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Mohsen Parsa

Mohsen Parsa easily remembers his first moments as an Iranian immigrant coming to America. Arriving on Halloween, the first thing he remembers when stepping off the plane was a person dressed up as The Joker. While dressing up as a spooky character is celebrated in the U.S. for the holiday, such an image had a […]

Randy Haight – Los Angeles Football Club

In early March, just days into the 2020 season, Major League Soccer was forced to blow the whistle on all matches indefinitely, owing to concerns stemming from COVID-19. Whether it’ll be game on anytime soon is anybody’s guess. As general counsel of the league’s Los Angeles Football Club, Randy Haight laments the lost opportunity to […]

Lucinda McRoberts – USA Swimming

Just a few months shy of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, the world’s elite athletes were on tenterhooks. What decision would the International Olympic Committee make in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? Would athletes compete or stay home? By March 12—what Lucinda McRoberts calls the day sports got benched—major league teams nationally put their seasons […]

Kirk Berger – National Basketball Players Association

In the winter of 2016, representatives from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) met regularly to hash out the league’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA)—five years after contentious negotiations nearly derailed the 2011-12 season. This time, the two sides were determined to reach a deal. With billions of dollars […]

Gabriel Hoyos – Under Armour

Like the sports teams that wear its high-performance apparel and footwear, Under Armour can experience streaks hot and cold. Often, to borrow from sports jargon, it must change on the fly, make a halftime adjustment or shuffle the lineup. Which is what its Latin American division has been doing—putting more emphasis on its products for […]

Sunjay Mathews – DAZN

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Don’t shy from changing on the fly. So sums up the modus operandi of Sunjay Mathews, the head of legal for the North American division of DAZN, a burgeoning sports-streaming network that threatens to disrupt the viewing status quo around the world. “Don’t be afraid to cut the cord,” he […]

Peter Steckelman – Tennis Channel

The first time Peter Steckelman walked into a crowded broadcast booth only to find tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Jim Courier, he broke out in an instant sweat and was at a loss for words. “I could only think ‘Oh my God, don’t screw this up … and don’t stutter and don’t look stupid!’” says Steckelman, a self-proclaimed tennis junkie who […]

Jake Williams – Sportradar

For sports fans around the world, the mobile-phone revolution has ushered in a new age of instant-update convenience. Even if you forgot to DVR the big game, second-by-second stats and scores are never more than a swipe or two away, whether you’re waiting for coffee or headed to a friend’s for dinner—so long as you’re […]

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