Fundamentals

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: IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick

  • IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick — joins Fundamentals on Tuesday, June 2nd.
  • 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 IRONMAN President and CEO Andrew Messick. Andrew has been the President and CEO of The IRONMAN Group since 2011. During his tenure, The IRONMAN Group has grown from a triathlon focused company to the world’s largest organizer of mass participation events with more than 235 stand-alone events a year across 57 […]

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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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Big 12 football

Q&A: Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby

  • Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowslby believes life will fundamentally change.
  • "I don't think it's unreasonable to expect that there will be disruptions during the season."

On the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby joined guest host Emily Caron to conclude a three-part series on college athletics.  Bowlsby talked at length about the effects COVID-19 will have on college athletics as well as his intimate involvement with the NIL rules change proposals. Bowlsby on the potential disruptions to college sports: “It’s hard to imagine that we’re going to get all the way through a fall and a winter sports season […]

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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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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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