3 Lessons From My Conversation With Tony Knopp…

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I was lucky enough to talk with Tony Knopp on my podcast yesterday and I wanted to share a few of the ideas that I found most interesting.

Culture is difficult:

We had a really interesting conversation about culture.

And, there were a lot of points that you should take away from the conversation.

  1. Leading is lonely.
  2. Culture takes transparency.
  3. CEOs don’t get to be a part of the culture.

The last one was really at the core of the message to me because that was something I struggled with earlier in my career. Not because I was the CEO, but because in many cases I had such high levels of responsibility that I didn’t get to be a part of the culture or part of the fun and games.

I really didn’t know how to deal with it.

So hearing Tony talk about that really struck me.

Many of the things that make you successful in sports business aren’t the things that will make you successful in other places:

I am reminded of a line in the Michael Wolff book about Donald Trump that said something to the effect of “the skills you need to be successful in DC won’t make you successful in other places.”

The same idea seems to apply to sports business.

Tony goes into some of the challenges he sees from his perspective.

And, he goes further and deeper than I’ve likely gone in my criticisms of some of the practices that I think need to be corrected.

Money is still pouring into tickets:

We talked a lot about trends.

The biggest trend is that money is still looking for places to land in the world of tickets.

This is both a challenge and an opportunity.


It is an opportunity because if you have a good idea, you can take a shot.

It is a challenge because all ideas aren’t created equally and sometimes bad ideas get oxygen when they shouldn’t.

I felt the podcast turned out pretty well.

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