The New York Yankees and Major League Baseball may have just found their next superstar and he goes by the name of Aaron Judge. As the league leader in home runs going into the All Star break, he dazzled the crowd in Miami and nationally across TV’s & devices by winning the Home Run Derby in thrilling fashion. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about what Aaron Judge did for TV and streaming ratings, Topps baseball cards, fans, Major League Baseball and the Yankees. Could Aaron Judge be the next Derek Jeter, face of the Yankees, and the league?
What does it take to build a $100 million company? In this, off the record, Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy candidly dish about Brian’s quest to scale Bold Worldwide. What challenges has he faced adding new members to his team? How has his excitement and energy levels been since committing to this goal? What drives him to keep grinding?
Love him or hate him, Lavar Ball and the Ball family are great at generating attention. LiAngelo Ball has more Twitter followers (1.2 million) than every PAC 12 Men’s Basketball account combined (323k.) With the ability to have anything he says potentially become national headlines, how should UCLA, the PAC 12, and NCAA approach student athletes with large followings? Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about what schools can do in order to keep up with the current digital landscape. They also talk about if the Ball family is the next Kardashian’s after the announcement that they’ll be receiving a reality show on Facebook.
Fox Sports is ending written content on their site and instead focusing 100% on video. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about the viability of this and if this strategy makes sense? Does Fox Sports care about user experience considering there is a pre-roll ad before every video? Why would someone go to their website when they could watch the same video on Facebook without an ad? Is there much value in a website now and if so, what ways could one single piece of content be optimized?
Ice Cube’s Big 3 League just tipped off and is ushering in a new era of basketball. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about the viability of the league. How much does Ice Cube’s name being attached actually matter? What does the league need to do to grab the attention of the casual fan? How much does the Olympics adding 3 on 3 basketball as a sport help? What if higher profile NBA players join the league in future seasons?
Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy put a bow on the end of the NBA season by dishing about #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz’s Instagram gaff at the NBA Draft where his sponsored post for Tissot forgot to change the text. Is this a bad thing for Fultz or did it end up being a victory as the post got significantly more awareness than if he did things correctly? They also talk about Lavar Ball’s likability and if he is growing on them. He very much mimics an old school WWE manager who is always hyping up the talent. Is this the real Lavar or a show? They end the show by talking about the fallout from the Bulls trading Jimmy Butler. How can the team market a rebuilding team to disgruntled fans?
Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks have parted ways, ending what was one of the worst runs in NBA history. How bad was it? Phil Jackson was the highest paid American sports executive at $12 million/year, and over his tenure, the Knicks had the 5th worst winning percentage in the NBA.
Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about if this is a good or bad day for the Knicks? With James Dolan still as the owner, and leadership starting at the top, should we expect anything to change in New York? What are the chances of the Knicks being accountable and authentic about the Phil Jackson situation?
Columbus Crew SC Vice President of Marketing, Arica Kress, joins Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy on the Sports Marketing Huddle to talk about marketing and fan engagement strategies for the team. Arica discusses how grassroots marketing has become an integral part of their marketing mix and explains how they are measuring the ROI. What is the most important thing that it takes to be successful in marketing today? How important is video? How's the Columbus Crew SC channeling the ravenous Ohio State fans to help grow their own fan base?
Front Office Sports Founder Adam White joins Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy on the Sports Marketing Huddle to talk about his journey of building up a sports business community. Why did he start Front Office Sports and when did he realize it could be something more than just a side project? What are his current thoughts on the content landscape? What are the best paths for monetization? What does the future of the company look like?
By the Cleveland Cavaliers winning Game 4 of the NBA Finals not only did they keep their hopes alive of winning the title, but they also pocketed the Warriors owners a cool $11 million by having another game. Brian Cristiano and Rob Cressy dish about if the Warriors going 16-0 would have generated more long term money. They also delve into the growth of Kevin Durant’s brand if the Warriors win the NBA title. Has he passed the “Mom Test” yet? Are trilogies good for the NBA?