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Fundamentals: Alexis and Hunter Pence

In a special edition of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, Alexis and Hunter Pence joined the show to discuss baseball and business, as well as the launch of Pineapple Labs, a company that offers coffee blends and custom mugs. On how the coronavirus has altered their day-to-day lives – 1:28:  Hunter: “For me, having the time to spend with Alexis, using the time to continue to try to be ready for my craft. Also, I took more time to read, and […]

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Fundamentals: Cole Gahagan, Learfield IMG College

Learfield IMG College President and CEO Cole Gahagan joined Fundamentals with Ian Thomas to chat about the direction of college sports marketing, the effects of COVID-19, and more.  Gahagan was appointed president and CEO of the college sports marketing company on April 3 and started the conversation by discussing why it went against conventional wisdom and changed its leadership structure amid a global pandemic – explaining there’s downtime in what otherwise would be a hectic portion of the year. He […]

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Fundamentals: Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner

On the heels of the NCAA Board of Governors’ step towards allowing college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness, Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott joined Fundamentals to discuss the NIL rule’s impact, the potential role of the coronavirus, and also what might lie in store for the future of tennis. In a discussion with FOS reporter Emily Caron, Scott said that while the NIL development is a “very positive step for student-athletes,” having streamlined rules across colleges […]

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Fundamentals: Nick DePaula on Sneaker Culture and the NBA

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 Nick DePaula, NBA features writer at ESPN. At ESPN, he covers the footwear industry and shoe deals, while interviewing signature sneaker designers and the players themselves. DePaula appears frequently on “The Jump” with Rachel Nichols and “Outside The Lines” to discuss industry news, and also co-hosted the new show “Sneaker Center” on ESPN+. Note: If […]

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Fundamentals: Sara Slane on What’s Next in Sports Betting

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 Sara Slane, who has spent 12+ years as a leading spokesperson and strategist in the sports betting and casino industry and has been touted as “the face of legalized sports betting.” Prior to launching Slane Advisory, she was SVP of Public Affairs at the American Gaming Association (AGA) throughout the campaign to overturn PAPSA. […]

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Fundamentals: Former NFL executive Andrew Brandt

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports digital show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. On this episode, longtime NFL executive and insider Andrew Brandt joined to discuss the upcoming (all-virtual) NFL Draft, the new NFL collective bargaining agreement, his experience representing Michael Jordan during the launch of Jordan Brand, and more. More about Andrew Brandt… Brandt writes a regular column for TheMMQB.com, providing his unique insight as a former agent […]

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Fundamentals: Meeting Fans Where They Are

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports digital show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. Today, a special two-guest episode, as Laura Waters-Brown (PGA Tour) and Dave Feldman (NFL) shared their experiences on new and emerging platforms in line with today’s topic: “Meeting Fans Where They Are.” More about Laura and Dave… Laura Waters-Brown is the Manager of Tournament Marketing and Analytics for the PGA TOUR, a position she has held […]

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Fundamentals: ESPN’s Nabil Karim On New Quibi Show

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports digital show featuring leading operators and voices of the sport industry. Today, we welcome Nabil Karim of ESPN — and the host of “The Replay” on Quibi — to discuss his role in a world without live games, along with being one of the faces of the highly-publicized mobile-only streaming service. On Fundamentals, FOS Editor Ian Thomas interviews business leaders and subject experts to break down the fundamental topics and […]

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Fundamentals: Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Chris Haynes

Welcome to Episode 2 of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports digital show featuring leading operators and voices. On Fundamentals, FOS Editor Ian Thomas interviews business leaders and subject experts to break down the fundamental topics and trends driving the sports industry. On Thursday, we welcomed Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Chris Haynes to discuss the potential return of NBA action and the actions the league has taken since suspending its season on March 11th. More on Chris Haynes… A California native with […]

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Fundamentals: Scott Warfield on NASCAR and iRacing

Please sign up below to receive email reminders about future episodes of Fundamentals. Welcome to Episode 1 of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a new Front Office Sports digital show featuring the industry’s leading operators and voices. On Fundamentals, Thomas will interview business leaders and subject experts to break down the fundamental topics and trends driving the sports industry. On Tuesday, we welcome NASCAR Managing Director of Gaming, Scott Warfield. This episode goes LIVE on Tuesday at 12pm ET (9am PT), […]

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