You should always ask, "What else?"

8 Questions with Jane Wilkens Michael

June 30, 2015

I spoke to a friend of mine recently, radio host Jane Wilkens Michael, about her new book, Long Live You!, and the importance of how to stay focused on your health.

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Two Things I Learned on Tuesday from Andy Pettitte

June 29, 2015

I hosted a recent Steiner Sports Q&A at Yankee Stadium with Andy Pettitte, who of course will have his number retired by the Yankees this summer.

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Steve Weatherford’s 4 Life Lessons to Live By

June 28, 2015

There are only certain people in this world that have the ability to captivate a room with their energy, enthusiasm and overall exuberance. Steve Weatherford is one of those people.

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Success and Divine Intervention with Coach K and the 2015 National Champs

June 24, 2015
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If you’re a believer in divine intervention, you can’t ignore what happened to the 2015 National Champion Duke Basketball team and Coach K.

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The 5 Things That Will Definitively Fix Basketball and the NCAA

June 23, 2015

My thoughts on what can be done to make college athletics better and more watchable.

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My Birthday Wish

June 23, 2015
Birthday cupcake

I’m telling you what I want for my birthday this year. All my readers listen up.

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Can You Parent Your Kids to Success?

June 21, 2015
Unexpected Numbers

All parents worry that their kids will be spoiled and feel entitled. How can we avoid this from happening to our own kids?

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Reacting to Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th Hit

June 20, 2015

Alex Rodriguez put things in perspective last night at a postgame press conference when he said that a year ago, "I didn't know this day would come."

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How Did You Get Started?

June 18, 2015

A player hits a home run in his first game or his last at-bat and we celebrate. The reality is that there is a lot to celebrate in between.

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VloggedIn: A Job-Search Game-Changer

June 17, 2015
Job search

If you're looking for a new job, pay attention, because I am about to tell you about the future of the job search.

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Lifting Spirits After a Tragedy

June 15, 2015

I decided that the latest episode of “The Hook-Up” should center on lifting the spirits of the officers that worked most closely with Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

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8 Questions with Jack Mitchell

June 14, 2015

if you’re looking for a way to take your business to the next level, I highly suggest your read my interview with Jack

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Steiner University: George Bodenheimer

June 10, 2015

Here are the three most important lessons I learned from the former President of ESPN.

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Two Things I Learned on Tuesday from Victor Espinoza

June 10, 2015
Victor Espinoza and Brandon Steiner at Sports Illustrated

Here’s what I learned while I spent my day with Victor Espinoza yesterday.

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Transplant Recipient Supports Patient Waiting for Heart

June 8, 2015

You might remember that last year on the debut episode of “The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner” on YES Network we helped Colby Salerno, an aspiring medical student who had undergone a heart transplant, with a “Hook-Up.”

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Writing, Working & Winning

June 7, 2015

When I coached my kids’ Little League teams I liked to hold “extra practices," so we could focus on winning.

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A Conversation with Gretchen Carlson

June 3, 2015

Someone whom I have been fortunate to call a friend has written a very interesting new book. You may know Gretchen Carlson from her work on FOX News, but the reason why this book is going to be a hit stems far beyond the TV Studio.

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Kill the Behavior, Don’t Kill the People

June 1, 2015

We have to be more cognizant about how we deal with people online. Just because we’re not in front of someone, we have to have some empathy.

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The Three S’s

May 31, 2015

Are you taking the proper amount of time each day to breathe your own oxygen?

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No One Talks to Eachother

May 28, 2015

I am wondering lately what the story is with people not wanting to talk anymore. I thought it was just a young people trend, but turns out it’s everyone!

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Are you a Mule or a Stallion?

May 27, 2015

Goldman Sachs has a motto. They’d rather tame a stallion than poke a mule. What type of wife or husband, friend or employee are you? Are you a mule or are you a stallion?

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8 Questions with John Eliason

May 25, 2015
8 Questions with John Eliason

John Eliason

John Eliason

I’ve gotten to know John Eliason through my friend Harvey Mackay. John is a brilliant entrepreneur and a master on the topic of selling yourself and getting the most out of the opportunities in front of you.

John wrote a new book, Rewire: How To Grow A Business In A Crazy World And Have A Great Time Doing It, and it is an absolute must-read for anyone learning how they can better sort through life’s challenges.

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Do you know who your real friends are?

May 19, 2015


Fare-weather friends are everywhere. It’s amazing how quickly people sprint in the other direction when their friend has a problem.

At the end of the day it’s easy to be friends with someone when everything’s great. It’s easy to be great when your client is Executive VP with a big budget.…

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8 Questions with David Levy, President of TBS

May 18, 2015

He’s a board member with me for the sports management program at Syracuse University, a great friend and a great guy. David Levy, the President of TBS, has done some incredible things to change the game in sports media. (He also does some tremendous charity work and other projects).

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Do People Really Change?

May 17, 2015


I come from the school of thought where I always think people can change and that, maybe more specifically, I’m going to be the one to change them. I am the one who is going to get this or that person to finally turn the corner.…

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It’s All About Your I’s

May 14, 2015


Here they are, the six things you need to do to be able to succeed in business.

I need help.” – always be able to admit it.

made a mistake.” – be honest about it.

don’t know.” – acknowledge it.…

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Two Things I Learned on Tuesday from Jorge Posada

May 12, 2015
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees bats against the Detroit Tigers during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Over the weekend on Mother’s Day, I had a chance to interview Jorge at Yankee Stadium before the Yankees took on the Orioles about some of the highlight moments from his career.

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8 Questions with Dwier Brown

May 11, 2015

Baseball is synonymous with family. Often that means fathers and sons sharing moments together that help forge strong relationships. 

Perhaps no film has sent a more powerful message about fathers, sons and baseball than Field of Dreams, the 1989 film starring Kevin Costner.

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The 10 Best Things My Mother Taught Me

May 9, 2015

My mother was an amazing woman. There are a lot of things she taught me growing up, even as an adult, that still resonate with me today. Here is a shortlist of just ten of those things that you should start doing NOW if you don’t already.

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Advice for the College Graduate: ‘Buy a damn good suit’ and more from recent college grads

May 7, 2015

This is the time of year where college grads start asking for help…a lot of help…and they’re desperate. And that’s where they’re going about it all wrong. 
The problem is that most kids try to be independent and when they reach the point where reality is about to set in, the desperation sets in, as well. College students need to ask for the right help at the right time.

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Turn Your Car Into Your Classroom

May 5, 2015


This is one of my favorite concepts of all-time, brought to me by my good friend Harvey Mackay.

Think about all the time you spend commuting everyday.

One hour?

Two hours?

Three hours? 

Four hours?

According to WNYC, the average commute time in the US is 25 minutes.…

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8 Questions with George Bodenheimer

May 4, 2015

There is something to be said about starting from the bottom and working your way all the way up to the top. It shows focus, determination, commitment and a willingness to learn.
Starting from the bottom is exactly what George Bodenheimer, a man whom I’ve gotten to know so well over the years, did at ESPN.

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8 Questions with Danny Schayes

May 3, 2015

Danny Schayes was a classmate of mine at Syracuse. His dad, Dolph, was a basketball Hall of Famer, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. 

What’s amazing about Dan is that he used every bit of his talent. There’s nothing that got wasted.

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Ask for the Right Help

April 30, 2015


This is the time of year that college students are out there looking for jobs. It’s the end of their four-year run. Hopefully some of them have dug their well before their thirsty.

What many of you out there don’t realize is that your college kids are really looking for their second job because looking for their job is their job.…

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The pitcher has become the new NFL running back

April 29, 2015

Stephen Strasburg has had Tommy John Surgery.

Stephen Strasburg is one of hundreds of active players that have had Tommy John Surgery.

The pitcher has become the new NFL running back (as is sitting is the new smoking…that’s another blog for another day).

If you’re a pitcher at virtually any level of baseball, there is a good chance you’re going to get injured.…

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The Moral Bucket List

April 28, 2015

My daughter sent me this op-ed that was in The New York Times, written by David Brooks. It is a must-read. Why? Because it’s about morals. 

Without morals, what are we? Nothing. So, in this there are some valuable lessons to learn


The right way or the wrong way...which will you choose?

The right way or the wrong way…which will you choose?

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6 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Toxic Leader

April 26, 2015

Leadership is one of the essential needs for success in any situation, yet it’s one of the most misunderstood conditions. With that, I thought there would be no better person to learn from than military personnel. Today’s blog was written by Air Force Brigadier General John Michel, who highlights the 6 ways to avoid becoming a toxic leader.

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What Else?

April 23, 2015

Private jet flying above lake

How can you go the extra mile for your customers?


You know that “what else” has been engrained into my everyday life since I was 10-years-old. As my career has progressed in business, one of the key things that I have carried with me throughout everyday is thinking about what else I can do to make someone completely happy (because customer service is the key to any business).…

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Street Smart Ideas to Drive Success

April 20, 2015

Street smarts. It’s become kind of a cliché term, but the concept in itself is the driving force behind your success. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great things happening in classrooms at all levels today. But for me, I have found that the experience you gain from real-world problem solving and failures can far outweigh the type of help that a book can afford you.

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Saying the Hard Stuff

April 19, 2015

Communication is the key to any successful relationship, whether that’s at work with an employee or a new business partner, or at home with your family; your wife, your kids or your parents…whomever! At the end of the day, if you have no means of connecting with said individual, there’s no sense in you being in that relationship.

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Embracing Potential

April 16, 2015


Many years ago, two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.

The first salesman reported back, “There is no potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

The second salesman reported back, “There is massive potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

You may have heard that story before, or at least variations of it.…

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8 Questions with Joe Plumeri

April 15, 2015
8 Questions with Joe Plumeri

Everyone imagines top CEOs as larger–than–life figures who do things no one else could. But deep down, a good business leader is an everyman who combines vision and high energy with the ability to connect with and learn from all types of people. I had the chance to sit down with renowned business leader Joe Plumeri, author of the newly released The Power of Being Yourself, to discuss how to stay positive, motivate yourself and others, and achieve success in your life and work.

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The Changes I Would Make to Today’s NBA

April 13, 2015


First-off, cut the schedule from 82 games to 70 by cutting out the second half of back-to-backs. Why? The cellar-dwellers of the NBA need to be incentivized to compete through the conclusion of the season.

The way to keep teams competitive is by having a postseason tournament for the non-playoff teams (…I must admit I’m stealing some ideas from a recent Grantland article).…

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Two Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Went Into Business (and Life)

April 12, 2015

This guest blog is from one of the funniest women I have ever met, Elaine Williams. She does motivational talks to help others by calling on her own life experiences and battles with addiction. I spoke to her recently and found that there were two key things I thought would be valuable to share. 


1245Let me begin by saying that I am truly grateful for my life, health and support network and for the work I am doing in the world.…

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Our Push for ‘Passion,’ and Why It Harms Kids

April 11, 2015

There is not a single word in the English dictionary more over-used these days than, “passion.” This New York Times article from last week about how parents’ push for passion is harming kids could not have been more on-point. Parents need to start taking a more hands-off approach to the way we handle our children.

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I Don’t Know

April 7, 2015


Just because you don’t have what you want now doesn’t mean you can’t get there at some point. You have to have more confidence and have an understanding about what the big picture is for your business, career and your life.…

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Take a Chance When People Least Expect It

April 3, 2015

NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

You heard about this 50-1 bet on Michigan State to win it all that that’s been getting so much attention, right? It got me thinking about how important it is to bet on a long shot once in a while.…

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How do you become a game-changer?

April 2, 2015

Past Present And Future Signpost Showing Evolution Destiny Or Aging

So I’ve been sitting in front of the TV watching all the March Madness games the past few weekends, and in every single one the broadcasters love to talk about “game-changers”: guys who have the skill and athleticism to, at any moment, change a game.…

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Focusing on a Singular Outcome Will Lead You to Any Victory

April 1, 2015

 “If you do not go undefeated this year, you will have lost.”

That’s what Bob Knight told his 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers team before the pre-season the year they won the NCAA title, the last time a men’s D-1 team went undefeated.…

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STOPit App Lets Kids Anonymously Report Bullying

March 31, 2015
STOPit App Lets Kids Anonymously Report Bullying

Bullying is an incredible problem in this country and with the advent of new technologies, it only keeps getting worse. A friend sent me some information about a new app they are developing called STOPit, which will let kids anonymously report bullying.

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