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Podcasts of interviews with Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan and NBA agent Bill Duffy

I caught up today with Portland Trail Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan and NBA agent Bill Duffy today on The Game 750AM in Portland.

We discussed Greg Oden's future, the NBA Draft and I asked Duffy about an NBA lockout. His answer was fascinating so make sure to pay special attention to what he said.

Listen to my conversation with Chad Buchanan by clicking here.

Listen to my conversation with Bill Duffy, President of BDA Sports by clicking here.

AUDIO ON DEMAND: Seattle Seahawks head football coach Pete Carroll

If you missed my conversation with Seattle Seahawks head football coach Pete Carroll on Sports Business Radio, you can listen to it ON DEMAND by clicking here and then playing the Pete Carroll interview.

Coach Carroll discussed why the Seahawks situation was the perfect lure back to the NFL and he also discussed how he and his staff are preparing for the upcoming NFL season in the midst of a lockout.

He's insightful and candid so make sure you take a listen.

AUDIO ON DEMAND: Sacramento Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof on Sports Business Radio

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Sacramento Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof. I always enjoy our conversations when he joins me on Sports Business Radio.

Maloof gave us terrific insight regarding why his family decided to keep the Kings in Sacramento for at least one more season instead of relocating the team to Anaheim.  Gavin also shared with me what his family is looking for from the City of Sacramento in order to keep the team in Sacramento for the long term.

But the highlight of the interview for me comes towards the end of our conversation when Maloof discusses the lucky charm that the Kings will be taking to the NBA Draft lottery on May 17th. Its a very funny story so make sure to pay particularly close attention to that portion of our conversation.

Listen to my conversation with Gavin Maloof by clicking here.

AUDIO ON DEMAND: Conversation with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott on SBR

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is a rising star in the world of sports business. In a relatively short amount of time Scott has added 2 teams to the conference, added a championship game in football and now he has orchestrated a $3 billion broadcast and digital rights deal with ESPN/Fox/Pac-12 Network.

Larry Scott joined me on Sports Business Radio to discuss the new broadcast and digital rights deal as well as future plans for the confernece.

Listen to our conversation by clicking here.

Breaking down the Finances of the Pac-12 TV deal

As you've probably heard, the Pac-12 recently inked a lucrative 12-year TV deal with ESPN and Fox that is worth $3 billion dollars.

Rachel Bachman of The Oregonian joined me on Sports Business Radio to break down the new deal and discuss how the money will be spent.

Listen to our conversation here.

Tryng to Make Sense of the NFL Labor Situation? This Audio Will Help you

The NFL Labor situation is changing by the day and its very confusing for most fans.

Yahoo! Sports NFL reporter Jason Cole joined me on Sports Business Radio to try to make sense of the everchanging NFL landscape.

What strategies will the owners and players utilize moving forward? When will the NFL get back to "business as usual"?

Listen to our conversation here for answers.

Interview with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson

On Friday, I caught up with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson when I was guest hosting The Bald Faced Truth on 95.5FM The Game in Portland for John Canzano.

Paulson and I spoke about the hurdles he overcame to land an MLS franchise in Portland and we also talked about his overall business philosophies.

If you missed our conversation, you can hear it on demand by clicking here.

Talking NBA CBA with ESPN's Ric Bucher

So far the NBA playoffs have been tremendously exciting. And this comes on the heels of a terrific year of TV ratings for the league.

According to the Sports Business Daily, ABC drew 5.1 million viewers for its 15 NBA broadcasts, a 38.3 percent increase from the previous year. It was the best regular-season NBA viewership on a network since the '98-99 season on NBC. TNT drew an average of 2.45 million viewers for its 52 games, up 42.4 percent from the 2009-10 season. ESPN averaged two million viewers for its 73 broadcasts, up 28.3 percent from the previous year.

But as you'll hear during my conversation with ESPN NBA Senior reporter Ric Bucher, the chances of striking a deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by the July 1st deadline are slim.

And don't look for the NBA Players Association to use the same decertification tactic that the NFL Players Association recently utilized in their battle with the owners.

Listen to Ric Bucher and Brian Berger discussing the NBA CBA here.

High Interest Lockout Loans May Lead to Bankruptcy for Some NFL Players

As the NFL lockout continues, NFL players are getting more nervous by the day about loss of income this fall if there are no games.

ThePostGame.com's Rand Getlin joined us on Sports Business Radio to discuss a story he wrote detailing high interest loans that are being secured by NFL players during the lockout.

Could the loans lead to bankruptcy for several NFL players?

Listen to Rand Getlin on Sports Business Radio by clicking here.

Podcast: 3-hour Sports Business Radio Bonanza Featuring Jack Nicklaus, Mark Cuban and Mark Emmert

We celebrated 7 years of Sports Business on our Portland show on 95.5FM The Game today with a look back at interviews with Jack Nicklaus, Mark Cuban and NCAA President Mark Emmert.

We also talked about The Masters, the upcoming home debut of the Portland Timbers, changes in how security is handled at Dodger Stadium and we recapped the final TV and online ratings for the NCAA tournament.

Take a listen to the podcast of our show on The Game in Portland below.

To listen to Hour 1 (featuring conversation with Mark Cuban), click here.

To listen to Hour 2 (featuring conversation with Mark Emmert), click here.

To listen to Hour 3 (featuring conversation with Jack Nicklaus), click here.

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