Podcast

The Cosmos Podcast

The Cosmos Podcast is a show that explores the business of sports & entertainment in Canada. Hosted by Cosmos Director Evan Colborne, the show takes on a few different formats including: soundbites from keynotes/workshops, 1-on-1 interviews with people working in the industry, and Roundtable discussions.

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Ep.7 – Blue Jays Sale with Justin Bernardo & Shahbaz Dhillon
On today’s episode of the Cosmos Podcast, Justin Bernardo returns to the studio and we’re joined by our colleague Shahbaz Dhillon for a roundtable discussion. We discuss some big news stories in Canadian Sports Business from the past week, such as:
  • Rogers considering selling the Blue Jays. We break down why they might be considering selling the team and some possible scenarios for how it could play out. (1:43)
  • Verizon’s huge streaming deal with the NFL and the landscape of sports media in general with more Over the Top networks emerging. (17:43)
  • And TFC’s MLS Cup victory and what winning a championship can do for the business side of sports. (40:29)
If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Cosmos Podcast on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Stitcher or TuneIn. If you have any questions about what’s discussed on the podcast, you can reach us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn or by email at info@cosmossports.com and if you like what you hear we’d very much appreciate a rating and/or review. We hope you enjoy!
Ep.6 – Roundtable with Matt Hunter & Justin Bernardo
On today’s episode of the Cosmos Podcast, Matt Hunter returns and we’re joined by Justin Bernardo for a roundtable discussion. Lot’s great stuff discussed, including some big stories developing in Canadian Sports Business, such as:
  • Calgary’s potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics (1:36)
  • Forbes latest list of NHL team Valuations (21:00)
  • The latest on the Ottawa Senators new Arena (32:47)
  • Updates on the CFL heading to Halifax (40:37)
  • And much more
If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Cosmos Podcast on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Stitcher or TuneIn. If you have any questions about what’s discussed on the podcast, you can reach us at info@cosmossports.com and if you like what you hear we’d very much appreciate a rating and/or review. We hope you enjoy!
Ep.5 – 1-on-1 with Ken Vezina of the Brampton Beast
In this episode of the Cosmos Podcast, host Evan Colborne sits down in studio with Ken Vezina, Vice President of Business Operations for the Brampton Beast. The Beast are the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens and the first ECHL team to play in the Greater Toronto Area. Prior to joining the Beast, Ken has built a career in Minor League hockey having worked for the Manitoba Moose, Jacksonville Barracudas, and Augusta Riverhawks. Evan and Ken discuss the uniqueness of minor league hockey and minor league sports in general, the changing sports media landscape and much more. Special thanks to Ken for taking time out to join the Cosmos Podcast. We hope you enjoy!
Ep.4 – Part 2 of Keynote from Cosmos President Cary Kaplan
In this episode of The Cosmos Podcast, we have part two of a keynote Cosmos President Cary Kaplan gave at a sponsorship workshop a few weeks ago. Here Cary discusses topics such as:
  • How to deal with upset customers (5:08)
  • Whether to publish sponsorship prices or not (13:25)
  • How to figure out a prospects budget (18:30)
  • Simplifying objection handling (21:41)
  • Advanced vs. Walk up Tickets (26:51)
  • Q&A (28:49)
If you have any questions about anything you hear on the podcast, you can always reach us at info@cosmossports.com, and if you like what you hear, we’d very much appreciate a rating or review. We hope you enjoy!
Ep.3 – Rountable with Hunter & O’Connor
In this episode of the Cosmos Podcast, Cosmos Director Evan Colborne hosts a Roundtable with fellow Cosmos'ers Matt Hunter and Evan O'Connor to discuss:
  • The sale of  the CFL League wide Jersey Path (1:53)
  • 105th Grey Cup (13:13)
  • The latest developments on the Canadian Premier League (20:30)
  • ESPN's new social media policy (28:03)
  • NFL sponsor backlash (35:05)
If you have any questions about anything heard on the podcast, you can always reach us at info@cosmossports.com We hope you enjoy!
Ep.2 – Q&A with Cosmos President Cary Kaplan
In this episode of the Cosmos Podcast, Cosmos President Cary Kaplan sat with our current class of interns for a Q&A session. Lot's of great questions and discussion, including:
  • A typical day as GM of a professional sports team (1:07)
  • How to position yourself for a role in sports (2:45)
  • What inspired Cary to start Cosmos and what success looks like (5:50)
  • Trends towards digital (9:25)
  • Challenges when starting Cosmos, and what they are now (12:15)
  • How to set yourself  apart from the competition (14:20)
  • The biggest trend in the sports industry and how Cosmos can adapt (24:10)
  • Trends in sponsorship (28:18)
  • What the Beast can do to earn media(34:03)
  • The toughest projects to work on for Cosmos (40:11)
  • How sports marketing techniques can transition to e-sports (43:54)
  • Thoughts on Twitter streaming and future of sports broadcasting (47:40)
  • The most over looked forms of sponsorship (51:30)
If you have any questions about anything heard on the podcast, you can always reach us at info@cosmossports.com We hope you enjoy!
Ep.1 – Keynote from Cosmos President Cary Kaplan
Introducing The Cosmos Podcast, a show exploring the business of sports & entertainment in Canada. The show is hosted by Cosmos Director Evan Colborne, and will take on a few different formats including:
  • Roundtable discussions with other Cosmos staff on the latest news in Sports & Entertainment
  • 1-on-1 interviews with people working in the industry
  • Soundbites from Keynotes , trainings and other events
  • Q&A's with Cosmos President Cary Kaplan
If you have any questions about anything you hear on the podcast, you can always reach us at info@cosmossports.com, and if you like what you hear, we'd very much appreciate a rating or review. This first episode is a recording taken from a keynote Cary Kaplan gave at a sponsorship workshop in Ajax on October 19, 2017. It was a full day workshop, so we've split the audio into two podcasts. We hope you enjoy!