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The LIneup with the Long Island Nets
25 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
This week, Long Island Nets VP Alton Byrd and co-host Jalen Tart sat down with Portia Archer, the current Chief Operating Officer of the NBA G League. Prior to joining the NBA G League, Archer served as Senior Vice President of Direct-to-Consumer Services for NBC Sports Group. In her role, she was responsible for the launch, development, and management of more than 20 sports/properties. Archer also founded NBC Sports Group’s first mentorship program, “Huddle Up,” dedicated to fostering connections and growth opportunities for employees. Archer is a member of the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees and a Betsy Magness Leadership Fellow. In 2018, she was named a Sports Business Journal “Game Changer” and one of Adweek’s Most Powerful Women in Sports. A Chicago native, Archer played college basketball at the University of Chicago, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and economics. She also holds an MBA in management and strategy from Columbia Business School.
16 minutes | Feb 17, 2022
This week, Long Island Nets VP Alton Byrd and co-host Yaw Bonsu sat down with John Buck, the current Head of School and men’s varsity basketball coach at Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School. Mr. Buck is a Long Island Lutheran graduate, class of 2002. At LuHi, he was a three year member of the varsity basketball team, and went on to play collegiate basketball at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was a member of Wake Forest's 2003 ACC regular season championship team, and was voted co-captain during his senior season. Coach Buck has led the Crusaders to two state Federation titles, in 2011 and 2012, and was named New York State Sportswriters Coach of the Year in 2011.
10 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
This week, Long Island Nets VP Alton Byrd and co-host Emily Austin sat down with Josh Gray, guard for the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League. He started his college career at Texas Tech, then went on to be a Junior College All-American at Odessa College before spending his final two seasons at LSU. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Gray tried out with the Orlando Magic in the 2016 NBA Summer League and was then acquired by the Northern Arizona Suns, beginning his G-League career. He made his NBA debut in February 2018, signing two ten-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns. In July 2019, Gray joined the Brooklyn Nets for the 2019 NBA Summer League and was then signed to a two-way contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. He was acquired by Long Island this September.
22 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
This week, Long Island Nets VP Alton Byrd and co-host John Lemmiti sat down with Val Ackerman, the Commissioner of the Big East Basketball Conference. Val was also the founding President of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and is a past President of USA Basketball, which oversees both the U.S. men's and women's Olympic basketball program. Some of her other accolades include a 2008 IOCs Women of Distinction diploma, being named a Champion in Sports Business by Sports Business Journal, being named a US Delegate to the Central Board of the International Basketball Federation and an inductee of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011. She is one of the few executives in sports who has held leadership positions in both men’s and women’s sports at the collegiate, professional, national team, and international levels.
15 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
This week, Long Island Nets VP Alton Byrd and co-host John Mullen sat down with Michael Pfaff, the President and General Manager of the Long Island Ducks, a professional baseball team in the North Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, based in Central Islip, Suffolk County, New York. Pfaff has 27 years of experience in the sports business. Michael has been with the Ducks since 2002, took over as GM in 2006, and was named president in 2011. Before joining the Ducks, Michael worked at the National Football League Commissioner's Office for seven years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from St. John’s University.
15 minutes | May 19, 2021
Josh "Choc" Humphries
Host and VP of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets and NetsGC, Alton Byrd, sat down with co-host Kayla McKechnie to hear from NBA 2K League star, Josh "Choc" Humphries. Choc is the starting Point Guard for the Brooklyn Nets Gaming Crew. He was the number nine overall draft pick in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft, and he rose to fame on YouTube where he showcased his 2K skills, as well as guided others to play the game. He's spent the past few years building his personal brand in the 2K community.
24 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Host and VP of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets and NetsGC, Alton Byrd, sat down with co-host Kayla McKechnie to learn a bit from marketing guru Tony Cooper. Tony Cooper is the CEO of Market Force. He helps business leaders simplify complicated issues and helps them to gain new skills and insights. Since 2002, Tony has trained, coached, and consulted. Prior to Market Force he held positions at General Motors’ Saturn, as a Silicon Valley product design consultant, and founded Splinter Furniture Design.
12 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
This week, Alton and student co-host Jair Ascencio Brooks-Davis sat down with Michael Levy. Levy is the franchise owner of Minuteman Press in Levittown, NY. He's been with the company since November of 2013. Before Minuteman Press, Michael worked at RMP Trade Credit, RES Partners, MC Levy and Company, Media Street Inc, and Nation-Wide Plastics. He received a BA in Speech Communications from Syracuse University. He is a member of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. He was also President of East Meadow Chamber of Commerce from 2019 – 2020 and currently the President of Levittown Chamber of Commerce. In 2016 he was awarded as the Small Businessperson of the Year by the Chamber.
26 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Kamille Dean, Esq.
Vice President of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets, Alton Byrd, and co-host Katie Egan, invited Kamille Dean into the WRHU Studios to take a deep dive into her background in law, education and diversity and inclusion. Kamille Dean, Esq, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Fordham University, has been a long-time partner of the Long Island Nets and has made her impact in many ways through her career.
14 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
This week on The LIneup, Long Island Nets Vice President of Business Operations, Alton Byrd, interviewed Josh Frolinger from SLAM Magazine alongside co-host Arianna. Josh currently serves as the Brand Marketing Manager for SLAM Magazine, one of the most popular basketball-centric in the world. Prior to his time at SLAM, Josh interned for Alton and the Long Island Nets.
27 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
This week, Long Island Nets Vice President of Business Operations, Alton Byrd, sat down with co-host Rachel Luscher to interview Adina Erwin. Adina Erwin is General Manager of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and has previously served as Senior Vice President of Business Operations for TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Erwin has been recognized by VenuesNow Magazine as a “Women of Influence” in the music and entertainment venues industry as well as being selected as one of the 2017 “Women Who Mean Business” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
24 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
This week, Vice President of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets and host Alton Byrd sits down with co-host Natalie to interview Peter Pilling, at the WRHU Studio. Pilling currently serves at the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education at Alton’s alma mater, Columbia University. Pilling has had a variety of extremely valuable experiences in some of the most respected collegiate sports programs, including Villanova and Brigham Young universities.
24 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Ivan "OG KING CURT" Curtiss
This week, VP of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets and host Alton Byrd sits down with co-host Rocco to interview Ivan Curtiss at the WRHU Studio. Ivan, better known in the gaming world as OG KING CURT, is the General Manager of The Brooklyn Nets Gaming Crew of The NBA 2K League. He also co-founded The (MPBA) MyPlayer Basketball Association, which is commonly regarded as the most competitive online NBA 2K League in the country.
27 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
This week at the WRHU Studio, VP of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets and host Alton Byrd sits down with co-host Max Sacco to talk with Gina Antoniello, a sports communications executive with over a decade of experience in the field, from the NBA G League, to the XFL, to teaching at New York University. Gina shares some of her favorite anecdotes from her career, even a piece about her taking home an NBA Championship ring with the Golden State Warriors.
22 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Jackie Wilson II & Saedra Bracy
This week at the WRHU Studio, VP of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets and host Alton Byrd sits down with co-host Tino Pattigno to interview Jackie Wilson II, Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion for BSE Global on his role in culture and social justice within the organization. After we speak with Jackie, host Eliza Kravitz speaks with Saedra Bracy on her facilitation of BSE Global’s Employee Resource Groups in her role as Director of Diversity & Inclusion for BSE Global.
24 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Matt Riccardi & Kevin Conwell
This week at the WRHU Studio, VP of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets and host Alton Byrd sits down with co-host John Mullen sit down with Brooklyn Nets Director of Scouting and Long Island Nets General Manager, Matt Riccardi to talk about the ins and outs of basketball operations and development. Following that, host Derek Futterman interviews Kevin Conwell on his day-to-day duties as the Manager of Basketball Operations for the Long Island Nets.
26 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Mandy Gutmann & Mark Fine
This week, VP of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets and host Alton Byrd sits down with co-host Derek Futterman to talk to Mandy Gutmann, Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Relations for BSE Global and all of it's properties. Following that, host Nicolette Camardi speaks with Mark Fine, the Vice President of Team Marketing for the Brooklyn Nets.
31 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Keia Clarke & Amanda Landstrom
This week, Long Island Nets VP of Business Operations Alton Byrd sits down with co-host Eliza Kravitz to interview Keia Clarke. Keia is the CEO of the New York Liberty of the WNBA and was recently named to Sports Illustrated's "The Unrelenting" list, which honors the most outstanding and influential women in sports. Following that, WRHU's Rachel Luscher sits down with former Manager of Marketing, Game Presentation and Community Relations for the Long Island Nets, Amanda Landstrom.
29 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Shareef Abdur-Rahim & George Wilson
Join host Alton Byrd, VP of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets and co-host Joseph Viglucci as they take a deep dive into the development of the NBA G League with League President, Shareef Abdur-Rahim. To follow that is Kayla McKechnie, who sat down with George Wilson, Head of Business Operations for the NBA G League.
22 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Leo Ehrline & Matt Felker
Join host Alton Byrd, VP of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets and co-host Andrew Murdolo interview Leo Ehrline, Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer of BSE Global and the Brooklyn Nets as he talks through his 22-year tenure with the organization. Following that, WRHU's Eliza Kravitz will be speaking with Barclays Center General Manager, Matt Felker, to talk about a game day and operations through his eyes.
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