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Mic Drop

The Official Podcast of The Dallas Sports Commission. L.A. has its movie stars, Nashville its country troubadours and Detroit is the motor city. In Dallas we do sports… and we do it unlike anywhere in the country. From its iconic teams, state-of-the-art venues, larger than life owners and athletes, to a sports marketing community that is shaping the way sports will be consumed in the 21st century, Dallas is the true Silicon Valley of the sports world. Join hosts Monica Paul and Kevin Sullivan as they pull back the curtain on this vibrant community and talk to the legendary athletes and business visionaries leading a sports marketing revolution. Every show will have something you won’t want to miss. Every episode will be a Mic Drop.

Why Dallas is a prime city for global sports

Vice President of SUM International Properties, Pablo Zarate gives fans an insight on why the MexTour chose Dallas as one of their U.S. stops & how Dallas has become a premier soccer destination; Dallas Jackals player Jeremy Lenaerts gives listeners an inside look at the day in the life of a rugby player & why Dallas is a prime city to host the Rugby World Cup; Univision Sports Anchor Pedro Silva takes a deep dive into the success of FC Dallas & how Dallas has positioned itself to host a major 2026 World Cup match.

Around the Diamond

Big 12 Conference Assistant Director of Media Relations David Waxman dives into the loaded bracket for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, why the 2023 Women’s Final Four will be iconic & sprinkles luck on the Mavs; Texas Rangers Foundation Executive Director Karin Morris highlights their TexGala featuring Darius Rucker, how fans can be involved in their Hall of Fame luncheon & the growth of youth baseball in the DFW; The Ticket’s Ty Walker gives his take on the Mavs Western Conference Finals series & how the Rangers are turning around their season.

All about the AT&T Byron Nelson

Choctaw Nation Director of Gaming & Brand Partnerships Erica Kosemund joins us for a live interview from the AT&T Byron Nelson and gives us a glimpse into what to expect this week; AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament Chair Clay Duvall gives a behind the scenes look of what goes into the yearly planning of the tournament, how they raised $163 million for Momentous Institute, and why fans should be ecstatic about the first sell-out since 2008; CBS 11 anchor Keith Russell gives a breakdown of the loaded AT&T Byron Nelson field & the best advice he’s received in the industry.

Summer Sports Special

Natalie Jenkins on how the College Football Playoff Foundation continues to grow, why teacher appreciation week is so important & who she would sit down to receive advice from; American Airlines Center General Manager Dave Brown pulls back the curtain on how the venue navigates the Mavs & Stars home games during the playoffs, how many concerts are coming back to the AAC & what fans can look forward to for 2023; WFAA Sports Anchor Joe Trahan breaks down why Cowboys fans should remain patient, who can hoist the trophy at the Byron Nelson & his insight on the Mavs & Stars playoff run.

The Dallas Stars Are Playoff Bound!

Tom Dunmore of Major League Cricket dives into why Dallas is the perfect place to grow one of the most popular global sports, bringing the T-20 World Cup to the USA in 2024 & how big cricket can become in the U.S.; Dallas Stars play-by-play voice Josh Bogorad pulls back the curtain on how he broke into sports broadcasting, why the Stars can have a successful playoff run & the Hall of Fame trajectory Jason Robertson is on.

Texas Rangers & Robots!

Bob Mimlitch on why VEX Robotics picked Dallas as their home for the championships & how robots can improve the sports landscape; Texas Rangers General Manager Chris Young dives into the revamped Rangers, what fans can expect of their promising future & what makes Chris Woodwarda fit for the Rangers; WFAA Sports Anchor Jonah Javad gives his prediction on who might surprise fans at the AT&T Byron Nelson & what he learned from Dale Hansen.

The Biggest Boxing Bout is in Dallas

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman on why AT&T Stadium is the perfect venue for boxing; how Errol Spence Jr. is the “Miracle Man” & sells fans on the sport of boxing; Professional Boxing Trainer Derrick James breaks down the art of boxing, how Errol Spence Jr. reminds him of Sugar Ray Leonard & their routine before walking out to the bright lights; Dallas Morning News Sports Writer Calvin Watkins drops his insight on the Errol Spence Jr. & Derrick James relationship & how Jerry Jones is a money making machine.

Dallas Mavs Mania!

Glen Leitzke gives insight on how Dallas became a volleyball hot bed and the arrival of the Lone Star Classic; Mavs CEO Cynthia Marshall shares her excitement around the Mavs clinching their playoff spot, her journey on becoming the CEO, and how she plans to turn Dallas blue; Chuck Cooperstein makes the case for Jason Kidd to win Coach of The Year and how far the Mavs can go in the playoffs.

Why WrestleMania Week Does Wonders!

Dallas Cup Executive Director Peter Davis breaks down the legacy of the Dallas Cup for fans, what they can expect from the international field & the business of soccer; The Ringer WWE guru David Shoemaker pulls back the curtain on WrestleMania for fans & his predictions on the two day event; The Dallas Morning News’ WWE scribe Joey Hayden sells fans on why WrestleMania is one of the biggest events in the world & how they can fall in love with wrestling.

How the CFP & Big 12 Thrive in Dallas

College Football Playoff Director of Public Events & Sponsorships Ryan Allen Hall on why the CFP has an advantage being located in Dallas & the inside scoop on the business of the CFP National Championship; Big 12 Senior Associate Commissioner of Communications Bob Burda dives into why fans should be excited about the Big 12 Baseball Championship coming to Globe Life Field & the future after conference realignment; Ben Rogers gives MFFL’s insight on Luka Doncic & the Mavs.

Take a trip around the Metroplex and more!

Athletes Unlimited Volleyball returns to Dallas and Molly McCage sells the Dallas community on why they should hit Fair Park for some of the best volleyball in the world; Dallas Wings guard Moriah Jefferson drops her hot take on March Madness and why Dallas is the perfect city to host the 2023 Women’s Final Four; Richie Whitt dives into the importance of mental health, why Cowboys fans should be furious and an interesting DFW stat on March Madness.

Media Legends & March Madness

Dallas media legend Randy Galloway takes listeners down a trip to memory lane on building relationships within the Dallas Mavericks organization & his hot take on the Dallas Cowboys; NCAA Managing Director of Brands & Strategy, Gina Lehe gives students a gem of advice on how to break into the sports industry & the present & future of the NCAA; Dallas Stars analyst Daryl “Razor” Reaugh dives into the Stars playoff push & their “Hokey Pokey” approach.

Why DFW is the center of the universe

SVP and GM at Texas Motorspeedway, Rob Ramage gives listeners a breakdown of all things coming to TMS this spring; Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith talks Cowboys, why he chose No. 34 as his NASCAR car number, what to expect from him in the upcoming Club Corp Classic and why DFW is the center of the universe; Assistant editor of D CEO magazine and keeper of D Magazine’s prestigious Dallas 500 list, Ben Swanger dives into robot quarterbacks and why eSports are booming in Dallas.

Moody Magic, Luka Magic & Shaq’s Magic

Did you know Rolando Blackman & SMU’s head coach Tim Jankovich played together at Kansas State? Tim Jankovich gives listeners a behind the scenes story of their experience at K State & the secret behind Moody Magic; Former NBA player & head coach Avery Johnson dives into how far Luka Magic can take the Mavs, his new business venture & his one-on-one with Shaq; The Big Aristotle Shaquille O’Neal drops his take on Dirk’s legacy after being named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team.

Get to know the Dallas sports landscape

NCA Varsity VP Justin Carrier gives listeners an insight on why Dallas is a cheerleading hotbed, how cheerleading is one of the most competitive sports & his connection with Beyonce; the AT&T Byron Nelson will be at full capacity for 2022 & tournament director Jon Drago breaks down the fan experience, who to expect in the field of play & where Dallas ranks as a golf destination; as the Dallas Stars make a push for the playoffs & Bruce LeVine explains why this is their “Last Dance” without Michael Jordan.

The Case for Dallas’ 2026 World Cup Bid

Soccer fans get to know FC Dallas’ new head coach Nico Estévez & what to expect from the ‘22 campaign; Kansas City Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt provides sports business insight & explains the legacy the World Cup will leave in the U.S.; FC Dallas made many offseason changes, The Striker FC Dallas beat reporter Jon Arnold, dives into why the changes were essential to the teams' success & how Mic Drop listeners can become soccer fans.

ATP Dallas Open is coming to the DFW Metroplex

UFC, USA Triathlon & Major League Rugby athletes all use ICON Meals, and CEO Todd Abrams explains how the DFW fitness community can benefit from eating them too; the first professional tennis tournament since 1985, returns to Dallas with the ATP Dallas Open next week, John Isner highlights what fans can expect at SMU, why he moved to Dallas & the impact of The Isner Family Foundation to the Dallas community; with the NBA Trade Deadline approaching, The Dallas Morning News’ Brad Townsend gives insight on what the Dallas Mavericks could do in the trade market.

The Jackals are coming

PGA Champions Tour golfer Mark Calcavecchia on playing in the ClubCorp Classic at Las Colinas Country Club, how his swing is looking & playing a round with various celebrities; Dallas Jackals President Scott Sonju introduces the DFW metroplex to Major League Rugby, their unique traditions & Dallas’ Rugby World Cup bid; The Athletic’s Dallas Stars writer Saad Yousaf highlights the Stars winning streak, the moves the Stars could make at the trade deadline & The New York Times buying The Athletic.

Sports Media Mania!

ESPN tennis analyst Brad Gilbert dives into the return of professional tennis to Dallas, the ATP Dallas Open field & why SMU tennis complex is the perfect venue to experience a tennis tournament; The Ringer Podcast host and CFPF ambassador Rachel Lindsay highlights her media career, being a CFP Extra Yard For Teachers ambassador & her new book “Miss Me With That”; The Ticket host George Dunham dissects the Dallas Cowboys & what’s next for America’s Team

New Year, New Sports Roundtable

Mike Flaskey talks about the Club Corp Classic, the newest PGA Tour Champions stop, the plan to impact the DFW community & the celebrities vying to get a tee time; SMU’s new football head coach Rhett Lashlee on the new Mustang culture, how Dallas has an advantage in recruiting & his message to the Dallas community; The Dallas Morning News sports columnist Tim Cowlishaw reviews Dirk’s jersey retirement ceremony, analyzes the Dallas Cowboys struggles & drops his CFP Championship predictions.

The 86th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

Goodyear General Manager of Brand Marketing Todd Macsuga details what the famous Goodyear Blimp ride is like, their partnership extension with the Cotton Bowl Classic & the 7 foot, 200 pound tire art of “Big Al” & “Bearcat”; The Dallas Morning News assistant sports editor Scott Bell breaks down the College Football Playoff Semi-Final matchups & the Dallas Cowboys clicking at the right time.

A Dallas Sports Holiday Present

WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre dives into WrestleMania coming to North Texas, their community initiatives & how he reached the top of his game with WWE; Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler dives into Bowl Season, the impact of bowl games in the DFW metroplex & his favorite bowl memories; Bally Sports Mavs Analyst Brian Dameris breaks down the Mavs moves, the outlook of team moving forward & how he ended up with the Larry O’Brien trophy after the 2011 championship.

It Is Bowl Season

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Chief Marketing Officer Michael Konradi pulls back the curtain on the 86th year of the Cotton Bowl & their first time hosting a No. 1 seed; Dallas Mavericks VP of Gaming & Youth Basketball Greg Nared stops by to discuss the future of esports, the craze around the NBA 2k league & the future of the Mavs; Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Mac Engel dives into the Sonny Dykes whirlwind, the Texas Rangers backing up the Brinks truck & drops his College Football Playoff predictions.

November Madness!

NCAA VP of Women’s Basketball Lynn Holzman on bringing men's & women's March Madness to the same market & the state of women's college basketball; Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown on Brian Kelly’s shocking move to leaving Notre Dame & ‘The Perfect 10’; The Ticket host Corby Davidson on the Rangers spending spree & Lincoln Riley’s departure to USC.

Stars, Fishing & Mavs!

Dallas Stars President & CEO Brad Alberts on the NHL’s initiative Hockey Fights Cancer & the fans rocking the AAC; Major League Fishing Senior Director Events & Partnerships Michael Mulone on the DFW’s lakes & the exclusive TV show in Dallas that airs in 2022; Dallas Mavs Digital Content Manager Bobby Karalla on Luka Doncic & where the Mavs are headed this season.

The Most Stupendous Two Nights!

Dallas Cowboys EVP & Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones on the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl hopes, WrestleMania 38 & bringing the World Cup to Dallas; WWE EVP of Special Events John Saboor highlights “The most stupendous two-night WrestleMania in history” & his memories from WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium; WWE Hall of Fame Superstar Jimmy Hart on WrestleMania 38 & why it is the greatest event in sports entertainment.

Commanders’ Classic & Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys analyst Babe Laufenberg takes a deep dive into the Dallas Cowboys success, their offensive firepower & Dallas Stars’ Hockey Fights Cancer; 3x Super Bowl Champion Chad Hennings on Globe Life Field hosting their first college football game in the Commanders’ Classic this weekend; Mavs in-house DJ Poizon Ivy on the bringing the music to all of Dallas & the American Airlines Center.

Food, FIFA & More Food

Dallas Food Championships President & CEO Mike McCloud on bringing chefs across the country to Fair Park & what makes Dallas so unique to host the championships; AT&T Stadium Director of Booking Events Delanie Foley on a successful FIFA visit & inside the various events at AT&T Stadium; Dallas News’ Sarah Blaskovich on the life of a restaurant reporter & Dallas as a national food destination.

Fútbol Week In Dallas

Djorn Buchholz on bringing the National Soccer Hall of Fame to North Texas & Dallas’ bid to host the World Cup in 2026, Rick Hart on the rise of SMU athletics & hosting the Dallas Open, Abraham Nudelstejer on the significance of FIFA World Cup memories & Ricardo Pepi.

The 100th Guest!

Dallas Marathon President & CEO Paul Lambert on the 50th anniversary of the BMW Dallas Marathon, Disney to Dallas & the future of Run Dallas; Publisher & President of the Dallas Morning News Grant Moise on the state of digital news, the Dallas Cowboys & growth of eSports; Dallasites 101 co-founder Lily Kramlich-Taylor on promoting food, live events & entertainment in Dallas.

Red Bull Gives You Wheels

Aaron Colton on the Red Bull Show Run in Dallas, no handed wheelies & building bikes; Braden Holtby on the Stars season outlook & his Stanley Cup experience; Jean-Jacques Taylor on Micah Parsons & Trevon Diggs bursting onto the scene and why he thinks the Cowboys are off to such a successful start.

Ready, Set, Race.

Christie Meyer Johnson on the Stampede of Speed at the Texas Motorplex; Mavs Assistant GM Michael Finley on the revamped coaching staff, Luka Doncic & his '07 Finals experience; Radio legend Norm Hitzges on the Cowboys & the secret behind his long career.

State Fair Classic Preview

Al Walsh talks Grambling & Prairie View A&M in the State Fair Classic; Todd Krumholz on working with Prime Time and the evolving Dallas sports marketing environment; Donovan Lewis previews the Ryder Cup and talks dominoes.

Howdy Folks

State Fair of Texas President Mitchell Glieber on the return of the Fletchers Corny Dog & iconic college football rivalries during the Fair; College Football Playoff Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky talks Extra Yard for Teachers Week & The Big Day; Fort Worth Star Telegram's Clarence Hill Jr. on the Cowboys' banged-up defense & UT's football's struggles.

Cowboys Kickoff

National Football Foundation's Steve Hatchell on the future of the sport and the ongoing Big 12 drama; Al Montoya talks his new position with the Stars & how he plans to grow hockey in the Latinx community; Bob Sturm on the Ryder Cup, staffing up Troy Aikman and everybody's favorite Long Island vampires.

College Football is back!

Bowl Season Executive Director Nick Carparelli on the return of full slate of bowl games and leadership lessons from Bill Belichick; FC Dallas VP Gina Miller on new star Ricardo Pepi & bringing the World Cup to Dallas; Ben Rogers on Rollertown Brewery & the meeting with Dirk that led to his signature beer, "The Big German".

Episode 28: 20 Years at AAC

AAC GM Dave Brown on the building's 20th anniversary, his favorite moments & Frank Siniatra; Dr. James Beckett on the Topps-MLB imbroglio and the $6.6 million sale of a Honus Wagner card; Meredith Land on reflections on her visit to Afghanistn and trying to moderate a conversation between President Bush & Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Gold Medal Week

Ellipsis Digital President Josh Fagan on the ever-changing NFT landscape; Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray on bringing gold back to Dala & her prediction on her WNBA 2K rating; The Mom Game's Julie Dobbs on the Stars' off-season & Hard Knocks.

Episode 26: Hut Hut

The Original 88 - Drew Pearson on his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; Marc Stein on Luka's massive 5-year, $207M contract extension plus soccer & tennis in Dallas; John Rhadigan on the Rangers rebuild & the ramifications of meeting of John Grisham.

Hall of Fame week in Dallas

John Tatum on sports marketing post pandemic; Rick "Goose" Gosselin on why it took so long for Drew, Cliff and Jimmy to make it to Canton; CBS 11 sports anchor Keith Russell on HOF remarks over/unders and horror movie picks.

J. Kidd Plus The SEC Scramble

Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Jason Kidd on his third go around in Dallas & Luka; Kevin Sherrington on Texas & OU moving to the SEC; Sam Gannon on Oklahoma's biggest rivalry & the Olympics.

Big D Summer Sports Storylines

Mike Rhyer on the state of play with the Cowboys, Mavs, Stars and Rangers; Chris Ivy on the booming NFT market and Heritage Auctions' billion dollar year; Steve Davis thoughts on CONCACAF

Troy Aikman, Cowboys & Mavs

No. 8 talks year 21 with FOX, Dak expectations and his typing prowess; Jane Slater on what to look for as Cowboys camp starts; Mark Followill on CONCACAF and Mavs makeover.

A Hard Knock Life

Charean Williams joins to talk HBO's Hard Knocks again choosing the Cowboys to feature on the long-running docuseries; Larry Lundy on his long career, the NBA's Disney Bubble and the state of diversity hiring in the sports industry; Chuck Morgan on walk up music at Globe Life Field -- and his memories of filming "The Rookie."

Fourth of July Sports Grab Bag

CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock talks potential Playoff expansion and Olympic memories; Mavs voice Chuck Cooperstein on a wild few weeks; Laura Harris talks heading to Tokyo to anchor NBC 5 coverage.

30 Days Until Tokyo!

Molly Solomon, NBC Olympics coverage chief, talks the upcoming games and what you need to know before tuning in; The Ticket’s Mark Elfenbein on a crazy two weeks for the Mavericks.

Big Week In Big D Sports

Sully & Monica talk Mavs moves; Chuck Carlton on the CFP's 12-team playoff proposal; Mark Mclemore says MLB is wrong for coming down hard on pitchers; Jim Nill's offseason plans for the Stars.

Sports Tech Talk

Geoff Moore on Team Envy and worldwide boom in e-sports; Entrepreneur Danyel Surrency Jones talks bringing tech and innovation to athletic training with POWERHANDZ; The Athletic's Saad Yousuf looks ahead at the big summer for both the Stars and Mavs.

Hansen-palooza

Dale Hansen joins Sully and Monica to talk retirement; The Ringer's Bryan Curtis helps contextualize Hansen's legendary career; Emily Jones recals how Sharon Stone got her into big trouble.

Mavs up 2-0!

Brad Townsend on the Mavs wrestling control of Round 1; Spud Webb on what he's seen in first two games and his unforgettable career; Big time tennis returns to the region in the form of the Dallas Open.

World Cup Fever

There's Han Solo and Hope Solo - this week we add Monica Solo as she drives the ship alone while Sully is at the PGA; Monica talks World Cup wih FC Dallas President Dan Hunt and Univision's Pedro Silva.

Cowboys Top Forbes List...Again!

Darren Woodson on the enduring value of the Star. Salesmanship Club President Mike McKinley talks Momentous Institute, the reigning PGA Tour Charity of the Year. Newy Scruggs on how his 5 year plan to return to LA became a two decades and counting in Big D. #bevokal @micdropdallas @dallas_sports @darrenwoodson28 @newyscruggs

AT&T Byron Nelson Week

Jon Drago previews the tournament's move to TPC Craig Ranch; Pudge Rodriguez on pizza, coffee and catching; Skin Wade weighs in on Mavs & Cowboys.

NFL Draft Day 2021

Draft talk - and other topics - with Charles Haley and Babe Laufenberg; Natalie Jenkins on the larger role women are playing in sports marketing. #bevokal @babelaufenberg @charleshaley94

Episode 10 - The Beautiful Game

CONCACAF Gold Cup is headed to North Texas; FC Dallas Technical Director, Andre Zanotta, breaks down how soccer transfers work; Lady Magic, Nancy Lieberman; Stars beat writer Matt DeFranks. #bevokal @dallas_sports @MicDropDallas @nancylieberman

100 Days to Tokyo

Dedra DeLilli, Toyota's global Olympic sponsorship lead, talks the upcoming summer games; Ro Blackman recalls the 1980 Olympic boycott; Could Jimmy Johnson coach a Premier League club? Mike Doocy weighs in. #micdrop #bevokal #olympics #paralympics #legend @MikeDoocyFox4

Sic 'Em Bears

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby on Baylor's historic run; Lance Barrow talks Masters & the 25th anniversary of Tin Cup; Kristi Scales tackles Cowboys draft. #micdrop @micdropdallas @big12conference @baylormbb @themasters

Episode 7 - "Maybe... YES, SIR" w/Verne Lundquist

35th anniversary of Jack's Masters Miracle with Verne; Major League Rugby Commish George Killebrew; Chris Arnold on being a Hype Man in the age of Covid.

Episode 6 - Take me out to Globe Life Field.

Eric Nadel gives his thoughts on Rangers 2021 and Hulu's "In and Of itself"; Sean Decker and Bryan Trubey on Globe Life Field and how modern sports venues are birthed; Joe Trahan talk golf and Muhammad Ali.

Ep. 5 - Happy Gilmore's dream pod: A little stick & puck, a little club and fairway.

Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco details a fabled team prank known as "The San Jose Job"; Sandy Cross on the PGA's big move to North Texas; Mavs voice Mark Followill & Sully talk Shawn Bradley.

Ep.4: College Football Playoff; World Cup talk; Dak's new deal

College Football Playoff COO Andrea Williams stops by to chat about her career path and Dallas taking a leading role in the college football world; Andy Swift and Gordon Jago talk Dallas' World Cup chances; Brad Sham breaks down Dak's new deal.

Episode 3

Panini VP Jason Howarth stops by to talk about that Luka card that recently sold for $4.6 million, the NBA Top Shot phenomenon and why everyone should be investing in trading cards. Dallas Wings HC Vickie Johnson makes her pitch for the Dallas Wings and DFW as a marquee WNBA destination. And Athletes Unlimited Volleyball star Molly McCage tells us what she loves about the new all female pro volleyball league... and what she is downloading this week!

Episode 2

FOX Sunday NFL host, Curt Menefee stops by and shares his wisdom for the next generataion trying to break into sports broadcasting. UNT & Dallas Texans legend Abner Haynes and Dallas Cowboys LB, Jaylon Smith share stories on how football has allowed them to become champions for their communities. David Moore, from the Dallas Morning News makes an appearance.

Episode 1 - Welcome to the Mic Drop!

Episode 1: ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy talks Luka Doncic and his international appeal, and Dallas Stars President Brad Alberts speaks to the sports marketing landscape during the pandemic and how Stars fans defy national expectations. Appearance by the Old Grey Wolf himself, Mike Rhyner.