Welcome to the SI Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina. This podcast, which will be published weekly, will focus on all things sports media via interviews and roundtable discussions. Occasionally, an athlete or celebrity will drop by for a chat as well.
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Episode 225 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features interviews with two sports media reporters. First up is Ben Strauss of the “Washington Post.” Then, Andrew Marchand of the "New York Post" joins the show.Strauss discusses CBS’ Masters coverage and ratings, LeBron James possibly doing a guest spot on “Inside the NBA,” the differences between DAZN and ESPN+, the evolution of Deadspin and more.Marchand breaks down all aspect of the big Mike Francesa-Michael Kay sports-talk radio war that hit a fever pitch this week.
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Episode 224 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features two interviews. First up is a conversation with columnist, Ray Ratto. Following Ratto, MLB Network’s Lauren Shehadi and Robert Flores join the podcast.
Ratto talks about being laid off from his job at NBC Bay Area in January, the state of the sports media business, the problem with podcasts, the Athletic’s business model, Twitter, why he hates compliments and much more.
Shehadi and Flores discuss their daily show, “MLB Central,” how MLB can capture a younger audience, Mike Trout’s marketability, bat flips, personalities of baseball players and more.
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Episode 223 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features interviews with Bleacher Report host, Taylor Rooks and Wrestling Observer publisher and found, Dave Meltzer.
Rooks talks about her new Web interview show, "Take It There with Taylor Rooks,” what it’s like to be one of the ‘rising stars’ in sports media, how she deals with social media being a big part of her life, loving Oprah, her dream interview and much more.Meltzer previews WrestleMania, shares news on Ronda Rousey, John Cena, Dean Ambrose, the Undertaker and more. Meltzer also weighs in on John Oliver’s segment that took the WWE to task for making wrestlers independent contractors.
Episode 222 of the “Sports Illustrated Media Podcast” features an interview with Darren Rovell, Senior Executive Producer for the Action Network. Rovell talks about whether it was difficult to leave ESPN for the Action Network, the challenges of working for a startup, his daily responsibilities, what he’s learned about gamblers, whether he likes sportsbooks offering refunds for losing wagers, what gamblers want from media outletst that cover gambling, remaining in the sports business world, his reaction to Zion Williamson’s shoe exploding, whether Tony Romo is worth $10 million a year and much more.
Episode 221 of the Sports Illustrated Podcast features an interview with legendary CBS/Turner college basketball analyst, Bill Raftery. The man who has been calling college hoops for 33 years talked about his various catchphrases, the challenges with calling the NCAA Tournament, what it meant to get the assignment to call the Final Four five years ago, how he prepares for a game, whether retirement ever creeps into his mind, what technology he does and doesn’t use and much more.The podcast kicks off with host Jimmy Traina and his SI colleague, Jack Dickey, discussing various sports media stories in the news, including Mike Trout’s monster deal, ESPN wooing Peyton Manning, NFL draft overkill, ESPN’s wise move with UFC and Jimmy’s issues with DirecTV.This electronic message, including any attachments, may contain proprietary, confidential or privileged information for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). You are hereby notified that any unauthorized disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of this message is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please immediately notify the sender by reply e-mail and delete it.
Episode 220 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features an interview with “New York Post” sports columnist, Andrew Marchand, and WWE superstar Roman Reigns.Marchand and host Jimmy Traina discuss FOX’s new college football pregame show, featuring Urban Meyer, Stephen A. Smith’s repeated blunders, Turner Sports’ plan to phase out Marv Albert, how the NFL schedule the Cleveland Browns this season, the CBS/Turner NCAA Tournament Selection Show and much more.Roman Reigns joins the show approximately 35 minutes in to discuss his return to the WWE, his battle with leukemia, hearing cheers instead of boos, what he did during his time off, being ready for WrestleMania and more.
Episode 219 features an interview with journalist, author and podcast host, Jim Miller. The man who literally wrote the book on ESPN talks about ESPN being blindsided by Jason Witten’s departure, what ESPN’s plan is for the "Monday Night Football" booth, how ESPN will handle Jessica Mendoza calling Sunday Night Football while working in the Mets’ front office. In addition, Miller talks about the big changes facing Turner Sports and how that will affect sports fans, how networks balance getting into the gambling game while trying to keep leagues happy, the upcoming Sopranos prequel and more.
Episode 218 features an interview with Jon Weiner, aka Stugotz from ESPN's “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.” The radio host and new podcast host (“Stupodity”) gives the backstory on his nickname, talks about how he linked up with Le Batard, the chemistry between the two, growing up idolizing “Mike and the Mad Dog,” the show’s relationship with ESPN, his dream guests for his podcast, Bruce Springsteen and much more.
Episode 217 of the Sports Illlustrated media podcast features an interview with Paul “BizNasty” Bissonnette about his transition from hockey player/Twitter icon to sports media star. The man known as “Biz,” talks about juggling his job as a host on “Spittin Chiclets” with his job as Coyotes radio analyst. Biz offers advice for all athletes on making the transition to sports media after retirement, discusses the best and worst parts of podcasting, reveals how he preps for his jobs and explained why authenticity is key. We also we treated to some classic BizNasty stories, talked about Don Cherry’s rant about celebrations and much more.
Episode 216 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with "Sports Business Journal" reporter John Ourand about all the latest sports media news.Topics include Bob Costas' revealing interview with "E:60" about his controversial exit from NBC and the network pulling him off coverage for the 2018 Super Bowl, the AAF debut rating on CBS and the network beating ABC, which aired an NBA game at the same time, the fallout from ESPN firing Adnan Virk, the success of ESPN+, the NFL's Thanksgiving schedule and why the league is expected to opt for Bears vs. Packers on Opening Night instead a game featuring the defending-champion Patriots and much more. In addition, Jimmy and John answer listener questions.
Episode 215 features an interview with New York Post sports reporter Andrew Marchand, who broke the story about ESPN firing personality, Adnan Virk. Marchand shares all the details behind the surprising incident and explains how it all went down, what Virk’s biggest mistake was, why ESPN took such drastic action.Marchand and host Jimmy Traina also discuss CBS’ telecast of Super Bowl LIII and go through the highs and lows from Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson.
Episode 214 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features an interview with actor Steve Carell, who talks about “The Office” and more. The man who played Michael Scott shares secrets about the “Basketball” episode, talks about what it was like to film the fire drill scene in “Stress Relief” and explains his thought process in writing the “Casino Night episode.Following Carell, the legendary Brent Musburger joins the podcast to talk about Super Bowl betting, prop bets, the scene in Vegas and much more.
Episode 213 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features two conversations. First up, New York Post sports media columnist and reporter, Andrew Marchand joins the show to talk about Tony Romo’s call of the AFC Championship, the big payday that awaits him and potential suitors. We also discuss how LeBron moving out West has hurt the NBA ratings, ESPN’s big UFC day and more.Following Marchand, Rolling Stone chief TV critic, Alan Sepinwall calls in to talk about his new book, “The Sopranos Sessions” and all things Sopranos as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Episode 212 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features an interview with ESPN college basketball analyst Bill Walton. The self-proclaimed Dead Head drops life philosophy, discusses his broadcasting career, talks about being pain-free after contemplating suicide because of back issues and waxes poetic about the Grateful Dead and reveals why he doesn’t like being interviewed.
Episode 211 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features interviews with FOX’s Joe Buck and legendary WWE announcer,Jim Ross.Buck talks about the fallout from botching Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s name, how his year went calling two games each week, why Troy Aikman has improved as an analyst, why people have been unfair to Jason Witten, the best call of his career and much more.Ross discusses the career of Mean Gene Okerlund, the heyday of wrestling announcers, Vince McMahon’s influence on broadcasters and more.
Episode 210 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a roundtable discussion about "The Office." Rolling Stone chief TV critic, Alan Sepinwall and former MLB pitcher and "Office" superfan, Dan Haren, join Jimmy to talk about the popular show. In addition to discussing best episodes, worst characters, favorite one-liners, top opening scenes and more, Sepinwall also shares some inside details on the post-Steve Carrell years and what could've made Seasons 8 and 9 better.
Jimmy's taking the week off for the holidays, so Sports Illustrated podcast producer Harry Swartout gathered up the SI team to recommend their favorite movies, tv shows, books and more from 2018.Television Recommendations 0:00-28:00Best of the Rest Recommendations 28:00-58:00Movie Recommendations 58:00-1:26:00Book Recommendations 1:26:00-1:47:00
Episode 208 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features an interview with The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and a segment dedicated to listener phone calls. Curtis talks about his recent piece on FOX outbidding CBS for the rights to the NFL package in 1993. The piece is filled with anecdotes about John Madden, Terry Bradshaw, Pat Summerall, Jimmy Johnson and many more. Curtis expands on those nuggets and shares his thoughts on just how monumental a shift FOX caused by getting in business with the NFL. Following Curtis' appearance, we opened up the phones to the SI listeners and answered a wide rang of questions about sports media.
Episode 207 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast is a Year-In-Review episode featuring John Ourand from “Sports Business Journal” and Andrew Marchand of the “New York Post.” The roundtable discussion covers the Biggest Sports Media Story of 2018, the Best and Worst Trends, Standout Stars, and a look ahead to what to expect in 2019. Topics include NFL ratings, the Tiger-Phil experiment, Barstool Sports, “Monday Night Football,” “Thursday Night Football,” cord cutting, “Get Up,” FS1 and much more.
Episode 206 of the Sports Illustrated Podcast features an interview with comedian Bill Burr. The conversation covers everything from sports to comedy to current events. Burr details what it it’s like to be a comedian in this hyper politically correct time, defends Tom Brady’s pajamas, explains why Bill Belichick is the greatest, details the problems with sports fans and riffs on many other subjects.
Episode 205 of the Sports Illustrated Podcast features an interview with Blake Griffin. The NBA star talks about being a media mogul and balancing his on-court life with his off-court projects. He also discusses his trade to Detroit and whether he is rooting against the Clippers. Griffin, who has dabbled in stand-up comedy, also shares his thoughts on the best comedians, the best episode of The Office and the difficulty with doing comedy in the social media era.
Episode 204 of the Sports Illustrated Podcast features an interview with Stewart Mandel, formerly of SI.com and FOX Sports and current Editor-In-Chief for The Athletic’s college football coverage. The longtime writer discusses what it’s like to work for a subscription website, the philosophy behind The Athletic and how it runs. Mandel also talks about the current college football playoff picture and why Central Florida can’t get in. The show wraps up with a discussion about Mandel’s old mailbag “crush” feature and how he exchanged messages with Jenna Fischer from “The Office” on MySpace.
Episode 203 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features an interview with Ian Eagle of CBS Sports and Turner Sports. The versatile broadcaster shares some hilarious Bill Raftery stories, talks about his longevity behind the microphone, discusses whether doing Nets games for 25 years has worn him down and offers advice to young broadcasters. Eagle also weighs in on Turner Sports possibly replacing Marv Albert with Brian Anderson, reminisces about his days working with Mike and the Mad Dog, reveals the two opportunities he was given by the Howard Stern Show and talks about his hatred for condiments and never having a salad.
Episode 202 of the Sports Illustrated Sports Media Podcast features a conversation about football and sports media with the NFL Network’s Peter Schrager. The “Good Morning Football” host, who also works for FOX on Sundays, talks about how he navigates his hectic schedule, how he stays motivated and how he consumes games. Schrager also discusses the upcoming Rams-Chiefs game, Jason Garrett’s status in Dallas and the Browns coaching search. We also reminisce about the great Dr. Z, offer advice to Jason Witten and much more.
Episode 201 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features an in-depth interview with ESPN’s Tony Reali, who discusses the many ups and downs of his life and maintaining his infectiously positive attitude. On the professional side, Reali talks about his journey, going from Fordham to “Stat Boy” on “Pardon the Interruption,” to hosting “Around the Horn" since 2004 while previewing the many changes coming to ATH, which relaunches on ESPN Nov. 5.On the personal side, Reali opens up about dealing with anxiety and trying to gain control of his life. He also talks about how he got through the devastation of losing one of his twin boys this summer during the lead up to childbirth.
Episode 200 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, who talks about calling a London game with a four-man booth, the most exciting teams in the NFL this season, ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast, LeBron taking over the L.A. sports scene and much more. Following Eisen, New York Post columnist, Andrew Marchand, joins the podcast to talk about the latest controversy surrounding Mike Francesa’s app and whether he might leave WFAN or shut down the app.
Episode 199 of the SI Media Podcast tackles a variety of sports media stories that have made headlines lately. "New York Post" sports media columnist Andrew Marchand joins the show to talk about the MLB playoff crews for TBS and FS1, Vin Scully’s refusal to do a cameo in the booth, the backlash against Jason Witten in the “Monday Night Football” booth, which NFL announcer has flown under the radar, the bizarre bit with Alex Rodriguez putting on a Red Sox uniform, 85-year-old Hubie Brown inking a multi-year contract extension with ESPN, Mike Francesa’s app and much more.
Episode 198 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with WWE superstar, actor and author, John Cena. The 16-time world champion talks about why he wrote “Elbow Grease,” a new children’s picture book about perseverance and believing in yourself. We also discussed his status with the WWE, why he just can’t have a full-time schedule anymore at age 41, his reputation for holding back other wrestlers, whether he wants to be part of the next WrestleMania, Roman Reigns and The Miz. Other topics covered during the lengthy interview: His new hairdo, whether he should or shouldn’t be on dating apps, the perception of dating apps, whether he can ever sit at a bar and have a drink, living in China, what he eats in a typical day, his longtime work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, why he doesn’t watch TV, his philosophy of never giving up and much, much more.
Episode 197 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features two interviews. First up is "Sports Business Journal" media reporter, John Ourand to discuss the NFL getting a ratings bump this season, what’s behind that and whether the numbers will continue to increase. We also talk about what is and isn’t working with ESPN’s "Monday Night Football" booth of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland. Following Ourand, TBS’s Brian Anderson, who will call the ALDS and ALCS, joins the podcast to talk about the challenge of going from the Brewers play-by-play man for the regular season to calling the American League playoffs, his versatility as a broadcaster, the most memorable game he’s ever called, Bob Uecker and much more.
Episode 196 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features an interview with ESPN's Joe Tessitore. The “Monday Night Football” play-by-play man talks about his new job, developing a relationship with his partners, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland, the mistake he most hates making, why the NFL is easier to call than college football, the sport he never wants to call, the sport he wishes he could call but isn’t good enough to do so and his dream event to cover (hint: WWE), why Brent Musburger is his favorite announcer, what it’s like watching his son kick for Boston College and much more.
Episode 195 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features an interview with Rolling Stone chief TV critic, Alan Sepinwall and an interview with New York Post sports media columnist, Andrew Marchand.Sepinwall, who has written a book about “The Sopranos” out in January, talks about the daily routine for a TV critic, how much TV he watches each day and the shelf life of broadcast TV and how this could affect sports in the feature. We also talked about the shows you should be watching right now, what made “Friday Night Lights” so great, Alan’s top 10 shows of all time before taking a deep dive into “The Sopranos.”Marchand then joined the podcast to talk about the latest sports media news. Topics hit include the “Monday Night Football” booth, NFL ratings, Michelle Beadle’s departure from “Get Up,” the glut of gambling shows and Mike Francesa’s app.
Episode 194 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with FOX’s lead college football and college basketball play-by-play man, Gus Johnson. The popular broadcaster talks about why he left social media, how he got started in the business, what he loved about the NCAA Tournament, his favorite calls, what makes college sports so special, whether he misses calling NFL games, why he doesn’t love the “Gus-gasm” phrase that people love to tweet when he makes a big call being a fan favorite and his biggest on-air gaffe, which you have to hear to believe.
Episode 193 of the SI Media Podcast features two interviews. First up is former Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas, who talks about transitioning into sports media, auditioning for analyst jobs at ESPN and FOX, whether he regrets retiring before he could appear on “Hard Knocks,” how the Browns will do this season, whether NFL players know points spreads and much more. Kyle Brandt of the NFL Network follows Thomas to talk about his new show, “The Kyle Brandt Football Experience,” which will go retro and rely heavily on the NFL Films vault, while also looking ahead to that week’s games. Brandt, who is a cast member on the networks’ “Good Morning Football” also talks about his impressive energy, living out a childhood dream by doing play-by-play of the Bears’ final exhibition game and more.
Episode 192 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with Ryen Russillo, who just announced he’ll be doing podcasts for The Ringer as well as ESPN. Russillo talks about how his deals with both companies came about, what his mindset was like when he left ESPN in December of 2017, why he believes in his abilities as a host, whether he’d love to do a full-time TV show, the difficulties of doing a solo radio show, what makes an athlete a good interview, who his dream interview would be and much more. The podcast closes with lengthy discussion about “The Office,” while Ryan tries to argue his case that Pam Beesly was “evil."
Episode 191 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with Dallas sportscaster and viral video star, Dale Hansen. The 70-year-old Hansen, who works for WFAA, discusses his monologues on Jerry Jones, the national anthem controversy, the Cowboys signing of Greg Hardy, Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend during the NFL Draft and others. In addition, Hansen talks about how his liberal views are received by a Dallas audience and the higher ups at his television station. He also shares personal stories about how life experiences have changed and shaped his current world views.
Episode 190 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with New York Post sports media reporter, Andrew Marchand, who broke the story that ESPN wants to expand Chris Berman’s role for the upcoming NFL season. In addition to discussing what role Berman would have, Marchand also talks about ESPN using Keith Olbermann on MLB play-by-play, the story behind Bob Ley taking a six-month sabbatical, ESPN’s programming changes, Craig Carton, Mike Frances and more.
Episode 189 of the SI Sports Media Podcast features an interview with the entire cast of the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.” Kay Adams, Nate Burleson, Peter Schrager and Kyle Brandt talk about how the show got put together, how they strike a balance of doing hardcore NFL segments with fun, light-hearted segments, whether they ever hear from the NFL about discussing controversial topics, their favorite guests, the all-time greatest HBO shows and much more.
Episode 188 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with “Hard Knocks” Senior Coordinating Producer, Ken Rodgers and a conversation with New York Post media reporter, Andrew Marchand.Rodgers previews the upcoming season of “Hard Knocks” with the Cleveland Browns, talks about how the show is putting together, the filming and editing process, the impact social media has had on the show and much more.Marchand discusses how the recent sexual harassment against Les Moonves could affect CBS Sports, Shams Charania leaving Yahoo and joining The Athletic, Alex Rodriguez taking on Yu Darvish on Sunday Night Baseball, ESPN’s opening Monday Night Football doubleheader, what WFAN will do about the Joe Beningo situation, mass layoffs at the Daily News and Mike Francesa’s upcoming app.
Episode 187 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with Jenn Sterger, who talks about everything she has done from the day Brent Musburger made her famous to today. Sterger talks about her myriad of jobs in sports media, the time she tried out to be a WWE superstar and how she looks at the Brett Favre controversy through the lens of today's #MeToo movement and what that saga has done to her and who has and hasn't apologized for it. She also discusses what it's like to be a woman in sports media, her stand-up comedy career, and much more.
Episode 186 of the SI Media Podcast features two interviews. The show gets started with the manager of the first-place Philadelphia Phillies, Gabe Kapler. Kapler discusses how working in the media at FOX Sports/FS1 has helped him deal with the media during his first year as a manager. He also talks whether the Philly media has been what he’s expected, people wanting him fired after Opening Day, how he handles bad press, what he’s told his players about using social media, what his typical day is like, whether he’s pro or con bat flips, the one thing he’d like to see eliminated from MLB and many other topics.Following Kapler, Chris Long of the Eagles and Kyle Long of the Bears join the show to discuss a new commercial they’re starring in, whether they want to get into media after football, being rivals and plenty more.
Episode 185 features an interview with ESPN legend, Chris Berman. Berman talks about how his first season in 31 years without hosting "NFL Countdown" went, the legacy of "NFL Primetime," which he co-hosted with Tom Jackson, whether or not "Primetime" would work today, the various criticisms he's faced throughout his career, being told he can't use his famous nicknames by an ESPN producer and much more.
Episode 184 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with legendary wrestling manager, promoter, booker, announcer and all-around character, Jim Cornette. The man who pulls no punches whatsoever was in the WWE from 1993 to 2005 and sheds light on what it was like to work for Vince McMahon. He also discusses the issues he has with pro wrestling has today, which gimmick he hated that ended up working the best, whether he thinks the WWE will be in good hands when Stephanie McMahon and Triple H take over, the problem WWE has with Roman Reigns, what he thinks of Ronda Rousey and much more.
Episode 183 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with author, podcast host and ESPN historian, Jim Miller.Miller discusses whether ESPN is still trying to fight the narrative that it has been harmed by politics, why the NFL-ESPN relationship is the much bigger and more important story and what the network should do about “Get Up.”Miller also talks about Adrian Wojnarowski’s memorable Draft night performance, why Colin Cowherd is staying with FOX and more. The interview also features a discussion about “The Sopranos" series finale and whether Tony was shot or not.
Episode 182 of the SI Media Podcast features BetTheBoardPodcast.com co-founder, former oddsmaker at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace and co-host of SI TV’s, “The Line,” Todd Fuhrman.Fuhrman explains how World Cup soccer betting lines work, what kind of action the World Cup is getting in the gambling world, what the Golden Knights did to sports books and whether there is high anticipation for the Raiders’ upcoming move to Sin City.Todd also talks about the pros and cons of legalized betting, what we’ll see in terms of states legalizing it, how the Supreme Court ruling affects people in his line of work, how it affects Vegas and much more.
Episode 181 of the SI Media Podcast features Sports Illustrated senior writer Lee Jenkins, followed by New York Post media reporter, Andrew Marchand.Jenkins discusses the cover story he wrote for SI this week on Kevin Durant and shares insight into Durant’s unique personality. Jenkins, who broke the story of LeBron James returning to Cleveland in 2014, also weighs in on The Decision 3.0. Jenkins also takes you behind the scenes of what Durant and LeBron are like away from the court.Jenkins also talks about his writing process, how long it takes him to write a story, how competitive he is with other NBA writers and much more.Marchand talks about a variety of sports media topics, including A-Rod taking over ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecast, how he expects FOX to fare broadcasting the World Cup and U.S. Open this week, Mike Francesa’s ratings after his first month back on WFAN and much more.
Episode 180 of the SI Media Podcast features a roundtable discussion on stories in the news with “Sports Business Journal” assistant managing editor,Austin Karp and “Sporting News” media reporter, Michael McCarthy.Topics include what ABC/ESPN wants for the NBA Finals next season, how the latest round of national anthem controversy will impact the NFL and its broadcast partners, whether ESPN made a mistake in expanding Keith Olbermann’s role, the future of “Get Up,” what is going on with FS1’s daytime shows, future sports gambling shows, the debut of “High Noon” and much more.
Episode 179 of the SI Media Podcast features a wide-ranging interview with ESPN business reporter and Twitter lightning rod, Darren Rovell.Rovell shares his thoughts on the insane Bryan Colangelo “Twitter burner accounts” story, explains exactly how he goes about his job at ESPN, talks about the business of the NBA Finals, the legalization of sports betting, WWE SmackDown going to FOX and Vince McMahon’s legacy as a businessman.The conversation then turns to Twitter. Darren discusses his blocking philosophy, how he tweets during big events, whether he has help with his account, his famous Twitter controversies, Twitter regrets, Twitter’s future and much more.
Episode 178 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with the voice of the New York Yankees, John Sterling.The longtime radio broadcaster talks about never missing a game since getting the job in 1989, his philosophy for calling a game, his daily routine, how he preps for a game, his vocal critics, his famous home run calls and much more.Following the interview with Sterling, SI managing editor Chris Stone and director Jonathan Hock discuss SI TV’s upcoming documentary on the 1978 Yankees-Red Sox battle, “14 Back.”
Episode 177 of the SI Media Podcast examines the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision that ruled sports betting is legal. ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt discusses how this will change the media’s coverage of gambling and explains how this will impact sports teams.Brent Musburger, of SiriusXM’s VSiN Live, also joins the show to talk about Vegas’ reaction to the news, whether point shaving should be a concern and much more. Brent also gives us a historic “YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE!” And both men discuss Traina’s idea that ESPN needs to bring Brent out of retirement to call this year’s Las Vegas Bowl.
Episode 176 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas of “The Starters” on NBA TV and a conversation with NBA Twitter personality, Rob Perez, aka @World_Wide_Wob.Skeets and Tas discuss how they landed on NBA TV after building a loyal Internet audience thanks to being old-school bloggers and podcasters. The guys offer advice for podcasters and share the do’s and don’ts for having a successful podcast. They also talk about what it’s like to work for the NBA, what obstacles they had to overcome, relationships with players and other Turner announcers and much more.Perez also discusses how he became popular on social media thanks to his NBA fandom. Has he ever heard from the league or networks about posting clips? Is he addicted to Twitter? Did he intentionally set out to become a social media personality? All of this is covered and more.
Episode 175 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with SiriusXM radio host, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. The Doggie talks at length about his former partner, Mike Francesa, ending his retirement after four months to return to New York's WFAN and all the surrounding drama. Russo has strong words for many of the players, including Bart Scott and Boomer Esiason. Russo also talks about whether his relationship with Francesa has been damaged by Dog sharing his opinions on Mike's return. Other questions tackled in the podcast: Was Russo hurt by Francesa turning down an offer from Sirius? Is there any chance for some kind of limited Mike and the Mad Dog reunion? What is the biggest challenge about doing a show for SiriusXM? Has Russo been hurt by not embracing the Internet? What has been the worst trend in radio? And much more.
Episode 174 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with TNT NBA play-by-play man Kevin Harlan and a roundtable with media reporters Andrew Marchand of the “New York Post” and Neil Best of “Newsday” to discuss the big news of Mike Francesca’s expected return to WFAN.Harlan talks about the differences between doing TV and radio, his favorite sport to call, analysts he wishes he could work with, favorite places to work, whether he regrets doing play-by-play of a streaker and much more.After Harlan, Marchand and Best join the show to gives us all the latest news on radio host Mike Francesa ending his retirement after four months and returning to New York’s WFAN.
Episode 173 of the SI Media Podcast features interviews with New York Post media reporter Andrew Marchand and the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen.Marchand weighs in on the latest sports media news, including Brett Favre’s tryout for “Monday Night Football,” the rough ratings start for ESPN’s “Get Up,” A-Rod’s performance in the booth, the Michael Kay Show beating WFAN in the ratings and the latest with Mike Francesca.Eisen defends the NFL Network’s TWO- hour schedule release show, reveals the most challenging aspect of hosting the NFL Draft, voices his frustration with NFL writers who tip draft picks on Twitter, talks about this year’s draft being simulcast on FOX and much more.
Episode 172 of the SI Media Podcast features interviews with ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy and “Something To Wrestle With” podcast co-host, Conrad Thompson.Van Gundy talks about LeBron James’ incredible season, the upcoming playoffs, players whining too much, working with Marv Albert and Mike Breen, why he got too much criticism for a Rihanna comment, whether coaches should talk politics, feuding with Howard Stern and much more.Thompson then joins the show to discuss the deal he and partner Bruce Prichard signed with the WWE Network and reveals all the details of their new show while reassuring fans that their podcast remains unchanged.
Episode 171 of the SI Media Podcast features interviews with Kevin Burkhardt of FOX Sports and the WWE’s Roman Reigns, who will be in the main event of WrestleMania on April 8.Burkhardt discusses how he used to do play-by-play of Nintendo games as a kid and the path he took to get to FOX. In addition to sharing advice for young people trying to get in the broadcasting business, Burkhardt also talks about the differences between doing games and studio show, almost working with Jay Cutler, hating three-person booths, the craziness of working with Pete Rose and A-Rod and much more.Following Burkhardt, Reigns joins the show to talk about main eventing WrestleMania, where his relationship stands with the WWE fans, the relentless life of being a WWE superstar, the time he forgot his lines on live TV and plenty more.
Episode 170 of the SI Media Podcast features a roundtable discussion with media reporters Andrew Marchand of the New York Post and Chad Finn of the Boston Globe.Among the many news stories covered: What will FOX do for a Thursday Night Football analyst now that Peyton Manning has turned down the gig? Why did Peyton decline FOX’s offer?We also talked about whether there can be such a thing as too much Sister Jean and CBS/Turner’s stance on showing crying kids during the NCAA tournament.Other topics discussed: How will A-Rod do in the booth? Is anyone excited for ESPN’s “Get Up? What is Mike Francesa’s future and why are him and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo so great together?
Episode 169 of the SI Media Podcast, ESPN historian, author and podcast host, James Andrew Miller discusses his much-talked about interview with former ESPN President John Skipper, who revealed that his departure from the company stemmed from a cocaine extortion plot.Miller discusses why Skipper and Disney did not handle the situation differently and whether there were other factors in Skipper resigning and not taking a leave of absence.In addition, Miller talks about the fractured relationship between ESPN and the NFL, whether ESPN needs the NFL after their contract expires, who will get the “Monday Night Football” analyst gig, what is giving Peyton Manning pause about taking a job calling games and much more.
Episode 168 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick.In this episode, Riddick addresses what separates a good NFL broadcaster versus an average one; how he has attempted to improve as a broadcaster; his candidness on issues and why too often former players pull punches on the air; how he navigates being a candidate for NFL general manager jobs versus working at ESPN; his thoughts when someone does not report on him accurately; how he approaches discussing social issues or politics on social media; whether he has been approached about possibly replacing Jon Gruden in the Monday Night Football booth and interested in doing that; playing under Nick Saban and Bill Belichick in Cleveland; Saban’s attention to detail and what makes him different than other coaches; how the Browns should approach holding the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the NFL Draft, and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 167 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features guests ESPN host and play by play announcer Adnan Virk and Big Ten Network lead host Dave Resvine. In this episode, Virk discusses the most well-known Canadians in American sports broadcasting; his passion for film and his work as an Oscars red carpet host and interviewer; working in multiple roles for ESPN including on college football, college basketball, baseball play by play broadcaster, ESPN Radio, and as the host of the Cinephile: The Adnan Virk Movie Podcast; how Oscars viewers should feel about the show in the #MeToo era; his surprise over Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez getting hired by ESPN for baseball; his comfort level in talking publicly about his Muslim faith; how he navigates discussing Islam with ESPN’s social media policies; how he would assess the coverage of Muslim athletes in terms of frequency, depth, and tone; why he likes calling the MLB Celebrity All-Star Game and much more. Resvine discusses his role as the lead host of the Big Ten Network and his move from ESPN a decade ago; why it was important to be the lead anchor at a place; his recent medical issue with Bell’s Palsy, a temporary nerve condition that paralyzes one side of the face; how his network navigates covering the Big Ten with the Conference owning 49 percent of the network; his must-Big Ten Game Day environments a fan should partake in; the success of his book, The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation, and potential future projects, and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 166 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN host Cari Champion, the new host of SportsNation and the “Be Honest” podcast. In this episode, Champion discusses her interview with LeBron James and Kevin Durant for her“Rolling with the Champion” series; James’s comments on President Donald Trump; Champion’s reaction to Fox News host Laura Ingraham saying James and Durant should “shut up and dribble” and “Must they run their mouths like that?”; how the interview between James and Durant in Akron came together; what their conversation was like after the cameras stopped rolling; how she felt about her role view First Take, specially the limitations of being able to get her voice into the show; hanging out with Tupac Shakur while growing up in Los Angeles;her longtime friendship with Jemele Hill and why she thinks it did not work out at SportsCenter; her confirming Hill left the show and was not pushed out; what comes with being a prominent African American woman in sports TV; working with young woman of color who want to enter sports broadcasting and journalism, and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 165 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a sports media roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and USA Today staff writer A.J. Perez. In this podcast, the panel discusses NBC’s coverage of the Pyeongchang Games; how to evaluate that primetime viewership is down six percent; whether NBC executives should be happy with the ratings; NBC Sports’s responsibility when it comes to geopolitical or stories that involve social justice or criminality; the impact of the NHL players being out of the Olympics; what Fox getting the NFL Draft means for ESPN; ESPN’s NFL future; the declining Daytona 500 ratings; what NASCAR can do to turn its viewership issues around; the New York Post’s story on Fox and ESPN making a play for Peyton Manning as a broadcaster; why newspapers have dropped sports media writers over the last decade, and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 164 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features guest Jonathan Abrams, a Bleacher Report writer and the author of the new book, “All The Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire.” In this podcast, Abrams discusses how he came to write an oral history book of the acclaimed HBO series, “The Wire;” the process of conducting interviews for the book; how he initially had trouble getting cast members after Michael B. Jordan and what changed; his Amtrak interview with The Wire creator David Simon; how he efficiently transcribed all the interviews; the one person he wanted to interview for the book, but didn't get the chance to; the frustration among the creators and some of the actors that nothing has really changed since The Wire;a discussion on which season is the best and why; how the actors feel about the show; a discussion about show writer George Pelecanos writing the famous line for Snoop when Michael kills her in the car (“How’s my hair look, Mike?”); how the show had such an impact with so little episodes, how J.D. Williams knew that his Bodie character would be killed; and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 163 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a sports media roundtable with Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn and Black Sports Online founder and editor Robert Littal. In this podcast, the group discusses the Boston Herald suspending columnist Ron Borges after he was catfished by a person claiming to be Tom Brady’s agent; why something like this happened; how much Borges’ journalism history play into how we should think about this story; how alert sports journalists should be about potential cat-fishing attempts; the suspension of WEEI radio host Christian Fauria for using a fake Asian accent to impersonate Don Yee, Brady’s agent; our thoughts on Olympic coverage and the ratings so far; why NBA ratings are up in the regular season; the potential viewership for this year’s All-Star Game; why Kevin Garnett has worked as a broadcaster, and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 162 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ted Jackson. In this podcast, Jackson discusses his story, The Search For Jackie Wallace, in which Jackson chronicles his four-decade relationship with Wallace, a former NFL player and two-time Super Bowl participant who has struggled with addiction and homelessness for years; how Jackson first met Wallace in 1990 when Jackson took a picture of a Wallace at a camp setup under the I-10 freeway; how a journalist straddles the line between telling a story and exploitation of a subject; the long and winding story of Wallace; what his interactions over the years were like with Wallace; the national response to the story, which now has more than 7 million page views; an update on Wallace, who has been missing since last July; what Jackson hopes readers take away from the story; and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 161 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a sports media roundtable with Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn; Black Sports Online founder and editor Robert Littal, and SI.com writer Jimmy Traina. In this podcast, the group discusses NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLII; whether broadcasters Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were a beat off in their call; how the broadcast handled the catch rulings on the field;what the overnight rating means for NBC and the NFL; the value of having a rules analyst in the booth; Jemele Hill leaving the 6:00 p.m. SportsCenter; whether it was Hill’s choice or ESPN’s choice; ESPN’s use of Mike Greenberg on the SportsCenter following the Super Bowl; what WWE character Greembergh best reflects; Fox landing Thursday Night Football; whether the TNF schedule can improve; and much more.
Episode 160 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features two guests: ESPN investigative reporter Paula Lavigne and The MMQB editor and NFL reporter Peter King. In this podcast, Lavigne discusses her recent ESPN Outside The Lines story on Michigan State that found “a pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression of [sexual assault, violence and gender discrimination] allegations by officials ranging from campus police to the Spartan athletic department”; the timeline regarding the reporting for the story and when and where the story originated; how universities use a delay tactic on reporters attempting to obtain public records; the challenges of finding records on Baylor’s athletics department; her approach to FOIA requests and obtaining documents; whether she interacts with the programming side of ESPN; her thoughts on Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo’s reactions and denials regarding her reporting; criticism in some quarters that ESPN is taking advantage of the publicity of the Larry Nassar case to pile on Michigan State; the future of investigative work at sports media outlets; how we should we look sexual assault and college athletes and much more. King discusses how he approaches his The MMQB podcast; his two-part podcast interview with Tom Brady at Brady’s home; how he books his podcast guest; why the podcast medium gets NFL people to open up more; what football podcasts he listens to regularly, and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 159 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a sports media roundtable with Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn and SI.com writer Jimmy Traina and USA Today writer A.J. Perez. In this podcast, the group discusses Jemele Hill leaving the 6:00 p.m. SportsCenter; whether it was Hill’s decision or ESPN pushed her out; the viewership numbers for that time slot; Michael Smith’s future as a solo host; Tom Brady cutting off weekly his weekly interview with Boston radio station WEEI; what it means for the host who made the comments about Brady’s daughter; why radio stations cut deals with players such as Brady; buying fake Twitter followers in the sports media; ESPN bringing in Alex Rodriguez and Matt Vasgersian for Sunday Night Baseball; whether Rodriguez has used broadcasting to rehab his public image; why the Larry Nassar story was missed by the sports media for so long; ESPN’s reporting on Michigan State athletics; what it’s like covering Super Bowl Media Week and the biggest stories of the week; predictions for the Super Bowl, and much more. T o listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 158 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Fred Gaudelli, the executive producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and the network’s Thursday Night Football series and Drew Esocoff, the director of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and the network’s Thursday Night Football series. Gaudelli and Esocoff will serve as the producer and director for Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018.In this podcast, Gaudelli and Esocoff discuss how to prepare for a Super Bowl broadcast; what worries them the most about the broadcast; how Super Bowl preparation is different than other postseason games; how the Patriots and Eagles impact what they will do; what kind of contingencies they have for a power outage or a terrorist attack; whether they are aware of prop bets that involve the broadcast; how they feel about the prospect of this being the lastSuper Bowl broadcast for Al Michaels; how young people can get to these type of positions in sports broadcasting; how they prepare for a blowout victory; how Gaudelli determines the right amount of replays; their chemistry; how they view the Super Bowl ratings in relation to what they do; the behind the scene mistakes that only they would about that have made it to air in past Super Bowls; the time they arrive for the game; the number of cameras at a Super Bowl and how many of these extra cameras are used during the game; why the Kentucky Derby is the hardest broadcast to do for sports television; and much more.
Episode 157 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and Newsday general columnist and sports media writer Neil Best. In this podcast, the group discusses the viewership potential of a Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl; how long until Super Bowl viewership drops below 100 million; new NBC Olympics host Mike Tirico saying he won’t get into politics at the Games like Bob Costas; the Today Show-ization of NBC’s Olympic coverage; whether hockey will draw in South Korea; the Thursday Night Football bids for Fox, CBS and NBC; what Fx would do with the package if they get the bid; knocking down the Jeff Zucker to ESPN story; why the coverage of the USA Gymnastics scandal took so long to gain prominence; whether NBC should cover the story during its Winter Olympics coverage; the death of longtime Canadiens reporter Red Fisher died Friday at age 91, the conscience of Montreal hockey whose career touched seven decades, and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 156 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features CBS Sports play by play announcer Jim Nantz, the network’s lead voice on the NFL, golf and college basketball. In this podcast, Nantz discusses the impact new partner Tony Romo has had on him; why Romo had such a successful first season in the booth; Romo’s nerd-like reverence for golf broadcasting; how Nantz prepares to call postseason NFL games; the challenge of preparing for the Final Four and the Masters given how close they are too each other; his current relationship with Phil Simms and learning about Romo replacing Simms; the contention that the Masters does not offer enough live coverage of the event; why he has thought about calling golf through 2036; the famed lark about him loving burnt toast; how he navigates personal relationships with calling the events of people he considers friends; traveling on the road as much as he does; why calling the U.S. Open and Wimbledon are bucket list items; the time when famed sports television executive Roone Arledge considered him for Good Morning America; hosting corporate executives in the booth; how one prepares for a trophy presentation, and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 155 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a sports media roundtable with SB Nation writer Charlotte Wilder; SI.com writer Dan Gartland, and Awful Announcing writer Andrew Bucholtz. In this podcast, the group discusses the ratings potential for the Patriots-Jaguars and Vikings-Eagles; the challenges and opportunities for 20-somethings in the sports media; what it’s like to be young and working at a major sports media outlet; sports media people under 30 to watch and why; the long-term potential of sports podcasts; role models in the business; making a mistake as a young person in sports journalism, and much more. To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 154 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN’s Katie Nolan, one of the hosts of SportsCenter on Snap and the host of a new ESPN Audio podcast — “Sports? with Katie Nolan.” In this podcast Nolan discusses the major differences between working at ESPN and Fox Sports; the story of calling Fox Sports president Eric Shanks to get out of her Fox contract; her frustrations of not working for months; how ESPN made it known they were interested in hiring her; the content she hopes to produce with her podcast; calling Donald Trump a “stupid fuc---- person” on Viceland and the ramifications for that choice of expression; whether she regrets using those words in that forum; ESPN’s discipline for her decision; whether we will see more women as solo hosts of sports opinion show; what she expects from Jimmy Garoppolo over the next decade; why she loves Mina Kimes; the impact of Michelle Beadle on her professionally; working in new mediums; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 153 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a sports media roundtable with Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn and SI.com writer Jimmy Traina. In this podcast, the group discusses the sports media’s coverage ofLaVar Ball and whether Ball should continued to get interview requests; the comments Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made calling out ESPN for publishing a story off Ball’s comments on Lakers coach Luke Walton; traffic and viewership factors regarding when media outlets speak with LeVar Ball; whether outlets should be more transparent about the Ball coverage; how long the interest in LaVar Ball will last; how ESPN will cover Jon Gruden as the Raiders coach; where ESPN should go for a Gruden replacement; the problem with NFL pregame shows; whether Randy Moss the signature draw for ESPN’s Sunday pregame show; Katie Nolan’s comments about President Donald Trump on Viceland’s Desus and Mero show; ESPN’s discipline policy on commentary; whether Nolan should have apologized for her choice of words; how ESPN will use Nolan heading forward; whether the college football championship between Georgia and Alabama will suffer in the ratings; whether the Super Bowl is immune to cord-cutting and other TV trends, and much more.
Episode 152 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Jemele Hill, the co-anchor of the 6:00 p.m. ET SportsCenter with Michael Smith (SportsCenter with Michael and Jemele). In this podcast, Hill discusses why 2017 was the most surreal year of her professional career; her tweets about President Donald Trump, the White House reaction to those tweets, and being mentioned by the President of the United States in a tweet; how Kevin Durant reached out to amid the Trump stuff; how she feels about the changes to her SportsCenter show; whether she fits into the SportsCenter paradigm; how much management discusses ratings with her; the surprise resignation of former ESPN president John Skipper and her reaction to the official announcement; her interaction with Skipper following his resignation; why so few black women have reached sports columnist status and the paltry number of African-American women in sports writing positions; trying to navigate a personal life versus professional advancement; growing up with parents as addicts; her desire to write more heading forward; establishing her own production company and the possibility of writing a memoir; what she hopes 2018 will bring, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 151 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a sports media roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand; Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn; and USA Today staff writer A.J. Perez. In this podcast, the group discusses the ESPN reports of Jon Gruden leaving the Monday Night Football booth for the Raiders; how ESPN has covered the story of an employee taking an NFL job; possible in-house Gruden replacements; why this decision is going to be challenging for ESPN; the latest on John Skipper’s resignation on Dec. 18; whether ESPN PR should respond to stories about Skipper in the marketplace; whether ESPN executives will be talking in the future; how the Alabama-Georgia national title game should play nationally; whether there is Alabama fatigue among college football viewers; how the declining NFL ratings during the regular season will impact the Wild Card ratings; whether the Super Bowl will be up or down this year in viewership; the challenges NBC Sports has with this year’s Olympic hockey tournament, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 150 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features an end-of-the-year sports media roundtable consisting of nine guests, split up into four segments. The guests include: Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and best-selling author James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, “Origins”; Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn, Newsday columnist and sports media writer Neil Best, and SI.com writer Jimmy Traina; Sports Media Watch founder and editor Jon Lewis; Sports TV Ratings founder and editor Robert Seidman; Awful Announcing writer Andrew Bucholtz and The Big Lead writer Kyle Koster.In the podcast, Miller and Ourand discuss John Skipper’s sudden resignation from ESPN and what it means for the company; whether reporters should be skeptical of the official ESPN statement on the resignation; what people inside ESPN are saying about the Skipper news; which people would be in line for succession; the year in ESPN, including its successes and missteps; Ourand’s predictions column for 2018; the background on Miller’s latest podcast which focuses on ESPN’s social media policy, and much more. Lewis and Seidman discuss the decline in NFL ratings in 2017, the uptick in NBA ratings, what viewership success would be for Mike Greenberg’s new show and more; Bucholtz and Koster discuss the year in ESPN; the hot take culture in 2017; ESPN’s forays into Snapchat, what they anticipate will be big stories sin 2018, and more. Finn, Best and Traina discuss Skipper’s resignation, ESPN’s missteps with social media; what’s in store for CBS Sports, Fox Sports and NBC Sports, the future of sports talk radio in 2018, the biggest stories of 2018, and much more.To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 149 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Mike Francesa, the dominant sports talk voice in the nation’s biggest market (New York City) including one half of arguably the most famous sports-talk show in history — The Mike and The Mad Dog Show. Francesa will leave his afternoon show on WFAN Radio on Dec. 15.In the podcast Francesa discusses his longevity in New York City, the art of a great sports radio rant; how emotionally he will be at the end of his show; his fractured relationship with ESPN; why sports radio is always provincial; where he stands on talking about politics or social issues and his public support of Donald Trump; how social media helped give him currency; why he loved former NBA Commissioner David Stern as a guest; whether he will listen to his replacements at the WFAN; what he is likely to do in the near term; his hopes of talking to Pat Riley again; why it is unlikely he and Chris Russo will partner on the future; his critics in New York City, and much more.To listen to the podcast in full, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 148 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features two segments. First, a sports media roundtable with John Ourand, the media reporter for Sports Business Daily, and Chad Finn, the sports media reporter and columnist for the Boston Globe. That’s followed by a conversation with Omar Raja, the founder of House of Highlights, which is now part of Bleacher Report.In this podcast, Finn and Ourand discuss the recent ESPN layoffs, which affected approximately 150 positions across the company including producers, executives and digital and technology staffers; what those layoffs mean for ESPN heading forward; why ESPN layoffs produced a torrent of people celebrating such an announcement on Twitter; whether ESPN will have future layoffs in 2018; the state of UFC negotiations with Fox Sports; the NBA’s soaring ratings on ESPN, TNT and NBA TV; whether this is the best era in the history of the NBA, and much more.Raja discussed how he founded House of Highlights at age 20; what kind of clips appear on the site; what a typical day is like for him surfing the web in search of content as well as culling through user submissions; why the site has generated 600 million video views in November; Bleacher Report acquiring House of Highlights in 2015; what kind of comments his most popular posts generate; Snoop Dogg and other celebrities following his site; why it appeals to young NBA players such as Joel Embiid; what it’s like for Bleacher Report; how often he is on his phone, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 147 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, the lead analysts on NBC’s primetime figure skating coverage for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. In this podcast, Lipinski and Weir discuss how they define good sports broadcasting; their anxiety level over covering an event 60 miles from the demilitarized zone and the North Korean border; how and when they first met; why they think they have on-air chemistry; how their producer, Rob Hyland, works to make them better broadcasters; why the last thing they hear before going on air is, “Don’t suck”; why they love working with broadcaster Terry Gannon and their knowledge of his North Carolina State basketball career; potential subject topics for the "Tara and Johnny" podcast; the advantages and disadvantages of being married to a sports TV producer (as Lipinski is); what figure skating can do to restore some of its popularity; why Nathan Chen has a chance at an Olympic medal;, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 146 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a sports media roundtable with best-selling author James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, “Origins,” and John Ourand, the media reporter for Sports Business Daily.In this podcast, Miller and Ourand discuss the upcoming ESPN layoffs and what it means heading forward; the re-signing of ESPN president John Skipper; why Deitsch is wrong about the re-signing being bad optics at this time for ESPN; the challenges for a Mike Greenberg-led morning show; whether ESPN would get out of the Monday Night Football business; the re-signing of Scott Van Pelt; Fox Sports being accused of paying bribes to acquire soccer rights; ESPN’s partnership with Snapchat; the declining ratings of Sunday NFL Countdown; and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 145 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Geno Auriemma, the head coach for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. Auriemma recently debuted a new podcast titled: “Holding Court with Geno Auriemma.”In this podcast Auriemma discusses why he started a new podcast and why he wanted to host it; what it’s like to ask questions as opposed to answering them; why he opted to have Sue Bird, Kyrie Irving and Tiger Woods as his first three guests; what he took away from his hour-long talk with Woods; how he would classify his interview style; future interviews with John Calipari and Charles Barkley; why he hopes to extend his podcast guests to be people such as Doris Kearns Goodwin; what he decided to go on the “Pardon My Take” podcast and what he thought of that experience; his thoughts on people in sports such as Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich being very forceful publicly with their politics; why Auriemma has become more politically active on his Twitter feed; given his teams are historically national champion contenders every year, how he would view a potential invite - or non invite -- from President Donald Trump; how often he talks about social issues with his team; whether the loss to Mississippi State relieved a burden for this year’s team, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 144 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Marty Smith, a college reporter for ESPN and the host of “Marty Smith’s America” and John Ourand, the media reporter for Sports Business Daily.In this podcast Smith discusses how he is an anomaly on ESPN, from a reporting style that reminds one of a human energy drink to having, as he calls it, “a full-blown Appalachian Southern accent”; how he prepares and approaches long-form interviews; the challenges of reporting NASCAR, which Smith did from 2006 to 2014; what he was thinking when ESPN lost NASCAR to NBC in 2014; how former ESPN executive producer John Wildhack, now the athletic director at Syracuse, told him that his reporting passion in NASCAR would translate to college football.; growing up in Pearisburg, Va., about 24 miles north-worst of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg; how he weighs discussing politics on his social media feed; why Tony Stewart is the toughest interview in NASCAR and why Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the sport’s most interesting person; traveling to Iceland with producer Jonathan Whyley following the Iceland national team’s remarkable showing in the 2016 Euros; his top 5 atmospheres in college football; how to develop rapport with subjects; what the future holds at ESPN; talking to young sports broadcasters with Southern roots, and much more.Ourand discusses his piece on the dissolution of the ESPN-Barstool relationship (and the end of the ESPN2 show “Barstool Van Talk” after one episode) including Sam Ponder’s agent sending an email to ESPN president John Skipper and Connor Schell, executive vice president of content about Barstool; how Ponder’s tweet galvanized a small but influential group within ESPN that voiced its displeasure internally; whether ESPN management did enough due diligence on Barstool’s content; the internal support at ESPN for the talent of Pardon My Take; why Skipper believed that Barstool would do something in the future that would put ESPN in a bad light; whether any ESPN managers or talent tried to talk Skipper out of his decision; whether any female senior managers at ESPN were involved in the final decision, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 143 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features two guests: Kimberley A. Martin and Chad Millman. Martin will join the Washington Post in November to cover the Washington Redskins. She previously covered the Jets for Newsday and worked as a sports columnist for The Buffalo News. Millman is the new head of Media for The Action Network, which is a sports analysis company specializing in sports gambling information. He previously worked an ESPN’s vice president and editorial director of U.S. digital content.In this podcast Martin discusses how she became a Washington Post reporter; the challenge of joining an NFL beat in the middle of the season; why she left the Buffalo News; being the only African-American female sports columnist at major U.S. daily; how she views Jemele Hill’s tenure at ESPN; working in the city of Buffalo; her thoughts on Barstool’s partnership (and its dissolution) with ESPN; how successful the Bills can be in 2017 and beyond; Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s relationship with the press, and much more.Millman discusses why he took the job at The Action Network; how he plans to put together a staff; where sports gambling content is heading; what Sports Insights, FantasyLabs and SportsAction are; why he feels podcasts are an important business play in the sports gambling information space; why the betting audience grow; whether mainstream sports media outlets will have a gambling beat; why the line is a certain number; how he felt about ESPN’s dissolution with Barstool; where he looks for his gambling information; why minor sports such as WNBA give sharp bettors an advantage; how one becomes a sports oddsmaker and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 142 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a sports media roundtable with Chad Finn, the sports media writer and general columnist for the Boston Globe and Boston.com; Jon Lewis, the creator and editor of Sports Media Watch, and Kyle Koster, a writer for The Big Lead.In this podcast, the roundtable discusses truths and lies when it comes to the NFL ratings; what trends can be gleaned from the first six weeks of the 2017 NFL season; NFL viewer trends in relation to other sports; ratings for potential World Series matchups; whether the NBA can rebound from last year’s regular season declines; Al Michaels referencing Harvey Weinstein on Sunday Night Football; Jemele Hill’s future with ESPN; whether SportsCenter can work in 2017; ESPN’s deal with Barstool; why Barstool might have more leverage than ESPN; how much due diligence ESPN management did or did not do on old Barstool posts; how ESPN management will react to some employees being upset that the alliance; Sam Ponder’s social media comments on the eve of Barstool Van Talk debut on ESPN2, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 142 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features two guests: the return of best-selling author James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, “Origins,” and Sarah Kustok, the lead television analyst for the Brooklyn Nets.In this podcast, Miller discusses ESPN’s two-week suspension of Jemele Hill; how much that suspension was related to ESPN’s relationship with the NFL; how far ESPN employees can go regarding commentary; the future of Hill and Michael Smith with the SportsCenter brand; Hill’s First Amendment right not insulating her from sanction by her private sector employer; ESPN management’s role in discipline; whether ESPN management has any recourse against White House attacks; how ESPN employees should approach social media in the near term; whether ESPN will remain part of a larger culture war, and much more.Kustok discusses how she studies game film; what she is looking at during a possession; the YES Network naming her as their Nets game analyst alongside play by play callers Ian Eagle and Ryan Rucco; whether sideline reporter positions are a good opportunity for women or whether they reinforce that women are not getting other positions on a sports broadcast; her first assignment as an NBA analyst; the impact of Ann Drysdale, Doris Burke, Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza on her career; the similarities of working in Chicago and New York; her social media approach; what, if any, personal experiences she has when it comes to sexism; why we have not seen a woman calling play by play full-time in the NBA; her 2017-18 scouting report for the Celtics, Cavs, Thunder, Warriors and Rockets; the quality of the Warriors public relations staff, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 141 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Dana O’Neil, a senior writer for The Athletic’s national college basketball site, The Fieldhouse. In this podcast O’Neil discusses why she joined The Athletic; the state of college basketball amid the current scandal; what stories she will work on for The Athletic; her reaction to being let go by ESPN; how ESPN informed her they would not renew her deal; her feelings on seeing ESPN make new hires; the restrictions ESPN put on those who remained under contract but not working; dealing with coaches she has written critical about; the player she is most looking forward to watching in college basketball this year; the percentage of Division I teams she thinks recruit unethically; how she balanced writing a book on Jay Wright and Villanova and then covering the school; whether coaches are praised too much on television; how forthcoming assistant coaches are as sources and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 140 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features ESPN basketball analyst Doris Burke, who ESPN announced this week will serve as an analyst for ESPN regular-season NBA telecasts as well as the NBA playoffs. That makes Burke the first woman at the national level to be assigned a full season rotation of games as an NBA game analyst. In this podcast, Burke discusses how her new role came about; how many games she will call; what it means that other women around the NBA including Stephanie Ready and Sarah Kustok have been given analyst jobs; whether Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook can gel in Oklahoma City; why NBA players such as LeBron James often speak up on politics; and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 139 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features three independent sports journalists: Dejan Kovacevic, the founder, editor and writer of DKPittsburghsports.com; Paul Kuharsky, the founder and writer of PaulKuharsky.com, and Greg Bedard, founder and columnist for BostonSportsJournal.com. In this podcast, Kovacevic discusses how he founded his site in July 2014; what kind of market Pittsburgh is for sports coverage; how he developed the tech and infrastructure for his site; how he has been able to grow his staff to double digits; what kind of troubleshooting an independent sports site much do daily; what the Pittsburgh-based teams think of his site; why the Penguins provide the most traffic for him; how he worked with Bedard on his site; why his site is transparent with its numbers of subscribers, and much more. Kuharsky discusses why he started his Nashville-based site; why the Titans are of significant interest in his town; how he looks at his readers; whether he would consider adding staff; why he gives his readers his cell phone number; what the celing is for a site like his, and much more. Bedard discusses why he started his site after being let go by Sports Illustrated; the challenges of competing in the highly-charged Boston market; how much money he put into the site; why there is so much interest in Celtics and Patriots content; why Patriots coach Bill Belichick would be a dream staffer; what he thinks of The Athletic; what lessons he has learned after a couple of months of business; what the celling is for his site, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 138 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a return of the sports media roundtable. The guests are Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and Andrew Bucholtz, a staff writer and editor Awful Announcing. In this podcast we discuss Ourand’s piece on angst at ESPN and the growing belief among ESPN management that some of the problems are not all self-inflicted and that some believe that 21st Century Fox is orchestrating attacks against ESPN to bolster the fortunes of rival sports channel FS1; how ESPN handled the Jemele Hill situation; Fox Sports personalities going on Fox News programs to discuss ESPN; whether their are parallels between Hill, Curt Schilling and other ESPN-ers who have been disciplined; how Ourand contacted Fox for his story; whether ESPN’s as a left-leaning organization is real, a narrative posited by competition, or a combination of both; what responsibility sports TV executives have for talent talking politics on linear television; whether Hill should have been suspended or fired; Bucholtz’s column on ESPN public editor Jim Brady and the reaction to his column on Hill and Twitter chat on the column; whether the public editor position at ESPN should continue, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 137 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Evan Osnos, a staff writer for the New Yorker, whose latest piece from the Sept. 18, 2017 Issue is the titled “The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea.”In this podcast, Osnos discusses his reporting inside Pyongyang; how he was able to get permission from the North Korean government to travel for his reporting; the real and perceived tension between North Korea and the United States; how Americans should view the North Korean diplomats who work in New York City; how forthcoming his North Korean minders were to him; whether he worked under the assumption that he was being filmed and his phone was tapped; how much anxiety he had on the assignment; how to report on U.S. intelligence’s data on the progress of North Korea’s weapons development; what North Koreans thought of Donald Trump; meeting children at the Pyongyang Orphans’ Secondary School; what it was like to wake up in Pyongyang to a Donald Trump tweet on North Korea; how far he was able to extend outside the capital; whether Kim Jong-Un knew he was there; what his first 48 hours were like in North Korea, and much more.The second half of the podcast features a conversation with ESPN national baseball writer and Nación ESPN co-host Marly Rivera, and Sports Illustrated soccer and Latino sports editor Luis Miguel Echegaray. The topics include ESPN’s Sergio Dipp and Jemele Hill. On Dipp, Rivera and Echegaray discuss their reactions as Latino journalists to Dipp’s work on Monday Night Football and the social media coverage afterward; how Latinos in the sports media are portrayed and the challenge of working in a second language on television. On Hill, Rivera and Echegaray discuss her Twitter comments on Donald Trump; ESPN management’s reaction to those comments; and the climate for journalists of color in the sports media.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 136 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features ESPN SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne and longtine college football analyst Ed Cunningham, who opted this spring to no longer call college football for ESPN.In this podcast, Mayne discusses moving across country to host the 11 p.m. SportsCenter from Bristol, Ct.; how SportsCenter has evolved since the 1990s; how one can forge an untraditional career at ESPN; the role of comedy in sports television; why the company wants him to speak to media buyers; how he views mixing politics on his social media feed and those who tab ESPN as left-leaning; why he likes what Marty Smith is doing; his five-week marriage anniversary, and much more.Cunningham discusses why he decided to leave his job as a college football analyst and why he no longer can reconcile being a cheerleader for the sport given the health concerns and trauma on the field; how ESPN’s layoffs impacted his decision; how much Iowa handling of former quarterback C.J. Beathard during the Outback Bowl drove him to quit; how Cunningham feels about Al Michaels and others not seeing their role in the booth as an ethical dilemma and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Episode 135 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast is a bonus podcast featuring best-selling author James Andrew Miller, who this week debuted a new podcast, Origins. The podcast focuses on the beginnings of things in culture, politics and other fields. The first edition of the podcast focuses on the HBO show, Curb Your Enthusiasm. All five episodes of the first edition are currently available.In this podcast, Miller discusses why he chose to start his podcast series with Curb; how he landed the cast of the show including Larry David; why Curb is a significant show; why his podcast drops all five episodes at the same time; why Ted Danson was a revealing interview; the loyalty Larry David has engendered among actors and more. Miller also discusses sports media topics including the recent decision from ESPN to publicly discuss how it is doing ratings-wise against FS1; what that decision means in the marketplace; ESPN’s tennis coverage of the U.S. Open; the narrative ESPN is fighting on politics; the decisions ESPN producers must make for the U.S. Open; and more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 134 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features two staffers from The Athletic: Stewart Mandel, the editor-in-chief of The All American, a national college football site for The Athletic, and Seth Davis, the managing editor of The Fieldhouse, which will focus on national college basketball for The Athletic. In this podcast, Mandel discusses what kind of content his site will produce; why he made the writer hires he did; why he has not hired any writers or color; his not being renewed by Fox Sports and when he learned Fox Sports was eliminating all written content to pivot to talking-head videos; how he wouldconvince someone not from the local areas of the Athletic to sign up for it; how to convince people to pay for content they are used to getting free; the college football teams with the most NFL talent; what he has learned about being an editor, and much more.Davis discusses why he engages in politics on social media; whether he worries that discussing political or social issues will cost him potential readers; how CBS feels about him tweeting politics; who he has hired for The Athletic and why he hired them; when his site will launch; how The Athletic will be seen in college basketball circles, the importance of breaking news versus commentary, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 133 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN host and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth and a sports media roundtable featuring Chad Finn, the sports media writer and general columnist for the Boston Globe and SI.com’s Jimmy Traina, who writes the daily “Traina Thoughts” column on SI.com.On this podcast, Hubbarth discusses Celtics-Cavs trade that sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets' 2018 unprotected first-round pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving; the challenges and joys of covering the NBA; interviewing Gregg Popovich during games and whether Popovich is a bully; her concern when ESPN announced layoffs at the company; being a visible woman in the sports media and dealing with comments on her Instagram feed; whether sideline reporting positions present a good opportunity for women or if they reinforce that women are not getting other positions on a sports broadcast; navigating a career at ESPN; getting pproached by FS1 to be part of its upcoming morning show; branching off beyond ESPN to do ABC projects such as Battle of the Network Stars; what she wants to do long-term in the sports media and more.Finn and Traina join Deitsch to discuss sports announcer Robert Lee finding himself at the center of a major sports controversy on perceived political correctness run amok. The discussion examines ESPN’s response to the story; whether we find it plausible that this was a joint decision between the broadcaster and the company; why the story was leaked, what it means for Robert Lee heading forward and how long the story will have legs.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 132 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Detroit Free Press sports columnist and best-selling author Mitch Albom.In this podcast, Albom discusses the piece he wrote for the Detroit Free Press on June 15, 2017, titled “Chika’s Story,” the story of the five-year-old girl Albom and his wife, Janine, brought to the United States from Haiti. Chika was diagnosed with a DIPG brain tumor in May of 2015 in Haiti, and lived 23 months before passing away last April; why he decided to write about Chika; how to approach writing a piece about the death of a child; the pain of writing about the death of a loved one; why Albom keeps a daily dairy; the decision to share videos of Chika with the public; who saw his rough drafts prior to publication; why he reads his work to his wife; the editing process of the piece; whether he will write a book on Chika; hearing from parents who had lost a child; operating a mission in Port Au Prince, Haiti; whether sports writing still holds an interest for him; why he will likely stop writing sports at some point, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 131 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a sports media roundtable featuring Chad Finn, the sports media writer and general columnist for the Boston Globe and Boston.com, and Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. On this podcast, we discuss Jay Cutler leaving Fox Sports for the Dolphins and what that means for Fox Sports; Disney’s plans for an ESPN OTT (over-the-top) streaming service and what the future of ESPN might look like; what happens if cable keeps shrinking and digital TV companies don’t invest in sports content; why Fox Sports has kept Katie Nolan off its airwaves; what ESPN will do in terms of replacing Dan Shulman; whether Pete Rose will stay employed by Fox Sports; whether stories about Colin Kaepernick drive eyeballs and page views; Chad’s battles with Boston-based WEEI Radio and whether he is a fawning profile writer; what a sports journalist should do when a subject or someone close to a subject compliments a piece you wrote; how often you should give an organization a heads up, if ever on a negative piece you a writing; and much more.The podcast also features an interview with Dari Nowkhah, the lead host of the SEC Network and co-host of ESPN Radio’s weekly Dari and Mel Show (Saturdays). For this segment we discuss how Nowkhah approaches his role for SEC Now; whether SEC viewers expect him to be a fan of the conference; what SEC program has the most rabid fan; why he left Bristol to be the host of ESPNU; whether Nick Saban gets favorable treatment both locally and nationally; how his agent submitted his resume and tapes to ESPN without him knowing; being the son of an Iranian immigrant; losing his child (Hayden Michael Nowkhah) after 39 days and how he and his wife, Jenn, channeled that grief; the non-profit he and his wife are part of that financially assists families of children awaiting a life-saving organ transplant; the significance of the Alabama-Florida State opener, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 130 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Tim Kawakami, the editor-in-chief of The Athletic’s Bay Area edition, and Matt Yallof, a host and reporter for MLB Network. In this podcast Kawakami discusses why he joined The Athletic, a startup focused subscription-based quality sports journalism; the expectations of the site; why he believes this model can succeed; how to convince readers who have never paid for sports content to pay for sports content; how he is dealing with the business side of journalism; why Marcus Thompson is a different-maker as a hire; what the initial days have been like for the site; how The Athletic will adapt when its paywall hardens; his philosophy when it comes to blocking people on Twitter and whether that runs counter to building a subscription based business; the line between talking politics and sports on social media; how he perceives the national reporting to be on Colin Kaepernick; a cameo from Peter King, and much more.Yallof discusses how he prepares for MLB Network Strike Zone, a baseball equivalent of NFL RedZone; what he thinks the toughest job in baseball broadcasting is; the stroke he suffered on July 29, 2016 and how it changed his life; the difficulty of rehab; how MLB Network allowed him to work back slowly; how he he is a different person post-stroke; working in the baseball media in baseball-crazy Philadelphia and New York City; whether the Astros are built for the postseason; why he loves Jim Thome, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 129 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features ESPN correspondent Tom Rinaldi. In this podcast, Rinaldi defines what makes a good interview question; his writing process for a sports television feature; how he prepares for interviewing athletes and coaches; whether his questions for Tiger Woods have been challenging; how the stories he works on are found; how to find the right tone so his scripts are not too overwrought or melodramatic; how he was influenced by teaching high school English prior to ESPN; why he declined Jim Miller’s request for an interview for “These Guys Have All The Fun”; whether he is a fan of violins, harps or the piano; what makes Roger Federer a great interview; how often he has cried during the course of reporting; why the story of Welles Crowther, the man in the red bandana during 9/11, stayed with you most; whether college football coaches are full of malarkey when being interviewed, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 128 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a sports media roundtable featuring Chad Finn, the sports media writer and general columnist for the Boston Globe and Boston.com, and Andrew Bucholtz, a staff writer and editor Awful Announcing.On this podcast, we discuss the rise of the paid subscription model in sports media including The Athletic, DK Pittsburgh Sports, and the Boston Sports Journal; FS1’s opinion-heavy programming in the post-Jamie Horowitz era; why many New England sports fans do not trust ESPN; the future of Bill Simmons on linear television; why FS1 hired Ray Lewis; what exactly is a sports hot take; why Chad is exhausted by FS1; the potential of Mike Greenberg as a solo host; where Katie Nolan will land; the chemistry between Mike Golic and Trey Wingo; whether NBC’s hockey programming is smart; how Jay Cutler and Tony Romo will do in Year 1 as analysts, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 127 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Ian Eagle, the fine play by play broadcaster for CBS Sports, Yes Network, Westwood One, and Tennis Channel.In this podcast Eagle discusses if he is bothered by having never been the lead announcer of a major sports package the way Joe Buck and Jim Nantz are; how he prepares for his NFL, NBA and tennis work; the politics of working for a sports network; how he first landed the Nets broadcasting job in his mid-20s; working with hosts Mike Francesa and Chris Russo at New York’s WFAN Radio; growing up with his actor-father, Jack, who had the lead role in one of the most famous Super Bowl commercials in history, as well as filmed a Hertz commercial with O.J. Simpson; the greatest games he’s ever called; his favorite Bill Raftery drinking story; the legacy of Syracuse University radio station, WAER; whether he likes the Nets rebuilding plan; the worst-ever pronunciation of his name, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 126 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features writer James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live.In this podcast, we discuss the recent managerial moves made by ESPN President John Skipper including promoting Connor Schell to Exec VP/Content, where he will oversee all ESPN content creation on all platforms; what impact Schell will have internally and on viewers and readers and listeners; how Skipper set himself up to get a contract extension; why Schell, Justin Connolly and Burke Magnus are now in line to succeed Skipper; why ESPN digital head John Kosner and Exec VP/Global Business & Content Strategy Marie Donoghue are leaving the company; how the new management structure affects other top managers such as Rob King, Norby Williamson and Stephanie Druley; what the moves mean for employee morale; why the Mike Greenberg solo show has significant challenges; what plans are coming for the Greenberg show; whether the 6PM SportsCenter can make it long term; whether Bill Simmons, a longtime friend of Schell, will be impacted by the management moves; why the next two years will determine ESPN’s future for the next 15 years, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 125 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Molly Solomon, the executive producer of Golf Channel and one of the highest ranking woman in the executive branch of sports media, and Doug Ferguson, who covers golf for the Associated Press and is likely the most read golf writer in America. In this podcast, Solomon discusses her role in running the Golf Channel; what she looks for in golf broadcast talent; the qualities a good sports producer must have; why there have not been more women in the highest management positions at sports networks; what it’s like working with a spouse who works in the same business (her husband, Geoff Russell, is the Executive Editor of the Golf Channel); her time as an Olympic researcher for NBC; why former NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol took a liking to her; what it was like working for the Washington Post sports section as a 20-something; why women’s golf has not getting traction in the States the way women’s tennis has; whether golfers-turned-broadcasters are similar or different compared to other athletes who have entered sports broadcasting and much more. Ferguson explains his coverage philosophy; what the week of a Major is like for him; why the AP covers golf as much as it does; the pressure he feels on deadline; whether golf media are too chummy with their subjects; whether golf media is too rigid against bloggers and those interested in analytics; his analysis of the coverage of golf on television; whether Tiger Woods has been covered accurately, too easy, or too harsh; why we do not see more investigative pieces in golf; how changes to the PGA Tour schedule might impact golf media; how good the Pimento cheese sandwiches taste at Augusta and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 124 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a return of the sports media roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and SI.com columnist Jimmy Traina. On this podcast, we discuss the NBA Finals ratings, the best since Michael Jordan’s last Finals in 1998; the impact of super teams on television ratings; why NBC opts to put two Stanley Cup Finals games on NBCSN; the decision by NBC News and Megyn Kelly’s to interview Alex Jones for its news program and what the longterm fallout will be; what ESPN will do with Rex Ryan if anything; the Sports Business Journal report on how the median age of sports television viewers is soaring upward; who is charge of Fox Sports PR; the NFL Network’s directive for talent not to talk politics on social media; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 123 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Ken Rosenthal, a senior writer for FOXSports.com, a field reporter for MLB on FOX, and an insider for MLB Network.In this podcast Rosenthal discusses the value of transactional reporting; how at 22 he was told by a Newsday sports editor to get out of journalism and go to law school; how competitive baseball reporting is; his relationship with agents and whether he gets used; how to transition to sports television from print; his rocky relationship with Cal Ripken and Peter Angelos while working as a columnist for the Baltimore Sun; his reaction to ESPN baseball personnel such a Jayson Stark being laid off; why Max Scherzer would be an excellent broadcaster; how he feels about sabermetrics in baseball writing; why the Astros are built for regular season success but maybe not the postseason; how he feels about a baseball team doing what the Golden State Warriors did in terms of creating a superteam, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 122 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a tribute to the life and work of Frank Deford, the longtime Sports Illustrated writer who died on May 28 at his home in Key West, Fla. He was 78. Writers Alex Wolff (SI), Wright Thompson (ESPN), Jack McCallum (SI), Sally Jenkins (Washington Post), Tim Layden (SI) and Michael Farber (SI and TSN) joined the podcast (for separate segments) to offer thoughts on their favorite Deford pieces, his impact on sports journalism, personal stories of interacting with Deford, how he approached stories, why he matters in 2017, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 121 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features James Duthie, the host of TSN's (Canada’s hockey coverage) as well as the Super Bowl, Masters, and the CFL playoffs on TSN. In this podcast Duthie discusses the differences between working in the Canadian sports media and U.S. sports media; how he views Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole’s broadcasting time in the U.S. and subsequent return to Canada; the preparation he does for the NHL Trade Deadline and NHL Draft shows; how Rogers acquiring hockey from TSN changed his job; what NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman thinks of him and why; whether hockey viewership has peaked in Canada; his father, Jim, who spent 35 years with the RCMP; how Sportscentre in Canada is different than SportsCenter in the U.S.; whether the U.S. hosting this year's World Juniors will help grow the game; whether the Toronto Maple Leafs will win a Stanley Cup in the next five years; working with John Tortorella; why veteran goalie Roberto Luongo seems to be every Canadian sports podcast’s first guest, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 120 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Kevin Merida, an ESPN senior vice president and the editor-in-chief of The Undefeated. The site, which explores the intersections of race, sports and culture, just celebrated its one year anniversary In this podcast, Merida, the former managing editor of The Washington Post, discusses where the site is in relation to where he hopes it will be down the road; what he looks for when he hires staffers; what content has worked for The Undefeated and why; the importance of such a site for young writers of color, particularly at Historic Black Colleges; the impact of Donald Trump’s Presidency on The Undefeated; whether the site will try to amp its breaking news coverage; the amount of traffic the site gets and whether ESPN management has set metric or financial goals; why Jemele Hill and Michael Smith are getting increased attention for the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter; how the Washington Post has handled the 24/7 political news cycle; the pressures political reporters face in 2017; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 119 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a return of the sports media roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and SI.com columnist Jimmy Traina. On this podcast, we discuss the ESPN’s 2018 television schedule which includes a new Mike Greenberg solo show every morning and a reduction of SportsCenter on linear television; the announcement that Beth Mowins and Rex Ryan will call the late game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader on Sept. 11; Fox Sports’ plans for this fall; ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball; why the NBA ratings are up on TNT and ESPN; the ripple effect of the ESPN layoffs heading forward; Sports Illustrated’s layoffs; whether competitors see ESPN’s issues as a chance to outbid them when new NFL deal comes to tender; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 118 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN hosts and reporters Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap. The longtime ESPN journalists are part of a new Sunday “E:60” show which will air year-round at 9 a.m. ET. In this podcast, Ley and Schaap address the ESPN layoffs and what it means to people at ESPN who care about journalism; how they would answer the question of how ESPN can claim to be as committed to journalism today after the elimination of journalists such as Ed Werder, Jayson Stark, Jane McManus, Andy Katz, Brett McMurphy and others; what they think of those in the media, especially ESPN’s competitors, who posit that these layoffs were a result of ESPN shifting politically to the left; what viewers should expect from a weekly “E:60” series; whether they feel ratings pressure; whether either have ever considered leaving ESPN; what they would tell journalism majors and young reporters about today's media landscape; whether Schaap would change anything about his interview with Bob Knight; what stories in the future each wishes to do; who will win the 2018 World Cup, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 117 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN NBA writer Royce Young, who is based in Oklahoma City and covers the Oklahoma City Thunder. In this podcast, Young discusses the birth and death of his daughter, Eva Grace Young; how he and and his wife, Keri, found out that their unborn daughter had a rare birth defect called anencephaly; how faith played a role for he and Keri during their journey; the internal dilemma of how much he wanted to share publicly about his daughter; his professional relationship with Russell Westbrook; the charges from some readers that he is a homer for Oklahoma teams; his coverage of Kevin Durant and what kind of subject Durant was; how the Thunder PR staff has changed in dealing with reporters; what the Thunder must do heading forward; the future of Westbrook in Oklahoma City; the pluses and minuses of working in a small market for ESPN, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 116 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features writer James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live. In this podcast, we discuss the ESPN layoffs in full including: why ESPN laid off nearly 100 talented employees; what this means for the company heading forward; how the sports right deals – including expanding its NFL rights deal in 2011 for $15.2 billion through 2021 and the new NBA deal played into the decision; whether ESPN is still interested in the reporting of the NHL and MLB; whether paying $125 million for a new studio was a terrible investment in hindsight; the loss of key information people such as Andy Katz, Jayson Stark, Ed Werder, Brett McMurphy, Jane McManus and others and what that means for ESPN’s journalism commitment heading forward; the likelihood that The Vertical’s Adrian Wojarnowski is coming to ESPN and how that impacted those NBAers who were laid off by ESPN; anchor Linda Cohn’s comments that part of the layoffs were related to politics turning off viewers; whether politics has anything to do with the financials; the narrative issue for ESPN, pushed by competitors and others, that the network has become too left-leaning; reporting from Jim and Richard that ESPN management won’t negotiate buyouts if you get offered to work elsewhere, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 115 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features CBS NFL analyst Amy Trask and Racquet publisher Caitlin Thompson. In this podcast, Trask, the former CEO of the Oakland Raiders, discusses her transition from football management to broadcasting; how she worked to get past her fears of being on camera; holding Bart Scott’s hand on-air to try to calm her nerves; how much sexism exists in sports broadcasting; why she took the job as CEO of the BIG3, a 3-on-3 professional basketball league that will begin its inaugural season in June; what social media is like for her; why we have yet to see a woman calling the NFL fulltime and whether it will happen; her insecurities about her looks as it relates to television; the impact Lesley Visser and Andrea Kremer had on her professionally; her attempts to get Al Davis to join Twitter; the potential of Las Vegas as a football market, and much more. Thompson discusses why she founded a print quarterly on professional tennis; how her business model works; recruiting great writers on tennis; the number of subscribers she needs to be profitable; how story ideas are generated for a quarterly; examining what could have been between Justine Henin and Serena Williams had Henin not retired, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 114 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features sports broadaster Kevin Harlan, who works for multiple outlets including Turner Sports, CBS Sports and Westwood One. In this podcast, Harlan discusses preparing to call multiple series in multiple cities for TNT during the NBA playoffs; why the NFL is the hardest of the major sports to cover; why he thinks Doc Emrick is best suited for quick-twitch sports; how he morphed from calling Kansas City-area sports (Chiefs, Kings and Kansas athletics) to a national job; whether it’s good to be known for catchphrases such as “no regard for human life;” the reality of knowing he will never call an NBA Finals or a Super Bowl on television; the advice he gave his daughter Olivia, who works for ESPN and travels with the Atlanta Hawks for Fox Sports Southeast; how he’d approach calling the games of Olivia’s boyfriend (Sam Dekker, who plays for the Rockets); how he adjusts to new partners; the differences regarding the networks he works for; growing in up in Green Bay as the son of Packers CEO Bob Harlan; his now famous call from Sept. 2016 of a fan running onto the field during a Monday Night Football game between the 49ers and Rams; why he remains not altogether comfortable with doing that call; his fondness for Doug Collins, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 113 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a return of the sports media roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and SI.com columnist Jimmy Traina. On this podcast, we discuss CBS’s decision to hire Tony Romo for its No. 1 NFL spot; what challenges Romo will have in 2017; why the move was made at this time; how much influence Jim Nantz had in the move to replace Phil Simms; the impact of social media on sports television talent decisions; why Michelle Beadle got the top spot as the host of ESPN/ABC's NBA Countdown; why ESPN should have been more clear about Sage Steele already having another job when they announced the Beadle move; the lunacy that emerged from those claiming Steele was either fired or lost her job for her political and social viewpoints; Amazon landing the streaming rights for the Thursday Night Football package; the flagging final round viewership of the Masters; the challenges that are coming for Fox Sports at the 2018 and 2022 World Cup and why 2026 might be lock in the U.S.; why Traina is back at Sports Illustrated; why Ourand thinks Mike Greenberg can be successful as a soloist on television and why Traina thinks that’s insane, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 112 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features the Canadian sports broadcaster Bob McCown, the host of the long-running “Prime Time Sports” show on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The show airs from 4 to 7 PM ET daily. In this podcast, McCown discusses what sports talk radio is like in Canada; what he considers underrated and overrated skills in interviewing; how one adjusts to a new co-host; whether he remains engaged in his job after 30-plus years; his very public spat with former Blue Jays manager City Gaston; which sports really pop in Toronto; why he does not like interviewing athletes; his longtime relationship with Muhammad Ali; the time the late Bear Bryant gave him an Alabama jacket from his closet; how much longer he wants to continue in his role; how he would define his audience; the role of TV in sports radio; the art of short questions in an interview; the prospect of multiple sports teams in Las Vegas and whether those teams can be successful; what makes Toronto in an interesting sports talk market, and much more. The episode also contains Deitsch’s comments on CBS hiring Tony Romo to replace Phil Simms. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 111 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features writer James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live. In this podcast, we discuss ESPN embarking on significant layoffs, with the emphasis being on those in front of the camera; how many people Miller believes will no longer be working at ESPN; how much money ESPN is being charged with cutting; management’s rationale for its decisions; what the Walt Disney Co. extending Bob Iger’s contract means for ESPN; where he sees Bill Simmons’ immediate future; the success of Barstool Sports; what’s next for FS1 personality Katie Nolan; ESPN’s decision to move Sam Ponder into the Sunday NFL Countdown host spot; why ESPN’s moves to replace Chris Berman were not as clean as you might think; Miller’s next project; the future of Dan Patrick at NBC; how sensitive ESPN management is to internal criticism of content (e.g. Lavar Bell); FS1’s opinion shows; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 110 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Dave Meltzer, the editor of The Wrestling Observer newsletter, Wrestling Observer.com and a writer for MMA Fighting.com. This is Meltzer’s second appearance on the podcast. As part of this conversation, Meltzer discusses the success of the split between the Raw and SmackDown Live brands; how he evaluates WWE broadcasters; what he expects the WWE to do about the leaked release of explicit photos and videos of wrestlers Paige and Xavier Woods what it was like to work at the National; how he would evaluate ESPN’s coverage of pro wrestling; his opinion of the Something To Wrestle With podcast and the criticism he gets from Bruce Pritchard; whether Stephanie McMahon will ever be in a bout again; the potential of an Andre the Giant doc; how often wrestlers contact him; the possible returns of Hulk Hogan and C.M. Punk; how WWE brass feels regarding fans booing Roman Reigns; the health of independent wrestling in North America; whether a new promotion could become a legit competitor to the WWE in North America; why the WWE brass does not allow its wrestlers to appear on your radio shows; whether the McMahon’s close relationship-partnership with Donald Trump has impacted employee morale and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 110 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features ESPN executive Laura Gentile, the senior vice president of espnW and Women’s Initiatives. In this podcast, Gentile discusses the mission and business of espnW, ESPN’s first dedicated business built to serve women who loves sports; why Gentile believes espnW can last for the long haul; how ESPN has evolved for women both in front of the camera and behind the scenes women over the past decade; the amount of sexism that exists among sports television and digital viewers; whether espnW is critical enough of women athletes; whether a sports website can succeed if it embraces optimism; what can be done regarding the online venom faced by many ESPN female staffers; the purpose of the espnW annual sports summit; the skill set one needs to be good at field hockey (Gentile was an All-America field hockey player at Duke) and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 109 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg. In this podcast, Greenberg discusses how forthcoming former coaches-turned-broadcasters can be with their audience; how one prepares to scout the NCAA Tournament; how competitive air time is at ESPN in college basketball; whether he worries about bigger name ex-coaches coming to take his job; what producers tell him about his work; how he got into broadcasting; why certain college basketball coaches allow media access and why some don’t; his thoughts on in-game and pre-game coaching interviews; his relationship with John Calipari; getting mistaken for Seth Davis on Twitter; answering questions about not giving Seth Curry a scholarship while he coached Virginia Tech; why he likes working with Jay Williams; the importance of enthusiasm on television, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 108 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Turner Sports broadcaster Brian Anderson, who is also in his 11th season as play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers for Fox Sports Wisconsin. As part of Turner Sports, Anderson will call the NCAA Tournament this month for Turner and CBS. In this podcast, Anderson discuses navigating between being a national announcer and calling a singular team; how he prepares for each assignment; what a broadcaster must do to be ready to call the NCAA Tournament; what it was like to replace Marv Albert on less than 48 hours notice for the 2015 Midwest Regional final game between Kentucky and Notre Dame; how critical he can be of Brewers players; what it was like calling Brewers’ games upon Ryan Braun returning from his suspension; working as a San Antonio Missions broadcaster for $25 per game; how he held jobs as a technician and camera operator while broadcasting in San Antonio; what it was like to work as the sideline reporter for the Spurs from 1999 to 2007; his most memorable interactions with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich; advice he received from Brewers announcer Bob Uecker, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 107 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features ESPN NFL analyst Jim Trotter, who appears on NFL Insiders, SportsCenter and other ESPN programs. Trotter previously worked at Sports Illustrated and the San Diego Union-Tribune. In this podcast, Trotter discusses the coverage of Roger Goodell and the league office by the NFL media and whether it is effective; why Goodell and NFL owners are not accessible to media; the impact of access journalism in the NFL and whether that’s good or mad for the public; morphing from print/digital work to television; how the NFL Hall of Fame voting works inside the room; what the Hall of Fame future will be for Paul Tagliabue and Terrell Owens; why Hall of Famer voters should be criticized for a lack of transparency; why Trotter makes his vote public; how voters see players who treated the media poorly during their career; how Trotter was laid off by Sports Illustrated and what he did in the immediate days afterward; the advice ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio gave him about appearing on television; how fans outside of San Diego should view what is happening with the Chargers; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Fox Sports broadcasters Jamie Little and Shannon Spake are the guests for Episode 106 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast. Little covers pit road for the Nascar Cup Series and Nascar Xfinity Series and a reporter for Nascar Raceday, FS1’s prerace show. Prior to joining FOX, she spent 13 years at ESPN/ABC as a reporter for Nascar and the IndyCar Series. Spake joined Fox Sports last July and covers NASCAR, college football, college basketball and NFL. She is the cohost of FS1’s Nascar Race Hub and Nascar Raceday Xfinity after each race. On this podcast, Little and Spake discussed the significant decline of Nascar’s television viewership and how that impacts them; how they both started in racing reporting and why they wanted to cover Nascar; how Little prepares each week to work as a pit reporter; how Spake prepares for her hosting role; the most forthcoming drivers, crew chiefs, and owners in the sport; what it’s like to get cursed out by drivers; how viewers should view the inherent conflicts of interest with broadcasters who have financial relationships with drivers and teams; navigating working in a sport that is overwhelmingly male; balancing motherhood with an intense traveling job; the difference between Fox and ESPN; what stories most want to do, and much more You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 105 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Conrad Thompson, the host of Something to Wrestle (with Bruce Pritchard) and What Happened When (with Tony Schiavone), two of the most popular podcasts in the sports and recreation space. In this podcast, Thompson discusses how a mortgage company owner (Thompson) in Huntsville, Alabama ended up hosting two of the most popular wrestling podcasts; how he came up with the concept of doing a long-form examination of a singular topic in pro wrestling; what his preparation is for each show; how each show is produced; how much he relies on the reporting of Dave Meltzer and what he thinks of Meltzer’s work; the reaction to the podcast from both WWE management and the wrestlers; his relationships with Ric Flair and Bruce Pritchard; the future of potential live shows; whether it’s fair to compare the Schiavone show to the Pritchard show; if one can make a living as a podcaster; the potential for Hulk Hogan to return to the WWE; why John Cena is likely the person he’d most want to do a series of podcasts with; whether Paul Heyman would ever host a podcast series; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 104 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN NBA Insider and senior writer Ramona Shelburne. You can find her work on multiple ESPN platforms. In this podcast, Shelburne discusses how she approaches long-form sports reporting for ESPN; what her writing process is; her professional relationship with Rhonda Rousey and her profile work on the fighter; how she navigates being critical of athletes; her reporting on Lamar Odom’s spiral, including traveling in the middle of the night to interview workers at a Nevada brothel; being recruited to work at The Vertical but opting to stay at ESPN; playing softball at Stanford with now-ESPN colleague Jessica Mendoza; the transition from writing to appearing on television and how insecurity can weigh on being judged by appearance; the future of the Lakers and Brandon Ingram; and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 103 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Ryen Russillo, the co-host of the ESPN Radio show “Russillo & Kanell,” which airs daily 1 to 4 PM ET on ESPN Radio and ESPNEWS, alongside co-host Danny Kanell. In this podcast, Russillo discusses how frustrated he was being tagged as Scott Van Pelt’s “sidekick”; how he prepares for each show; why he believes he’s been doing sports-talk radio wrong; whether a radio host can avoid talking politics in 2017; how he decides what NBA news to report on the air; his thoughts on his show being bumped on Sirius for a show hosted by Stephen A. Smith; why he does not use an agent; why he believes previous agents lied to him; where he expects to be in five years; how much input he had on choosing Danny Kanell as a co-host; why Skip Bayless banned him from First Take; why Van Pelt does not appear much on his show; how much NBA and college football he will do in the future; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 102 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a return of the sports media roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and Awful Announcing/The Comeback writer Jimmy Traina. On this podcast, we discuss Comedy Central airing a show from Barstool Sports and what that means for that brand heading forward; why Barstool has gotten more mainstream notice; what the Super Bowl ratings mean for the NFL in 2017; why ESPN PR responded to FS1’s attacks; the stick to sports debate and how much oxygen political news will tale from sports; the hires of Rex Ryan and Steve Smith as broadcasters; Brent Musburger leaving ESPN and whether he was forced out; the post-WFAN future of Mike Francesa; whether Jemele Hill and Michael Smith can find success hosting the 6PM ET SportsCenter, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 101 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN broadcasters Jemele Hill and Michael Smith.Beginning February 6, Hill and Smith will co-host the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter. The show is being called SC6. On this 70-minute podcast, Hill and Smith discuss how ESPN management came to them to host SportsCenter; why they accepted the job; how long ESPN has committed to them as a SportsCenter duo; how politically savvy one has to be to move up at ESPN as talent; what kind of viewership expectations management has put on them; whether SportsCenter is a post-racial show in terms of who is watching; whether race or gender of talent impacts sports ratings; why they believe sports and politics intersect; the false perception that their audience is only people of color; how they dealt with external comparisons to First Take; what it means to have people of color in executive positions on their show; and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 100 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features NBC Sports broadcaster Mike Tirico, who works on a variety of sports for that company including the NFL, golf, college football (Notre Dame) and the Olympics.In this podcast, Tirico discusses what sport is the toughest to prepare for as a sports broadcaster and why; the legacy of Brent Musburger; the advice he would give college broadcasting students on how to succeed in 2017; how he gets evaluated by his bosses; which aspect of football play-by-play is the most difficult; why he left ESPN for NBC; whether he was frustrated by Monday Night Football’s schedule in relation to Fox, CBS and NBC’s NFL schedules; how critical a network broadcaster can be of coaches, players or the league; the comments made by Bill Simmons that Tirico failed Tony Kornheiser while both worked on Monday Night Football; his current relationship with Kornheiser; whether a women will call the NFL in the near future; how he balances calling a game in which his alma mater (Syracuse) is playing; what it was like working with Hubie Brown; the broadcaster he would most like to meet; his NBC golf schedule in 2017; his connection to the University at Buffalo; whether SportsCenter’s new format will be successful, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 99 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price. Along with his work for SI, Price has a new book out ¬ — Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town — which examines the history of Aliquippa, Pa. and football’s place in an American steel town. In this podcast, Price discusses how to approach long-form sports writing; what makes certain subjects interesting to write about; the difference between sports feature writing in 2016 versus 2000; the process of interviewing dozens of people for a piece and how to organize it; why he wanted to examine Aliquippa, Pa., the home of Mike Ditka, Darrelle Revis and Ty Law among other NFLers; how he finds stories and profiles; how to write a feature when your main subject will not talk to you; whether you have to like a subject to write about them; playing basketball against candidate Barack Obama in Iowa for an SI column in 2007; how often he likes the pieces he wrote; why what the immediate future holds for Roger Federer; Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 98 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features two guests: James Mirtle, the editor-in-chief of The Athletic (Toronto) and a former NHL writer with The Globe and Mail (Canada), and Bruce Arthur, a sports columnist for the Toronto Star. Both Mirtle and Arthur also work for TSN.In this Canada-centric podcast, Mirtle and Arthur discuss the NHL coverage in Canada in relation to the United States; whether there is a Canadian style of sports journalism versus an American style; how Arthur approaches sports column writing; why Mirtle left the Globe and Mail for The Athletic job; what the charter is of The Athletic and what it needs to do to be profitable; how Mirtle views the use of sabermetrics in hockey writing; the potential of Austen Matthews and the Maple Leafs, and where Matthews might end up alltime; how growing up in Vancouver shaped Arthur; how growing up in Kamloops shaped Mirtle; covering losing teams in Toronto versus winning teams; the challenges that exist for Arthur being very politically active on Twitter; the hot take culture in Canada versus the United States; covering a national team (such as the Blue Jays) versus a local one (Maple Leafs); the future of the Canadian sports media amid job cuts; whether Canadians view a job in the U.S. as more prestigious than a Canadian job, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 97 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features three guests who are prominent voices in MMA media: Ariel Helwani, a writer and broadcaster for MMAfighting.com and the host of The MMA Hour; Luke Thomas, who writes and broadcasts for MMAFighting.com and SB Nation, and is the host of SiriusXM's 'The Luke Thomas Show' on SiriusXM RUSH; and Jonathan Snowden, a senior writer for Bleacher Report who covers MMA and boxing for the site. Snowden is also the author of "The MMA Encyclopedia." In this podcast, the three guests discuss Ronda Rousey’s relationship with the media; how they viewed Rousey not doing any press or open workouts prior to UFC 207; whether this opens the door for other fighters to avoid press prior to pay per view events; why Rousey was more accessible to non-MMA media; the canard from those in the sports media who called Rousey a fraud or media creation; the relationship between Dana White and the MMA press; whether MMA media will form some kind of membership union to raise awareness of issues; why MMA media must think digital-first; what social media is like for each of them; how to start covering the sport; whether MMA media has a diversity issue among its ranks; how Helwani feels about Fox Sports six months after the network let him go at the behest of UFC; and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 96 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features longtime ESPN columnist and on-air reporter J.A. Adande, who was named in August as the director of the new sports journalism program at Northwestern’s Medill School. Previously, Adande wrote for the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times.In this podcast, Adande discusses his move to academia and what he hopes to accomplish at Northwestern; how he would evaluate the quality of student entering Medill; how much impact the 2016 Presidential election will have on journalism heading forward; what was unique about covering sports in Los Angeles; getting a newspaper column job at a major paper at age 26; his relationship with Kobe Bryant; the importance of an agent in negotiating with companies such as ESPN; how he would evaluate the sports media industry when it comes to voices of color; why writers and broadcasters should not “clean up” quotes; what you might be missing about Around The Horn; criticism of his friend and mentor, Michael Wilbon; what he learned from Scottie Pippen in a urinal, and much more.You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 95 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features writer James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live. In this podcast, we discuss Miller reporting that Mike Greenberg recently signed a new contract at ESPN that is in excess of $6.5 million annually; why Greenberg was paid that much contractually, and what it potential means for him heading forward; what ESPN executives make these days; what Miller thinks of FS1’s talent moves and its future as a content player; what can be done to recalibrate SportsCenter; what 2017 will be like for Bill Simmons; what Miller thinks of The Ringer so far; how Saturday Night Live will approach a Trump Presidency; his thoughts on Kate McKinnon's Hillary Hallelujah performance and whether that was declaring a political position; whether Kenan Thompson is criminally underrated as a performer; how SNL approaches politics as a philosophy, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 94 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Teen Vogue weekend editor and freelance writer Lauren Duca. In this episode, Duca discusses what compelled her to write the Teen Vogue piece (“Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America”) that as of this writing had passed 1 million page views; what it was like to have a piece cut through the noise and trend on social media; why Teen Vogue has more political coverage than you might think; what the freelance market is like for a 25-year-old writer; what the reaction has been to the piece including her appearances on CNN, Al-Jazeera America and Netflix's Chelsea, a half-hour series hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler, and more. A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 93 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini.In this episode, Nardini, a former AOL, Demand Media and Yahoo executive, explains how and why she took the Barstool CEO job; who the Barstool reader and viewer is in her mind; what the office atmosphere is like at Barstool and why they moved operations from Massachusetts to New York City; what the partnership with the Chernin Group means for the brand; why Pardon My Take has vaulted to the top of the iTunes rankings for sports podcasts; what Barstool's plans are when it comes to adding employees; her response to The Cauldron website saying Barstool staffers use social media as a weapon; what responsibility a brand has for the actions of its readers and listeners; her response on whether Barstool has become too professionalized since she arrived; what separates founder Dave Portnoy from other social media figures; how Barstool finds new talent; how she viewed the Emily Austen interview; how to appeal to new parts of the country including the South; how long she wants to stay in the job as CEO; the impact of the brand’s recent deal with Sirius XM; the potential for Barstool as a brand on television; the line between selling out and expanding the brand, and much more. A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 92 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore, who along with Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will call the national college football semifinal game between Alabama and Washington on Dec. 31st. In this podcast, Tessitore discusses why versatility can be a strength for sports broadcasters; how he prepares to call his college football assignments; the appeal of Tim Tebow and Paul Finebaum as sports broadcasters; working in Hartford with Gayle King as a local broadcaster; the skill set needed to call blow by blow boxing; why he’s not envious of Chris Fowler; the impact of the “Tess Effect,” which is a term used for all the close college football games he has called; why he loves hosting horse racing; working with analysts Teddy Atlas and Blackledge; the value of good producers; and much more.A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 91 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a a return of the roundtable sports media discussion with John Ourand, media reporter for the Sports Business Daily, and Jimmy Traina, writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. In this podcast, we discuss the uptick in NFL ratings over the past two weeks and whether it means anything for the long-term; the impact of Donald Trump’s election win on the NFL ratings versus a win by Hillary Clinton; why ESPN’s Monday Night Football schedule is always worse than the other rightsholders; the heavy declining subscriber numbers for ESPN, FS1 and NBCSN and how much lower that number can go; what the immediate television future holds for Bill Simmons; where the UFC will go when its rights deal ends in 2018; why DG Media loves other podcasts more than this one, and much more. A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 90 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Cubs radio broadcaster Pat Hughes and Gary Cohen, the TV play by play voice for the Mets on SportsNet New York (SNY).Hughes has been the radio voice of the Cubs for 21 years. Prior to that, he spent 12 years working with Bob Uecker on Brewers broadcasts. Cohen has been a Mets broadcaster since 1989 including working on the radio side until 2006. Both broadcasters – who were interviewed separately – are finalists for the 2017 Ford Frick Award, the highest honor a baseball broadcaster can achieve. In this podcast, Hughes discusses how he handled the final moments of the Cubs’ historic World Series win; whether a World Series title changes listeners' perception of him; the differences in announcing for a good or bad team; what the immediate aftermath was like following the Cubs’ win; his passion for making audio tapes of some of baseball’s greatest announcers; and much more. Cohen discusses how his job has changed since the 1990s; the use of sabermetrics in a TV broadcast; who evaluates his work and why that is important; how age has impacted, if at all, his broadcasting; the switch from radio to TV; how to navigate between wanting your team to do well but not being a homer; his favorite Keith Hernandez story; calling games for Columbia University’s WKCR as a college student with a soccer analyst named George Stephanopoulos; and much more.A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 89 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Paul Finebaum, who hosts “The Paul Finebaum Show,” which airs on ESPN Radio and is simulcast on the SEC Network. Finebaum is also part of the SEC Network’s “SEC Nation” and regularly appears on ESPN. In this podcast, we discuss how Finebaum’s relationship with Alabama coach Nick Saban and what happened at SEC Media Day when the two got into a heated discussion; how he prepares for his show, especially when college football is not in regular season; how to take a regional show and make it popular nationally; what he thinks of Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow as analysts; what his relationship is with some of his well-known callers (e.g. Phyllis from Mulga Ala., Jim from Tuscaloosa); what finding success later in his professional life meant for him; how he thought his professional career had stalled before the New Yorker magazine profiled him; his advice for young people who do not consider themselves TV people, and much more. A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 87 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features free agent NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz, the co-author of “Eat My Schwartz: Our Story of NFL Football, Food, Family, and Faith,” along with his brother Mitchell, who plays offensive line for the Kansas City Chiefs. In this episode, Schwartz discusses how a pro athlete approaches making the transition to working in the sports media; how big city media is different than smaller city media; the impact of talking about religion and politics on Twitter; why he and his brother decided to write a book; being one of the greatest Jewish offensive lineman ever (yes, it is a small list), navigating being honest with viewers as a former player, and much more. A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 88 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Daniel Dale, the Washington bureau chief for the Toronto Star. In this podcast, we discuss Dale's coverage of the 2016 Presidential campaign; how he approached his assignment; why he started to do daily fact checks of Donald Trump’s comments; the number of states he traveled during the campaign; how reporters regain the trust of citizens who distrust them; whether the truth matters in politics; why the pollsters were wrong; whether Canada's Conservative party is positioning itself as Trump; the most disturbing thing he witnessed over last 16 months; his coverage of Toronto’s City Hall from 2010 to early 2015, including former Mayor Rob Ford; how being a Canadian reporter in the States impacts his coverage of the election; his role for the Star heading forward, and much more. A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 86 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features NFL Network analyst and host Brian Baldinger. In the podcast, Baldinger discusses the NFL Network’s decision to suspend him for six months without pay because of he made on 97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia suggesting the Eagles place a bounty on Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in Sunday night's game; how the NFL Network informed him of its decision; his explanation of the context in which he said those comments; whether the network’s suspension was far too harsh; whether he has apologized to Elliott; what this means for his career heading forward, and more. A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 85 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features a roundtable sports media discussion with John Ourand, media reporter for the Sports Business Daily, and Jimmy Traina, writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. In the podcast, we discuss why NFL ratings have dropped this season and what it means for 2017 viewership; whether there is any validity to viewers protesting some players kneeling for the national anthem; what HBO will do with Bill Simmons’s “Any Given Wednesday;” ESPN’s declining subscribers and how much lower that number can go; whether FS1’s all-debate, all-the-time strategy will be successful; New York Times reporter Richard Sandomir leaving the sports media beat; the future for Mike Francesa and Mike Greenberg; the SI-Fox partnership; and much more. A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 84 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Elliotte Friedman, an NHL insider and reporter for Hockey Night in Canada and NHL Network, and a columnist for Sportsnet’s (Canada) website. In the podcast, Friedman discusses the relationship between the Canadian media and the NHL, how he puts together his 30 Thoughts column each week, the biggest storylines in hockey in 2016-17, how the game is covered in Canada, what Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews mean for the league and Gary Bettman, the on-air changes at Hockey Night In Canada, mixing up Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in a race while calling the Rio Olympics for CBC and feeling like he let his country down; working on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown, and much more. A reminder: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 83 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Washington Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold, who most notably has covered Donald Trump’s charitable giving through his Donald J. Trump Foundation, and most notably, broke the story of Trump bragging about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation with Access Hollywood caught on a hot microphone. In this hour-long episode, Fahrenthold discusses the parallels between political reporting and sports reporting; how he and his Post colleagues reported the Access Hollywood tape story; why he will not reveal the source to that story; how the Post verified the authenticity of the video; what it was like knowing he had a story that would have a seismic impact on an election; how he came to report on the Trump Foundation; why many of his non-responses from charities are those from the world of sports; his response to his reporting being called “badgering” by some in the Trump campaign; why the financial ties between Linda and Vince McMahon and Donald Trump is a white whale for him; whether he plans to write a book on his election reporting; the staff he works with at the Post; whether he has taken any extra security precautions for himself and family while reporting on this election; his love of the Houston Astros; whether he has allowed himself to think of such honors as the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting; and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 82 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Turner Sports reporter and NBA.com columnist David Aldridge. In this episode, Aldridge discusses competing against NBA insiders such as Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Stein; transitioning from print journalism to television; how he interacts with tough interviews such as Gregg Popovich; why Charles Barkley has had longevity in broadcasting, the most interesting people to talk to in the NBA; how his relationship with Tony Kornheiser started and why it continues today; whether the Cavs and Warriors will meet again in the conference finals; why the NBA has been a progressive league when it comes to people of color covering it, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 81 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Clinton Yates, a senior writer for The Undefeated. In this episode, Yates discusses the journalism ethos of The Undefeated, an ESPN-housed site on the intersection of sports, race and culture; why he left the Washington Post to take a job at the site; what it was like to work at the Post as a young writer; why readers should invest in The Undefeated given ESPN shelved Grantland after a couple of years; why Michael Wilbon is a mentor for Yates; the success and failure of opinion-based sports shows on television; whether readers are interested in the intersection of sports and politics; working for the late George Michael at WRC-4 in Washington, D.C.; surviving a near-death car accident at 19, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
Episode 80 of Sports Illustrated media podcast features Fox NFL on-field reporter Pam Oliver. In this episode, Oliver discusses what the public often misses about the role and responsibilities of NFL sideline reporters; how executives (nearly all men) make hiring decisions for the position; how the Patriots are the least accessible teams for sideline reporters; how Fox executives nearly removed her from the NFL two years ago; her feelings on being replaced by Erin Andrews on Fox's top NFL team; what kind of opportunities she sees for young women of color who want to enter the business; why Troy Aikman considers her a sister, and much more.
Episode 79 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features CBS NFL analyst Bill Cowher, who works as a pregame analyst on The NFL Today and Thursday Night Football. In this episode, Cowher discusses his journey from Super Bowl-winning coach to broadcaster; how he prepares each week for his two roles; the toughest adjustment in broadcasting; how he would feel if one of his players decided to take a knee during the national anthem; how to remain objective for viewers despite having coaching friends in the league; the best locker room speech he gave; whether NFL teams will stop asking him about returning to coaching; embarrassing himself in front of Mick Jagger on two separate occasions; traveling on the road with his musician-wife Victoria, who is known professionally as Queen V; the joys of spin cycle and yoga and not being recognized every day; being the father-in-law of two professional athletes, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI’s podcasts here. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at me.
Episode 78 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features sports journalists and longtime Sports Illustrated senior writers Michael Farber and Jack McCallum. Farber currently works for TSN of Canada among other entities while McCallum is a freelance writer working on a basketball book involving the Golden State Warriors. In this episode, Farber and McCallum discuss their best and toughest interview subjects over the years; the media access given to them by Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan; transitioning from a fulltime writing job to other projects; what writers and broadcasters they pay attention to today; why Isiah Thomas was a tough interview for McCallum and why Thomas once gave Farber a plant; how to transition from print to television; why Gordie Howe is one of the all-time media friendly subjects; thoughts on Olympic hockey and basketball and the World Cup of hockey; McCallum’s Top 5 NBA players of all time (Jordan, Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic and LeBron) and Farber’s Top 5 NHL Players of all-time (and why he flip-flops Orr and Gretzky often); how SI can stay relevant today, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch.
Episode 77 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features journalist Jessica Luther, the author of “Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape.” In this episode, Luther discusses the difficulties of covering accusations of sexual violence and rape involving college football players; how she and fellow Texas Monthly writer Dan Solomon exposed the underbelly of what was happening within the Baylor University football program; the Jameis Winston sexual assault case at Florida State; the lack of transparency from coaches and athletic departments on sexual violence cases involving athletes; how much of the coverage we read and hear is impacted by mostly men writing about it; the role and responsibility of the sports media when it comes to covering the intersection of college football and sexual violence; how a reporter avoids burnout on this beat; and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please tweet at Deitsch.
Episode 76 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN NBA and college basketball analyst Doris Burke, who recently was given a larger package of NBA games by the company. Burke also serves as an analyst on women’s college basketball games and does sideline reporting for select NBA games including the NBA Finals. In this episode, Burke discusses her career arc from an assistant women's basketball coach at Providence College to calling the NBA for ESPN; how she prepares for work as an analyst versus sideline reporting; how much of a stigma still exists for women analyzing men’s sports; how often she looks at her social media mentions; whether Gregg Popovich’s treatment of sideline reporters is unprofessional; how she forms her questions; the impact of looks on sports broadcasting; the best coach to interview on the sidelines; what play she would run in an end-game situation in the NBA; whether UConn will repeat as women’s champions, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
In this episode, Andy Roddick, former professional tennis player and current Periscoper, discusses why he chose to become a sports broadcasting generalist as opposed to a tennis specialist when he retired from the sport; what he learned about sports television while working for Fox Sports; what he specifically looks for when he watches tennis on television; why he thinks Periscope is an effective medium; his thoughts on how Serena Williams has been covered by both the tennis and general media, and what perceptions of her are incorrect (Roddick has known her since they were both teenagers); his view of the media when he was a player and how he approached press conferences; whether he considered himself a challenging interview; what it’s like working for the BBC as a broadcaster; what it’s like to have a spouse who has been on more Sports Illustrated covers than he has; and much more.
Episode 74 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features the longtime professional wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and WrestlingObserver.com and a writer for MMAFighting.com. In this nearly 75-minute episode, Meltzer discusses his journalistic approach to covering professional wrestling; how forthcoming wrestlers and WWE management are; how he approaches reporting on WWE vs. MMA; how important technical proficiency is versus mic skills; what he views ESPN’s foray into WWE content and why he’s not convinced they will cover the underbelly of the sport; how Brock Lesnar is treated in WWE as compared to everyone else, the rise of the Diva division; whether Hulk Hogan will return to the WWE; how he finds sources in pro wrestling, the future for Big Cass and Roman Reigns, his relationship with Vince McMahon and Dana White, his thoughts on the Raw/Smackdown split, and much more.
Episode 73 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features NBC Sports Premier League broadcaster Arlo White, who recently called soccer at the Rio Olympics. In this episode, White discusses his approach to calling Neymar's game-winning penalty kick in the men's gold medal game in Rio; how to call a game when your analyst is thousands of miles away; what he does to prepare for a Premier League broadcast; moving back to the United Kingdom to call Premier League games; how the U.S. soccer audience has gotten smarter over the last two decades; working in Seattle as the voice of MLS and the Sounders; calling Super Bowls for the BBC; why the Men In Blazers would toss him overboard into the sea long before Rebecca Lowe; the balance between describing a play and letting the action breath; his approach to calling Leicester City games as a lifelong fan; the soccer book he recommends to learn about tactics, and much more.
Episode 72 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features writer Jim Miller, the author of “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency.” Miller also wrote the New York Times bestseller, “These Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN.” In this episode, Miller discusses why CAA is of interest to the public, how to land interviews with Hollywood talent such as Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sly Stallone for a book project; how Stallone emotionally told him about losing his agent; CAA’s impact on sports, using oral history as a literary device, why ESPN has lost subscribers over the past three years, what Chris Berman leaving ESPN means for that network, the short-term propects for FS1, what Miller thinks of “The Ringer,” and Bill Simmons current projects, and much more.
Episode 71 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Terry McDonell, the former editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group and the author of "The Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers". In this episode, McDonell, who ran Sports Illustrated for 10 years (2002-2012), discusses what it was like to edit Outside, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Us Weekly among other publications; spending time with Hunter Thompson and George Plimpton; the secret to managing editorial egos; being an outsider at Sports Illustrated; how Lance Armstrong repeatedly lied to him during his SI tenure; why surrogates on behalf of Alex Rodriguez called for SI writers to be fired; whether Rick Reilly leaving SI was a mistake for Reilly and why Reilly was angry with him when Reilly left for ESPN; discussing with the SI staff whether the Swimsuit Issue should end, putting Beyonce on the cover of Swimsuit; how magazines can survive in the future, and much more.
Episode 70 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Lisa Fenn, a former ESPN producer and the author of "Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family". In this episode, Fenn explains the story the remarkable friendship between former Cleveland high school wrestlers Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton. Crockett, who is legally blind, earned a Judo medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London, and now lives and studies in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he trains with USA Judo. Sutton, who lost his legs at age 11 when he was hit by a train, works in Game Production for EA Sports in Baton Rouge. The two high school friends were originally profiled by ESPN in 2009, and in that piece, ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi described Crockett and Sutton as "a wrestler who couldn't walk carried to matches by a wrestler who couldn't see." The updated story in 2013 featured ESPN coordinating producer Jose Morales reintroducing the main characters and the extraordinary events that took place since the original piece aired including Fenn, who produced the original piece for ESPN before leaving the company to raise a family and become an integral part of the lives of Crockett and Sutton, The unlikely trio formed a remarkable family unit. The 2013 feature on the three is the best piece ESPN has ever run, in my opinion. During our conversation, Fenn updates how the lives of Crockett and Sutton are proceeding. Crockett will be competing in the Paralympics in Rio.
Episode 69 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features two guests: Ato Boldon, the lead track and field analyst for the NBC Sports Group and a four-time Olympic medalist, and Rowdy Gaines, who has served as NBC’s lead Olympic swimming analyst since the 1992 Barcelona Games and was a three-time gold medalist at the 1984 Summer Games. In this episode, Boldon (who appears first) talks about how he prepares to call track and field, his research methods, what is unique about Usain Bolt and where Bolt stands amid all sports figures, how Boldon approaches discussing doping on air, who might surprise viewers on the track in Rio, and much more. Gaines discusses how he prepares to call swimming, his research methods, whether NBC is too patriotic on its Olympic coverage, where Michael Phelps stands amid all U.S. athletes, the dominance of Katie Ledecky, how he approaches discussing doping on air, the access NBC gets with top swimmers, why you should keep an eye on Australian swimmers and much more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, John Ourand and Richard Deitsch discuss the viewership potential for the Olympics, how NBC Sports will cover the negative stories coming out of Rio, whether the Olympics is a good investment for NBC, the upcoming ACC Network and how it fits with ESPN, the future of the Longhorn Network, why Tom Jackson left ESPN and the many changes to ESPN’s NFL studio coverage, whether ESPN is a left-leaning organization and what such a perception means for viewers, whether sports media members should discuss politics on social media, Twitter and the live streaming of sports, what Yahoo’s sale means for sites such as The Vertical and much more.
Episode 67 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins. In this episode, Jenkins talks about how she finds stories and what inspires her; what made Pat Summitt such an interesting person; what it was like spending time with Summitt before she passed; writing for an audience in D.C. that includes generals, spies and Congresspeople; why she opted not to work on television; her relationship with Lance Armstrong and how she feels about Armstrong’s lies; interviewing with Joe Paterno and the legacy of the former Penn State coach; whether she is optimistic women will find jobs as sports columnists heading forward; advice from her father, the legendary writer Dan Jenkins; and much more.
Episode 66 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features New York Magazine writer-at-large Rembert Browne, who previously spent four years as a staff writer at Grantland. In this episode, Browne discusses how he finds his stories, why he believes ESPN folded Grantland, how he came to interview Barack Obama on Air Force One, the joys and pains of being an Atlanta Hawks fan, his plans for covering the upcoming Republican convention in Cleveland, how Bill Simmons acted as a boss, why he’s not currently working for The Ringer, how you find your voice in writing, his thoughts on why ESPN founded The Undefeated, his attempt to write for 500 straight days, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.
Episode 65 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features two guests: Steve Herz, president of IF Management, and Matt Kramer, a talent agent for CAA. In this episode, Herz and Kramer discuss the skills needed to work in sports broadcasting, the salary structure at local markets compared to national cable companies such as ESPN and FS1, how they deal with multiple clients competing for the same job, sexism and ageism in the industry, how much appearance factors into broadcasting decisions, what management people at the networks are best to deal with, whether there is a demand for opinion-based commentators versus journalists, what’s next in the sports media business, how much agents can get paid and much more.
Episode 64 of the SI Media Podcast features NFL Network broadcaster Rich Eisen, who also hosts the “The Rich Eisen Show.” Eisen discusses his relationship with Roger Goodell; how he handles situations when he personally disagrees with something that the NFL does; his level of football consumption during the week of a regular season; how he views what is happening at his former employer, ESPN, and what the future of SportsCenter might be; why he went public with his feelings about Skip Bayless; how to find chemistry with analysts; how to compete in national sports radio; what his week is like during the NFL regular season; why Michael Irvin is one of his best friends; his love of stand-up comedy; and much more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Washington Post and ESPN The Magazine writer Eli Saslow discusses why he chooses the stories he writes; how he takes complicated subjects and makes them digestible; what sports stories interest him and why; how to get subjects to open up to you; what it was like covering mass shootings in San Bernardino, Newtown and in Roseburg, Ore.; why the decline of the middle class is one of the most important stories of our time; what it’s like interviewing the President; how to identify with your subjects as a journalist and much more.
Episode No. 62 of the SI Media Podcast features longtime ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger, the signature college football voice of the SEC Network. In the only interview that he's given since reaching his multi-year contract extension with ESPN, Musburger discusses a range of topics, including his re-signing, calling games for the SEC Network, calling college basketball games, not calling the national college football championship game, how he was ahead of the curve on talking gambling on broadcasts, working at CBS Sports before he was hired by ESPN/ABC and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.
Episode No. 61 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features the acclaimed sports and news photographer Neil Leifer. On this episode, Leifer discusses his many memorable photographs of Muhammad Ali including his personal favorite — the ariel photograph of Ali knocking out Cleveland Williams at the Houston Astrodome in Nov. 1966. He also discusses the famed shot of then-Cassius Clay standing over Sonny Liston after retaining the heavyweight championship in May 1965 in Lewiston, Maine; why Ali was such a perfect photo subject; his first posed photo shoot with Ali when Leifer was 22 years old; how he and Ali became close friends in the last 25 years of his life; how he approached shooting photos of Ali; shooting Ali for his 70th birthday; the last time he interacted with Lonnie Ali, the wife of Muhammad; and much more. Leifer's images are currently on display at Los Angeles’s Peter Fetterman Gallery and you can also see them on Leifer's website. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.
Episode No. 59 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features two guests: Fox Sports soccer host Fernando Fiore and Golf Channel host Ryan Burr. On this episode, Fiore discusses his move from Univision to Fox Sports, how he approaches an English-speaking audience versus a Spanish-speaking audience; whether or not his style changes from Spanish-language broadcasting to English-speaking broadcasting; his role for the Copa America Centenario; his relationship with Alexi Lalas; how he came to the U.S. at 19 from Argentina to attend college in New Jersey; how during the height of Argentina’s Dirty War he was grabbed on the street by the military junta; his attending 500 music concerts during his lifetime; the greatest World Cup he’s ever seen, and much more. Burr discusses the challenges of hosting golf; his co-writing of a novel, The Fix, whose subject is a college quarterback who gets involved in gambling; why he will always be fond of ESPN NFL host Chris Berman; what working at ESPN was like from 2005 to 2012; whether charges that ESPN is left-leaning are accurate in his opinion; his role covering golf for the Rio Olympics; why ego is often the biggest detriment for sports broacasters leaving big networks, and much more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch interviews two guests: ESPN NBA writer Dave McMenamin, who covers the Cavaliers for ESPN, and Bay Area News sports columnist Marcus Thompson, who has covered the Warriors since 2004. Both writers opened up about covering some of the NBA’s biggest stars, the amount of access they have, which players on their respective teams are the best quote and much more.
Richard Deitsch welcomes Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand back to the SI Media Podcast for a conversation on various sports media topics. On this episode, Ourand and Deitsch discusses the future of Chris Berman at ESPN, Sean McDonough’s emotional response to landing Monday Night Football, who will end up with the Big Ten television rights, the prospect of an ACC Channel or PGA Cable network, the potential ratings for this year's Stanley Cup , what kind of stand-alone TV contract Alabama or OSU football get on open market, whether ESPN has a perception problem regarding viewers believing they are too liberal, praise for Fox Sports for letting its executives talk with no hand holding from PR, the issues SporsCenter is experiencing and whether the 6:00 p.m. version should be changed, and the NFL changes at ESPN, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.
This episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features TNT NBA analyst Chris Webber, who will call the Western Conference Finals with Marv Albert and Reggie Miller. On this episode, Webber discusses how forthcoming today’s NBA player are, how he viewed the press during his playing days, whether the league is watered down today, the hardest players for him to guard (Vin Baker ranked high on the list), how his Kings teams would have done in today’s game, how he prepares for his broadcast, how Marv Albert and Dick Stockton tutored him as a broadcaster, working with rapper Nas, his all-time All-Detroit team including Jalen Rose, why Allen Iverson was the best teammate he ever saw and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.
On this episode, McDonough discusses how he landed the Monday Night Football job; his frustrations with not being the lead announcer on a signature package; how Mike Tirico advocated for him internally; his chemistry with analyst Jon Gruden and how he plans to further it; how he prepares for a broadcast; how his father, Will McDonough, a former writer for the Boston Globe who moved to television and pioneered the role of an NFL insider on TV, influenced McDonough and his siblings (all of his siblings work in sports in some way), his relationships with Chris Spielman, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas; replacing Jack Buck as the lead MLB play-by-play voice on CBS back in the 90s and more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, ESPN host Adnan Virk joins host Richard Deitsch in studio, and the two about the ESPN defections of Skip Bayless and Mike Tirico, the impact of being the first Muslim anchor hired by ESPN, his friendship with Curt Schilling and how that was impacted after Schilling was suspended by ESPN (Schilling apologized several times to Virk after his comments about Muslims), whether being a sports generalist is good or bad in his profession, how he got his job at ESPN while working in Canada, the Canadian star power of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, whether he was a legitimate contender to replace Scott Van Pelt after he left his radio show with Ryen Russillo, whether Danny Kannel is a bro or pro, the importance of having a well-known agent while working in the sports TV field, his brother taking photos with Skip Bayless, the potential of a future podcast and much more.
On this episode, Hine, who wrote a piece for his newspaper last March in which he discussed his sexual orientation and the journey he took to become public with it, talks about his experiences with homophobia in sports; writing about Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, who directed a homophobic slur at a referee and later apologized; what social media is like for him with regards to his sexual orientation; whether any members of the Blackhawks reached out to him after publishing his column; how other openly gay sports writers around the country helped him during his journey; rating how media-friendly the Blackhawks are as an organization; covering Patrick Kane and much more.
This week’s podcast features Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand for an hour of sports media talk. On this episode, Ourand and Deitsch discuss Mike Tirico leaving ESPN for NBC Sports, Skip Bayless departing ESPN for FS1, whether ESPN is experiencing a real talent drain or whether that is a false narrative, FS1's strategy to build a morning block around loud opinionists, the upcoming HBO show featuring Bill Simmons and whether "The Ringer" will resonate in the market, how women in the sports media are treated on social media, the Big Ten television and digital rights deals, Sean McDonough and other replacements for Tirico at ESPN, the future of Katie Nolan, the strategy of CBS Sports' cable division, the future of the Pac 12 network, working with the PR departments of sports television networks and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.
On this episode, Mendoza goes in-depth on her preparation for games each week, which starts more than a week in advance. Mendoza also discusses her thoughts on criticism and the influx of opinions she receives on social media about her work, whether she views her pioneering role as a responsibility, how she balances raising two young kids with a job heavy on travel, her relationship with Curt Schilling and how the two are linked incorrectly, why she’s trying to convince Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw to let her stand in the batters box against him, her relationship with fellow broadcasters Shulman and Boone, the future of softball in the Olympics, her journey at ESPN and much more.
This week’s podcast features ESPN NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick, who will work all three days of the NFL Draft on ESPN television. In this episode, Riddick discusses in-depth how he his prepares to cover the NFL Draft, how candid former NFL executives can be on television, how scouts evaluate draft picks, the sports television bias against those players who were not stars in their sport, why NFL teams and media missed so badly on Johnny Manziel, why certain teams are a terrible fit for players, whether he still has NFL executive aspirations, how to learn the mechanics of sports television, why NFL offices often have an adversarial relationship with the media, whether teams specifically put misinformation into marketplace during draft season, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch interviews pair of guests: Yahoo Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan, the author of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports," and The New York Times horse racing writer Joe Drape, the author of "American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise." Passan discusses how why he wrote the book, how to get year-long access to subjects, what it was like interviewing Sandy Koufax, the most interesting single story in baseball this year, why Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be in the Hall of Fame and more. Drape discuses why we should still care about American Pharoah, his experience inside a thoroughbred breeding shed, the personalities of trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat, the favorites for the 2016 Kentucky Derby and more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch speaks with filmmaker Ken Burns, whose newest documentary 'Jackie Robinson' is set to air April 11-12. Burns discusses the intricacies of making a documentary—from deciding what to keep and what to cut, agreeing and disagreeing with coworkers and more, what it’s like working with family members (his daughter Sarah Burns is one of the co-directors of Jackie Robinson), what it was like talking to the Obamas for the documentary and much, much more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, WNBA player and ESPN analyst Kara Lawson talks about the difference between preparing to call NCAA games vs. professional games, the challenges of playing in the WNBA and broadcasting at the same time, her crazy schedule on Selection Sunday (she worked both the men’s and the women’s show), how she became the first woman analyst to call a nationally televised NBA game, whether she thinks UConn’s success is good or bad for women’s college basketball, her thoughts on women coaching and much more.
Longtime CBS college basketball broadcaster Bill Raftery is this week's guest, who will call the Final Four and National Championship game on TBS with Jim Nantz and Grant Hill. Raftery also works for FS1 during the college basketball regular season and Turner during the NCAA tournament. In this episode, Raftery discusses how he prepares for games, why he did not covet the top analyst job at CBS before getting it, the most memorable games he’s called, his longtime relationship with Verne Lundquist, when and how he uses the lines he’s most known for such as “onions,” whether he thought about returning to coaching, how he got into broadcasting, the last time he saw Jerome (“Send it in, Jerome”) Lane, whether his legendary drinking stories are myth or truth, the documentary his son, Billy, directed on his life, his relationship with coaches, his Jim Boeheim impression, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, WWE broadcaster Renee Young discusses how she got her job, the surreal nature of changing her name for a broadcasting job, auditioning for SportsNation after Michelle Beadle left ESPN for NBC, whether she fears getting typecast as a WWE-only performer, the blurring lines of having a relationship with someone in the company (she is currently dating the wrestler known as Dean Ambrose), why she considers Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon are genius on-air performers, whether she hopes to be on WWE Raw in the future, if she would be willing to take part in an in-ring storyline, the best dishes to eat when in Canada and much more.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN NBA analyst Hubie Brown. Brown discusses his broadcasting style and how he watches a game, who he learns from in today’s game, how he prepares for a broadcast, how he feels about the advanced metrics in the game, his relationship with the late Dr. Jack Ramsay, why the 1975 Kentucky Colonels (featuring Hall of Famers Dan Issel, Louie Dampier and Artis Gillmore are perennially underrated), how he handles travel at age 82 (hint: limousines), his favorite broadcasters to work with and much more.
This week’s podcast guest is ESPN NBA senior writer Zach Lowe. Along with his written and television work, Lowe also hosts a very popular NBA podcast, The Lowe Post (http://apple.co/1Vahze1). In this episode, Lowe discusses his journalism path from covering crime at the Stanford Advocate and legal issues at American Lawyer to becoming one of the preeminent NBA media voices, how he determines interesting NBA content, how he determines what NBA games to watch on a given night, the danger of NBA broadcasters who are big homers, getting hired by Grantland and why Bill Simmons was a good boss, the dissolution of Grantland, how to get better as a podcaster, whether he would consider working for an NBA front office, why Twitter has been a net negative for him, whether he would consider working elsewhere outside of ESPN, the L.A. house rented by The Ringer for its staffers, whether any player has approached him after he wrote something negative, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch speaks with ESPN senior writer Ivan Maisel, who has covered college football on a national level longer than anyone currently on the beat. Much of the podcast focuses on the death of Maisel’s son Max, which occurred on Feb. 22, 2015, and how Maisel has managed his grief.
In this episode, Stewart-Binks, born in Toronto, talks about the differences between working in the Canadian sports media (she worked at CTV) and American sports media, how competitive the business is for women in their 20s, working with and becoming off-air friends with New York sports-talk host Mike Francesa, the future of MLS on television, the direction of FS1 heading forward and more. Stewart-Binks also talked in-depth about the segment on Whitlock’s House Party by the Bay during Super Bowl week when Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski performed a lap dance on her. She answers multiple questions from those who criticized her, and addressed if she felt pressure from her network.
In this episode, Marcotti talks about the differences in media access around the world, how he determines his stories as an global journalist who writes for several different publications and how he juggles different international styles, who he enjoys interviewing most in international soccer, how long it may take him to write any of his columns (which often cover multiple leagues) and more. Marcotti then answers some listener questions, including who he reads globally to stay on top of the news, where he sees the role of analytics in international soccer, whether or not MLS should lean towards a more European model with a few dominant teams and more.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch and Fox Sports's Jimmy Traina talk extensively about a number of current media issues—some related to sports, some not—including Bill Simmons’s new digital project The Ringer, the current direction of FS1 and whether Katie Nolan is a good fit there, Peyton Manning’s future as a broadcaster, the changes on the Howard Stern show and whether that’s good for listeners, the media coverage of Donald Trump and much more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch speaks with ESPN reporter Holly Rowe about her recent diagnosis with a rare form of melanoma cancer that has spread through her body (this is her second bout with cancer—she had a cancerous tumor removed from her chest last May), and that the recent support she has received has been tremendous; she heard from Les Miles, Urban Meyer and Charles Barkley, to name a few. Rowe also discusses what it’s like to compete in an industry that seems to prize youth and beauty over other attributes, why Brent Musburger has been so successful for so long, her hardest interviews on the sidelines, why Doris Burke is among the toughest people she’s met in broadcasting and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about three rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to FreshBooks.com/simedia and entering SIMEDIA.
This week’s podcast guest is Turner Sports host Ernie Johnson, who hosts Inside The NBA as well as NBA Fan Night on NBA TV. In this episode, Johnson discusses navigating a studio show that is mostly ad-libbed, his views on race, how they developed and the racial dynamics on the set of Inside The NBA, when he know Charles Barkley would be good on television, how he prepares for hosting Inside The NBA, why Kevin Garnett would be a great studio host as long as he avoided f-bombs, what he learned from his father Ernie Jr, a longtime MLB broadcaster, his surviving Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about 3 rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to FreshBooks.com/simedia and entering SIMEDIA.
This week’s podcast guest is CBS Sports director Mike Arnold, the director of Super Bowl 50. This will be the fourth Super Bowl directed by Arnold, who also directed the famous 1992 NCAA Men’s Basketball East Regional Final between Duke and Kentucky when Christian Laettner hit his famous last-second winning basket for Duke. In this episode, Arnold discusses the role of a director in a sports broadcast, how he prepares to work a game the magnitude of a Super Bowl, how crowd shots are decided during a game, how he communicates with camera people during a game, why you see the commercials when you do during an NFL game, what it feels like to read criticism of his broadcasters such as Phil Simms and Mike Carey, how he gets evaluated, whether sports television directors are made or born and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about 3 rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to FreshBooks.com/simedia and entering SIMEDIA.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams, who recently published a memoir this week “Life Is Not An Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention.” Williams opens up about his initial struggles in broadcasting, his depression and dependency on OxyContin after his NBA career, his relationship with Mike Krzyzewski, NBA players smoking marijuana during his era, his double date with Serena Williams and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch talks with FOX NFL analyst Troy Aikman. Aikman—who will be broadcasting the NFC Championship Game with Joe Buck—details in-depth how he prepares for a broadcast, how he’s evaluated by his bosses (and how he evaluates himself), his opinion on the concussion issue and what role he should take as a broadcaster, how much longer he wants to work in broadcasting, his respect for partner Joe Buck, where he would rank Tom Brady among NFL quarterbacks all-time, why he wishes he could work in a booth with Don Meredith and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy football, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: MEDIA, for $20 off your first purchase.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, @PFTCommenter talks about how he got his start in the world of hot sports takes, which media outlets he reads daily, his thoughts on concussions in the NFL, how he sees the nexus of sports and politics, whether or not he thinks Peyton Manning used HGH, whether Twitter has become a liberal echo chamber, why Danny Woodhead is underrated, whether Donald Trump will get the GOP nomination, who will win the Super Bowl and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy football, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: MEDIA, for $20 off your first purchase.
This week's podcast guest is Chris Haynes, who covers the Cavaliers and the NBA for Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer. In this episode, Haynes discusses covering LeBron James on a day-to-day basis, the modern-day responsibilities of an NBA beat reporter, the NBA organizations that are most and least media-friendly, how young reporters can improve on a beat, whether being an reporter of color in a league predominantly African-American is an advantage of disadvantage, the window of opportunity James has to win a championship, and the difficulties of maintaining a marriage on a beat with constant travel. Haynes also talks in-depth about a first-person piece he recently wrote that went viral. In that piece, Haynes, a former reporter with Comcast SportsNet Northwest covering the Trail Blazers, alleged racial profiling by the Portland Police Bureau in connection with a never disclosed 2013 arrest and acquittal. Haynes wrote the piece amid the scrutiny James faced for not weighing in on the Nov. 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by a Cleveland police officer. It’s a piece really worth reading: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/to_ask_lebron_james_to_sacrifi.html A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy football, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: MEDIA, for $20 off your first purchase.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Deitsch and Traina discuss a number of current sports media issues, including Jim Nantz refusing to talk on air about the rumors that Peyton Manning used HGH, what network best airs the Super Bowl, whether or not taking Tom Verducci and Harold Reynolds off of Fox's baseball broadcast is a good idea, the immediate futures of ESPN and Fox Sports and more. To close it out, Traina turns the table and asks Deitsch a few questions, including some about Sports Illustrated's new offices, and Deitsch mocks Traina for not fully charging his landline.
This week's guest is Fox Sports college football and college basketball play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, one of the most popular broadcasters among fans for his word play and enthusiasm. Johnson is calling a part-time schedule this season for the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s also previously worked for CBS and famously called many great moments at the NCAA tournament. In this episode, Johnson discusses his preparation for calling different sports, how much he misses calling the NCAA Tournament, his year-long journey calling international soccer and ultimately walking away from it, working with a variety of analysts over the years, from Bill Raftery to Joel Klatt, why he'd love to call a game with Al Michaels and Marv Albert — and no analysts; how he came up with some of his well known expressions including "I'm Al Harrington — and I get buckets!"; his broadcasting start at Howard University; his admiration for longtime Pistons broadcaster George Blaha, how fans intereact with him, the advice he'd give to young broadcasters and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy football, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: MEDIA, for $20 off your first purchase.
Welcome to episode No. 34 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. This week's guest is ESPN's Sage Steele, who hosts NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC. In this episode, Steele discusses how she landed the Countdown job, whether she should have a say in who works with her as an analyst, how she viewed her on-air relationship with Bill Simmons and the perceived creative differences between them, whether a sports audience cares about race, how being a bi-racial woman impacted her sports television role modeling growing up, the most media-friendly NBA coaches and players (hear why she thinks Russell Westbrook has gotten a raw deal), racism in the sports media, what social media is like for her, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/si-media-podcast-richard-deitsch/id997819235?mt=2) and Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/panoply/si-media-podcast-with-richard-deitsch), and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch. — The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by the SeatGeek app. The smartest way to buy and sell tickets for your favorite events. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: MEDIA, for $20 off your first purchase. We’re also sponsored by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy football, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com to enter a risk-free tournament for up to $10.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch talks with TSN and NBCSN NHL insider Bob McKenzie, who talks about how Twitter impacts his job (and how it can hinder it), the reduction of media access across the NHL, reporting that Pat Burns had not yet passed away, the upcoming World Cup of Hockey and much more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch speaks with Deadspin staff writer Diana Moskovitz, who wrote the story detailing Greg Hardy's assault on Nicole Holder. Moskovitz talks about her reporting for that story, why she's interested in crime and sports, advantages and disadvantages of working at Deadspin and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch talks with ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas about how he prepares for broadcasts, why he gives referees his phone number, his Twitter philosophy and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch speaks with Telemundo and NBCUniverso broadcaster Andrés Cantor about how he prepares for a soccer broadcast, his famous goal calls, nearly fainting while calling Landon Donovan's World Cup goal in 2010 against Algeria, how he learned English as a teenager growing up in Southern California, his greatest World Cup broadcast and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
On this episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy. Van Gundy discusses how Marv Albert helped him break into broadcasting, how he prepares for each game, the reporters he reads to stay current, how honest NBA broadcasters can be on air, how often he hears from the league about something he says, his reaction to Howard Stern calling him out, why Chris Paul would make for an excellent broadcaster, what lines he can’t cross because of ESPN’s business interests, how he approaches calling his brother's (Stan Van Gundy) games, what his relationship would be with the local media if he returned to coaching, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch welcomes NFL Network commentator Scott Hanson, who hosts NFL Red Zone for that network. Hanson talks about how his show comes together every Sunday, how many people are behind the scenes with him, why fantasy football is so crucial to Red Zone's success, why they fight to never show commercials and much more. Tweet Richard at twitter.com/richarddeitsch and let us know what you think of the show or suggest future guests you'd like to hear. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
On this episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN and ESPN Radio commentator Jalen Rose, who is part of the cast of NBA Countdown and a co-host of the Jalen & Jacoby Radio show and podcast. Rose discusses his relationship with former ESPN staffer Bill Simmons and whether Simmons will ever return to the network, how he transitioned to broadcasting from playing in the NBA, his relationship with Chris Webber, how he prepares for his various roles, his calling out Skip Bayless on First Take, his All-Dark Alley Team, why he is the longest tenured staffer on ESPN’s NBA pregame show, and why he loves podcasting. Tweet Richard at http://twitter.com/richarddeitsch and let us know what you think of the show or suggest future guests you'd like to hear. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at http://FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at http://seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews James Andrew Miller, author of the Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN and Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live. They discuss Grantland's future and covering ESPN. Tweet our host at twitter.com/richarddeitsch and let us know what you think of the show or suggest future guests you'd like to hear. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at http://FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at http://seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews FS1 anchor Jay Onrait, who co-hosts Fox Sports Live with Dan O'Toole. Onrait discusses the differences between Canadian sports TV and U.S. sports TV, why moving from Canada to the U.S. was the right decision for him, the best perks of his job (suits picked out for him!) and more.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews Chris Curtis, producer for the Dennis & Callahan show on WEEI Radio in Boston, MA. They talk about charges that the hosts of his show are racist and misogynistic, what it takes to make good sports talk radio, how aggressive he is with booking guests, the controversy surrounding Jessica Mendoza and Curt Schilling, Chris Mortensen being a liar and more. Tweet our host at twitter.com/richarddeitsch and let us know what you think of the show or suggest future guests you'd like to hear. -- The MMQB Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews Paul Heyman, who discusses why the position of WWE broadcaster is currently under-appreciated, the importance of the WWE getting mainstream media attention, how he creates his master promos, why much of what he says in the ring is ad-libbed, as opposed to scripted, the future of Hulk Hogan in the WWE, how he views the MMA quest of CM Punk, why he wants to interview Henry Kissinger and much more. Tweet our host at http://twitter.com/richarddeitsch and let us know what you think of the show or suggest future guests you'd like to hear. -- The MMQB Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at http://seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at http://FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch talks to ESPN commentator and 790 The Ticket (Miami) sports radio host Israel Gutierrez about publicly coming out as gay, his work in the NBA and more. Deitsch also speaks with Hawaii News Now sports anchor Francesca Weems, who overcame foster care homelessness as a child to earn bachelor's and master's degrees at Cal-Berkeley.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews FS1's Mike Hill and NYT best-selling author Wayne Coffey. Hill talks about working at FS1 vs. ESPN, how he told his delivery was 'too urban,' living on the west coast and more. Coffey opens up about his recent layoff from the "Daily News" and how harsh this business can be.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN anchor and reporter Suzy Kolber, who discusses how she prepares for Monday Night Countdown and NFL Insiders, her 2003 MNF interview with Joe Namath (who said he wanted to kiss her), raising a child as a single mother while working in sports media and much more.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Deitsch speaks with ESPN digital host Antonietta (Toni) Collins, who discusses her start in journalism, the benefits and challenges of being a bilingual reporter, how the coverage of Hispanic athletes can improve and more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN commenter Jemele Hill, who is the co-host of 'His & Hers,' and a podcast of the same name. Hill talks about how her show with Michael Smith comes together ever week, her journey to become recognized as an on-air opinionist at ESPN, how she approached interviewing Janay and Ray Rice and more.
In this week's episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch brings on Katie Nolan, host of Garbage Time on Fox Sports 1. Nolan talks about the process of producing her show, why she thinks she pisses people off, the new time slot for Garbage Time and much more. Warning: Episode contains strong language. The SI Media Podcast is sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at http://seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at http://FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash.
On this week's episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch speaks with NBC Sunday Night Football coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli, who tells us what it's like being the lead television producer for an NFL primetime game, why he woke up every day for years focused on ESPN and much more.
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In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews David Shoemaker, aka The Masked Man, who writes about professional wrestling for Grantland. Deitsch and Shoemaker discuss why the late Roddy Piper struck a chord with so many fans, the future of Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker as characters, their shared love for Paul Heyman and much more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch talks with NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock about how he got his start in the industry, his experiences covering college basketball for CBS, being replaced by Doug Flutie as NBC's lead Notre Dame football analyst, his thoughts on the industry's coverage of NFL games, what he thinks about executives and viewers who believe he talks too much and much more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch talks with ESPN's lead soccer broadcaster Ian Darke about what makes for a good soccer analyst, the differences between calling a soccer match in England versus the U.S., why the Men In Blazers call him Sir Ian, his crazy travel story from the 2014 World Cup and more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN commentator Bomani Jones, who talks about how he prepares for Highly Questionable and his ESPN radio show, how race plays into sports talk, why 10-1 ET is the best time slot on radio and more. Original music by @jossryan [https://soundcloud.com/jossryan]
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN reporter Shelley Smith. Smith discusses her recent battle with breast cancer, being a woman in her 50s on sports television and more.
On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews Fox Sports host and reporter Charissa Thompson, and they discuss Thompson's daily schedule between her two jobs, how she prepares for each, backlash on social media, why Thompson chose to be open with her Instagram account and more.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN senior writer Wright Thompson about the process of interviewing subjects for his longform pieces, Twitter and more.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews SI senior writer, Fox Sports MLB analyst and MLB network game analyst Tom Verducci.
In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews longtime ESPN broadcaster Bob Ley about how Outside The Lines chooses their topics, the future of soccer on ESPN, just how important his golden blazer is to him and more.
In the first part of this two-part episode, Richard Deitsch speaks with Joe Buck, the lead broadcaster for Fox Sports' coverage of MLB, NFL and the U.S. Open Golf Championship, about preparing to broadcast for different sports, dealing with social media hate, the legacy of his father Jack Buck and more.
In the second part of this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch talks with Christina Kahrl about the coverage of the Caitlyn Jenner story, ESPN's upcoming panel to educate the newsroom on covering transgender athletes and more.
In the fifth episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews lead broadcaster for NBC's coverage of the NHL Mike 'Doc' Emrick and NBC Sports horse racing report Donna Brothers.
In the fourth episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN's Scott Van Pelt and The New York Times' Sam Borden.
In the third episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews NBC Sports broadcaster Rebecca Lowe.
In the second episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews CBS Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist.
Richard Deitsch interviews Adam Schefter and Rachel Nichols in the first episode of the SI Media Podcast.