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The CUSP Show lifts the lid on the business of sports, through interviews with the executives, entrepreneurs and personalities who make the industry tick. Produced by staff of the Columbia University Sports Management program, and hosted by faculty members and sports business grandees Joe Favorito and Tom Richardson.

On-Demand Episodes

Tom and Joe sit down with long-time media executive John Kosner. In the past, John has built ESPN into the world's leading digital sports destination over the past 15 years – increasing traffic ten-fold and turning an unprofitable... more

Joe and Tom sit down with Seth Rabinowitz and discuss his new venture and role with the Jets. The three talk about the changing media landscape in sports. Listen in as they dive into the role social media has played in changing the fan... more

Joe and Tom sit down with Peter Gourdine, co-founder of Home Court Capital. The three discuss Peter's transition from working at the NBA to becoming a lawyer to ultimately launching his own startup business. Learn about an exciting... more

Joe sits down with Jared Zwerling, founder and president of CloseUp360. The two talk about Jared's new startup, working with the NBA, and how athletes can tell their stories. Listen in to learn about how CloseUp360 is telling the stories... more

Joe sits down with John Lashway of the Canadian Elite Basketball League. Joe and John discuss the business of sports statups and how basketball has grown in Canada. The two talk about how John has taken what he learned while working... more

Tom and Joe sit down with Olympic skier Julia Marino to discuss her path to the Winter Olympics and her experience being the first Winter Olympian to represent Paraguay. The three also talk about how Julia is getting more involved in... more

Peter talks about his time as Columbia AD, the messages he sends to recruits and their families and the changing media rights landscape for intercollege athletics. Learn about what it is like to navigate Ivy League athletics and hear... more

Tom sits down with Dan Cohen, the Senior Vice President of Octagon's newly formed Media Rights Consulting group. Dan speaks with Tom about his road to Octagon, the people he has met along the way and the lessons he learned.... more

As the co-founded of TeamWorks Media, Jay predicated on the notion that purpose-driven organizations have the power to change both the world and their bottom lines through a well-told story. As technology evolved, Jay saw a... more

Marcellus' unique experience of having survived the hardships of growing up in one of America's toughest cities to becoming an Ivy League football star, NFL All-Pro Athlete and a staple in the sports entertainment industry, gives him a... more