NECKTIES, NBA COACHES, AND THE VALUE OF BUILDING GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS WITH DAVID FOGEL (EP. 014): 

In today’s episode we sat down with David Fogel, Executive Director of the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA), the labor association that represents all NBA Head and Assistant Coaches. In his role, his mission is to ensure that NBA Coaches have a voice regarding on-court, as well as off-court matters. David manages all areas of day-to-day legal and business operations of the NBCA.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How his interest in labor relations was sparked through his family’s necktie business
  • The importance of building genuine relationships and learning from mentors
  • The value in always being transparent, open and direct with the NBCA members and colleagues around the League

In addition to his role as Executive Director of the NBCA, David also currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Law, where he taught a course titled “Legal Aspects of Professional Sports.” He has also been a Guest Lecturer at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and New York University School of Professional Studies, where he has taught several courses on labor relations, the duty of fair representation, alternative dispute resolution and collective bargaining in sports. After being recruited to play baseball at Emory University, where he double majored in Political Science and Sociology, he went on to earn his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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SHOW NOTES

  • How life was for David as a child (2:35)
  • Did David always know he wanted to get into the sports industry? (3:33)
  • Where David got his leadership skills from (4:47) 
  • What made David decide on his major in college (6:12)
  • What led David to law school (7:48)
  • David’s first job (13:55)
  • How he ended up working for the NBCA (17:28)
  • How long David interned for the Coaches Association (22:37)
  • What does the Coaches Association do? (23:20)
  • How David stays in touch with everyone involved with the association (25:50) 
  • What David’s day to day routine looks like (27:11)
  • How David finds time to meet with all of his clients (33:40) 
  • What is discussed in meetings with NBA coaches? (35:00)
  • David’s mentors in life (38:00)
  • Advice on how to find a mentor (41:20)
  • Key things David has learned from his mentor, Coach Carlisle (53:29)
  • One piece of advice that David wants to pass down to the next wave of talent (55:50) 
  • Habits that David has that could benefit the listeners (57:50)

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