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You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire

You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire

Brandon Steiner

ISBN: 978-1-118-33035-7

Sep 2012

224 pages

$16.99

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Description

A Brooklyn kid hustles his way to the top of a sports marketing and memorabilia empire

Brandon Steiner went from a kid who sat in the nosebleed seats at Yankee and Shea Stadiums to CEO of Steiner Sports Marketing Inc., one of the largest sports marketing and memorabilia companies in the United States, with an inventory of more than 10,000 collectibles. You Gotta Have Balls details Steiner's multiple entrepreneurial adventures, where he has both learned and taught others his fair share of ""rules."" Along the way, he developed some of the most innovative approaches to business—methods that many of today's companies would be wise to observe and employ themselves.

You Gotta Have Balls follows Steiner on his pathway to success by demonstrating the business philosophies that allowed him to become the powerful magnate that he is. These ideals include:

  • First to market is everything
  • Ask ""What Else?"" when working with clients to enhance relationships and elicit more business
  • Don't expand just for the sake of expanding; do it in areas and industries where your passion lies
  • How to train employees while they're in the minor leagues to prepare them for the majors

Learn to clearly identify ways to help others rather than sell to them, to align employees and partners with their strengths, and to discover a path where you're most likely to succeed.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix

PROLOGUE LAST CALL AT YANKEE STADIUM xi

INTRODUCTION BEING ALL IN xv

Chapter 1 WHAT’S WITH THE WATER IN BROOKLYN? 1

Chapter 2 THE SECRET OF ‘WHAT ELSE?’ 15

Chapter 3 LIFE, DEATH, AND SODA 23

DEWEY HIGH SCHOOL 23

SYRACUSE 30

Chapter 4 YES OR YES 41

IF IT ISN’T EASY, IT ISN’T POSSIBLE 51

Chapter 5 GETTING THE RAISE, THEN THE JOB 57

Chapter 6 THE ONLY SPORTS BAR IN NEW YORK 71

Chapter 7 WAITING TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING 77

MAKING CONNECTIONS 78

THE ‘86 GIANTS 81

MEETING MARA 83

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER 85

ON MY OWN 87

MAKING THE MARKET 90

DREAMING UP APPEARANCES 94

MEDICINE MEN 97

OUR FIRST MAJOR DEAL 102

YOU NEVER KNOW 105

Chapter 8 PLAY THE GAME, NOT THE SCORE 107

RELATIONSHIPS, NOT TRANSACTIONS 111

Chapter 9 TURNING MEMORIES INTO MONEY 115

EXPANDING OUR BUSINESS 115

MY FAVORITE COLLECTIBLE 120

Chapter 10 THE BIG BREAK: YANKEES-STEINER 125

Chapter 11 THE LIGHT IN THE OTHER ROOM 133

Chapter 12 TURNING DIRT INTO DOLLARS 139

Chapter 13 A JEWISH KID MEETS TOUCHDOWN JESUS 143

Chapter 14 THE FINAL DAYS OF YANKEE STADIUM 153

THE FRIEZE 164

THE ORIGINAL BRICKS 166

THE ‘‘I WANT TO THANK THE GOOD LORD FOR MAKING ME A YANKEE’’ SIGN 168

THE BLACK 168

THE FOUL POLES 170

THE CLUBHOUSE CARPET 170

Chapter 15 NOTHING BUT A DREAMER 171

Chapter 16 SANDLOT WISDOM 175

GET EVERYONE TO BUY IN 176

MAKE SURE INDIVIDUALS KNOW WHAT’S EXPECTED OF THEM 177

IF YOU CAN’T MOTIVATE, INCENTIVIZE 178

MAKE EVERYONE FEEL IMPORTANT 179

CONCLUSION WHAT MAKES YOU TICK? 183

INDEX 189