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Home of TWO terrific podcasts: 1) PAINLESS PODCAST Connect with Interesting people, jobs and places to work in and around sports, events, start-ups and cause marketing world. Featuring Painless Networking (https://www.Painless.Network) members, hosted by Chris Hartweg.2) THE FADEAWAY WITH DEON & ERIC Join former Illinois Fighting Illini basketball star Deon Thomas and Xfinity Game of the Week reporter Eric Schmidt for their podcast focusing on the Illini, hoops, and life. Painless on...Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/73710Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PainlessNetworkingTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/PainlessNetworkInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/PainlessNetworkAnd The FadeAway on...Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFadeAwayDeonEricTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/TheFadeawayChi

Latest Episodes

THE FADEAWAY 18 - Will Leitch

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 18 Will Leitch, MLB.com, New York Magazine and much more Deon and Eric go to the post with Will Leitch, prolific author and columnist for MLB.com, New York Magazine, and many more. We learn how Will started Deadspin, why he left, and how his roots growing up in Central Illinois and attending the University of Illinois helped shape his writing interests. The FadeAway is hosted by Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt. Deon currently does television studio work for the Big Ten Network and radio color analysis during Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball games. Eric can be seen on the Comcast “Game of the Week,” and other sports and entertainment segments, for Comcast in Chicago. Keep in touch with the FadeAway on the following social media channels: Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheFadeAwayDeonEric Twitter – www.twitter.com/TheFadeAwayChi Instagram – www.instagram.com/thefadeawaychi In this episode, we also hear music from Marty Casey’s ...

51 MIN2019 JAN 10
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THE FADEAWAY 18 - Will Leitch

Ep 53: FK Day (SRAM + WBR) & Carey Pinkowski (BofA Chicago Marathon) LIVE Panel

Painless Podcast episode 53: FK Day (Co-Founder SRAM & World Bicycle Relief) Carey Pinkowski (Exec. Race Director, Bank of America Chicago Marathon) Hear from two of the best in their fields – FK Day and Carey Pinkowski. FK helped launch SRAM, now the global leader in high-end bike components, surviving multiple failures. In Dec 2004 on holiday he was struck with the need for access to simple transportation in developing countries. But he didn’t want to just throw money at the problem. Nor did he want to just throw bikes at the problem either. Carey Pinkowski was charged with saving the Chicago Marathon in the early 1990’s. By always listening, asking questions, being out in the community with a simple goal of improving every day, he gained the trust of runners and city officials alike to springboard the Marathon to one of the world’s best race day experiences. Both FK and Carey share stories of how they listen to their consumers and empower them to make their own lives better. ...

59 MIN2018 OCT 28
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Ep 53: FK Day (SRAM + WBR) & Carey Pinkowski (BofA Chicago Marathon) LIVE Panel

THE FADEAWAY 17 - Dee Brown

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 17 Dee Brown, Illini Basketball Legend The “Human Fast Break” on the 2005 Fighting Illini Final Four Team…Dee Brown was Illinois’ Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All American his senior year at Proviso East HS. Then, in that magical 2005 season, he was a consensus All-American who earned the Sporting News National Player of the Year award. Dee jumps on the FadeAway to share his thoughts on what’s most important to him in basketball. He also tells Deon and Eric about how many of those key players wound up together, what he learned by playing professionally, and what he’s currently up to. The FadeAway is hosted by Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt. Deon currently does television studio work for the Big Ten Network and radio color analysis during Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball games. Eric can be seen on the Comcast “Game of the Week,” and other sports and entertainment segments, for Comcast in Chicago. Keep in touch with the...

41 MIN2018 OCT 17
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THE FADEAWAY 17 - Dee Brown

THE FADEAWAY 16 - Dana Howard

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 16 Dana Howard, 2018 HOF Inductee - College Football & Fighting Illini, 1994 Butkus Award Winner As the Dean of “Linebacker U”, former Illini Dana Howard still holds the Big Ten record for tackles. Howard still has the swagger of the NFL player he became, and jumps on the FadeAway to talk about today’s Fighting Illini team, his thoughts on being inducted into two Halls of Fame this year and shares some stories about his time on campus. The FadeAway is hosted by Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt. Deon currently does television studio work for the Big Ten Network and radio color analysis during Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball games. Eric can be seen on the Comcast “Game of the Week,” and other sports and entertainment segments, for Comcast in Chicago. Keep in touch with the FadeAway on the following social media channels: Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheFadeAwayDeonEric Twitter – www.twitter.com/TheFadeAwayChi Instagram – ww...

48 MIN2018 SEP 29
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THE FADEAWAY 16 - Dana Howard

THE FADEAWAY 15 - Leron Black

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 15 Leron Black, Fighting Illini Basketball 2017-18 All-Big Ten Leron Black lead the Fighting Illini basketball team in scoring during the 2017-18 season and was named Homorable Mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media). But this past spring, with a year of eligibility left but a degree already in hand, Leron made the decision to turn pro. Deon and Eric talk to Leron about how he came to that decision, what he’s looking forward to -- and scared of -- heading to Israel for the next stop on his basketball journey, and how he feels he matured over his time in Champaign. The FadeAway is hosted by Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt. Deon currently does television studio work for the Big Ten Network and radio color analysis during Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball games. Eric can be seen on the Comcast “Game of the Week,” and other sports and entertainment segments, for Comcast in Chicago. Keep in touch with the FadeAway on the following ...

35 MIN2018 SEP 18
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THE FADEAWAY 15 - Leron Black

Ep 52: Julia Millon & Jane Obringer (Northwestern & Learfield)

Painless Podcast episode 52: Julia Millon (Program Coordinator, Principal Gifts, Northwestern University) Jane Obringer (Manager, Partnership Solutions, Learfield) Meet Jane and Julia, two recent Northwestern Masters in Sports Administration students who give us a perspective on why they chose a sports-focused masters, how they chose Northwestern and how they juggle full-time jobs, classes, volunteering and other ways of giving back. This is conversation 4 of 4 from the Northwestern University Masters in Sports Administration’s “Facilities of the Future Symposium.” Special thanks to Jane, Julia and Doug Bakker for all their help making these episodes happen. Connect with the NU MSA program here: • https://sps.northwestern.edu/masters/sports-administration/ • Twitter = @NUSportsBiz To connect with Julia: • Email: julia.millon@northwestern.edu • Twitter: @juliamillon14 • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julia-millon14/ To connect with Jane: • Email: jobringer@learfield.c...

20 MIN2018 SEP 5
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Ep 52: Julia Millon & Jane Obringer (Northwestern & Learfield)

THE FADEAWAY 14 - Monica Abbott (USA Olympic Softball Player)

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 14 Monica Abbott, 2020 US Olympic Softball Team Arguably the most decorated softball player ever, Monica Abbott just added another accomplishment to her impressive resume. She and her Team USA teammates recently won a thrilling World Championship game against Japan, thus securing a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It’s noteworthy because it marks the return of softball to the Olympics since the sport’s last appearance in 2008. Monica joins Deon and Eric to discuss her role in women’s sports, how she approaches her work and having the “Million Dollar Arm.” The FadeAway is hosted by Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt. Deon currently does television studio work for the Big Ten Network and radio color analysis during Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball games. Eric can be seen on the Comcast “Game of the Week”, and other sports and entertainment segments, for Comcast in Chicago. Keep in touch with the FadeAway on the following socia...

31 MIN2018 AUG 30
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THE FADEAWAY 14 - Monica Abbott (USA Olympic Softball Player)

Ep 51: Andy Totten (McHugh Construction)

Painless Podcast episode 51: Andy Totten (Director, Sports Americas, AECOM) Meet Andy Totten, VP, McHugh Construction and hear how this “recovering architect,” put his love for sports, knowledge of design and passion for driving and organizing the many moving parts of stadium construction and renovation. Managing $100-120 million in projects at any one time, we’ll hear about how he’s been a driving force on work at the United Center, Advocate Center, MB Arena, Guaranteed Rate Field and now Navy Pier. A key is “future proofing” buildings to accommodate constantly evolving technology, equipment and fan engagement trends. This is conversation three of four from the Northwestern Masters in Sports Administration’s Facilities of the Future Symposium. Special thanks to Doug Bakker, Jane Obringer and Julia Millon for all their help making these episodes happen. Connect with the NU MSA program here: • https://sps.northwestern.edu/masters/sports-administration/ • Twitter = @NUSportsB...

19 MIN2018 AUG 17
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Ep 51: Andy Totten (McHugh Construction)

Ep 50: Jon Niemuth (AECOM)

Painless Podcast episode 50: Jon Niemuth (Director, Sports Americas, AECOM) Connect with Jon Niemuth who leads AECOM’s sports facility efforts across North and South America. Hear how a failure on the tennis court at 13 has helped shape, motivate and inform his work world every day. Today, he always looks to “own the moment” and not have regrets, not get emotional and not get nervous. He shares tips on how he's gone about doing that. He also has advice for folks looking to find their passion and gain not just mentors, but someone who believes in you and inspires you to keep reaching. This is the second of four excellent conversations held at the Northwestern Masters in Sports Administration’s Facilities of the Future Symposium. Special thanks to Doug Bakker, Jane Obringer and Julia Millon for all their help making these episodes happen. Connect with the NU MSA program here: • https://sps.northwestern.edu/masters/sports-administration/ • Twitter = @NUSportsBiz To connect with J...

28 MIN2018 AUG 9
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Ep 50: Jon Niemuth (AECOM)

Ep 49: Solly Fulp (Learfield College+)

Painless Podcast episode 49: Solly Fulp (EVP, Learfield Campus+) Meet Solly Fulp who leads Learfield’s Campus+ division. The former University of Oregon wrestler was previously a successful college athletics and university administration marketer, first at Sacramento State, then Cal. He joined Learfield early in 2017 to oversee a unit assisting 130 colleges and universities in their partnership efforts with brands, not just in athletics, but in deeper engagements and true partnerships across the entire campus. Hear how his path evolved and how he works to be a connector every day. He also shares tips for folks looking to find their passion and gain mentors. This is one of four excellent conversations held at the Northwestern Masters in Sports Administration’s Facilities of the Future Symposium. Special thanks to Doug Bakker, Jane Obringer and Julia Millon for all their help making these episodes happen. Connect with the NU MSA program here: • https://sps.northwestern.edu/masters/...

19 MIN2018 AUG 8
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Ep 49: Solly Fulp (Learfield College+)

Latest Episodes

THE FADEAWAY 18 - Will Leitch

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 18 Will Leitch, MLB.com, New York Magazine and much more Deon and Eric go to the post with Will Leitch, prolific author and columnist for MLB.com, New York Magazine, and many more. We learn how Will started Deadspin, why he left, and how his roots growing up in Central Illinois and attending the University of Illinois helped shape his writing interests. The FadeAway is hosted by Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt. Deon currently does television studio work for the Big Ten Network and radio color analysis during Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball games. Eric can be seen on the Comcast “Game of the Week,” and other sports and entertainment segments, for Comcast in Chicago. Keep in touch with the FadeAway on the following social media channels: Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheFadeAwayDeonEric Twitter – www.twitter.com/TheFadeAwayChi Instagram – www.instagram.com/thefadeawaychi In this episode, we also hear music from Marty Casey’s ...

51 MIN2019 JAN 10
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THE FADEAWAY 18 - Will Leitch

Ep 53: FK Day (SRAM + WBR) & Carey Pinkowski (BofA Chicago Marathon) LIVE Panel

Painless Podcast episode 53: FK Day (Co-Founder SRAM & World Bicycle Relief) Carey Pinkowski (Exec. Race Director, Bank of America Chicago Marathon) Hear from two of the best in their fields – FK Day and Carey Pinkowski. FK helped launch SRAM, now the global leader in high-end bike components, surviving multiple failures. In Dec 2004 on holiday he was struck with the need for access to simple transportation in developing countries. But he didn’t want to just throw money at the problem. Nor did he want to just throw bikes at the problem either. Carey Pinkowski was charged with saving the Chicago Marathon in the early 1990’s. By always listening, asking questions, being out in the community with a simple goal of improving every day, he gained the trust of runners and city officials alike to springboard the Marathon to one of the world’s best race day experiences. Both FK and Carey share stories of how they listen to their consumers and empower them to make their own lives better. ...

59 MIN2018 OCT 28
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Ep 53: FK Day (SRAM + WBR) & Carey Pinkowski (BofA Chicago Marathon) LIVE Panel

THE FADEAWAY 17 - Dee Brown

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 17 Dee Brown, Illini Basketball Legend The “Human Fast Break” on the 2005 Fighting Illini Final Four Team…Dee Brown was Illinois’ Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All American his senior year at Proviso East HS. Then, in that magical 2005 season, he was a consensus All-American who earned the Sporting News National Player of the Year award. Dee jumps on the FadeAway to share his thoughts on what’s most important to him in basketball. He also tells Deon and Eric about how many of those key players wound up together, what he learned by playing professionally, and what he’s currently up to. The FadeAway is hosted by Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt. Deon currently does television studio work for the Big Ten Network and radio color analysis during Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball games. Eric can be seen on the Comcast “Game of the Week,” and other sports and entertainment segments, for Comcast in Chicago. Keep in touch with the...

41 MIN2018 OCT 17
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THE FADEAWAY 17 - Dee Brown

THE FADEAWAY 16 - Dana Howard

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 16 Dana Howard, 2018 HOF Inductee - College Football & Fighting Illini, 1994 Butkus Award Winner As the Dean of “Linebacker U”, former Illini Dana Howard still holds the Big Ten record for tackles. Howard still has the swagger of the NFL player he became, and jumps on the FadeAway to talk about today’s Fighting Illini team, his thoughts on being inducted into two Halls of Fame this year and shares some stories about his time on campus. The FadeAway is hosted by Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt. Deon currently does television studio work for the Big Ten Network and radio color analysis during Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball games. Eric can be seen on the Comcast “Game of the Week,” and other sports and entertainment segments, for Comcast in Chicago. Keep in touch with the FadeAway on the following social media channels: Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheFadeAwayDeonEric Twitter – www.twitter.com/TheFadeAwayChi Instagram – ww...

48 MIN2018 SEP 29
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THE FADEAWAY 16 - Dana Howard

THE FADEAWAY 15 - Leron Black

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 15 Leron Black, Fighting Illini Basketball 2017-18 All-Big Ten Leron Black lead the Fighting Illini basketball team in scoring during the 2017-18 season and was named Homorable Mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media). But this past spring, with a year of eligibility left but a degree already in hand, Leron made the decision to turn pro. Deon and Eric talk to Leron about how he came to that decision, what he’s looking forward to -- and scared of -- heading to Israel for the next stop on his basketball journey, and how he feels he matured over his time in Champaign. The FadeAway is hosted by Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt. Deon currently does television studio work for the Big Ten Network and radio color analysis during Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball games. Eric can be seen on the Comcast “Game of the Week,” and other sports and entertainment segments, for Comcast in Chicago. Keep in touch with the FadeAway on the following ...

35 MIN2018 SEP 18
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THE FADEAWAY 15 - Leron Black

Ep 52: Julia Millon & Jane Obringer (Northwestern & Learfield)

Painless Podcast episode 52: Julia Millon (Program Coordinator, Principal Gifts, Northwestern University) Jane Obringer (Manager, Partnership Solutions, Learfield) Meet Jane and Julia, two recent Northwestern Masters in Sports Administration students who give us a perspective on why they chose a sports-focused masters, how they chose Northwestern and how they juggle full-time jobs, classes, volunteering and other ways of giving back. This is conversation 4 of 4 from the Northwestern University Masters in Sports Administration’s “Facilities of the Future Symposium.” Special thanks to Jane, Julia and Doug Bakker for all their help making these episodes happen. Connect with the NU MSA program here: • https://sps.northwestern.edu/masters/sports-administration/ • Twitter = @NUSportsBiz To connect with Julia: • Email: julia.millon@northwestern.edu • Twitter: @juliamillon14 • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julia-millon14/ To connect with Jane: • Email: jobringer@learfield.c...

20 MIN2018 SEP 5
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Ep 52: Julia Millon & Jane Obringer (Northwestern & Learfield)

THE FADEAWAY 14 - Monica Abbott (USA Olympic Softball Player)

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 14 Monica Abbott, 2020 US Olympic Softball Team Arguably the most decorated softball player ever, Monica Abbott just added another accomplishment to her impressive resume. She and her Team USA teammates recently won a thrilling World Championship game against Japan, thus securing a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It’s noteworthy because it marks the return of softball to the Olympics since the sport’s last appearance in 2008. Monica joins Deon and Eric to discuss her role in women’s sports, how she approaches her work and having the “Million Dollar Arm.” The FadeAway is hosted by Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt. Deon currently does television studio work for the Big Ten Network and radio color analysis during Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball games. Eric can be seen on the Comcast “Game of the Week”, and other sports and entertainment segments, for Comcast in Chicago. Keep in touch with the FadeAway on the following socia...

31 MIN2018 AUG 30
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THE FADEAWAY 14 - Monica Abbott (USA Olympic Softball Player)

Ep 51: Andy Totten (McHugh Construction)

Painless Podcast episode 51: Andy Totten (Director, Sports Americas, AECOM) Meet Andy Totten, VP, McHugh Construction and hear how this “recovering architect,” put his love for sports, knowledge of design and passion for driving and organizing the many moving parts of stadium construction and renovation. Managing $100-120 million in projects at any one time, we’ll hear about how he’s been a driving force on work at the United Center, Advocate Center, MB Arena, Guaranteed Rate Field and now Navy Pier. A key is “future proofing” buildings to accommodate constantly evolving technology, equipment and fan engagement trends. This is conversation three of four from the Northwestern Masters in Sports Administration’s Facilities of the Future Symposium. Special thanks to Doug Bakker, Jane Obringer and Julia Millon for all their help making these episodes happen. Connect with the NU MSA program here: • https://sps.northwestern.edu/masters/sports-administration/ • Twitter = @NUSportsB...

19 MIN2018 AUG 17
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Ep 51: Andy Totten (McHugh Construction)

Ep 50: Jon Niemuth (AECOM)

Painless Podcast episode 50: Jon Niemuth (Director, Sports Americas, AECOM) Connect with Jon Niemuth who leads AECOM’s sports facility efforts across North and South America. Hear how a failure on the tennis court at 13 has helped shape, motivate and inform his work world every day. Today, he always looks to “own the moment” and not have regrets, not get emotional and not get nervous. He shares tips on how he's gone about doing that. He also has advice for folks looking to find their passion and gain not just mentors, but someone who believes in you and inspires you to keep reaching. This is the second of four excellent conversations held at the Northwestern Masters in Sports Administration’s Facilities of the Future Symposium. Special thanks to Doug Bakker, Jane Obringer and Julia Millon for all their help making these episodes happen. Connect with the NU MSA program here: • https://sps.northwestern.edu/masters/sports-administration/ • Twitter = @NUSportsBiz To connect with J...

28 MIN2018 AUG 9
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Ep 50: Jon Niemuth (AECOM)

Ep 49: Solly Fulp (Learfield College+)

Painless Podcast episode 49: Solly Fulp (EVP, Learfield Campus+) Meet Solly Fulp who leads Learfield’s Campus+ division. The former University of Oregon wrestler was previously a successful college athletics and university administration marketer, first at Sacramento State, then Cal. He joined Learfield early in 2017 to oversee a unit assisting 130 colleges and universities in their partnership efforts with brands, not just in athletics, but in deeper engagements and true partnerships across the entire campus. Hear how his path evolved and how he works to be a connector every day. He also shares tips for folks looking to find their passion and gain mentors. This is one of four excellent conversations held at the Northwestern Masters in Sports Administration’s Facilities of the Future Symposium. Special thanks to Doug Bakker, Jane Obringer and Julia Millon for all their help making these episodes happen. Connect with the NU MSA program here: • https://sps.northwestern.edu/masters/...

19 MIN2018 AUG 8
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Ep 49: Solly Fulp (Learfield College+)
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