Tim Brando & I disagree about the CFP Championship game’s TV ratings

If I believed that the college football championship viewership should decisively be the second most-watched television program of the year every year I’d be right there with Tim.  But I have trouble coming up with a reasonable basis for believing the CFP championship game should be the second most-watched program on TV. I also have no basis for knowing whether ESPN was promised better numbers than it’s getting and even…

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Episode 76: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

More “pre-holiday informal phone call”  than “formal podcast” but it was fun and we talked NBA ratings & whether ESPN did a better job with the NBA schedule than Turner and whether Turner Sports’ star is fading more generally (Tiger/Phil, will it keep its MLB package?), also a little WWE and, of course, NFL ratings.  Ryan on Twitter @sportsrapport Ryan’s archive on The Big Lead (including the Aaron Rodgers story…

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Junk Science Charlatans

  “My truth” is a baseball bat and I’m in the habit of clubbing people over the head with it. As you might’ve guessed, that’s not a particularly good delivery system for sending messages. Understandably, people are usually way too distracted by the “ouch! stop hitting me on the head with a baseball bat!” to even consider the message.   My challenge is two-fold: 1. come up with a better…

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Episode 74: James Andrew Miller

  Opportunity knocked and it seemed like a good way to let people know I’m still alive! We talked about the great “Sex and the City” chapter of Jim’s Origins podcast, about Disney warming the NFL up to make a bid on a rights package for the ABC broadcast network, Amazon sniffing around the Fox RSN’s (or at least the streaming rights for YES Network) and Turner’s Tiger/Phil pay-per-view. Jim…

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Episode 73: Bill Gorman, @TVGrimReaper

Great to have the podcast’s first guest and my friend and fellow TVbytheNumbers co-founder Bill Gorman back on the podcast. We talked CBS’s over the top streaming service CBS AllAccess, Fox broadcast net’s new strategy, digital companies bidding on NFL rights, NFL TV ratings and the new show’s he’s tracking that have the most-frenzied fan bases. Bill on Twitter: @TVGrimReaper  Website: tvgrimreaper.com     https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BG1018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |…

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Episode 72: Oriana Schwindt, “American Grift” podcast

  When I was very focused on the TV/media scene Oriana Schwindt was one of the best reporters I came across. Oriana has finished her Centerville project and recently launched a new podcast, “American Grift.” We talked about the podcast, the fall broadcast network primetime TV season, sports programming and sports media rights. Oriana on Twitter: @Schwindter Centerville Project: https://medium.com/centerville-usa American Grift podcast: https://www.patreon.com/AmericanGrift or https://overcast.fm/itunes1436782544/american-grift Story on Bloomberg about Andrew Therrien, the…

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Episode 71: Jemele Hill

It was great to finally chat with Jemele Hill. We talked about SC6 and navigating becoming the poster children for both ESPN being too political and ESPN laying people off. We also talked SC6 ratings (Jemele has become a pretty good ratings analyst), about how the parting with ESPN really was amicable (Jemele nearly appeared on Around the Horn on her first Monday as an ex-ESPNer!) and about dealing with…

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