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The CUSP Show

On the Columbia University Sports Management Podcast ('The CUSP Show'), faculty members Joe Favorito and Tom Richardson host thought leaders from across the sports industry as they discuss a wide array of topics. The show is produced by the Columbia University Sports Management program's staff.

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Episode 70: Data Technology and Integrity in Sports

Christopher Dougan joins Joe and our producer Maurice this week for a conversation on data technology in sports. Christopher is the Group Communications Director, US Operations at Genius Sports Group, a global leader in sports data technology, distribution, and commercialization services. At Genius Sports, Christopher spearheads their work in America working on the crossroads of what might be called the most rapidly changing aspect of the sports industry.In this episode, Christopher gives us an overview on data and integrity technology in the sports industry. Christopher also shares some of his own views on some on the newer parts of the industry in the US like esports and sports-gambling.  Be sure to check out Genius’ website at http://www.geniussports.com/The FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav) and Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR).

39mins

5 Jun 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 66: Succeeding in Sports Entrepreneurship

Leslie Gittess joins Joe and Tom this week for a conversation on sports tech and sports entrepreneurship. Leslie is the CEO of Blue Sky Media NYC, a media advisory boutique firm, which she founded in 2010.  Her clients have included SnappyTV (acquired by Twitter), Ubersense (acquired by Hudl), PrePlay Sports (acquired by Fanvision), FanDuel (merged with DraftKings), TuneIn, ThePostGame, Thuuz Sports, Marlo Thomas and Narrative Science. She is also a contributor/advisor at the Columbia University Start-up Lab in Soho. Before founding Blue Sky Media NYC, Ms. Gittess spent over 16 years at Major League Baseball Advanced Media and the National Hockey League specializing in all aspects of sports media and digital rights management. Her previous positions include vice president of business development at Major League Baseball Advanced Media and vice president of TV and business affairs at the National Hockey League. Prior to her career in sports, she was an associate at the law firm Hughes Hubbard and Reed in New York City.In this episode, Leslie talks about how she helps sports entrepreneurs succeed and what she looks for in a successful company. Leslie also shares some great career stories, and she talks about her work for the Columbia Start-up Lab. You can find Leslie on Twitter @LGBlueSky and be sure to check out Blue Sky’s website http://blueskymedianyc.com/The FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav) and Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR).

52mins

1 May 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 35: Big Trends in Digital Sports Media

Frank Golding joins Joe and Tom this week for a conversation on digital sports media. Frank Golding is an entrepreneur and the former Head of Sport for North America at Google, overseeing North America sports deals for YouTube. He has built sports partnerships for leagues, teams and athletes – across professional, college and high school entities — helping them connect more deeply to YouTube’s one billion monthly users. Prior to YouTube, he spent nearly nine years at ESPN working on digital deals across all of ESPN’s domestic content platforms. Frank holds a JD from UVa and an MBA from MIT.In this fascinating chat, Franks talks about some of his experiences at ESPN and YouTube, creating growth opportunities in the digital media marketplace. Frank also explains some of the current trends in the sports industry using his famous lily pond theory. You can find Frank on Twitter @Golding  The FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav) and Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR).

53mins

24 Oct 2016

Rank #3

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Episode 133: Jared Zwerling of CloseUp360

Joe sits down with Jared Zwerling, founder and president of CloseUp360. The two talk about Jared's new startup, working with the NBA, and how athletes can tell their stories. Listen in to learn about how CloseUp360 is telling the stories of NBA players._The CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports. Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav), Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR), and produced by Tom Cerny (@Tom_Cerny19).

35mins

14 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 59: MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Roundtable Recap

With conference season startingg we have Columbia University Sports Management students Jasmine McGee and Matt Walker joining Tom and Joe to talk about their experiences at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.Matt is Currently, a Master’s candidate in Columbia University’s M.S. Sports Management program and interning at Wasserman in Marketing Services on the NFL and Microsoft partnerships. He is the Co-founder and General Manager of the fitness start-up YogaBeyond in Sydney, Australia. He has also worked in a number of consulting and commercial finance positions at Coca-Cola, Macquarie Bank and Dell Inc. Jasmine is a Sports Management Graduate student at Columbia University with experience in finance and entertainment and currently working at Excel Sports Management in branding and marketing.Matt and Jasmine talk about their positive and negative experiences at the Sloan Sports Conference, they also share some tips for people attending sports conferences and touch on some of the key issues in sports today. Joe also shares some of his experiences of his weekend in Vegas, ranging from college basketball and the UFC all the way to rugby and esports. You can find Matt on Twitter @mattjwalk and Jasmine @jazzzyfreshhhThe FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav) and Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR).

46mins

13 Mar 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 12: Why Attend Sports Conferences?

March doesn't just signal the start of Madness in basketball - it's also the fevered peak of industry conference season. Fresh from attending two of the major events of the year, MIT Sloan Conference and SXSW, former Bloomberg Sports President Bill Squadron and CUSP Show co-host Tom Richardson give their take on the value of the big 2016 get-togethers.Bill explains why 'Badass Female Cyclists' and Professional Bull Riding caught the eye at SXSW and Austin, Texas, and also why misogyny in esports was another hot topic of discussion.Meanwhile Tom lifts the lid on Facebook’s entry into the sports industry, a major development at MIT Sloan.Tom and Bill also give their take on conference discussions around privacy related to player data, and a growing consensus around the subject of sports betting.The FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CUSportsBiz.Our presenters are Joe Favorito and Tom Richardson.

32mins

21 Mar 2016

Rank #6

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Episode 86: Growing the NFL in Germany

Markus Kuhn joins Joe and Tom this week for a conversation on his work to grow the NFL in Germany. Markus is a former German, American football defensive tackle who played for the Giants and the NFL. He was selected by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In December 2014 he became the first German citizen to score an NFL touchdown; returning a fumble against the Tennessee Titans. Kuhn played college football at NC State. Since then he has switched to the broadcasting booth and presents shows on the NFL for German digital TV channel DAZN.In this episode, Markus talks about the story behind his career and how he went from Germany to the NFL. Markus also talks about his current media endeavors and talks about some of the current issues in the sports business. Be sure to follow Markus @themarkuskuhnThe FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav) and Tom Richardson

43mins

16 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 174: Super Bowl LIV Radio row with CNBC's Jabari Young

The Sports Management Program was at Super Bowl LIV Radio Row. Follow along with us as we speak to a wide variety of influencers in the sports industry. This episode Joe and Tom C. sit down with Sports Reporter for CNBC, Jabari Young.  Follow Jabari on twitter @JabariJYoung. The CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports. Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav), Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR), and produced by Tom Cerny (@Tom_Cerny19).

24mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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Episode 119: The Quant Edge in Fantasy Sports Betting

Fans are always looking for the extra edge when it comes to fantasy sports. What if we told you a start-up company based in Midtown Manhattan called The Quant Edge had the tools to bring you to the next level of your fantasy ownership this fall.Join Tom & Joe as they talk to Founder and CEO of The Quant Edge, Todd Gross, Sports Product Manager, Eliot Crist and Dave Connors, Head of Business Development. This predictive analytics data analysis company simplifies statistics from sports to help better identify matchups you need to win fantasy football.Learn what they are doing to revolutionize how you look at fantasy sports.Visit the website at https://www.thequantedge.com/The FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports. Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav) and Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR).

49mins

24 Aug 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 10: Can a Computer Teach A Baseball Swing?

Joining Tom and Joe by phone this week is Nick Cutsumpas, who leads the sports vertical for the IBM Watson Ecosystem. Nick tells the story of how a computer made famous by winning Jeopardy is also making waves in the world of sports technology.Nick gives us the lowdown on how Watson works, from how it processes the complexity of human speech to its capacity to profile an individual's personality by analysing their Twitter usage.And he shares his view on how the Watson ecosystem could influence individual sports, including scouting and recruiting in college football, and teaching young baseball players how best to swing a bat.Follow Nick on Twitter @cutsykid3The FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CUSportsBiz.Our presenters are Joe Favorito and Tom Richardson.

38mins

7 Mar 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 87: Changing the Ticket Sales Industry

Brisa Trinchero joins Joe and Tom this week for a conversation about sports ticket sales disruption. Brisa is a two-time Tony Award winning entertainment, sports and tech entrepreneur. She is the founder of ShooWin, which empowers real fans to lock in direct access to face value tickets for the hottest events like sports playoffs and championships. Brisa has built a multi million-dollar entertainment investing portfolio which includes the record-breaking iconic hit Hamilton as well as Tony award winning shows including Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, Pippin, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Matilda, and numerous others. A frequent consultant for major live entertainment brands around the world, Brisa leads efforts in development, tech innovation, and fundraising/financial strategy.A “Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader,” she is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events focusing on the business of live entertainment and has been featured in Forbes, The Sports Business Journal, Crain's, TechCrunch and others.. She has a degree in music, an MBA in finance, and a certificate in Sports Business from Harvard.In this episode, Brisa talks about her career and the genesis of ShooWin. From producing and investing in Broadway shows like Hamilton to starting a disruptive sports ticketing business. She also explains her company’s approach to ticketing. Be sure to follow ShooWin @ShooWin and Brisa @brisatrinchero

35mins

24 Oct 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 169: Super Bowl LIV Radio Row with XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck

The Sports Management Program is at Radio Row at Super Bowl LIV. Follow along with us this week as we speak to a wide variety of influencers in the sports industry. This episode Joe and Lj sit down with the Commissioner of the XFL, Oliver Luck. The CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports. Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav), Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR), and produced by Tom Cerny (@Tom_Cerny19).

13mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Episode 133: A New Year with John Kosner

Tom and Joe sit down with long-time media executive John Kosner. In the past, John has built ESPN into the world’s leading digital sports destination over the past 15 years – increasing traffic ten-fold and turning an unprofitable business into ESPN’s fastest growing one. Kosner and his team have a track record of innovation in streaming and video-on-demand, fantasy games, podcasting, online advertising, and third-party partnerships. Kosner has hired and helped develop many of the top sportswriters of this generation including Wright Thompson, Bill Simmons, Zach Lowe, Ramona Shelburne, Bill Barnwell, and Sambit Bal as well as specialists like Adrian Wojnarowski, Matthew Berry, Henry Abbott, Jayski and Darren Rovell. A 39-year veteran of sports media, Kosner interned at NBC Sports in 1978 followed by positions at CBS Sports (’82-87), the NBA (’87-94), SI (’94-96) and ESPN (’97-’17). He was graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1982 with a BA degree in American History. The CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports. Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav), Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR), and produced by Tom Cerny (@Tom_Cerny19).

1hr 8mins

18 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Sports, Snapchat & Sponsorship with Anmol Malhotra

Tom sits down with Anmol Malhotra, who currently works for the Sports Partnership department at Snapchat, Inc. A career changer from the finance field to sports partnership, listen to his story from the University of Notre Dame, his time in financial institutions, to how Snapchat is shaping their sports partnerships with leagues, teams and athletes and connecting with Generation Z and all demographics . _The CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports. Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav), Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR), and produced by Tom Cerny (@Tom_Cerny19).

47mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 58: Bringing analytics to Baseball fields and classrooms

Vince Genarro joins Joe and tom this week for a conversation on analytics in sports. Vince is the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball and a consultant to Major League Baseball teams. He is also the Director and member of the faculty of the Columbia University graduate program in Sports Management--a "Top 2" globally-ranked program. He is the host of a weekly radio show on SiriusXM, Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR-Style and appears regularly on MLB Network's studio shows such as Clubhouse Confidential and MLB Now, sharing his insights about the game from the viewpoint of baseball analytics. Vince is also the President of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the architect of the Diamond Dollars Case Competition series, which brings together students and MLB team and league executives and serves as a unique learning experience, as well as a networking opportunity for aspiring sports executives. This follows a successful business career, which is highlighted by a 20-year career at PepsiCo, and ownership of a pro sports franchise.In this episode, Vince talks about his life prior to working at Columbia, owning a women’s basketball team, working at PepsiCo and his work at SABR. Vince also talks about his work at Columbia and shares some fascinating stories. Be sure to check out Vince’s bestselling book, Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball! You can find Vince on Twitter @vincegennaroThe FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav) and Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR).

45mins

6 Mar 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 152: The Student Experience at Columbia's Sports Management Program

Joe and Tom (Cerny) sit down two students of the Sports Management Program at Columbia University. These two career-changers/carrier-advancers, Rodrigo Duarte and Nicolla Kaumeyer, discuss their road to the program, why they chose the program, their time here and their bright outlook after the program.---The CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports. Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav), Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR), and produced by Tom Cerny (@Tom_Cerny19).

40mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 61: Running a Olympics team

Liz Soutter joins Joe and Tom this week for a conversation on the world of Olympic sports. Liz is the national team athlete services director and the manager for the Paralympic team at USRowing.  Liz oversees the management and distribution of all athlete services for all National Team and Olympic athletes, she acts at the main point of contact for all USRowing Training Center athletes and aspiring National Team athletes and she provides on-site assistance at international competition to athletes, coaches, and staff.In this episode, Liz talks about the intricacies of Olympic sports. She shares some great stories and insights on how to run a successful team. Liz also talks about her work managing a Paralympics team and the opportunities and challenges that come with that. You can find Liz on Twitter @sports4rookiesThe FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav) and Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR).

44mins

27 Mar 2017

Rank #17

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Episode 148: Brendan Hannan and building brands in the MLS

Joe sits down with Brendan Hannan, Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Digital at the LA Galaxy.Listen to Brendan as he talks about his journey from the University of Colorado Boulder to working and living in the Top 3 media markets in the US. New York, Chicago and currently LA. Also, hear about his ideas and implementation that made splashes impacts on PR professionals around the world.Follow him:Twitter: @brendanhannanThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports. Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav), Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR), and produced by Tom Cerny (@Tom_Cerny19).

1hr 16mins

28 May 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 116: Clear the Line

Ed O’Brien, Head of Sports for Clear, joins Joe to discuss his path from college, through the New York Jets and to Columbia University.Clear, a company that allows you to skip the lines at stadia, airports using by confirming your identity with the tap of a finger or the blink of an eye. Ed discusses how he got into the field and how this technology is redefining the fan experienceThe FactsThe CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports. Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav) and Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR).

39mins

11 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 137: How AI is Changing the Way We Watch Sports

Tom and Joe join Danny Shichman inside thier new studio inside Columbia University's Teachers College.WSC Sports is an Israeli-based company that uses machine learning to create sports video highlights automatically and real-time based on a play, player, or whatever 'rules' a video producer creates. Currently being used by leading media rights owners such as NBA, MLS, FIBA, PGA and others, WSC Sports’ platform utilizes advanced AI and Machine Learning technologies to analyze live sports broadcasts, identify each and every event that occurs in the game, create customized short-form video content and publish to any digital destination.  WSC has been called the "real MVP of the NBA," helping the league become one of the most tech-savvy in sports. In addition to sports leagues, WSC helps publishers like Turner, Bleacher Report, Stadium and Perform. The CUSP Show is a production by the faculty of Sports Management at Columbia University. You can get in touch with the program on Twitter @CU_SPS_Sports. Our presenters are Joe Favorito (@Joefav), Tom Richardson (@ConvergenceTR), and produced by Tom Cerny (@Tom_Cerny19).

40mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #20