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PicklePod 15: A Billionaire is Taking Over Pickleball

by The Dink Media Team on

In the most recent episode of PicklePod with Tyson Apostol and Thomas Shields, are joined by Zane Navratil to talk about the chaos in the business that is pickleball.

First recurring guest Zane Navratil joins the PicklePod to break down all the chaos that’s happened since last episode. We discuss the massive investment in the PPA, the new contracts and how the players are reacting. Zane talks about where he stands and how the APP, USA Pickleball and MLP are impacted by the recent developments. It’s a crazy time to be in pickleball, and Zane is right in the middle of it.

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*Show notes:*

(0:10) Welcoming Zane back to the pod and talk about his move to Austin

(5:10) Zane’s new business and domain speculation

(10:10) Discrepancies with the Dink Awards

(12:55) Tom Dundon, Pickleball Chaos, PPA Contracts

(31:55) The APP’s Response

(36:55) Zane’s take on the spin-serve rulings (that never end)

(45:10) Zane drops and the guys give updates

Get caught up on previous episodes here:

PicklePod 1:

Zane Navratil – Fire Up the Zanesaw

PicklePod 2:

Irina Tereschenko – Come at me Bro

PicklePod 3:

Doug Ellin – Creator of Entourage

PicklePod 4:

AJ Koller – 2nd Best in Sin City

PicklePod 5:

MLP Draft, Texas Open, and the Joe Rogan Experience

PicklePod 6:

Pickleball Invades Big Media

PicklePod 7: College Pickleball Kickoff

PicklePod 8: Jay Devilliers – Addresses Mixed Doubles Comments

PicklePod 9:

2022 Partnerships and The Dink’s origin story

PicklePod 10:

Dekel Bar’s Journey to Pickleball and Response to Lee Whitwell

PicklePod 11:

Who the hell is Thomas Wilson?

PicklePod 12: Pickleball McNasty Pickleball Celebrity Whisperer

PicklePod 13: From College Football to Pickleball Pro

PicklePod 14: 14yo “Phenom” and #1 Ranked Mother-Daughter Duo

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