The Athletic: Hopefully I’m Just Bad At Math

I can’t make the situation at The Athletic (and certainly not Alex Mather’s crazy math) make any sense unless I look at it this way: the greater fool theory is definitely in play and the investors are absolutely certain that a greater fool is out there. I wouldn’t bet against them finding a greater fool. I see really solid people whose work I appreciate whether it be Bill Shea in…

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Episode 84, Jonathan Tannenwald, The Philadelphia Inquirer

With the Women’s World Cup Soccer tournament beginning it was a pleasure to have the soccer beat writer from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jonathan Tannenwald, back on the podcast. Topics discussed include the state of soccer, the state of MLS, how mostly it’s old white men like Zlatan Ibrahimović moving the MLS TV viewing and not the up and coming young Americans and South Americans, what it would take to get…

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Episode 83: Burke Magnus, ESPN

A pleasure to have ESPN EVP of Programming & Scheduling Burke Magnus back on the podcast. Topics discussed include: will the launch of ACCN mean fewer ACC games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News and ESPNU, the demands of Burke’s job, NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s comments about the NBA games being a TV show, what matters most in NBA finals (more games, not who’s playing), how the rise of OTT services…

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Episode 82: Kyle Brandt, NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football”

It was a blast to talk to “Good Morning Football’s” Kyle Brandt. We talked his “The Real World” beginnings, the NFL draft, and Kyle’s energy level. Kyle notes that never having played in the NFL and having to work with the likes of Nate Burleson and Kurt Warner drives him to always be seeking validation. Kyle talked about the morning makeup of his co-workers (spoiler: according to Kyle, Nate is…

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Episode 81: Nick Wright, FS1

It was a pleasure to finally talk FS1’s Nick Wright. We talked about Nick letting his hair grow out (seriously!), what the rising & grinding schedule is like for someone with a 6:30A TV show and a 6P radio show (Nick has a dual-sleep schedule that works for him), NBA vs. NFL, “the ratings don’t matter to your life” (a Bryan Curtis shoutout on my podcast!), the NBA conference finals,…

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Episode 80: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

Great to have Ryan back on the podcast. We talked Jamie Horowitz landing at DAZN and then had a more general conversation about DAZN (including Adnan Virk’s hiring), we spent several minutes on Ryan’s gambling habits, and then we talked Sinclair acquiring the Fox Sports RSNs that Disney/ESPN had to unload. We finished up talking about LeBron James’ absence from the playoffs impact on blog traffic and Ryan gives his…

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Episode 79: Jorge Sedano, ESPN

Last week Jorge appeared on ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and a friend reached out with “Keep your eye on that guy, he’s an up and comer!” and I thought “He has a drive time radio show in the country’s 2nd-biggest market. He’s already here!” I was really curious about how Jorge experiences that phenomenon and I appreciate him humoring my curiosity (it’s very interesting to me!). We also discussed the…

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