Business Wars

Business Wars

Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live.  Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers. Listen to Business Wars on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. Experience all episodes ad-free and be the first to binge the newest season. Unlock exclusive early access by joining Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial today by visiting now.

Business Wars

Wed Jul 17 2024

Cruise Ship Wars | A Shot Across the Bow

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This episode explores the birth of the cruise industry and the intense competition between companies like Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean. It delves into the challenges faced during IPOs, stock market crashes, and the race to acquire shares. The episode also highlights strategic acquisitions, cultural shifts, and the risks taken by industry leaders. Overall, it provides a comprehensive overview of the cruise industry's evolution.

Business Wars

Wed Jul 10 2024

Cruise Ship Wars | Making Waves

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The episode explores the competition between cruise companies like Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival Cruise Line in the 1970s. It covers the challenges faced by Ted Arison, the founder of Carnival Cruise Line, and his efforts to make Carnival successful. The episode also highlights the strategic changes and leadership at Royal Caribbean and the growth of the cruise industry.

Business Wars

Wed Jul 03 2024

Cruise Ship Wars | Anchors Aweigh!

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This episode explores the history of Norwegian Cruise Line and its co-founder Ted Erisen. From financial disputes and legal battles to the rise of the cruise industry, the podcast takes us on a journey through the challenges and triumphs of building successful cruise companies.

Business Wars

Wed Jun 26 2024

College Football Wars | Where the Pac-12 Went Wrong

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College football is undergoing significant changes due to realignments in conferences, shifts in media deals, and the rise of streaming networks. Fans are feeling disillusioned with the direction of college athletics and there is uncertainty about the future of the Pac-12 conference. Financial disparities and the impact of sports media rights are driving conference realignment and creating challenges for schools in lower-tier conferences. The future of college football remains uncertain, with speculation about potential changes resembling a Premier League or NFL junior model.

Business Wars

Thu Jun 20 2024

Drug Cartels | Inside Miami’s Drug Wars with Hotel Cocaine

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The Mutiny Club in Miami was the epicenter of Miami's drug wars in the late 70s and early 80s. The podcast series 'Hotel Cocaine' explores this era through the eyes of Cuban exiles. Pablo Escobar rose to power by seizing opportunities in the growing cocaine market in the United States during the 70s. The MGM+ series 'Hotel Cocaine' depicts the competition between Columbian and Cuban groups for cocaine distribution. The show adds humor and self-discovery elements to the crime genre. Actors discuss playing complex characters with shades of gray. The show explores themes of duality, humor, loss, and the cost of pleasure through the character's journey.

Business Wars

Wed Jun 19 2024

College Football Wars | Fragile Alliance

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The episode discusses the Pac-12's expansion plans, the formation of an alliance to counter the SEC's dominance, challenges in media rights deals, financial implications of conference moves, legal battles, and the changing landscape of college football.

Business Wars

Mon Jun 17 2024

Welcome to the Hotel Cocaine

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The episode explores the story of the Mutiny Hotel in Miami, which served as the epicenter of the cocaine trade in the late 70s. It follows Ramon Comte, a Cuban exile and hotel manager, who gets caught up in the illicit enterprise. The series Hotel Cocaine premieres on June 16th on MGM Plus. Additionally, there will be a behind-the-scenes conversation with the creator and actors on June 20th. The upcoming season of Business Wars will focus on Colombian drug cartels and premieres on August 7th on Wondery Plus.

Business Wars

Wed Jun 12 2024

College Football Wars | The Fumble

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The episode covers the history and rise of college football, financial struggles and future plans of the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, efforts to save the football season during the COVID-19 pandemic, frustrations and departure of Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, and new leadership and potential threats for the Pac-12.

Business Wars

Wed Jun 05 2024

College Football Wars | The New Champions

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This episode explores the negotiations for Pac-12 media rights, expansion plans, challenges faced during the launch of Pac-12 networks, the introduction of a playoff system, distribution challenges, and conference changes leading to a revenue shortfall.

Business Wars

Wed May 29 2024

College Football Wars | Title Fight

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The episode explores the history and evolution of college football's relationship with television networks, from negotiations over rights renewals to the formation of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and the challenges faced by conferences in expanding and adapting to changing TV landscapes. It highlights key figures like Jim Delaney, Roy Kramer, and Larry Scott, as well as the financial impact of TV deals on college football.

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