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Dave Wakeman's The Business of Fun Podcast

Jul 8, 2024

Brian Hess is back! 

We are talking sports washing. 

I thought I had a better grasp on the subject than I did. But Brian discusses the many ways that sports washing presents a challenge to sports fans in America, outside of the obvious ones. 

We discuss the possibility of foreign investment in the NFL, LIV, and more. We...


Jul 1, 2024

I loved this conversation because I totally got Sabrina Carrazzo worked up about teaching, women's sports, and helping international soccer teams enter the US market. 

Sabrina and Asli Pelit teach a sports PR and communications class at NYU. They invited me to give a guest lecture earlier in the year. 

I loved the way...


Jun 26, 2024

My guest today is Jason Velez from the Staten Island Ferry Hawks. 

I've known Jason for a long time. So long that he has one of the OG Dave business cards. 

So, it was great to catch up with Jason. 

We hit on 3 big topics in this episode:

  • Selling based on value
  • Competing with bigger brands and bigger teams
  • Unique...


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...