Episode 14: J. A. Adande, Director of Sports Journalism, Medill School of Journalism

I really enjoyed chatting with J.A.(@jadande) and appreciated his frankness in discussing his decision to leave ESPN to focus exclusively on his duties at Medill. Topics covered: — Over/under 5 Adande appearances on Around the Horn in 2018? — what role, if any the current journalism & political climate had on his decision — how J.A. uses Twitter (he’s not a fan of anonymous accounts, which I agree with. Unfortunately…

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Episode 13: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

  A fun conversation with The Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel (@SportsRapport on Twitter). It was a pretty freeform covering a wide range of topics including: — Ryan’s work at The Big Lead — Some of the big feature pieces that Ryan has worked on: Dick Schaap Did So Much Work John Madden and Pat Summerall Were Tremendous Thanksgiving Theater George Solomon and the Washington Post Sports Section Have Had Influence…

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How much bigger is ESPN than FS1? – August 2017 Cable Coverage Estimates

Nielsen typically updates its universe estimates in late August/early September for the coming TV season, so I wanted to post the last set of cable coverage estimates under the current estimates. I plan on posting the first set of #s under the new universe estimates in late August or early September. **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING SERVICES LIKE SlingTV, Vue and DirecTV Now?** In the past that was a simple…

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Episode 12: Anthony Crupi, Advertising Age

  Big thanks to Anthony Crupi for coming back on the podcast and for joining me on short notice. Topics discussed include: — TV critics talking about the business of television — How the fall primetime schedule came about — Is ESPN counting on Greeny to deliver a big morning show hit? — potential impact of legalized gambling on sports & sports TV ratings — NFL advertising outlook including scatter…

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Off topic: For the love of AirPods

AirPods got stolen. Paid the eBay premium to get another pair by Monday. They’re that indispensable. — Ben Thompson (@benthompson) July 21, 2017   Saw the above tweet from Ben Thompson. I had a bad week where I hated pretty much everything in my life besides this podcast with Richard Deitsch and Eric Jackson. And my AirPods! I can’t say I find them as indispensable as Ben Thompson yet, but…

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Episode 11: Richard Deitsch (@RichardDeitsch) & Eric Jackson (@EricJackson)

A sports media roundtable episode. It was great to have Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch back on the podcast joined by tech and media investor Eric Jackson. New York City was also a vibrant participant on this podcast thanks to Richard. Topics covered: — O.J. Simpson — Heightened interest in the NBA including Summer League ratings, general interest in free agency and Lonzo & LaVar Ball — Report that Fox Sports…

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Episode 10: Ahmed Fareed, Co-Anchor for NBC Sports Bay Area SF Giants Pre/Post-Game Coverage

I had a great time chatting with Ahmed about his new job co-hosting Giants pre and post-game coverage. Topics covered include: — what it’s like to get such a great gig in a season where the Giants are at or around historically bad levels — what it’s like working with a great, but large cast of rotating color analysts on the pre/post game shows — whether the Pacific time zone…

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Episode 9: Aaron Solomon: Producer, ESPN’s ‘Around the Horn’ (@ASolomon6)

  As a long time “Around the Horn” fan it was a lot of fun to chat with Aaron Solomon (@Solomon6 on Twitter) who is the show’s producer. Among the topics discussed: – what’s involved in producing the show, including the daily morning conference calls and show tapings – how panelists get into the rotation and are scheduled — I also asked whether panelists bust Frank Isola’s chops for getting…

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