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Fundamentals: IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick

  • The CEO of IRONMAN joins Fundamentals on Tuesday, June 16th.
  • The episode will begin shortly after 12pm ET on Tuesday, streamed live on this page.

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. Today we will be joined by Andrew Messick, the CEO of IRONMAN to discuss the path back to live events, and how IRONMAN has adapted to digital events in the interim.

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Fundamentals: Premier Lacrosse League co-founder and CMO Paul Rabil

  • PLL co-founder Paul Rabil joins Fundamentals on Thursday, June 11th.
  • The episode will begin at 12:10pm ET on Thursday, streamed live on this page.

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. Today we will be joined by Paul Rabil, the co-founder and CMO of Premier Lacrosse League. Paul will join to discuss the strategy and logistics around PLL’s single-location quarantined tournament, set to run from July 25th to August 9th, along with how the league is positioned heading into its second season of play.

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Fundamentals: LaLiga North America CEO Boris Gartner

  • LaLiga North America CEO Boris Gartner joins Fundamentals on Tuesday, June 9th.
  • The episode will begin at 12pm ET on Tuesday, streamed live on this page.

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. On Tuesday we will be joined by La Liga North America CEO Boris Gartner. As international soccer leagues resume play, Boris will discuss La Liga’s approach to bringing back their clubs and players, and how the league has stayed top of mind for fans throughout the shutdown.

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Fundamentals: Minor League Baseball CMO David Wright

  • David Wright — Chief Marketing Officer for Minor League Baseball — joins Fundamentals on Tuesday, May 26th.
  • The episode will begin at 12pm ET on Tuesday, streamed live on this page.

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. On Tuesday, we were joined by David Wright, the Chief Marketing Officer of Minor League Baseball, to discuss the organization’s approach throughout the shutdown of live baseball, along with some insight on what the “new” fan experience may look like for MiLB clubs.

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Fundamentals: Women’s Professional Leagues

  • We welcome a three-person panel to Fundamentals on Thursday, May 21st.
  • The episode will begin at 12pm ET on Thursday, streamed live on this page.

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. On Thursday May 21st, we will be hosting a three-person panel featuring Keia Clarke (New York Liberty / WNBA), Mike Golub (Portland Thorns / NWSL) and Hayley Moore (Boston Pride, NWHL) to discuss women’s professional leagues, the progress being made in their respective organizations and leagues, and the challenges they face moving forward. The episode will begin […]

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Fundamentals: Angela Ruggiero on Innovation in Sports

  • Angela Ruggiero — CEO/Co-Founder of the Sports Innovation Lab — joins Fundamentals on Tuesday, May 19th.
  • The episode will begin promptly at 12pm (noon) ET and will stream live on this page.

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. On Tuesday May 19th, we will be joined by Angela Ruggiero, CEO/Co-Founder of the Sports Innovation Lab and a four-time Olympian who is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. More about Angela Ruggiero…(extended bio courtesy Sports Innovation Lab) Angela Ruggiero is a leading figure in the global sports world, having served as an elite athlete, […]

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Fundamentals: Dr. Richard Lapchick on Diversity & Inclusion

  • Dr. Richard Lapchick — leading expert on social issues in sport — joins Fundamentals on Thursday, May 14th.
  • The episode will begin promptly at 12pm (noon) ET and will stream live on this page.

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. On Thursday May 14th, we will be joined by Dr. Richard Lapchick, a renowned human rights activist and leading expert on social issues in sport. More about Dr. Richard Lapchick…(extended bio provided by guest) Human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports and social issues, scholar and author Richard E. Lapchick is often […]

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Fundamentals: Kerri Walsh Jennings

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings joined Fundamentals with Ian Thomas on May 12.  Walsh Jennings chatted about beach volleyball, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics postponment and her preperation, and platform1440, a beach volleyball digital platform she co-founded. On preparations for the 2020 Olympics being interrupted: Walsh Jennings – 2:05: The Friday night before we were set to leave for our first tournament, we, you know, the plug got pulled. … for me it was just relief because I can […]

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Fundamentals: Sean Gleason (CEO, PBR)

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. Today’s guest is Sean Gleason, who has served as CEO and Commissioner of Professional Bull Riders (PBR) since 2015. One of America’s fastest-growing sports properties, PBR now competes in five countries and is seen in 130 territories around the world through global television distribution. — More about Sean Gleason… Sean Gleason is Commissioner of Professional Bull Riders (PBR), […]

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Fundamentals: Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby joined guest host Emily Caron on the penultimate episode of a three-part collegiate series of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas. The pair talked at length about how the coronavirus may forever change college sports, as well as Bowlsby’s involvement in the future of NIL rule changes. On college sports coming back – 1:41:  Bowlsby: “There’s likely to be a new reality that we’re all going to be dealing with. I don’t believe we’re going back to […]

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