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Smart Business Dealmakers is the CEO's M&A playbook. We interview the entrepreneurs doing deals, the private equity, VC and family office players investing in them, and the M&A advisers making them happen. Topics include raising capital, buying and selling companies and managing a liquidity event.
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Launched in 2013, the Hoopsology Podcast dives deep into the NBA and basketball culture. We offer insightful analysis of the game alongside interviews with prominent figures, including journalists from major outlets like NBC Sports, The Athletic, and ESPN, authors, Emmy-winning director Zak Levitt, NBA TV host Ben Lyons, Cari Champion, and Mike Greenberg. This blend of in-depth analysis and diverse perspectives sets us apart and ensures listeners stay informed and engaged. We are proudly par ...
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They did the thing, finally. The Boston Celtics are your 2024 NBA Champions after a historic 2023-24 NBA regular season and an equally historic run to the long-coveted Banner 18. The game and series were won with teamwork and defense in classic Boston style, sending beloved Boston broadcaster Mike Gorman off with a proper closeout to a storied care…
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Matt and Justin dissect the 2024 NBA Finals with a deep dive into the Boston Celtics' championship run. We celebrate their 18th title, solidifying their place as the winningest franchise in basketball history. We analyze the performances of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, with Brown taking home Finals MVP honors. The hosts also break down the Dallas…
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The past few years have been volatile, with rising interest rates, inflation, and lots of uncertainty affecting the M&A market. At the New York Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, Bank of America's José Tavarez leads a conversation with Revel's Frank Reig, ChargeLab's Shaun Stewart and Bank of America's Shawn Hoyer on what dealmakers can expect f…
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The past few years have been volatile, with rising interest rates, inflation, and lots of uncertainty affecting the M&A market. At the New York Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, Bank of America's José Tavarez leads a conversation with Revel's Frank Reig, ChargeLab's Shaun Stewart and Bank of America's Shawn Hoyer on what dealmakers can expect f…
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In this edition of Hoopsology’s In The Lab, Justin and Matt explore what happens when the WNBA is thrown into the mainstream and the societal culture war. We also give our thoughts on Caitlin Clark being left off Team USA for the Olympics and more! Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twitter:@hoopsologypod Instagram:@hoopsologypod Justin's Twitt…
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The Boston Celtics have taken a commanding 3-0 series lead vs. the Dallas Mavericks in the 2024 NBA Finals, thanks to some clutch play from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum as they combined for 61 points in Boston's 106-99 Game 3 victory, and elite defense late in the game's second half. That the win came with star Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis ha…
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Lakers in Coaching Limbo: Can They Find a Head Coach? Matt and Justin dissect the latest blow to the Los Angeles Lakers: their pursuit of Dan Hurley falling short. They debate whether the Lakers can find a suitable head coach to lead LeBron James and Anthony Davis. LeBron's Basketball Bromances: Kyrie Irving & JJ Redick The guys delve into LeBron J…
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The Boston Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-98 in Game 2 of their 2024 NBA Finals series to take a 2-0 series lead at TD Garden this past Sunday (June 9) night. This puts the Mavs in a position that 36 other teams in the finals have found themselves in: a 0-2 series deficit, something only 5 of those teams have ever come back from. Can the Mav…
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The Boston Celtics took Game 1 of the 2024 NBA Finals in emphatic fashion thanks to a surprisingly spry Kristaps Porzingis in his first game in the '24 NBA Playoffs in over a month, and perhaps the best defensive game of Jaylen Brown's career. Even on a night that saw Jayson Tatum go 6-of-16 from the floor, he still found ways to impact the game, a…
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Matt and Justin welcome J. Alphonse Nicholson who plays Chris Paul in the FX series Clipped which takes viewers behind the scenes of the Donald Sterling scandal that rocked not only the Clippers but also the sports world and based on the hit ESPN 30 for 30 podcast The Sterling Affairs. Nicholson shares his passion for hoops, how he landed the role,…
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In this packed episode of In The Lab, Matt and Justin discuss how the Indiana Fever is dealing with a rough start and the controversy surrounding the cheap shot Caitlin Clark received from the Chicago Sky’s Chennedy Carter. We also break down the top storylines that have occurred in the WNBA. The hosts also preview the upcoming NBA Finals between t…
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The Boston Celtics will take the court against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2024 NBA Finals on this coming Thursday (June 6) evening at TD Garden. And despite the fact that Boston was widely seen as a chief contender even before the 2023-24 regular season and the Mavs much less so, both clubs share a number of parallels that should make this an abso…
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Tariq Farid built Edible Brands from a single store in 1999 into a flourishing franchise empire that today has nearly 1,000 stores. Now he and his daughter, Somia Farid Silber, who is also now Edible’s president, are rebranding, expanding and plotting the company’s future. At this year's Atlanta Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, the two sat dow…
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Tariq Farid built Edible Brands from a single store in 1999 into a flourishing franchise empire that today has nearly 1,000 stores. Now he and his daughter, Somia Farid Silber, who is also now Edible’s president, are rebranding, expanding and plotting the company’s future. At this year's Atlanta Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, the two sat dow…
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We have an episode that we have been looking forward to for a while. Our guest is a member of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters Donte "Hammer" Harrison. The Globetrotters holds a special place in basketball and we get Donte’s perspective regarding his passion for basketball, how he became a member of the team, his favorite moments, and how he h…
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The Boston Celtics punched their ticket to the 2024 NBA Finals when they defeated the Indiana Pacers in just four games to win the league's Eastern Conference finals, and now we have Boston's finals opponent set with a winner for the Western Conference finals as well. That victor will be the Dallas Mavericks, who needed five games to beat the Minne…
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We have a special guest joining this episode of Hoopsology. You might have seen his work on ESPN and now for the Chicago Sun-Times and he along with George Gervin wrote Ice: Why I Was Born to Score which is available now, we welcomed Robert Scoop Jackson onto the show. Scoop joins Matt and Justin to discuss his favorite basketball memories, writing…
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The Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 105-102 in Game 4 of their 2024 Eastern Conference finals, sweeping the Pacers to advance to the 2024 NBA Finals as they await to see which of the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves Western Conference finals series. The Celtics will have a 10-day gap between the final buzzer and the start of the f…
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The Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 126-110 in Game 2 of the NBA's 2024 Eastern Conference finals thanks to a career playoff-high matching 40 points from Jaylen Brown. But it came at the expense of backup big man Luke Kornet's wrist being sprained on a team already thin at center; will Boston be okay with Kornet on the bench?. On the oth…
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It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the WNBA and the league is planning on adding new teams, with its new addition of the Golden State Valkyries. In this edition of Hoopsology Justin and Matt welcome NBC Sports Bay Area Reporter Zena Keita to talk about what led San Francisco to gain a new WNBA franchise. We get her thoughts on the current WNBA se…
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Game 1 of the Boston Celtics Eastern Conference finals series with the Indiana Pacers is in the books, and the Celtics have a 1-0 series lead with their 133-128 win. But it took overtime to pull it off, and Boston digging deep with a few lucky breaks to pull out the win, a few minor mistakes over the course of the contest nearly costing them the wi…
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Matt and Justin break down the Conference Finals on Hoopsology, analyzing the Indiana Pacers' Cinderella run against the Boston Celtics. They also dissect the Minnesota Timberwolves' shocking upset over the defending champion Denver Nuggets and preview the upcoming series between the Wolves and the Dallas Mavericks. Plus, they dive into the offseas…
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NIL and the transfer portal changed the DNA of college sports and we discussed whether the new changes are positive for student-athletes with the Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty. Do opponents of NIL and the transfer portal have any credible arguments against the paradigm shift in college sports, we get Jesse’s perspective. Hoopsology is presented…
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The Boston Celtics have defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-98 in Game 5 of their 2024 Eastern Conference semifinals series to advance to the NBA's 2024 Eastern Conference finals. It came via a massive game from veteran Boston big man Al Horford, and it also saw perhaps the best postseason play from star Celtics forward Jayson Tatum as well. As an…
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Matt and Justin return to the lab to give you their impressions of the second round of the NBA Playoffs, their thoughts on the individual NBA Awards of MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, the future of NBA Broadcast Rights, and the beginning of the WNBA season. We also go in-depth if TNT loses the NBA. Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twitt…
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The Boston Celtics have a commanding 3-1 series lead vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers in their East semis second round series. But there were moments in the contest where old Celtics habits crept back in and put the game's outcome in doubt, with fans of the team predictably melting down on social media in response to those mistakes. Do we need to worry …
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In Game 2 of their 2024 Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Boston Celtics, the Cleveland Cavaliers came out with a plan and stuck to it. The Celtics, on the other hand, came out with an all-too-familiar lackluster effort that cost them a potentially critical contest. Boston should have anticipated a hungry Cavs squad would be prepared to…
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Howard Megdal, Author of “Rare Gems” and the host of Locked On Women's Basketball Podcast, joins the show to discuss the recent growth, past failures, and bright future of women’s basketball and the WNBA. Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Rare Gems is available now: https://www.amazon.com/Rare-Gems-Generations-Women-Paved/dp/1637271980 Twitter…
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We welcome New York Times best-selling author, a professor at the University of Texas, and the author of Hoop Atlas, Kirk Goldsberry. Kirk goes in depth about LeBron’s Greatness, why the three point shot is important, and he explains how his book Hoop Atlas gives readers a visual tour through the three last decades of pro hoops history. Hoopsology …
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There was a sharp decline in dealmaking during 2023 as the post-pandemic boom subsided and uncertainty intensified. Louis Plung & Company Partner Tony Montanaro joins the pod to discuss the factors influencing this change, how transactions are being affected, and what preparations sellers can make to have the best outcome in 2024 and beyond.…
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There was a sharp decline in dealmaking during 2023 as the post-pandemic boom subsided and uncertainty intensified. Louis Plung & Company Partner Tony Montanaro joins the pod to discuss the factors influencing this change, how transactions are being affected, and what preparations sellers can make to have the best outcome in 2024 and beyond.…
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We’re back to discuss this absolute GOLD MINE of an NBA Playoffs Second Round! Luka vs SGA, Ant vs Jokic, Tatum vs Mitchell, and Haliburton vs Brunson: we break it all down and give our predictions. We also touch on Pat Beverly’s ridiculous behavior and Wemby’s unanimous Rookie of the Year Award campaign. Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twit…
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The Boston Celtics finally know their opponent for the NBA's 2024 Eastern Conference semifinals series. With the Cleveland Cavaliers emerging victorious in their first round series vs. the Orlando Magic, Boston's next opponent is locked in. And with that knowledge, the Celtics and their fans can begin to get an idea of the potential contours of thi…
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We go back into the lab as Justin and Matt discuss the hottest storylines during the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Matt and Justin break down what the future lies for the Suns and why LeBron was so frustrated after his Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs. Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twitter:@hoopsologypod Instagram:@hoopsologypod…
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The Boston Celtics got their revenge against the Miami Heat for sending them fishing in the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals, instead kicking off the Heat's postseason with a Game 5 win over Miami in their 2024 NBA Eastern Conference first round series. The 118-84 blowout was a fitting end for longtime Celtics broadcaster Mike Gorman's 43-year career…
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Tim Chartier (Author of “Get in the Game” and Davidson Math Professor) joins the show to educate us on analytics in sports, basketball, sports injuries, and beyond! Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twitter:@hoopsologypod Instagram:@hoopsologypod Justin's Twitter: @JGHoopsology Matt's Twitter: @thetrainerstake Learn more about your ad choices.…
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The Boston Celtics won Game 4 of their 2024 NBA Eastern Conference first round series with the Miami Heat to take a commanding 3-1 lead at Kaseya Center on Monday night, but the win came at a cost. The Celtics lost star big man Kristaps Porzingis to what is being described as a calf strain, and could miss substantial time as a result. How does Porz…
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The postseason is not only on fire in the NBA but also internationally with EuroLeague Basketball. We speak with Evan Planchon, the Head of Digital Marketing at Euroleague Basketball. Justin goes in-depth with Evan about how EuroLeague works, the popularity of the league in Europe, its passionate fanbase, and the league’s relationship with the NBA.…
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The Boston Celtics let their fans down with a mediocre effort against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round series, the level of urgency reminiscent of a mid-December tilt of little consequence. Attacking the Celtics with a relentless assault from deep on one end, and denying the use of Kristaps Porzingis as a 'safety valve' on the other, B…
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The Boston Celtics played like a finely-tuned luxury car in their 114-94 blowout of the Miami Heat on Sunday in Game 1, and it was thanks in part to the addition of star big man Kristaps Porzingis this past offseason. To take stock of that Game 1 win, what we expect to see in Game 2, and a quick chat about Porzingis' luxury car collection (all Merc…
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The playoffs are in full gear and the Knicks have high expectations to advance far in the NBA Playoffs. Justin chats with The Associated Press’ Brian Mahoney about whether the Knicks can overcome the injury to Julius Randle and if New York is primed to make a huge run in the playoffs. Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twitter:@hoopsologypod In…
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The NBA is inching closer to a new, inevitable round of expansion, and based on what we have heard from league commissioner Adam Silver, it might not just be within the US and Canada. And while Mexico City might not be among the frontrunners, the growth of the league in popularity around the world will only continue to grow. What will NBA expansion…
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Matt goes into the lab solo as he provides a detailed preview of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Which teams did Matt pick to advance and will any upsets happen? Find out Matt’s picks for the first round of the NBA Playoffs! Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twitter:@hoopsologypod Instagram:@hoopsologypod Justin's Twitter: @JGHoopsology M…
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The momentum for women’s college basketball continues as the basketball world watched the WNBA Draft and is excited for the upcoming WNBA season. We welcome the Wall Street Journal’s Rachel Bachman onto Hoopsology to discuss how Caitlin Clark has affected the dynamic for the upcoming WNBA season, expectations for when she plays in the Olympics, the…
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The Boston Celtics' regular season is over, and the team is gearing up for the 2024 NBA Playoffs while waiting to hear back on whether any members of the organization will take home some hardware for their league-best season. But it is not just Boston in the title hunt this postseason suiting up with letters on the front that read "Celtics". The te…
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In this edition of Hoopsology Matt and Justin welcome tech expert Brian Tong to discuss how the recent release of the Apple Vision Pro will affect the NBA viewing experience. Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twitter:@hoopsologypod Instagram:@hoopsologypod Justin's Twitter: @JGHoopsology Matt's Twitter: @thetrainerstake Learn more about your a…
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We welcome back sportswriter for Ballislife, Sara Jane Gameli to discuss the state of gambling in the game of basketball, along with the growth of women’s college basketball. Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twitter:@hoopsologypod Instagram:@hoopsologypod Justin's Twitter: @JGHoopsology Matt's Twitter: @thetrainerstake Learn more about your a…
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The Boston Celtics own the best record in the NBA for the 2023-24 season and have an absurd 15-game lead over the next-closest team in the East, the Milwaukee Bucks. Records seem to be breaking on a regular basis, and we keep hearing about how this iteration of the Celtics are an all-time ball club. But do they have what it takes to win it all? And…
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ESPN’s Michael Eaves joins the show to discuss his favorite sports coverage moments, the rise of player media, the decline of journalism, the ascent of Caitlin Clark, and more! Be sure to catch Michael Eaves on Sportscenter! Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twitter:@hoopsologypod Instagram:@hoopsologypod Justin's Twitter: @JGHoopsology Matt's…
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Justin Goodrum welcomes back Wes Goldberg of the Locked On Heat Podcast to discuss how the Heat have been hammered with injuries all season, will Pat Riley pursue a reconstruction of the roster, whether Tyler Herro is better off with another team, and if gambling will harm the future of the NBA. Hoopsology is presented by Ballislife. Twitter:@hoops…
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