December 2022 Party in the Back Podcast

A Roundtable Discussion regarding the Best of 2022 Awards on Host Jon Cudo is joined by three industry insiders who take the party to the next level. Featuring Amanda Greco, Ben Hill and Rich Meyers.

For the 12th consecutive year the December Podcast features a Roundtable Discussion about the Best of Awards.  While the show of course features lots of attention and love for the winners, this is also a great collective on game presentation from some important industry voices.  

For example, we look at who won the Best Act of 2022 but Rich Meyers and Amanda Greco (with over 30 years of experience leading and directing shows) talk about why acts are so valuable and how to get the most from the acts. 

While presenting the winners of the Best On-Field Content MILB Expert Ben Hill reflects on the changes since COVID that face teams and how teams are adjusting and reacting to this new landscape.  

It’s a fun hour talking about both the winners, peppered with thoughtful insightful about game operation and presentation from four real students of the game.

The Roundtable covers all the winners, honorable mentions, staff picks and industry thoughts on the seven categories of the Best of 2022 Awards.

The Panel this year featured:

  • Amanda Greco began her career with the Utah Starzz and Utah Jazz.  She has been an event producer for several Olympic venues, LA Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, and sporting and entertainment events like the NCAA Basketball Tournament. In 2022 Amanda co-founded Shine Entertainment.
  • Rich Meyers is an award-winning executive producer and experienced business developer who specializes in bringing ideas to life. Meyers worked with teams including the Grand Rapids Griffins and Edmonton Oilers to create memorable moments. Rich currently serves as the Chief Experience Officer for CUE Audio and is the Founder of Playbook Solutions.
  • Benjamin Hill has been writing for since 2005 when he started his run of league-leading coverage of the  quirky and off-beat world of minor league baseball promotions.  His popular promotional prose is must read material for sports executives across the county. 
  • Jon Cudo is the founder of His wide-ranging experience includes the Minnesota Timberwolves, Nike Sports Entertainment, Portland Fire, Cleveland Cavaliers and WWE…plus the last 24 years producing

Thanks for listening and sharing the podcast.  

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  • Last Month on the Podcast: A special edition of the podcast with guest Jon Long from the Newfoundland Growlers. Jon talks about the tragic loss of mascot performer Chris Abbott who passed away after over 27 years performing at Buddy the Puffin. We discuss how the team and community is moving forward in the wake of the loss. Plus Ben Hill on the year in Minor League Baseball.
  • One Year Ago on the first episode of the Party in the Back Podcast: A Roundtable Discussion regarding the Best of 2021 Awards on  Host Jon Cudo is joined by three industry giants who take the party to the next level. 
  • Five Years Ago on The Podcast: Special Round Table Edition of the Podcast with Jon Cudo, Ben Hill and Scott Carter talking about the 2017 Best of Awards.
  • Check out the Best of 2022 on, covering winners like the Dallas Stars, Gritty, Weiner Dog Races and Design your Own Jersey Night.

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