a play they've already tested with a professional softball league, and lacrosse is next. But this month's kick of the league…
 
Tony Gonzalez is the Chief Operating Officer of San Jose BioCube, a 37,000 square foot life science and biotech incubator in the heart of Silicon Valley. With a decade of lab facility expertise, Tony oversees all BioCube operations, which includes specialized co-working spaces and lab facilities for high-growth startups in this area of innovation. …
 
Jessica Musick is a Principal in the Oakland office of KTGY, an architecture firm she joined in 2003. Since her start at the firm, she developed a diverse portfolio and plays an integral role in establishing the design vision and carrying projects through design approvals. Focusing on urban-infill mixed-use projects, Jessica believes that architect…
 
Before we properly introduce Matt Doherty (@DohertyMatt), we have a couple of story items to cover. We are recording this just after the Superbowl game ended, and as we look at what the Buccaneers managed to do during this weekend’s game, we notice that there is some correlation between their success and their ownership. But, probably one of our fa…
 
David Greschler is the Co-Founder & CEO of Nomad Go, a company he founded in 2016 with an initial focus in the food-service and retail markets. Since then, Nomad Go's capabilities have spanned across verticals, serving customers in the commercial real estate, entertainment, hospitality and education markets. Nomad Go's real-time data capture using …
 
Senior Writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated, Author Jesse Washington joins the pod this week for an enlightening discussion about his recent experiences and journey as he co-authored his recent book (I Came as a Shadow) with the legendary Georgetown basketball coach, John Thompson. Jesse discusses several interesting experiences, perspectives - both hi…
 
Donna Clark is a Senior Managing Director of the Northern California/Nevada Region for Kennedy Wilson. She is responsible for the operations, leasing, business development and asset management for more than 10 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties throughout Northern California and Nevada. Her team includes construction ma…
 
Spencer Anderson is the Director of Basketball Analytics at the Indiana Pacers. He has been in the sports analytics industry for a little while, first with STATS and then after finishing law school as an independent NBA analytics consultant and now with the Pacers for just over 7 years. We sit down with Spencer today to talk about his role at the o…
 
Rhonda Diaz is an Executive Vice President in the Food & Beverage, Hospitality, Entertainment Retail in JLL’s San Francisco office. She is a native to the San Francisco Bay Area and has a deep understanding of retail, food and beverage urban hospitality-oriented environments, trends and psychographics. Some of her recent high-profile assignments in…
 
Today’s guest on the pod is Henry D’Esposito. Henry is a senior research analyst with JLL in their National Construction and Project & Development Services group. He is based in the firm’s Washington, DC office, and he recently helped author a study that looked at the national trends impacting the construction market with a special emphasis on cons…
 
The Pod On Point crew welcomes Donald Dell to this week’s episode. Dell’s career in sports has been incredibly impactful as an athlete, lawyer, and businessman (in his tennis playing days, Dell peaked with a Top 5 ranking and captained the winning 1968 Davis Cup team led by Arthur Ashe). Donald is a prominent founder, founding Pro-Serv sports manag…
 
With the wrap of the NFL 2020 regular season, the crew conducts a high-level business review of America’s top sport with a focus on revenues, operations, and innovation. No surprise, local / in-game revenues took a hit but it seems the media deals will still put most teams in the black for the year. On labor, a ratified 10year deal (and a COVID ins…
 
Jay Olshonsky has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of NAI Global since December 2012 when C-III Capital Partners LLC acquired the firm. Jay is responsible for the all operations of NAI Global, as well as an active leader on the NAI Global Capital Markets Group, which focuses on the disposition of individual assets, notes and portfolio…
 
Opening the show this week, the crew gives a shout out to a number of recent opportunities for women in sports - notably Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs. Vlad and Mike also riff a bit on college football and basketball players drawing salaries and close out the opening segment with a brief chat about Gymshark’s rapid ascent in the fitness app…
 
Kay Sargent is a director of HOK’s global WorkPlace practice. With a passion for using design to transform how and where people work, she spends her days (and many nights) working with clients on workplace strategy and design. Based in Washington, D.C., Kay leads project teams that solve clients’ business and organizational challenges related to re…
 
Today, we talk to Brandi Susewitz, the founder and CEO of Clear Office. Brandi and her team are looking to transform the commercial office space industry by providing an easy to use platform where used office furniture, often just a few years old, can be sold and reused. This eliminates millions of cubic feet of waste and it helps companies find wa…
 
In the year end show, the crew takes a look back at some impact stories from 2020 that will shape sports and the business of sports in the years to come. Opening with a look at the evolving sports broadcasting landscape, Anand makes some predictions on how new entrants and upcoming deals will shape broadcasting’s future. Next, Vlad and Mike tag-tea…
 
Today, we sit down with Mark Gilbreath, the CEO of LiquidSpace, which is the largest, real time network for office space serving individuals and teams from over 109,000 businesses in 2,700 cities. The LiquidSpace Network transforms the entire commercial real estate process by connecting growing teams and professionals looking for space, directly wi…
 
The crew opens this week’s show with a quick run through of some wins and losses from across the sports world. Hard to believe the original Browns left Cleveland 25 years ago...the SEC lands a big payday with ESPN and heavyweight boxing looks to have some huge belt unifying bouts in the coming months. In the top stories, Mike, Vlad, and Anand talk …
 
We open this week’s show with a quick take on wins and losses. We mark in the win column the Bucks re-signing of Giannis, and the NCAA announcing a bubble for the Women’s college basketball tournament. We mark in the loss column the fact that college basketball has launched their season without a bubble - cancelling games daily - and the unfortunat…
 
I am joined today again with my co-host Jack Seymour of Transwestern for our joint startup stories podcast. Today, we speak with OKCoin’s Bob Lehto, the International Head of People at the company. OKCoin is on a mission to make crypto investing and trading more accessible to anyone around the world. Founded in 2013, OKCoin is a global exchange num…
 
We open the show with a few quick wins and losses. In this week’s wins column we put Steph Curry’s new Under Armour sub-brand. It’s an interesting move for the company and the athlete. We also look at how and why the NBA just borrowed $900 million from the financial markets, what it means for the league and will it be a challenge to repay it. Final…
 
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