MMA Pioneer Discusses Scaling a Content Business

Here’s how the MMA team is working to scale its digital sports content. September 17, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Campbell McLaren, CEO of Combate Americas and co-founder and co-creator of the UFC, discusses how the MMA league is reaching an untapped Hispanic audience and more with The Playbook host David Meltzer. Related: Going All In on Your Dreams Read_More Related posts: This Course Will Help You Scale Your Business Assets to Your Advantage Massively Scaling Up Your Business — Without Massively Scaling Up Your Team This Entrepreneur Unlocked the Simple Secret to Scaling Your Business 3 Ways a Virtual Reality Pioneer Is Rebranding the Form Leadership Lessons From NASA Pioneer Katherine Johnson, Who Just Turned 100 The Cast of ‘Madam Secretary’ Discusses What She Does With It NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Discusses Space Fandom With Me! Alec Baldwin Discusses His Innovative New Documentary About the Crazy, […]

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How to Show Your Clients That You Value Them

Jason House, CEO and founder of the Iridium Sports Agency, talks about his approach to representing some of the world’s top MMA fighters. September 14, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Jason House, CEO and founder of the Iridium Sports Agency, shares the philosophy he’s used to create one of the top agencies in mixed martial arts. House talks about how his educational and family backgrounds, as well as his experience as a college athlete, prepared him to become a successful agent. House and The Playbook host David Meltzer discuss the approach of using strong core values to establish life-long relationships with your athletes, how House handles the recruitment of athletes, their expectations for the continued evolution of the UFC and mixed martial arts and why agents should never make decisions solely about money. Related: This Entrepreneur Had to Welcome Failure When He Switched Lanes Read_More Related […]

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Can Marijuana Help Treat CTE? Former NFL Star Partners With Harvard To Find Out

Calvin Johnson, known to millions as Megatron, has also launched a medical marijuana dispensary in Michigan. September 12, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Former NFL star Calvin Johnson has joined a growing list of former professional athletes who are getting into the marijuana industry. He is a partner in a new enterprise that is set to open medical marijuana dispensaries across Michigan. But Johnson is also taking his part in the industry a step further, giving money to Harvard University to help fund a study on the potential of cannabis treating CTE; which, according to a 2017 study from Boston University researchers, was found in 99% of former football players’ brains studied. Johnson, who spent his career with the Detroit Lions and is making a six-figure donation to the research through his medical marijuana company, Primitive, told ESPN that he believes his company “can […]

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Quincy Enunwa Is More Than Just an NFL Player

The New York Jets receiver might be out for the season, but he’s already begun expanding his horizons, preparing for an MBA and getting ready for life after football. September 11, 2019 7 min read NFL receiver Quincy Enunwa and Jim Neesen, managing partner of accounting firm Connor Group, seem like a somewhat unlikely pair at first glance. However, the athlete and the businessman have a diverse range of interests that have helped make their young partnership a successful one, allowing Enunwa to improve his business skills and the Connor Group to “compress time,” as Neesen says, with a hardworking and intellectually curious star. Enunwa, who suffered a season-ending neck injury in the first game of the season against the Buffalo Bills, and Neesen explained how the partnership began and what they’ve learned from each other during an interview earlier this year. Check it out below. Entrepreneur: Tell me how the two […]

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The Entrepreneurs Running the U.S. Open

A look behind the scenes at the big businesses behind the premier tournament in tennis. September 6, 2019 3 min read Millions of people have tuned in to watch the sometimes inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking ups and downs of superstars like Nadal, Federer, Williams and Osaka, and more than 700,00 walked through the gates of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to see the action live and in person at the 2019 U.S. Open.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed and eyeballs to entertain. The U.S. Open is by no means a small operation, requiring both amazing feats of physicality on the court and amazing feats of business acumen.  As Lew Sherr, chief revenue officer of the USTA, told Entrepreneur, “Our fans are on-site for eight to nine hours, and tennis is only part of the experience. We pride ourselves on amazing dining options developed by the most well-known chefs, fantastic shopping including dedicated Polo Ralph […]

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This Man Retired From His Career at 29 to Pursue His Dreams

Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley, former music mogul and current Nike athlete, discusses the importance of identity and holding yourself accountable as you pursue your potential. August 25, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley, the founder and CEO of Street Execs, talks about retiring from the music business at 29 years old to chase his dream of becoming a Nike Athlete. Charlie shares his some of his difficult experiences as a young hustler in the music business, how he was able to find success by learning to follow his heart and how focusing on his identity has shaped him along the journey. Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley and The Playbook host David Meltzer converse about topics such as how salesmanship has impacted their careers, how to handle life advice from those who love you and how to combine the Law of Attraction with action in order to achieve your goals. Related: How […]

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How the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Has Maintained Its Dominance

The new book “Powerhouse” provides insights on the secrets to build a winning team. August 15, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You probably enjoyed watching the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s recent World Cup win, but do you know the tactics that the team used to win it all? To find out more about how the team has been able to create a dynasty of success and how those strategies can be applied to business, I reached out to USWNT legend Kristine Lilly and John Gillis Jr., to talk about their new book, Powerhouse: 13 Teamwork Tactics that Build Excellence and Unrivaled Success.  David Meltzer: I’m going to start with you, Kristine. What was the motivation behind the book? Kristine Lilly: I played on the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team for 23 years, and it was such a successful organization. We not only won at the […]

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How Jan Stenerud Turned a Ski Scholarship Into a Pro Football Hall of Fame Career

Hall of Fame placekicker Jan Stenerud talks about his unorthodox journey to the NFL and how he was able to live the American dream. August 4, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Jan Stenerud, the first placekicker to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, talks about coming to the United States to attend college on a skiing scholarship, the unique way his kicking talent was discovered by coaches, and what it was like as he learned how to play American football. Stenerud and The Playbook host David Meltzer share their thoughts on a variety of topics such as making the most of the opportunities that you’re given, how to handle pressure as a kicker and entrepreneur and the achievability of the American Dream today compared to the past. Related: The NFL Legend Who Graduated College at 74 Read_More Related posts: The NFL Legend Who Graduated College at 74 […]

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The NFL Legend Who Graduated College at 74

Bobby Bell, one of the most versatile football players of all time, shares his journey to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. August 3, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Bobby Bell, Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, talks about his upbringing in a small town in the South and his eye-opening arrival to the University of Minnesota. Bobby goes into detail about the misconceptions about being a professional football player and how the low pay forced him to get a full-time job at General Motors. Bell and The Playbook host David Meltzer chat about the promise Bobby made to his father about his education and what it was like to graduate college at age 74. The pair talk about their love of the Rose Bowl, how Bobby was able to parlay his success on the field to his off-the-field ventures and what it’s like to be […]

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Nobody Gets to the Hall of Fame by Accident or by Themselves

Champ Bailey discusses how trusting the team around you can set you up to achieve greatness. Read_More Related posts: How to Make Money Through Social Media This Tattoo Artist Fell in Love With the Art When He Was 16. Here’s How He Made a Career Out of It. How to Become the Best Possible Version of Yourself Lessons From Jonte ‘Too Tall’ Hall, a 5’2″ Professional Basketball Player Jason Hall on Why Every Client Will Doubt You (and What to Do About It) SPI 232: How Lucas Hall Built and Sold an “Ultimate Resource” Blog How to Not Let Fame and Fortune Go to Your Head How Christopher ‘Drama’ Pfaff Used His MTV Fame to Build a Fashion Brand

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How Brian and Michael Orakpo Tackle Business Together

Brothers Brian and Michael Oprako shed light on how their experience as athletes prepared them to launch their own businesses. July 27, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Former NFL player Brian Orakpo and his brother Michael talk about their recent business ventures, including Athlete Connect and Gigi’s Cupcakes, as well as their vision for the future of those businesses. The pair discuss how they strive to separate their family matters and business operations, as well as their views on how to effectively bootstrap a startup. The brothers and The Playbook host David Meltzer provide insights on when to give away equity in a project and how to be successful when working with your family members, as well as how the best ventures will evolve and expand after their initial launch. Related: How to Find the Right Job in Sports Read_More Related posts: How to Be an […]

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How to Find the Right Job in Sports

Here’s how two businessmen landed great jobs in the sports industry. July 25, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Nick Baker and Russell Silvers, co-COOs at AEG, talk about how digital media has forced a shift in the sports industry, as well as how they work together in order to generate sales and create brand activations surrounding some of the world’s biggest sporting events. The pair of sports executives sit down with The Playbook host David Meltzer to discuss the best way to find a job in sports industry that fits you and your skillset, whether working your way up in an organization is your best option and how the digital age has changed the sports industry — particularly when it comes to sponsorship. Related: The Hospitality of the Fashion Industry   Read_More Related posts: A Boost for Sports Betting and Fewer Babies Named Alexa. 3 Things to Know […]

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So You Want To Be a Sports Agent? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Harrison Gaines, CEO of SLASH Sports & Entertainment, talks about the ins-and-outs of being an agent for professional athletes. July 21, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Harrison Gaines, CEO of SLASH Sports & Entertainment, talks about his realization that he needed to start preparing for his “second career” after basketball, as well as how an internship at a sports agency showed him first-hand the variety of roles agents can fill for their clients. Gaines and The Playbook host David Meltzer share their thoughts on some of the misconceptions that sports fans have about being an agent and how to prepare clients for life after their careers. The pair also discuss helping athletes make the most of their finite time in the limelight by building an organic brand while they are still playing. Related: Make the Choice to Be Positive Read_More Related posts: She’s a Successful NFL […]

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How Phil Hellmuth Wins in Poker and in Life

He might be known as “The Poker Brat,” but Hellmuth’s secret for success might surprise you. July 9, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Phil Hellmuth Jr., winner of 15 World Series of Poker bracelets, discusses the role of introspection and positivity in his success as a poker professional. Related: How to Become the Best Possible Version of Yourself Read_More Related posts: Create and Grow Your Online Store Conversion Optimization – Permanently Grow Your Business How Venmo Co-Founder Iqram Magdon-Ismail Pays It Forward by Applying Past Wins to New Projects Here’s What Investor Phil Town’s Daily Routine Looks Like 8 CRO Quick Wins for Ecommerce Sites How to Play Nice With Your Competitor(s) So Everyone Wins SPI 295: 35 Quick Life Lessons from 35 Years of Life—Plus a Pencils of Promise Birthday Challenge! 15 Ecommerce Conversion Rate Optimization Wins to Test

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How One Man Went From Maintaining Sports Fields to Running a Prestigious Athletic Program

The athletic director for the University of Texas breaks down his journey to the top. June 18, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Chris Del Conte, Athletic Director for the University of Texas, chats about his beginnings working in college athletics at the lowest level, as well as why he empasizes service for UT employees and athletes. Related: Being an Influencer is a Job Read_More Related posts: As the Sports-Betting Industry Transforms, Entrepreneurs May Find It Hard to Get in on Gambling Profits — but Related Businesses Will Thrive A Boost for Sports Betting and Fewer Babies Named Alexa. 3 Things to Know Today. Finding Success at the Intersection of Sports and Culture 12 Must-Have Fields for Content Marketing For This Company, Maintaining a Healthy Culture Means Not Taking Itself Too Seriously SPI 236: Secrets and Science to Living the Good Life with Jonathan Fields […]

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Former Eagles Quarterback Donovan McNabb Explains Life After Football

The star football player talks about how he handled his critics and how he’s made the most of his life since retiring. June 4, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Donovan McNabb, former star quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, talks about how he’s handled critics throughout his career and the steps he took to ensure he would be able to make the most of his post-career ventures. Related: Why This Entrepreneur Is Focused on Improving Men’s Health Nationwide Read_More Related posts: The Founder of One of Tesla’s First Institutional Investors Explains Why Social Impact Is So Important to Her Strategy Facebook Explains Mark Zuckerberg’s Disappearing Messages. 3 Things to Know Today. There’s No Cannabis in Football! This Drew Brees Video Will Give You Chills Even If You Don’t Like Football SPI 295: 35 Quick Life Lessons from 35 Years of Life—Plus a Pencils of Promise […]

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Here’s How This Former UFC Champion Runs His Company Today

Tito Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012, and now he runs a clothing line. May 31, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Tito Ortiz is an American mixed martial artist. In the MMA world, he is known for his stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion (having held the title from April 14, 2000, to September 26, 2003) and Bellator MMA. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock. Now, Ortiz is the CEO of the equipment and clothing line, Punishment Athletics MMA. He also manages a number of other business ventures including the Ortiz Auto Group. Related: This Comedian Breaks Down Stand-Up, Startups and Entrepreneurship Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We […]

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Why Athletes Are Using Cannabis for Training and Recovery

They want more gain, less pain. May 11, 2019 4 min read Brought to you by Benzinga Specifics on cannabis and fitness are hard to come by. But there’s no question the size of the opportunity is large. In May 2018, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association valued the global health club industry alone at $87.2 billion. The U.S. led all markets with $30 billion in health club counts and memberships, the organization said. Cannabis is believed to provide consumers with several beneficial uses, ranging from mental to physical relief. Many athletes have turned to THC and CBD products to treat their bodies after rigorous games and training sessions. Its use extends to fitness enthusiasts of all levels. So much so that a CU Boulder study found that eight out of 10 users in states where cannabis is legal consume shortly before or after working out. Related: Cannabis Offers Battered Pro Athletes Both Hope and Healing […]

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How This Croatian Basketball Player Made His NBA Dream Come True

Ivica Zubac, center for the Los Angeles Clippers, talks about his path from Croatia to the NBA. Read_More Related posts: Lessons From Jonte ‘Too Tall’ Hall, a 5’2″ Professional Basketball Player Thanks to You, a Lifelong Dream Came True Finding Success at the Intersection of Sports and Culture How to Become a Professional Fortnite Player How to Go From Your Company’s Star Player to Its Head Coach An Ex-NBA Player Offers 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs Preparing for Their Second Act 8 Quotes on Motivation, Hard Work and More from Basketball Legend Michael Jordan 4 Small Businesses (and 1 NFL Player) That Made a Huge Impact After Hurricane Harvey

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This MLB All-Star Pitcher is Betting on Cryotherapy

James Shields, 13-year MLB veteran and owner of Cryo Shield Therapy, provides insights on what he’s learned from opening his own business. March 30, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. James Shields, MLB All-Star pitcher and entrepreneur, talks about his family’s influence on his career, as well as how the things he’s learned about recovery on his MLB journey has led him to focus on his newest passion project, Cryo Shield Therapy. James and host of The Playbook David Meltzer discuss some of the other options available to aid recovery for athletes (and non-athletes), as well as some of the health and wellness benefits that they’ve personally experienced while using cryotherapy. James also discusses how Cryo Shield Therapy’s services have grown since the facility’s opening, and how he works to inform others about the importance of recovery, pain management, and self-care. Related: How This Broadcaster Went From […]

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