Motez Bishara on Yahoo Sports Radio Dissecting the Donald Sterling fallout / Kindle Countdown Deal Kickoff

Hello all!

Yesterday I was interviewed by the always terrific Elissa Walker Campbell for her Big E Sports show out of Houston on Yahoo Sports Radio.

We went over all the nail-biters in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but kicked off discussing the supercharged controversy involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling’s racist rant caught on tape by his 20-something year old mistress was legitimate global news, on a viral level. The NBA came down hard on the 80-year-old, banning him from the league on every possible level (no attending any arenas, no communication with management, etc) and is pushing for a majority vote of fellow owners which would force him to sell. This is totally unprecedented in global sports (and even, perhaps, in every level of business).

My take on the Sterling scandal and more can be heard on this 11 minute segment

But that’s not all! I’m running a Kindle Countdown Deal that kicks off today at the low LOW price of $1.99 (US customers only, sorry). Access the Kindle purchase from here

Clippers – Warriors Game 7 is in LA tomorrow, promises to be a good one! Have a great weekend everyone.

Vanessa, you can instagram me anytime you want.

Vanessa, you can instagram me anytime you want.

A fresh print review and an archived radio interview

Good morning and happy Friday!

Yesterday,, an arts and events website based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico published a review of Beating the NBA. The reviewer, Michael Sanchez, had this to say:

“It thrives when Bishara gets to dig into the personal details—like in the epilogue, where he lists the best and worst bars near the arenas—and goes over approaching scalpers like people as opposed to criminals who are always out to rip you off. It’s a refreshing look at a time-honored tradition: saving money while getting to enjoy something that you truly love.”

Amusingly, he called me out for using a lot of “adjectives and sloppy similes.” No one told me adjectives are now verboten in writing! What next, pronouns? Modifiers!

Read the review in its entirety here

And while we’re on the media tip, here’s an interview that I did back in November, 2013 with Champion Sports Radio in upstate New York. I was at a Planet Organic café and had no idea the call was coming in (I was on the schedule but no one told me!), so this was all stream of consciousness:

Have an awesome weekend, and let’s hope Arsenal bounce back tomorrow against Sunderland. We need a win, Come on You Gunners!!

KMA Radio Shenandoah, Iowa Interview on How to Beat the NBA AND how to beat the holiday eating buldge

More radio talk, this time coming out of Shenandoah, Iowa! The Dean and Don show had me on as their guest a couple of weeks back and, of course, we talked all things to do with ticketing and the NBA. Here’s how it went:

Hope everyone has an awesome Thanksgiving weekend! I am a sucker for holiday food. If you’re anything like me and are a little nervous about how to beat the Thanksgiving and Christmas food bulge then I’ve got some good reading for you.

This study suggests working out before breakfast is the only way to avoid gaining weight if yu’re going to binge eat later in the day

And this article suggests 45 mins of cardio workout per day during the holiday period. Either way, the point is don’t just sit around on the sofa eating turkey, as smugly satisfying as it feels.

Happy holidays everyone!

#TheFrugalFan Interview with the legendary Pat Williams of the Orlando Magic

Pat Williams, the Orlando Magic executive enshrined in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, recently interviewed me for his weekly in-depth radio talk show. Williams is famous for landing the top lottery pick in the 1992 and 1993 NBA drafts (first and only time a team has done this back to back) and using the successive #1 picks on Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Webber (and then immediately trading the latter for Penny Hardaway).

During the half-hour program I shared a bunch of amusing tales from my NBA-hopping sojourn, as well as some golden tips to use in the ticket hunting trade.

The interview took place in two parts:

Segment one:

and Segment two:

Off air, I couldn’t resist the temptation to ask Williams, who has 35 years of pro-basketball experience management under his belt following a brief stint as a Minor-League baseball player, a question of my own. If he could do it all over again, would he have kept Chris Webber and let him play with Shaq to form the most fearsome frontcourt in the NBA, rather than trade him for an upstart point guard?

Williams did not stop to think about it. “No,” he said firmly. “People forget how great a player Penny Hardaway was, and we needed a point guard. Unfortunately his career was affected early by injuries to both his knees, but for a few years he was one of the best.”

Indeed, the Magic made it to the NBA finals (where they got swept by Hakeem Olajuwon’s Rockets) in just their second season with Hardaway at point guard. He also won All-NBA first team honors that season.

Ultimately, conversing with industry leaders like Pat Williams is what makes writing books worthwhile.

The Big E Sports Show interview, Houston

Howdy y’all, last week I was graciously interviewed by the wonderful Elissa Walker Campbell from Houston, Texas for her weekly radio show. Elissa had me on as a guest during the NBA Finals back in June to give my take on the Heat and the Spurs, and so naturally I had to return for a follow-up for this fascinating start to the NBA season. Here’s me waxing lyrical on the undefeated Indiana Pacers, the Dallas Mavs, Houston Rockets and, finally, the Miami Heat (not to mention, discussing all things ticket related and “Beating the NBA”):

The Big E Sports show is broadcast out of Houston to dozens of local affiliates in the United States, as well as on Yahoo! Sports Radio and its 400 affiliate stations.

Kirkus book reveiw: ‘Beating the NBA’ is “a must read for basketball junkies.”

Kirkus, the bellwether book review service for the publishing industry, released this review of “Beating the NBA” earlier this week. Kirkus calls the book “a must read for basketball junkies” that “offers plenty of entertainment” and “provides smart commentary on the state of each franchise.” It labels my in-depth interviews as “incredibly interesting” and the book as “a thoroughly enjoyable read and a useful tool for any serious NBA fan.”

Here’s the review in its entirety:

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SLAM Magazine posts an excerpt of Beating the NBA

It’s a true privilege to be featured on the website of the most popular NBA magazine in the world. Yesterday, SLAM put ‘Beating the NBA’ at the top of their Featured Stories column and ran four full chapters as an excerpt. Click here for the post. (URL:

Incidentally, the Kindle Countdown deal is still on for US readers. $3.99 and moving up every day. A whopping discount on the $13 list price. Get your Kindle copy here.

One small request: please log into Goodreads or Amazon and provide a rating and some feedback for other readers once you’re done. Thank you and happy reading!

$2.99 Kindle Promo – Today Only – 80% off ‘Beating the NBA’!

Start your day with a gem of a deal, just a few bucks will get you a really fun read on your Kindle, PLUS alert you to how to save hundreds of dollars on attending your favorite live events.

Click on the Amazon link to the Kindle book here: (

This deal will expire tomorrow morning, at which point it will go up another $1-2 until it reverts back to its list price of $13 in a week. Take advantage of this one time offer!

Please note this Kindle Countdown promo is currently only available in the United States. A UK promo will take place in the near future.

Happy reading!

The Trailblazer’s Watergate AND the $2.99 Kindle deal

Good morning! Hope everyone had an awesome weekend. I’ve been doing a lot of press recently, surrounding the relaunch of Beating the NBA and the tip-off of the new NBA season (which has been incredibly exciting so far).

Here’s Friday’s interview with Portland radio station 750 KMZ for John Canzano’s ‘The Game’ program:

We dive into how the Trailblazers cheat their own ticketing system (I call it Portland’s ‘Watergate’), and how the NBA provides a great fan experience. mp3 link here:

And here’s the Oct 30 interview on the Dean & Don show from KMA 99.1FM in Shenandoah, Iowa! This was a truly fun 8 minute chat.
MP3 link:

Finally, it’s only 3 hours ’till the start of the Kindle Countdown Deal kicks off! At 8am Pacific Time (11am EST, 4pm UK time), and for only 24 hours, you’ll be able to purchase ‘Beating the NBA’ at a bargain basement price of only $2.99, a whopping 80% off the $13 list price on Amazon! ( More to come soon, have a great day!

Oct 29: Book giveaway contest and NBA 2013-2014 season takes flight!

Frugal Fanners! The NBA’s 2013-2014 season launches tonight!! The Heat host the revamped Bulls, Lakers host their arena-mates the Clippers, and Pacers take on the Magic. To celebrate, I’m offering a free giveaway of 5 books via Goodreads to readers in the US, UK and Canada.

Register here to win your signed copy:

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