Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Mike Nealy joins Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams to discuss a host of issues related to the business of sports, including the money behind college football’s bowl system. Also discussed is the changing nature of college sports, which he said are operating more like professional leagues. Nealy also talks about the effect ESPN’s playoff contract has had on all bowl games, including sponsorship restrictions. Nealy also touches on the gifts that bowl games are allowed to offer athletes, and the outlook for his New Year matchup between the University of Central Florida and LSU. Prior to joining the Fiesta Bowl, Nealy spent eight years with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, rising to president and chief operating officer.
Hosts: Michael Barr, Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams Producer: Colin Tipton
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Running time 29:25