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Dave Wakeman's The Business of Fun Podcast

May 28, 2024

Lauren Teague returns! 

Lauren is the CEO of FanWgn. She has created an idea that is called "Second Fan Fashion" and it is very cool. 

FanWgn ties together a few of Lauren's favorite things:

  • Sports
  • Fashion
  • Tech
  • Sustainability

In this episode, we talk about Lauren's career path and how she went from an employee to a...


May 21, 2024

My guest today is Chris Pantani. 

Chris is the GM of the NY Mavericks of the Professional Bull Riders. 

We talk about bull riding and why there is now a professional bull riding team representing New York City. 

I find out that there is a long history of professional bull riding in NYC. 

We also talk about the makeup of...


May 15, 2024

Today is the 200th episode of 'The Business of Fun' podcast!

You didn't think I would not have something special prepared, did you? 

I will share some lessons learned and some things I'm thinking about and paying attention to. 

You can come work with me in NYC on September 4th, 2024...I've recreated 'Fans For Life' for...


Apr 16, 2024

My guest today is Solene Jimenez.

She is Head of International Development for arenametrix. www.arenametrix.com

This is Solene's first podcast appearance and we had a good time. 

Of course, she didn't tell me it was her first podcast until we'd finished recording. I like to make the first podcast appearance fun and easy...


Mar 13, 2024

I have a good conversation for you today with Alasdair Crawley from FanBase

We had a great time talking about sports business including:

  • Why sports business is at a crossroads.
  • The challenge of getting the basics right. 
  • Data v. research
  • Balancing the short term and long term in fanbase building. 
  • The power of...