Kevin Tarca will teach you how to navigate the challenges of the competitive sports business world, starting with the basketball industry. Kevin is the Founder of Kreation Talent Agency, a boutique sports management firm which specializes in representing professional basketball players. Kevin has spent the last several years immersing himself in basketball cultures all over the globe and continues to build the foundation for the agency of his dreams. This podcast will take you along with Kevin on his entrepreneurial journey to battle through the adversity he faces in this competitive industry.
We are backkkk! Heading into summer full speed ahead. Yesterday I finalized a contract for a KTA client. Today I'll join hundreds of college coaches at the Hun School in NJ for some live high school hoops. Here is exactly what I'm doing today...
It’s easy to forget that this is a business. I didn’t come into the business to make friends. If it ends up that way, great!
Your friends are there to tell you how great you are and what you want to hear. I’m here to tell you what you need to hear.
We’ve officially passed 25,000 downloads of Sports Business Secrets! So cool. Not sure what that really means… but I do know that people tune in from 78 countries around the world to hear me talk about my journey. And for that I’m grateful! 🙏
Happy Friday my friends! Every contract negotiation I am involved with allows me to get better at my job. I learn from every single situation.
I told you I'd fill you in on the details of one of those experiences, so as promised, here you go.
Let's go! As I grow my agency and continue to represent professional basketball players, I'm pumped to introduce you to The European Basketball Advisory Group!
This is a non-profit initiative with the aim to increase the overall professionalism in the sport of basketball in Europe. We will serve as the connectors between basketball and business.
There are so many things in this world that we as humans don't know. Even if you are an expert in your field, there are still things you can learn.
When you don't know something, embrace it! Here's what I mean...
Today were joined by a director from FIBA Europe, Radmila Turner!
Radmila dives into the resources that FIBA provides for current players, the purpose of the TIMEOUT program, and some exciting new projects coming out soon!
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Today we have the Euroleague Championship and many other leagues overseas will finish up shortly. I'm also gearing up for a two week road trip!! Here is exactly what I'm doing today.
Today we hear from professional basketball coach, David Gale! We talk about his playing days at Loyola Chicago to all of his stops in the NBA to his most recent experience leading a team in the first division of Lithuania!
Today we bring on another agent, who also happens to be the CEO of his company. Drew started OMS in 2018 and currently represents about 50 players around the world!
We discuss the talent in JUCO & NAIA's, agency business models, showcase events & more!
Today we head over to Hungary to chat with professional basketball coach & scout, Mate Jakab!
You'll learn about the style of play in their professional leagues, which imports have succeeded there, and more about Mate's coaching journey!
Another trip up to North Jersey! Today is a brand partnerships & marketing focused day mixed with a few overseas contract situations. Exciting weekend coming up! Here is exactly what I'm working on today.
Today we talk with Menelik Fernandes, who is a Canadian college basketball coach. We discuss the differences between College and University sports, the balance between entrepreneurship and coaching, and what changes he hopes to see in Canadian hoops moving forward!
The only way to get better at negotiating is through experience. Trust me, I've learned the hard way! Today I'll talk about a few key principles that I've learned about negotiating contracts as an agent.
In the past, the main role of an agent was to procure and negotiate contracts. In 2021 the list of benefits that players expect is a dramatically longer list. Here is a current challenge that I am facing as a boutique agency...
Another KTA Client Highlight! Today you’ll hear about D.J. McCall's career from college until today. I talk about the recruiting process before he joined KTA and then touch on why he will be successful not just on the court, but in life!
Today we head down to sunny Florida to chat with Coach Billy Clapper!
Billy talks about transitioning from coaching at the college level to landing at IMG Academy in Florida. He is also the GM of Sideline Cancer, who is gearing up for the 2021 TBT event!
Today were joined by the one and only Carlon Brown! We talk about his transition from college to being a pro, the grind in the G-League, how he “flipped the switch” overseas and much more.
If you’re looking for a guy who has experienced it all and need someone to keep it real with you, look no further!
Carlon is the Founder of PointAdvising and currently the Head Coach of Glendale Prep in Arizona.
Alright people, we have finally reached episode 200! That is 200 days straight, I’m pumped!
Today I talk about some of the things I’ve learned, the most downloaded episodes and, as always, what is on the agenda for KTA!
Today we venture over to one of my favorite cities in the world, Belgrade, Serbia! Filip Sunterlic is the GM of Euroleague and ABA team, Crvena Zvezda.
Buckle up for a long one, as Filip shares insight on his journey from player to marketing director to GM.
One of the worst things that can happen when building a business is people telling you that youre doing a good job 24/7.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the support!
But today I’m asking you to roast me! What have I done a bad job with? How can I improve?
Today we get to hear from Blair Academy’s Boys Head Basketball Coach, Joe Mantegna!
We talk about his decision to gravitate towards high school coaching versus college, his international experience, the upcoming AfroBasket games with the South Sudanese national team & more!
Today's episode is an in depth break down of Carlon Brown's latest video.
There are many considerations that rookies need to keep in mind before officially starting their pro career. Here I break them down from an agent's perspective.
One of my all time favorite things is meeting new people. You never know when you’ll meet someone that could change the trajectory of your life.
What does that have to do with sports business? I’ll guess you’ll have to tune in 😎
Today we hear from the President of the TBL, David Magley!
The TBL is a showcase league that is designed to help players take a stepping stone in their basketball careers. There is currently more talent than ever before and the emphasis on player development stretches much further than just on the court!
Andrew Stallings learned the ropes of event marketing & brand partnership at some of the top agencies in the world.
Shortly after, he decided it was time to give athletes the opportunities they deserved. Enter Athelo Group!
If you want to diversify your perspective of the game you should experience multiple levels and markets.
Well, Coach German Srulovich has done exactly that! From Czech Republic to NCAA D1 to Israel to NBA to JUCO and everything in between... tune in today to get a global outlook of the game!
My personal formula for success is finding the balance between micro and macro thinking.
In the short term I work hard. I work smart. And I hustle. But in the long term, I realize there is no finish line. I don't sweat the small stuff. I have that next play mentality!
Our next guest is a public speaker, a mentor, a business leader and of course a father!
Today Kelly Oubre Sr. talks about:
☑️growing up in New Orleans
☑️overcoming Hurricane Katrina
☑️the recruiting process of Kelly Jr
☑️helping the next generation
🎙Today we take a trip down to Florida to chop it up with the Head Coach of Montverde Academy Girls Basketball team, Special Jennings!
Tune in to hear her journey from 4x Conference champ and NCAA tournament participant at Xavier University to overseas pro to college coach and to most recently running her own program at Montverde! 💪
Another KTA Client Highlight! Today you’ll hear about Djimon Henson's career from college until today. I talk about the recruiting process before he joined KTA and then touch on why he will be successful not just on the court, but in life!
If you enjoyed part one with Ed Scott, you're in for a real treat today.
In the beginning of part two, Ed cuts me off and begins bombarding me with interview questions. 😂... No wonder why this episode was almost two hours!
Part Two Topics:
☑️ Ed’s attempt to roast Kevin Tarca
☑️ My 3pt & FT% @ Quinnipiac 🤦♂️
☑️ Lack of Basketball Growth in the UK
☑️ Upcoming NCAA NIL changes
☑️ & more
Today we are lucky enough to dive deep into the brain of Ed Scott, former COO of Euroleague Basketball!
Ed takes the trophy for longest podcast of the year, coming in at a whopping 1 hour & 38 mins!
So buckle up... this is only part one!
Part One Topics:
☑️ 30k foot view of EL business model
☑️ Reliance of shareholder contribution
☑️ Financial FairPlay & Sustainability
☑️ Club sponsorship best practices
☑️ FIBA vs Euroleague battles
Being a pro overseas is a different type of grind!
Today you’ll hear about Anthony Green's career from college until today. And more specifically why he will be successful not just on the court, but in life.
Have you ever watched a Netflix show and thought about turning it off? Maybe it’s slow at first or it’s not what you expect.
This is like your life... if episode 1 doesn’t bring what you’re looking for... give it a chance. It will get better!
If you are an aspiring agent, this episode is for you. I created an online course and community for aspiring agents to get a jumpstart into the industry. If you think someone you know will benefit, please pass it along!
The ultimate question for all college players this year... "should I stay or should I go?"
I've already been asked by a handful of college players what they should do. Here were my top pieces of advices.
A common topic I like to discuss is the challenges to becoming a pro. I'm amazed to learn how many players think they can easily earn a contract overseas, even if they are the leading scorer in their league. Here is why it's difficult...
Today we go behind the scenes with Coach Tanner Massey! We talk about coaching differences between college and the pros, what his role was in the G-League, how he breaks down film with his players & more.
It's March Madness!! We've got college basketball on the hour almost every hour! And teams all across the country are doing whatever they can to get to the next level.
In today's episode I give you six ways to prepare for YOUR next level.
Today I go back to the early days of KTA and talk about some of the things I did to get the company started.
More specifically I share some things that I spent way too much time on (hint: naming the company)!
Building your audience is a byproduct of performance + consistency. Whether you are a professional athlete or a sports business professional, there is tremendous value in the people who pay attention to you!
March Madness is one of the most exciting times of the year! It's also a time when players begin to meet with agents.
Today I discuss a list of the most important questions that all players should ask agents during the recruiting process.
In today’s episode we are joined by Agent and CEO of Worldwide Sports Management, Alvin Snow, Jr!
Alvin played professionally for 10 years and then took those experiences with him to the next stage in his career — giving back to the next generation of pros!
Today we're joined by former pro and Co-Founder of Pro's Vision, Sean Marshall!
Sean played professionally in some of the most respected leagues in the world, and now he has transitioned into giving back to the next generation. At Pro's Vision they coach, mentor, advise & educate young players along their basketball journey.
Think back to your high school math class when the teacher wrote a painstakingly long formula on the board. And you thought, “well that doesn’t make sense! It should be so much easier!”
That’s the way I feel in regards to overseas contacts and agent commissions!
I try to reflect on my strategy very often. I take inventory of what has worked, what has not worked, what I’ve learned from it and how to overcome future obstacles.
Today I talk about some overarching challenges that I see in the sports agent world.
Today we chat with veteran Italian professional basketball Coach, Marco Sodini!
You’ll learn about the differences between NCAA talent and Italian pro players. I also ask him about his unique press conference routine... 🖼 🗣
Creating a lofty goal is always the first step. But as soon as it's created, the process begins.
Too many people get overwhelmed with "chasing the goal," instead of breaking it down into steps and enjoying the process.
There is a big difference between athletic performance & sports performance. Today we are joined by the one and only Coach Brijesh Patel, Director of Athletic Performance at Quinnipiac University.
➡️ building a culture at QU
➡️ why accountability is necessary
➡️ what all athlete should focus on
Tune in to find out what you need to do to become the best version of yourself on and off the court!
Today I’m joined by basketball journalist @heinnews to talk about the world of international basketball!
We discuss why Germany is one of the best markets to play in, the differences between youth development overseas & his recent book!
Not only do you get to hear what types of players @Eric Eaton recruits to his program, you get to hear a few memories from our days at Quinnipiac!
I also gave Coach Eaton a chance to tell a funny story about me at the end, you won’t want to miss it 😂
In 2016, AJ noticed something missing in the sports representation world. His solution? Enter VaynerSports!
Today AJ and I talk about his leadership role with Vayner Media, his transition into being a certified agent, and the upcoming NCAA rule changes.
Today you get to hear from one of the most respected scouts & player development coaches in the industry!
Avi Even joins us to talk about the culture they they built at Maccabi Tel-Aviv, and what it takes to play in the Euroleague. You'll want to take the notepad out for this one!
Visualize this on a line chart 📈
The performance of anything at one point in time should not be the total sum of your thoughts. Take a step back and look at the aggregate trajectory.
ps: today we hit 10,000 downloads!!
Even though Tony Vasaturo lives in Southern Cal, he knows he's a northeast guy at heart 😎
Today Tony and I talk about his story from team manager to college coach to trainer & teacher. Listen up, class is in session!
Stop trying to grow plants before fertilizing the soil. One way to NOT build a genuine relationship is to come in hot asking for something.
Here is a story about an email that backfired, and some suggestions for building your foundation.
When he was a kid, Derick Grant didn’t dream about the NBA. He just focused on his process and fell in love with the game.
After a pro career with the Harlem Globetrotters, he now spends his time teaching others how to elevate to the best versions of themselves!
We all have big league dreams. But for most, they are just that... dreams.
If you're not trying to identify how to leverage your skill set & passion to open doors for after your playing days, you're wasting time! Today I talk about several career paths in the world of sports.
NBA front offices try to collect as much data as possible for their respective scouting databases.
Allowing college underclassmen to “test the waters” opens the door for teams to get a competitive advantage.
Here is an overview of that process...
So, do you need to go to law school to be an agent? 🤔
The best way to find out is to hear from an agent/lawyer directly! Today we’re joined by Darren Angell to hear his unique path from playing to coaching to law school and beyond!
Some days you'll get overseas deep dives or hear from experienced guests in the industry.
But other days the curtain gets peeled back. Today, January 28, 2020, you get a front row seat in the life of Kevin Tarca.
Today we’re joined by a former teammate of mine, James Feldeine!
Even after his successful college career at Quinnipiac University, James didn’t see himself as an NBA player. He just wanted to be true to himself & trust the process.
It’s safe to say that mindset paid off!
If you know someone who is an aspiring pro, send this to them. I try to answer all emails, DMs & random messages I receive, but sometimes I can’t get to them all.
I also share my email. I will respond to every single one, if you follow directions!
Nick Lagios studied Geography in college but always had a passion for the game of basketball. Less than 10 years later he found himself a member of the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers!
Today Nick talks about his unique journey and gives some great advice to aspiring coaches.
Want to know how to GUARANTEE yourself your dream job?? Well, I'm sorry but I can't help you 😂...
But if you want to hear some tips that can definitely put you on the right track, listen to today's episode.
If you're wondering how to leverage your brand image as an athlete, it's your lucky day! Today you get to hear from Opendorse Co-Founder, Blake Lawrence.
In this episode you will hear everything you need to know about the upcoming NCAA changes regarding name, image and likeness; specifically how players and teams should be preparing themselves for success!
Alright people, we have finally reached episode 100! That is 100 days straight, I’m pumped!
Today I talked about some of the things I’ve learned, the most downloaded episodes and, as always, what is on the agenda for KTA!
There is quite honestly nothing that gets me more motivated to crush the day than traveling around the world meeting new people. Obviously it's a tough time to do that freely, but here are 3 reasons that you should prioritize travel as soon as it is safely possible!
Today Chris Prescott tells his story. If you’re not using basketball to open up doors for the rest of your life, you’re not paying attention!
We talk college recruitment, navigating Panama hoops and ImpaCT Training!
I full heartedly and unapologetically believe in everything I’m doing as I plant seeds for success. And no matter what obstacles show up, you can’t beat me!
I hope you can take away a bit of this mentality to attack your day with some swag!
Today we get to talk with former Galatasaray General Manager, Omer Yalcinkaya!
The first time I met Omer was at a cafe in Istanbul during their Euroleague season in 2017. The fact that he took the time to have a coffee with me (an aspiring agent with no high level clients), tells you what kind of person he is! Tune in to hear about hoops in Turkey.
When you first meet someone, it’s impossible to know their story. You don’t know where they’ve been or where they’re headed on their journey of life.
So here is a reminder on why you shouldn’t pass judgments based on the title on someone’s business card!
Doing your taxes is frustrating, but doing your taxes when you’re accumulating paystubs in different states and playing overseas is even more difficult!
John Karaffa is the President of ProSport CPA and today you’ll want to bring your notepad!
They say that time equals money... but does it really?
In my humble opinion, definitely not! Today I broke down the difference between time and money, what opportunity cost means, and questions that you should ask yourself before making choices!
Being a professional basketball player overseas is a different type of grind!
Today I'm telling you the story about Donovan Smith's career from college until today. And more specifically why he will be successful not just on the court, but in life.
Today you get to hear from Daniel Marks, Manager of Prospect Information for the Milwaukee Bucks. Daniel talks about his journey from internship to assisting the GM on a day to day basis.
My favorite part about Daniel is the impact that he’s making off the court. He is the Founder of Scouting and Scavenging, which had a massive positive impact on the community the past year. Go sign the pledge!
This is Volume 3 of “Agent FAQs” from the past several years!
📝 I discuss how I organize data to propose my clients to a team, how much public speaking is involved in the job, how I balance my involvement in a clients life off the court &more 👍
We've talked about recruiting challenges before. But today I'm talking about the progress of recruiting. And giving you a time-lapse of how my recruiting has shifted and grown from the 2017-2018 season until today!
Today we have another unique story into the athlete management industry! James Blackburn started at the bottom floor of Power to Win Sports, and today he owns the business!
We talked about getting a FIBA license, exposure camps and overseas tours!
Hindsight will soon be 2020 🤪😂
I think it's important that you end the year with some questions. Take a listen to hear some of the questions that I am asking myself before we flip the page of the calendar.
Today we’re joined by Princeton Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach, Brett MacConnell! 🐅
Coach MacConnell breaks down how different the recruiting approach is in the Ivy League, the types of players that succeed in the Princeton culture, and shares a story about his very first coaching job!
How do you monetize relationships?
I wish I had the golden formula for you! But I don’t. Because it’s a challenging task in the sports business world.
But here is how I am currently navigating this challenge:👇
Imagine taking live +/- or PER stats by hand? That’s exactly what Kevin Daniels did to add value when he was on staff at St. John’s University.
Since then he has found his niche in statistical analysis and currently runs his own scouting service, Northeast Scouting Report!
How many NBA agents do you know who have also produced an Emmy nominated documentary? 🤔
It’s been very cool watching Daniel Poneman transition from media guru/scout to established agent as he helps build Beyond Athlete Management!
Some agents start their career in the sports industry and work their way up the ladder. BJ Bass’ story is different!
BJ started his career in the tech bubble and worked his way over to representing athletes! It all started in Roslyn...
After his professional career, Brad Kanis started Europrobasket International Academy to provide an opportunity for players who might otherwise get overlooked.
If you have any aspirations to play professionally overseas, you will find value in the insight that Brad offers!
The very first pro contract that NBPA certified agent EJ Kusnyer negotiated was his own!
Today EJ talks about the importance of educating yourself as a player, the challenges he overcame to build his reputation and the growth of Beyond Athlete Management.
This is Volume 2 of “Agent FAQs” from the past several years!
📝 I discuss which aspects I like and dislike about being an agent, how I organize meetings with teams, and a situation when a team disagreed with me about one of my clients.
Quinnipiac University alum and former pro Sam Guastella has been quickly climbing the ranks in the coaching world.
Tune in to learn about pro opportunities for women and also what a day in the life of an A-10 Assistant Coach is like!
Growing up Joerik always looked for ways to improve. The idea for Elite Athletes started from a garage, literally!
Today’s episode is not just about basketball development. Joerik talks about some business challenges they faced early on!
The CBA is the 2nd highest paying league in the world, outside the NBA.
If you want to learn more about the Chinese Basketball Association, tune in! Today Coach Mark Amaral tells us about import rules, style of play, youth development & more!
Steve went from an undersized & underrecruited HS player to a 2x All-American & European Pro.
Even though he trains NBA players & coaches w/ USA Basketball, he will humbly tell you, “he’s just a coach.”
We live in a results based society, not an effort based society!
Hard work is important, no question about it. But it's only one piece of the puzzle. Here are 4 ways to help you work smarter, not harder.
The landscape of youth basketball in the USA is changing drastically. The “prep school path” could potentially open doors for players, but it is definitely not for everyone!
Today Cory Heitz talks a little bit more about the industry!
If you think you'er going to walk smoothly into the life of your dreams you are very mistaken.
If your goals are important enough to you, then you’ll find a way to accomplish them, no matter what obstacles arrive.
During his pro career, Basi added something to his training that increased his scoring from 0.9ppg to 22ppg in just 3 months! 🧠🤯
Now he uses that to help pros and youth players in Russia take their game to the next level!
When I told Pascal I was on my way to Luxembourg, he invited me for a coffee at his house and picked me up at the train station! What a guy.
Today Coach Meurs explains how he uses his PhD in Mathematics to analyze the game and build his team strategy.
In 2017 I had two choices. Cry about not getting an opportunity at a bigger agency. Or start on my own and see where it goes.
Choosing the latter was easy. But the challenges that came after that weren’t so friendly. Here is the evolution of KTA...
Bobby Jordan has coaching experience on multiple D1 staffs and a few nationally ranked prep schools.
Today we talk about the types of players he looks for at Wagner, the transfer market, and how the recruiting model might shift in the years to come.
There are many times during the past 6 years that I've questioned my sanity, just being honest with you.
This episode is for the people who are SO close to chasing that dream, but haven't quite made the decision. Once you take that leap of faith, you'll find your wings on the way down!
Today is a great day to put on your headphones and get free game! 🎧
Whether you are a young athlete, an aspiring pro or currently getting paid to play the game of basketball, there is a message in here for you! 📝
Head Coach of the Formosa Dreamers joins us today from Taiwan. Originally from Canada, Kyle Julius has played and coached at the highest levels around the world.
Learn about the newly formed PLeague+ & how the style of play in Asian markets differs from Europe! ⬇️
Did you ever wonder if NBA players could turn down media requests? What about when they are asked to be mic’d up during games? Well, those are covered in the contracts!
Lucky for you, today you’ll get to eat your Turkey dinner with a side of a CBA lesson! 🦃 🏀
I don't know everything about overseas hoops, but I do know a lot! I've been lucky enough to travel to 34 countries and immerse myself in various basketball cultures abroad.
Today I break down international basketball from a 30,000 foot view.
If Delgreco got the opportunity to intervene early enough in the recruiting process, he knew he could help open doors for players that otherwise would have stayed closed!
We talked NCAA eligibility updates, off court non-negotiables, the future of the HS hoops scene and more!
You do not need to be a D1 scholarship player in order to be successful in life.
If that is one of your goals, great! I’m rooting for you. And if you get there, congrats! But either way, you need to be aware of the numbers.
Something bad happened to you? No scholarship offers? You didn’t get the job you wanted? Got cut from the team? People overlooked you?
Welcome to sports business. Wait, even better; welcome to life! So what are you going to do about it?
The strength & conditioning world is much more than just lifting weights!
Roberto gives some insight on how he structures workouts for Hapoel Jerusalem and what players at every level should be focusing on from a performance perspective 💪
A common challenge when networking is how to genuinely connect with someone. How can you add value to a relationship?
I learned the answer to this question when I knocked on the GM’s door in an arena in Macedonia 🇲🇰
The day I started KTA in 2017 I set a goal for three years down the road. I wanted to be sitting in the green room with one of my clients during the 2020 NBA Draft.
Crazy? Of course. Well today is that day. And I have a lot to improve on!
Contrary to popular belief, putting a slow motion video with a Lil Yachty soundtrack into your highlight tape does not mean you will get a college scholarship (all due respect to Miles)!
Today I walk you through how to put together your basketball resume.
Have you ever done dribbling drills with cones? What about the 3-man weave? Well you might rethink that after listening to this episode!
Alex has coached some of the top young talent from all over the world and his transformational coaching strategy is next level!
I stayed up past my bedtime last night to play Yahtzee with the fam. And it was COMPLETELY worth it. Because I won! 😎
Oh yea... I guess I'm also excited to share with you a few principles for success in this competitive world of sports business!
Ever wondered what a pro scout does? Sam walks us through some of the things that he looks for when analyzing college players & which skills translate to the next level.
🔐 bonus: a few entry level international leagues he keeps an eye on!
If there is ever a time that college coaches do NOT want their players to call, it’s in the middle of the night when a recruit is on campus! Lamar will never forget when his phone rang at 3am. “Uh Coach, we can’t find the recruit.”
Today we get to venture inside the mind of my very first KTA client! CJ and I talk about the process of getting recruited, some challenges he had to overcome during his rookie season in Australia, and the unexpected phone call that changed the path of his career!
There’s an old saying that goes, “pull yourself up by the bootstraps and figure out a way!" That's a mantra I live by. And in today's episode I remind listeners that everyone currently has all the tools and resources they need for success. You just need to make the decision!
Have you ever ordered food from someone who doesn’t understand English? It’s not fun! Three things you will hear if you listen to today's episode: (1) me speaking Spanish 🇪🇸 (2) an iced coffee surprise ☕️ and (3) "the phone guy" from Serbia 📲
There are many challenges on the recruiting trail. This episode I go over a few common recruiting strategies and how I personally overcame a few of the challenges. I may or may not be FIRED up towards the end 😤
Welcome to episode #1 out of 365! I will be releasing an episode every single day for one year! The lead-off includes a bit of background on this project, overcoming my very first challenge and a brief story on where it all began! 🙌