The ESPN Daily Podcast, Greek Mythology & the New York Knicks

I really enjoy ESPN’s “ESPN Daily” podcast hosted by Mina Kimes and produced by some kind of cavalcade of all star producers. At 2X playback it’s only around a 10 minute commitment. Frequently I fall behind and binge a few of them at once to squeeze around a half hour of entertainment out of it. There’ve been plenty of topics like hockey dentists that wouldn’t have been anything I’d have…

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The quest for meaning & NBA ratings

Because I’m a white guy of a certain age (old) and have managed to stay alive, at least once every couple of years I run into someone who regales me with a 25,000 word soliloquy on why Bruce Springsteen concerts are so great. At the end of the soliloquies I say something like “so, you think Bruce is an incredible performer and entertainer and he makes you very happy and…

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Jay-Z & Jemele

Every now and then when Richard Deitsch does his “spend $100 million on a fancy new studio while laying 100 people off” thing I shake my fist at the clouds. I find the critique unfair because I don’t believe those things are linked. But I also understand both things happened and the appearances aren’t pretty. Sometimes I wonder how I might have been publicly critiqued for my handling of corporate responsibility the…

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Billions of minutes of sports TV viewing: the numbers

Below is a table for the period of July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 with a couple of slices of the billions of minutes of viewing . I’m with Fox Sports’ Michael Mulvihill in thinking minutes of viewing gives a much better idea of total engagement than average viewership. Disclaimers: 1. CBS Sports Network DOES NOT SUBSCRIBE TO NIELSEN MEASUREMENT. 2. I didn’t obtain any “sports, but not live events” (eg….

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Billions of minutes and thinking about the TV business

“At least everyone knows and can agree on what a minute is!” – Some Guy Around this time 11 years ago in August of 2008 tvbythenumbers.com was still less than a year old. The Beijing Olympics had begun and NBC Sports PR had put out a release about ratings for the opening ceremonies that included streaming minutes. I don’t remember and could not easily dig up the specifics but to…

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Episode 86: Tony Reali, ESPN

Tony Reali puts himself out there openly talking about life and dealing with anxiety. And he does it in an amazingly accessible way. I wanted to capture some of that experience on a podcast. Most of the podcast focuses on some of Tony’s struggles and thinking on eating and weight management. But there are stories, a very brief but very solid Wilbon imitation and we finish up with Tony talking…

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El Paso, Texas

This was originally a very shitty blog about the intersection of sports, politics and El Paso. I tried to remove the sports and politics which was 75% of it. Hopefully it’s less shitty now. People getting shot based on the color of their skin. In 2019. In the United States of America. It’s heartbreaking. I’m a heartbroken white man in El Paso, Tx. I’ve lived here happily for four years….

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Episode 85: Ben Strauss, The Washington Post

Great to finally have Ben on the podcast! Ben has reported extensively about ESPN & politics in the aftermath of Dan Le Batard’s comments. The bulk of the podcast is on those topics but we talked about a few other sports media topics (DAZN’s “ChangeUp”, Sunday Ticket and The Athletic) in the last 1/3rd of the podcast. Ben’s recent deep dive on ESPN chief Jimmy Pitaro and ESPN’s policy around…

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