Episode 44: Rich and Gianni go one on one to talk about the NBA playoffs, WNBA star, Sabrina Ionescu, the success of Lebron James' agent, Rich Paul, and the firestorm around Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open.
In this episode, Rich and Gianni have lots to discuss. In a week of major headlines, they get into Naomi Osaka’s decision not to do media interviews at the French Open, which led to a fine, and ultimately to her decision to withdraw. Rich and Gianni tackle the complex sides of her decision, and what it means for one of the world's most influential athletes to declare her mental health a priority over competing in an event. They also give props to super agent, Rich Paul of UTA/Klutch Sports, following the New Yorker’s deep-dive on how he's impacted the business of basketball and helped fuel the player empowerment movement. They also chat about recent developments in the Crypto and collectibles space, and tease a big announcement on Sabrina Ionescu’s collab with Boardroom. Rich also gets personal, talking about challenging periods in his own life that have given him far greater empathy for people, including rich athletes, contending with mental health challenges. And of course, Rich and Gianni marvel at KD's performance in the playoffs, and the Nets tougher matchups going forward.
Episode 43: Claressa Shields, the 2x Olympic Gold medalist and pro boxing legend, on making her debut as an MMA fighter on ESPN.
Episode 45: Al Harrington, former NBA player and Founder/CEO of Viola Brands, the only black-owned multinational cannabis company.
About The Show
Boardroom: Out of Office brings fans inside the careers and conversations of some of the world's most fascinating thought leaders, including entrepreneurs, athletes, and entertainers. Host Rich Kleiman brings out never-before-heard stories, career trajectories, and key pieces of advice that only come from the kinds of discussions held out of the office.