Episode 49: Mina Kimes, ESPN

Mina recently wrote a great piece on NFL ratings ( if you don’t see a hypertext link you can find the piece at: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22359434/where-people-miss-point-nfl-television-ratings-2017-season-super-bowl-lii ) and we talked about it. At the end of the podcast we also talk about this: (if you can’t see the embedded video you can find it here: https://youtu.be/buZ4MV5vD5w ) You can find Mina on Twitter at @MinaKimes   https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Mina-Kimes-021318.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple…

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What’s the value of the out of home viewers? We’ll find out with the next Super Bowl. Maybe.

Late Thursday NBC Sports PR issued a release saying out of home viewing of Super Bowl LII increased viewership by more than 12 million viewers. NBC even boasted about turning around the out of home viewing numbers so fast: “Out of home” viewership has been previously reported, but never before within four days of a live event. I’m not knocking NBC or Nielsen. In a world where we won’t see Live+7…

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Episode 48: Jimmy Traina, Sports Illustrated

  Jimmy Traina was the only person I spoke to before the NFL season who predicted NFL ratings would go down this season. I thought it’d be good to have him on to bookend the season by talking about ratings for the Super Bowl. We also talked about whether there’s anything the NFL can really do on the CTE front, Thursday Night Football moving to Fox, Jimmy’s gambling offseason, his…

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

All of the cable coverage data for the measured networks is below, but to answer the question in the headline since the last time I posted in December, in the January estimates ESPN was in 2.707 million more homes than FS1 and in the February estimates ESPN is in 2.925 million more homes than FS1. But while Fox Sports 1 shed another 328,000 households from January to February (compared to ESPN’s…

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Episode 46: Rick Cordella, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group

With NBC televising both the Super Bowl and the Olympics in February, I thought it’s be a good time to catch up with Rick Cordella to talk about NBC Sports’ plans for handling that on the streaming side. Topics discussed include: – Balancing the stress of the challenge with the excitement of the challenge (the Super Bowl draws more concurrent viewers than any other streaming and on the Olympics side…

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Episode 45: Albert “Scooter” Vertino, SVP of Programming & Production, Turner Sports

It was great getting to know Scooter Vertino a little. Additionally, Scooter also is SVP of content, programming and production for NBA digital which includes NBA-TV, League Pass and NBA.com. Topics discussed include: – reactions to the schedule and off season news lining up so well for this season’s opening night matchups on TNT (Cavs/Celtics & Warriors/Rockets) – reactions to Gordon Hayward’s injury on opening night – high level discussion…

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Episode 44: Burke Magnus, Executive VP of Programming & Scheduling, ESPN with Matt Sarzyniak

  It was great to talk to ESPN’s Burke Magnus. Two sections to this podcast. The first 15 minutes is a straight one-on-one interview with Burke where we discuss: – College Football Bowl season recap – Burke’s thoughts on the move away from New Year’s Eve for the CFP semifinals – We talked about Burke’s comments a few weeks ago on John Ourand’s podcast where Burke had said that the…

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