Gambling on TV

As expected the Supreme Court ruled “not a federal deal / it’s up to the states” paving the way for legalized sports gambling in New Jersey and any other states that approve it. Everyone agrees that’s good news for sports TV viewership. How much good news? I’m not sure what the consensus is there, but even If it’s just game wagering, that’s great news for casinos and media that focus…

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Draft

  It’s not even a draft really, it’s just thinking out loud and writing it down. As a finished product I’d either title it “Google Might Be Smart for Losing a Lot of Money on YouTubeTV” or “Why Google and Facebook should scare the fucking shit out of the TV networks.” Right now Apple & Amazon merely scare the shit out of me. That has more to do with the…

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Episode 57: Ryan Glasspiegel & Patrick Crakes

  Ryan & Patrick together again for a podcast mostly focused on employee salaries being made public inspired by this Andrew Marchand piece in the New York Post. ( https://nypost.com/2018/05/08/why-is-espn-paying-katie-nolan-seven-figures/ ). We also talked the ESPN+ acquisition of some UFC rights and password sharing. After we taped Ryan posted Four Thoughts on Katie Nolan Making More Than a Million Dollars a Year from ESPN ( https://thebiglead.com/2018/05/09/four-thoughts-on-katie-nolan-making-more-than-a-million-a-year-from-espn/ )   https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/PCRG050918.mp3Podcast: Play in…

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Here’s to you Rachel Nichols: high speed audio playback as an accidental mindfulness practice?

    Podcasts my boy, podcasts. And audiobooks. Played back at high speed. Rachel Nichols might not have invented the idea of high speed playback but she evangelizes it more than anyone I’ve encountered so I’m giving her the love in the headline. She deserves it. There’s a very good reason to think about high speed playback of audio and it has nothing to do with mindfulness. Whether for business…

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Episode 56: Richard Deitsch

Was great to catch up with Richard on a variety of sports media related topics and on moving to Canada and joining The Athletic. This was a “Never Can Say Goodbye” podcast where we kept talking (and taping) several times after saying goodbye. I could’ve edited to make myself look like a more skilled host but I left it in for the more organic Wayne’s World vibe. Topics discussed include:…

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The cable bundle is bending. When does it break?

  Not this month. People are interested in Nielsen’s cable coverage estimates for a variety of reasons. One is sometimes people just like long lists of familiar names with numbers attached to them. Maybe I’m just projecting. There are plenty of fans who are very interested in the difference in coverage between say USA & FS1 should WWE be on the move and the lists are useful for that. Recently…

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

  According to Nielsen as of the May cable universe coverage estimates ESPN is in 2.58 million more homes in the USA than NBC Sports Network. **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING SERVICES LIKE SlingTV, Vue and DirecTV Now?** Yes, Nielsen currently counts 2.9 million homes that access exclusively through OTT services like Vue, YouTube TV, etc. In the aggregate those services may have a few more subscribers that aren’t counted…

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