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Friday, September 21, 2012

No Holds Barred: Coyte Cooper on Marketing Wrestling 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with former NCAA Div. I All-American wrestler at Indiana, and current Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Coyte Cooper.

As a former top-level college wrestler and with a PhD in Sport Management, he is using his unique set of skills and experience to work with the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) to develop research to help enhance the sustainability of college wrestling programs. This is an especially critical task since literally hundreds of college wrestling programs in the U.S. have been closed down over the past few decades. Towards these goals, he authored the recently-published NWCA Marketing Manual. This can be downloaded for free online here.

We spoke with Coyte Cooper by phone Thursday afternoon about the need for college wrestling to step up its marketing efforts, and now.

"Coaches have to take control of things," he said in this interview. "The way that wrestling is going to grow in the future is if we do it at the grassroots level, meaning coaches take that proactive approach where they start to really value what marketing is."

We discussed a lot in this interview, including the need for wrestling coaches to embrace a marketing mindset; how this requires the wrestling coaches to view themselves as CEOs of their programs; why a culture change in college wrestling is necessary to accomplish this; why effective use of social media such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook is essential today; the need for coaches to delegate many of these tasks to people at their schools whether or not those people are wrestlers; the recent controversy about crowning a national team champion through a dual meet tournament rather than through the existing national tournament; and much more.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

No Holds Barred: A Schedule for Champions 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses some upcoming events in and about the combat sports, including the book release party on September 28 in Brooklyn for the humorous action novel "Kung-Fu Lesbian'; the October 6 ONE FC: Rise of Kings MMA card in Singapore, which will feature title fights, the beginning of a bantamweight Grand Prix, and will be available both on Internet pay-per-view and U.S. pay-per-view TV; the Midwood Wrestling Exhibition 2012 on October 13 in Brooklyn; and the ADCC North American Championships on October 14 in San Diego, California.

Also commentary is offered on the exceptional TV ratings in the U.S. for the Canelo-Lopez boxing card on Showtime on September 15; the disastrous ratings for the season premiere of "The Ultimate Fighter"; the positive drug test for marijuana by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.; the effect of the lockout of the players by the National Hockey League on TV slots for MMA; and the rescheduling of the FILA World Championships for grappling, Pankration, and amateur MMA to November 15-18 in Raminskoe, Russia, near Moscow. FILA is the international federation which governs the Olympic and non-Olympic styles of wrestling.

While many details remain to be finalized, FILA also plans to sanction the amateur MMA tournament at the MMA World Expo in New York, December 1-2. Also discussed is the bizarre legal situation facing MMA in New York, where professional MMA is outlawed, but amateur MMA is both legal and unregulated.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City December 1 and 2 for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, the Renzo Gracie BJJ Open 2012 tournament, the Big Apple No-Gi tournament, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The 2012 MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

No Holds Barred: King Mo on Martinez-Chavez Jr., Canelo-Lopez, Bellator, Olympic and Pro Wrestling 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with a true aficionado of all the combat sports, "King" Mo Lawal.

He is set to make his debut with the Bellator Fighting Championships in January, as well as his debut in the TNA pro wrestling company this fall.

We spoke by phone Sunday, starting off by analyzing the two major boxing cards held Saturday, September 15, which we both watched simultaneously. On the Showtime card, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez defeated Josesito Lopez by fifth-round TKO. On the HBO pay-per-view, Sergio Martinez dominated most of the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., surviving a twelfth-round knockdown to win a unanimous decision. We also discussed the other fights on these cards, as well as what they say about boxing and MMA.

"I heard both arenas sold out," he said during this interview. "So there goes the whole 'boxing is dead' thing' that a lot of these ignorant MMA fans try to use when they try to compare two different sports against each other. MMA is MMA, boxing is boxing. I felt there are two different demographics. But, last night I was highly entertained by both fights."

"King" Mo also watched some of the wrestling at the 2012 Olympics, and we discussed that and whether or not U.S. schools should switch from American folkstyle to freestyle, which is practiced internationally. We also discussed how he will balance his preparations for TNA and for Bellator. In addition, we discussed the different demographics of the fans in various combat sports, in particular the popularity of boxing among African Americans as compared to other combat sports, and more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.

Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City December 1 and 2 for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, the Renzo Gracie BJJ Open 2012 tournament, the Big Apple No-Gi tournament, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The 2012 MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

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