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August 4, 2011, 8:49 am
Brian Berger is the host of "The Sports Insider" which airs weekdays from 10:00am - noon PT on 750AM The Game in Portland. Berger is a former front office executive for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and he owns a PR consulting firm and media training company (www.everythingisontherecord.com
). Through that work, Berger has compiled a large network of contacts throughout the world of sports.
Berger was behind the mic as a radio broadcaster for the memorable Loyola Marymount University men's basketball team that made an emotional run through the 1990 NCAA Tournament following the tragic death of star Hank Gathers. LMU made it all the way to the Great Eight of the NCAA Tournament and Berger was there to describe the action.
Berger later joined the Portland Trail Blazers front office and oversaw the PR and Marketing efforts for the opening of the Rose Garden arena in Portland, which serves as home to the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Berger was part of the 1992 Tournament of the Americas featuring Dream Team I, the 1992 NBA Finals matching the Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls and the 1992 NBA Draft which was held in Portland.
In 2004, Berger launched Sports Business Radio (www.sportsbusinessradio.com
), a nationally syndicated radio show focusing on the issues and people directly impacting the world of sports business. Guests on the show offering an insider's perspective include pro sports league executives, agents, college athletics administrators, sports apparel company reps, ad agency executives, media executives, coaches and athletes. Portland is a natural point of origin for Sports Business Radio with companies such as Nike, adidas, Wieden & Kennedy and the Warsaw School of Sports Marketing all based in the Pacific Northwest.
Big-name guests who have gone one-on-one on Sports Business Radio with Brian Berger include NBA Commissioner David Stern, golf icon Jack Nicklaus, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, NCAA President Mark Emmert, BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock, Seattle Seahawks Executive VP and head coach Pete Carroll, New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis, Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian, Washington Capitals & Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash, MLB Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya and tennis legend John McEnroe. Berger continues to broadcast Sports Business Radio to nationwide audience each weekend.
Brian Berger is a recipient of the Portland Business Journal's "40 under 40" award and he sits on the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington (www.rmhcoregon.org
), which serves as a home away from home for the families of seriously and terminally ill children.