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SportsBiz with Rashaad

SportsBiz with Rashaad

By Rashaad Ishmail
Welcome to SportsBiz with Rashaad! Join me on my journey as I try to break into the sports industry through interviews, conversations, and storytelling. We’ll go behind the scenes to explore the business side of sports with special guests from an array of different backgrounds. If you want to learn about having a career in the sports industry, this is the place to be!


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Joshua Grady: NFL Agent & Founder of Grady Sports Agency and Grady Media
What’s good! Today on the podcast we’ve got Joshua Grady, current NFL Agent & Founder of Grady Sports Agency and Grady Media. Joshua is the perfect example of a young entrepreneur who is paving the way for future generations. He is the host of his very own Agent Talk podcast where he drops gems on all things football, investing, marriage, fatherhood, and God. You’re going to wanna tap into this episode and give this young man a listen. I promise you’ll be inspired to take control of your life and pursue nothing but greatness.
June 29, 2021
David Karasek: Founder & CEO at Tribe of Athletes
Switzerland? Olympics? Yessirrrrrr!!! Today’s episode features David Karasek, the Founder and CEO at Tribe of Athletes. David is a former Olympic swimmer who competed in the London 2012 Summer games. Since then, David has moved back to Zurich, where he is an online mindset coach who helps athletes with their mental game. He shares extremely powerful messages on the pod today, and it’s one that you WON’T want to miss!
June 8, 2021
Lauren Walsh: Founder and President of LW Branding
I’m super excited to share this episode that was actually recorded back in March. Lauren Walsh, the Founder and President of LW Branding, joins me to talk about her entrepreneurial journey through the world of sports. LW Branding is a boutique branding and marketing agency that specializes in working with professional athletes and influential thought leaders. Lauren shares her personal experiences and provides some great insights, especially for females looking to break into the industry. Be sure to check out the website as well at
May 25, 2021
Aaron Locks: CEO & Founder of the National Academy of Athletics
We’re back with the SECOND collaboration of the season. This time, Aaron Locks, the CEO & Founder of the National Academy of Athletics joins me as part of his “Talk, Teach, Play” series. We chat about creating a career in youth sports, coaching, and the shape of the industry going forward. Be sure to check out the website as well at
April 6, 2021
Arjan Dhillon: Incoming MBA/MSA Candidate at Ohio University
Joining me on this episode is incoming MBA/MSA Dual Degree Student at Ohio University, Arjan Dhillon. I wanted to bring Arjan on as the perfect example of someone like me who is chasing his dreams of working in the NFL, even coming from a country with no NFL teams. Arjan has a ton of great intern experience with multiple, globally recognized sports and entertainment firms and he brings a unique student perspective to the podcast this week. Be sure to check out the website as well at
March 23, 2021
SML Sidelines Podcast Collaboration
We're BACK! Season 2. Let's get it! We've got a special episode to kick-off this season as Louis DiNunzio from the Sports Management Laurier Sidelines Podcast joins me for a collaboration. We talk about our backgrounds in sports, give some advice on how to break in the industry, and even chat about some of our favourite teams. I enjoyed recording this episode and I hope y'all are looking forward to an exciting season 2!  Be sure to check out the website as well at  ---  Music: 'Wasting Time' by Sapajou & Yorgo H   Free download:
March 9, 2021
Armaan Ahluwalia: Manager of Business Analytics, Kansas City Chiefs
As we wrap up our inaugural season with the final interview of 2020, I want to say a huge thank you to all of those who have taken the time to listen, review, and leave feedback on the podcast so far. Obviously, I had to end off the year with a bang, so joining me is the Manager of Business Analytics for the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs AND fellow Canadian, Armaan Ahluwalia! He shares his unique journey going from Winnipeg to Halifax to San Diego and eventually, to Kansas City. If you enjoyed listening to Armaan, check out his new podcast on all platforms, Sports Business Strategy.
December 15, 2020
Sam Robertson: Assistant Coach, Barrie Jr. Sharks (PWHL)
Episode 10 today! We’re back with another guest, this time from the Barrie Jr. Sharks of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League in Ontario, Canada. Sam Robertson, the Assistant Coach, joins me to talk about his experiences to get where he is today, and his goals for the future. Sam also currently serves as a Small Business Advisor at Scotiabank, so he has a wide range of transferable skills that he has brought with him to the game of ice hockey. Tune in to hear Sam’s journey!
December 1, 2020
Lindsey Ok: NFL Blogger & Analyst
What’s good! We are back with another episode today, and another special guest. Joining me is NFL Blogger & Analyst, Lindsey Ok. We are going to talk about working on the social media side of sports and the challenges that come with it. We also touch on strategies to better market your brand over social media platforms. I hope you enjoy our conversation!
November 17, 2020
First Solo: Podcast & Life Updates
WHAT'S UP!!! I hope everyone is having a great day so far! I wanted to take some time to record my first solo episode today, with no guests and no interviews. I thought it would be a good chance to share how the podcast is going so far, and also update y'all on what's going on in my life and my journey towards breaking into the sports industry. If you enjoy, please leave a like, comment, subscribe, review, whatever it may be! I'd also appreciate any positive or negative feedback on the podcast so far. Thank you all for the continued support! 
November 3, 2020
Shafiq Vallani: Player Agent & Advisor, Gryphon Sports Management
Shafiq Vallani is the Founder of Gryphon Sports Management, an ice hockey player agency and advisory firm. He also currently serves as a Senior Partner in Advisory Services at BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada). Tune in to this episode to hear Shafiq speak on his entrepreneurial journey, the positive impacts that working another job can provide, and the current landscape of ice hockey around the world.
October 20, 2020
Rachel Farrell: Fan & Partner Marketing, NFL Canada
On this episode, Rachel Farrell, the Associate Manager of Fan and Partner Marketing at NFL Canada, joins me to discuss her journey from an intern at TSN to NFL Canada. She talks about the opportunities that she has had within the NFL, shares her pathway to NFL Canada, and explains what it’s truly like to work for a major sports league.
October 6, 2020
Kiana Scott: First Female OHL Scout, Erie Otters
Kiana Scott, the first-ever female scout in the OHL, and a person of colour, joins me to talk about her journey in a male-dominated industry. Scott begins her scouting career with the Erie Otters. She is a young, bold, and hardworking individual who has a bright future ahead of her.
September 22, 2020
Fantasy Football Preview with Chad Smith, Co-Host of PGF Podcast
As the NFL season rapidly approaches, along comes many Fantasy Football drafts. Struggling on who to pick this year? On this episode, I am joined by Chad Smith, the Co-Host of Pint Glass Football Podcast and someone who I refer to as an "unofficial" fantasy football expert. He breaks down three different draft strategies, talks about the impact of COVID-19, and shares his favourite picks from Quarterback to Tight End. 
September 8, 2020
Mike Wendling: Director of Event Services & Housekeeping, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Mike Wendling, the current Director of Event Services & Housekeeping for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, joins me on the podcast to share his unique path towards working in sports. He talks about taking a year off to teach children in Belize, gives his opinion on the debate over paying student-athletes, and explains what it’s like to work in collegiate athletics.
September 1, 2020
Haley Armstong: NCAA Student-Athlete, Indiana University
On this episode, I catch up with an old friend from high school, Haley Armstrong. Currently, Haley is a sophomore at Indiana University and plays for the Women's Volleyball team, competing in the NCAA's Big 10 Conference. She talks about her transition from secondary school to college, offers insight into the life of a student-athlete, and provides inspiration and advice for those who are pursuing similar experiences. 
August 25, 2020
Intro to SportsBiz with Rashaad
Welcome to the very first episode of #SportsBiz with Rashaad! Today, I get asked a series of questions so that you can all learn more about me. Keeping it simple, straightforward, and to the point, you'll be listening to my life experiences so far, while gaining a deeper understanding of my driving factors behind creating this podcast. Hope you enjoy!  ---  Check out the website and support on all platforms:
August 18, 2020
SportsBiz with Rashaad (Trailer)
Welcome to SportsBiz with Rashaad! Join me on my journey as I try to break into the sports industry through interviews, conversations, and storytelling. We’ll go behind the scenes to explore the business side of sports with special guests from an array of different backgrounds. If you want to learn about having a career in the sports industry, this is the place to be!
August 9, 2020