This week we focus on sports fans and are joined by not one, but two very special guests.
First, we talk with Hollywood royalty - actor Scott Caan, son of James and admittedly most known for his roll as Tweeder in Varsity Blues. (This is actually the second person from the film we have had on the show, having talked with director Mike Tollin back in October).
Scott is one of the official spokespeople for Monster.com's NFL Fandemonium initiative.
For the second year, "Monster and the NFL have teamed to find the DOF, this year expanding the promotion to allow fans to participate in deciding who becomes the next Director of Fandemonium. The DOF promotion inspires the most zealous football fans to compete for the dream “job” of serving as a fan ambassador for Monster and the NFL with special access at a series of marquee events throughout the 2010 NFL season."
The events in which the new DOF will have the opportunity to play a key role include:
- NFL Draft: Announce a pick at the 2010 NFL Draft (April 2010)
- NFL Kickoff: Act as backstage talent wrangler at the 2010 NFL Kickoff concert (September 2010)
- NFL International Series: Participate in on-field introductions at the 2010 International Series Game (October 2010)
- NFL Thanksgiving: Serve as an on-field broadcast liaison for the NFL Network 2010 Thanksgiving Game (November 2010)
- NFL Super Bowl: Join the coin toss ceremony at Super Bowl XLV (February 2011)
- NFL Pro Bowl: Select a play from the sidelines during the 2010 Pro Bowl (January/February 2011)
- Publish blog posts on NFL.com and meet with top NFL executives
You can vote for the DOF by clicking here.
We talk with Scott about his involvement with the program, his career and his own athletic upbringing.
Next we are joined by former Clinton White House, Congress staffer David Goodfriend who heads up the bi-partisan sports fan advocacy group, Sports Fan Coalition (SFC). The SFC is the American sports fan’s advocate in the Washington, D.C. public policy arena and around the country for a fair return to the fans for public resources used in sports; and fair access to sporting events at the game and in the media.
With David we talk about how and why it started, what its focus is, and who is it comprised of. We also discuss specific issues the coalition is addressing including the Comcast/NBC merger and blackouts, specifically in regard to how these things directly affect fan and whether the Coalition (as an extension of fans themselves) have real power in affecting the outcome of business decisions and public policy.
Goodfriend is also co-host of "Left Jab" on XM Satellite Radio and was a co-founder and EVP/General Counsel of Air America Radio.
This week's links of interest:
- NFL Department of Fandemonium
- Scott Caan IMDB
- Dallas 362
- Jim: The Author's Self-centered Memoir on the Great Jim Brown (James Toback)
- Sports Fan Coalition
- Sports Fan Coalition Is An Actual Thing Now (Deadspin)
- Left Jab Radio