Episode 54: Ryan Glasspiegel & Patrick Crakes on the NFL Schedule

Ryan Glasspiegel from The Big Lead and first-time guest Patrick Crakes who is a media consultant and former executive at Fox Sports joined the podcast and on the heels of the NFL schedule release it was a lot of fun talking to them. Topics discussed: – NFL Draft & impact of being on the Fox Broadcast network – A look at the 2018 NFL Schedule: are the Monday Night, Thursday…

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Updated: “Get Up!” debuts down 13% versus year ago SportsCenters

Update: the 7a-10a debut telecast of Get Up! averaged 283,000 viewers per minute. That’s down 13 percent from the 327,000 the 7-10a SportsCenters averaged the same day a year ago. First Take averaged 417,000, up from 400,000 a year ago. I’m team: “Disappointing? Sure. Disastrous? Nah.”  But it’s possible I’m the only member of that team who isn’t employed by ESPN. Original post: Sources tell me “Get Up!” debuted to…

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How much bigger is ESPN than NBCSN? – April 2018 Cable Coverage Estimates

To answer the question in the headline: according to Nielsen as of the April cable universe coverage estimates ESPN is in 2.536 million more homes in the USA than NBC Sports Network. Frequent readers of this post will note I had to change my headlining scheme because NBCSN surpassed FS1 in coverage.That was true last month too but I missed it. I apologize, NBC Sports! **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING…

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Episode 53: Bill Roth, Broadcaster, “Intro to Sports Media” Professor at Virginia Tech

Bill Roth has a broadcasting career that spans 30 years including an impressive 27 of them consecutively calling Virginia Tech football.  Bill has transitioned to calling some national games on ESPN & CBS Sports Network but Bill is back in Blacksburg helping Virginia Tech launch its academic curriculum that has a concentration on sports media and analytics. It was a lot of fun talking to Bill about his career in…

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Episode 52: Jon Lewis, sportsmediawatch.com

Was great to talk to Jon Lewis about Indy Car leaving ABC for NBC, NCAA tournament ratings and potentially good finals matches still in play, NBA ratings, the new Sunday Night Baseball booth, Monday Night & Thursday night football booths, NFL ratings, the AAF and ESPN’s “Dominant 20” and ratings predictions for Saturday’s “Elite 8” round games of the NCAA tournament. Jon on the Internet: Twitter: @Paulsen_SMW sportsmediawatch.com https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/John-Lewis.mp3Podcast: Play…

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Episode 51: Eric Jackson on ESPN’s new president

On March 5, 2018 ESPN announced it had hired Disney exec Jimmy Pitaro as president of ESPN. On March 6, 2018 I talked to Eric Jackson, who is founder and president of EMJ Capital about the hire. Eric is a big investor in the tech and media sectors and very bullish on Disney and on the hire. We also talked ESPN’s upcoming ESPN+ streaming service, what an ESPN eSports initiative…

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Episode 50: Winter Olympics Ratings

  No guests for this one. A quick, less than 7-minute podcast discussing the Winter Olympics Ratings from PyeongChang on NBC. Here are the numbers versus Sochi in 2014 via NBC Sports: WINTER OLYMPICS PRIMETIME TOTAL AUDIENCE DELIVERY PYC 2018 Sochi 2014** PYC 2018 Sochi 2014** Day Viewership Viewership HH Rating HH Rating Opening Thur. 17.2 million 20.0 million 9.7 rating 11.3 rating First Fri.* 28.3 million 31.7 million 14.9…

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How much bigger is ESPN than FS1? – March 2018 Cable Coverage Estimates

To answer the question in the headline, according to Nielsen, as of the March cable universe coverage estimates ESPN is in 3.02 million more homes in the USA than FS1. **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING SERVICES LIKE SlingTV, Vue and DirecTV Now?** In the past that was a simple question to answer. The answer was “no.” Some people didn’t like it but it was simple! December 2016 was the last…

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