The Rundown Podcast

Hosted by Don Costante

Costante Group is led by Don Costante, an expert specializing in sports and event management. 

Since 1994, with more than 2,000 events produced Don has been creating authentic experiences for premier sports organizations such as MLB, NBA, WNBA, AHL, NAIA, EPL, NCAA and others. No detail too small, no problem too complex, his meticulous approach and robust experience is what it takes to deliver best-in-class events.

The Rundown Podcast is a unique opportunity to hear from some of the best in the sports and event management industry. Episodes will feature guests from the NBA, MLB, NFL and many other sports organizations who will provide insightful and realistic perspectives for what it takes to create authentic experiences to connect with audiences.

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I want your input!

This podcast isn’t for me, it’s for YOU!  I want to interview guests about event presentation topics that are meaningful to listeners, so let me know what interests you the most.  Email me directly at therundown@costantegroup.com with your thoughts, topic ideas, suggestions and/or questions you’d like addressed on future episodes.

This podcast isn’t for me, it’s for YOU!  I want to interview guests about event presentation topics that are meaningful to listeners, so let me know what interests you the most.  Email me directly at therundown@costantegroup.com with your thoughts, topic ideas, suggestions and/or questions you’d like addressed on future episodes.

S1: Ep 0 – The Rundown Intro

January 2020

Learn what “The Rundown” is about from Don Costante.  In this episode, Don outlines the podcast and his experience as well as gives listener’s access to sharing their thoughts and questions.

S1: Ep 1 – Chris Miles 

January 2020

Hear from one of the best emcees in the business.  In this episode, Don interviews Chris Miles and goes in-depth into what it takes to be a successful emcee.  Topics discussed include Chris’ path to the mic, the preparation required before an event, tips on how to deliver a performance that connects with the audience, what separates a good host from one that is extraordinary, advice to those who oversee emcees, his overall philosophy and much more.

S1: Ep 2 – Scott Cunningham

February 2020

In this episode, Don interviews Scott Cunningham who shares his event presentation philosophy and takes you behind the scenes giving you full access to the inner workings of the Atlanta Braves off-season planning process, partnership integration strategy and development of a new mascot program.  Topics include staff involvement, upper management’s role, collaboration with other departments, creative process from inception to production, communication documents, maintaining control over in-game inventory, requirements for promotions, challenges between Event Presentation and Partnership Departments and much more.

S1: Ep 3 – Jackie Maldonado

March 2020

In this interview, Don chats with Jackie Maldonado who shares the Houston Texans event presentation philosophy and also provides her incredible insight into what it takes to produce an NFL game, establish effective communication (both on and off the field) and facilitate a first-class halftime performance. Additionally, Jackie goes into great detail as to her path into the sports industry and offers tremendous advice to those looking to get into the industry as well as those already in positions.​

S1: Ep 4 – Q&A with Don Costante

April 2020

April’s episode has Don answering questions submitted by listeners. Hear Don’s insight on a variety of topics that include: issues switching from NBA to MLB, using activations from one sport to another, what to do if you can’t secure a full-time position, can’t get “hands-on” producing experience but want to be a producer, ideal skill set for a producer, suggestions for how to ideate in-game elements, finding alignment with team operations, and how to combat negative statements that prevent innovation and more.

S1: Ep 5 – Diane Ferranti

May 2020

​This episode features Emmy Award Winning Producer and 2019 Information Display & Entertainment Association (IDEA) Hall of Fame member, Diane Ferranti. During this interview with Don, Diane details her event presentation philosophy, provides insight into managing staff, outlines her formula for creating impactful team introductions, gives the secret to developing successful contests, discusses digital production, highlights the latest technology she’s most excited about and more.

S1: Ep 6 – Tracy Allen

June 2020

In this interview, Tracy Allen shares his best audio practices with Don as they discuss their days working together in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. Listen as Tracy takes you behind-the-scenes of being an audio director for the Spurs and reveals his philosophy and techniques that has made him the best in the business.

S1: Ep 7 – Duncan Wardle

July 2020

This episode features Former Head of Innovation and Creativity for The Walt Disney Company, Duncan Wardle. During this interview with Don, Duncan shares his philosophy and some tools from his Design Thinking Innovation Toolkit. He explains what what’s wrong with marketing today, identifies the right mindset required for innovation, describes the key barriers to innovation and creativity, highlights several creative behaviors that enhance the collaboration and creativity process, provides suggestions for how to facilitate a successful ideation session, explains how to get your ideas approved and much more!

Danelle Winfield

S1: Ep 8 – Danelle Winfield

August 2020

In this episode, Don interviews Danelle Winfield who shares her career path, event presentation philosophy, and reveals best practices that have helped position the Los Angeles Sparks as a leader in the WNBA.  Listen as Danelle speaks passionately about understanding your audience, developing team chemistry with staff, the importance of passing knowledge forward and more!

S1: Ep 9 – Anthony Bueno

September 2020

In this episode, Don has a candid conversation with Anthony Bueno who is an Adobe Certified Trainer and Lead Consultant with Lumenbrite.  Listen as Don talks about the benefits of learning creative software and the impact it has on him professionally.  During their discussion, they talk about free versus paid resources, improving communication with production staff, understanding workflows and identifying key assets, recognizing realistic timeframes for projects, capabilities of software that spark creative and innovative thinking, and much more!

Interview with Jonny Greco

S1: Ep 10 – Jonny Greco

October 2020

In this episode, Don has a conversation with Jonny Greco who shares his game presentation philosophy and reveals his methodology for tackling the startup process with a new franchise. Listen as Jonny reflects on the lessons he learned from Vegas, how he plans to approach the gameday experience for Seattle, sheds some light on his creative process, provides insight into the facilitation of his ideation sessions, explains the importance of proper execution, identifies the steps he takes in evaluating assets, and more!