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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] with your thoughts, topic ideas, suggestions and/or questions you’d like addressed on future episodes.

Season 2

Interview with Brian Clapp

S2: Ep 1 – Brian Clapp

January 2021

In this episode, Don and Brian talk candidly about the job search process.  Listen as they discuss several job seeking tactics that may get you thinking differently about the way you approach the sports industry’s job market.  During their conversation they touch on important topics including the first step you should take before starting a job search, construction of a resume, impact of a cover letter, effective strategy for building a professional network, differentiating yourself in an interview, if an advanced degree gives you an advantage, helpful resources, and much more!

Interview with Sean Belgrade

S2: Ep 2 – Sean Belgrade

February 2021

There’s one sporting event that goes beyond traditional fan engagement and totally immerses its spectators into the fabric of their brand like none other… The Daytona 500. In this episode, Don interviews Sean Belgrade, Managing Director of Consumer Experience for NASCAR, who shares his event presentation philosophy and takes listeners behind-the-scenes of the Daytona 500, uncovering logistical details that have elevated the fan experience to mirror the prestige of the race itself. During their conversation they cover preparation, immersive experiences, sponsor activation, driver introductions, and much more!

Michelle McComas

S2: Ep 3 – Michelle McComas

March 2021

​In this episode, Don interviews Michelle McComas who shares her career path, event presentation philosophy, and reveals entertainment best practices that have helped position the Chicago Bulls as a leader in the NBA.  Listen as Michelle speaks passionately about her strategy for utilizing and incorporating entertainment resources, development and recruitment of talent, the creative process for performances, importance of branding, how she measures success and much more!

Tim Tubito, NFL

S2: Ep 4 – Tim Tubito

April 2021

In this episode, Don has a conversation with Tim Tubito who shares his event presentation philosophy and takes listeners “behind-the-shield” revealing the NFL’s methodology in facilitating two of their large-scale events… the NFL Draft and the Super Bowl. During their discussion, Tim uncovers logistical details that illustrate exactly why the NFL is considered a leader in the sports and entertainment industry. Listen as Tim provides insight into his role as Club Liaison, the pandemic’s impact on the NFL Draft and Super Bowl, how technology was utilized to deliver enhanced experiences, and much more!

Ahmaad Crump

S2: Ep 5 – Ahmaad Crump

May 2021

In this episode, Don has a conversation with 16-year NBA in-arena host veteran, Ahmaad Crump. Listen as Ahmaad shares his experience and talks openly about his path to becoming an emcee for the Cleveland Cavaliers. During their conversation, they touch on several topics including communication between Game Director and Emcee, handling situations with multiple hosts, advice on becoming a successful emcee, common mistakes, and much more!

Andrew Johnson

S2: Ep 6 – Andrew Johnson

July 2021

In this episode, Don interviews Andrew Johnson who shares his path to becoming the mascot performer for the Houston Texans.  Listen as Andrew breaks down the three areas every great mascot should focus on.  Also, he provides advice to those who manage mascots, identifies the ideal skillset for performers, points out some of the biggest mistakes made by mascots today and much more!  If you’re a mascot, someone who oversees a mascot program, or you enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the sports industry… you’re going to love this discussion!

Chad Folkestad

S2: Ep 7 – Chad Folkestad

August 2021

In this episode, Don has a conversation with Chad Folkestad who shares his career path, event presentation philosophy, and talks candidly about storytelling and the creative process he utilizes to generate award-winning content. Listen as Chad illustrates his methods for creating an organic environment that relies heavily on spontaneity. They touch on a variety of topics including… keys to great storytelling, getting players to “buy in” to projects, tactics for generating content ideas, facilitating meaningful ideation sessions, getting ideas approved through leadership, and much more!