Dave Meltzer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, a sports marketing agency and consultancy started in 2010 with Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon. Earlier in his career, Dave was a technology executive at Westlaw, Thomson Reuters, and Accenture, and he helped Samsung launch the world’s first smartphone. Dave is the author of two books, a highly sought keynote speaker, and philanthropist.
In this episode, we discuss how the democratization of media is hurting traditional broadcasters like ESPN and why the rise of fantasy sports has led to a greater emphasis on personal branding for athletes over traditional team promotion. We also debate the future of esports and how traditional media monetization approaches can be applied to professional gaming.
Finally, Dave explains that after achieving career and financial success in his 20s, he made some big mistakes and lost almost everything. But from that experience, he learned to be kind to his future self and discovered four key principles: gratitude, empathy, accountability, and effective communication. Today, he preaches “compassionate capitalism” by incorporating a charitable cause into everything he does.
James Creech is the Creator & Host of All Things Video, the first podcast dedicated to uncovering the past and charting the future of the online video ecosystem. He is also the Co-Founder & CEO of Paladin, the essential influencer management platform for media companies, brands, and agencies.