We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, what do you attribute your success to?
In our business we like to focus on the three Cs; content, community and connect. Connecting with our audience I think has been the most important factor of our success. When the pandemic hit last March our business, like many was put in a precarious spot. Our entire brand is built on creating content for sports gambling, without sports being played what were we going to do? Luckily we were able to pivot, we started simulating sports on Twitch and doing play by play for the games. In addition the viewers were actually able to bet on the games. Surviving without sports was a growing moment for our business and it really helped solidify the connection we have with our audience.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My last previous day job before going full steam on the Sports Gambling Podcast Network was head writer for a tv show. I really enjoyed my time there, however towards the end they expected me to help write develop and produce any additional three pilots without any credit or compensation. Needless to say it was a pretty bad offer and made me feel like shit both professionally and personally. The show was non-union so they can get away with stuff like that so I decided it was a sign to pursue my business full time and leave the show.
Now that I’m acting in the boss role I try and do my best to treat the people contributing to our network with respect. Sometimes it’s a balancing act finding what’s good for the business’ bottom line and what’s good for the contributor, but I at least make an effort to be as fair as possible.
I think that’s what I’m most proud of is that we pay our people for their contributions, you’d be surprised to learn how many sites and content networks don’t pay or pay so little. Even as a very small business our rates are comparable if not better than a lot of the “bigger” sites. It’s a cool feeling to be able to pay people for doing what they love
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Zweet Cafe – I’d start it off with a breakfast at Zweet Cafe in Eagle Rock real close to where I live. I almost hesitated mentioning them because I don’t want it to get to crowded. The food is great, the coffee is great but more importantly the people are great. Everyone who works there is super friendly and they know all the regulars by name. I’ve spent thousands of hours hanging out at their spot drinking iced coffee and working away on the laptop.
SGPN HQ – Next I’d take them right up the street to our office and studio. It’s a pretty great setup that my partner and I put together with a top notch recording studio, a viewing area lounge and even a bar. If they’re a drinking type I’d hand them a beer and throw on some day baseball.
Plants & Animals – For lunch we’d hit up Plants & Animals a newer restaurant based in Eagle Rock. It’s actually a keto based restaurant, I’m not keto but maybe I should get into it because the food is amazing. Good mix of whatever you’re looking for and you feel great after eating it.
Rafa’s Lounge – For the evening I’d take them to Rafa’s Lounge. Rafa’s Lounge is an underground art gallery in the heart of Echo Park, where me and my buddies ran a show ‘The Comedy Garage’ for years. They haven’t opened back up yet, because of the pandemic, but hopefully soon. It’s an awesome intimate spot for performances and the art they have up there is some of the most unique stuff you’ll find in the city. Plus the guy who runs it Rafa is a great guy and a true friend to the arts.
El Compadres Sunset Blvd – No offense to the other El Compardres but the one on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park is the best one. If you’re coming to Los Angeles you have to have some Mexican food and El Compadres is my favorite. I love a chimichanga and for whatever reason it’s hard to come by in the city, El Compadre has them and they’re amazing. I’ll also make the person I’m giving a tour drink some of their margaritas.
Dodgers Stadium – Close out the day walking from El Compadres to Dodgers Stadium, it’s an easy walk and El Compadres is a great place to pregame before a game. Dodgers Stadium is my favorite stadium in Los Angeles, it’s such a cool feeling watching a game in Chavez Ravine. You’re sunken in and you can’t see any other parts of the city and the sunsets there are underrated. Plus they’re usually good and anytime I see a game live I have to bet on it so Dodger Stadium makes that easy.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
For me this is easy it’s definitely my wife Tess. We were friends before we started dating and she’s always been the most supportive person I have in my life. When things are going poorly she’s always there to help pick me up. She has a ton of confidence in me and my abilities, when you’re going out on a ledge running a business it’s great to have someone that has your back. She’s always there to listen to me bitch and moan about the headaches running a business and she even pretends to be upset when I lose my bets.
Others: We just launched an app. You can get all our podcasts, videos and picks completely free on it! http://sgpn.app
Here is a link to my sports themed stand up comedy album, “This Loss Hurts Us All” https://open.spotify.com/album/3N5EsMTZ22lGNH28sk3O8Q?si=pAeZgP7LSsenwWU4JTFaDw&nd=1
Troy Conrad – Black and white photo, I took the rest