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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Episode 70: Albert “Scooter” Vertino, SVP of Programming for Turner Sports

Ahead of the upcoming NBA season I thought it’d be fun to catch up with Turner Sports’ Scooter Vertino. We talked Yankees/Red Sox, Astros not getting any primetime love in the LDS, Astros/Red Sox ALCS, hiring Candace Parker, 23 years of opening night NBA double headers on TNT, this year’s opening night and the opening week slate. We talked a lot of NBA and we mostly covered topics casual NBA…

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NFL Ratings Update through 2018 week 5

Through 5 weeks, across all networks and TV windows NFL viewership is averaging 15.6 million viewers per minute which is up 3 percent versus the same point in 2017. Here are the Y/Y changes for various demographics:   Demographic NBC FOX CBS ESPN NFLN All Nets Households 2% 2% 6% -3% 2% 3% Total viewers 1% 1% 6% -2% 2% 3% Adults 18-49 -5% -3% 1% -4% -1% -1% Men…

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Episode 69: Anthony Crupi, Ad Age/Phil Orlins, ESPN

  A two-fer podcast: first up is Anthony Crupi: we talk about ESPN+ hitting a million viewers, studio shows on sports nets, out of home viewing and the late national windows on FOX & CBS and how both are bigger than Sunday Night Football and some of Crupi’s gambling picks. After Crupi is a chat with Phil Orlins who heads up MLB production for ESPN. We talked about MLB production…

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Why do Eric Shanks and Charlie Dixon put up with Clay Travis’ race-baiting in return for 0 extra viewers?

Eric Shanks (pictured above) and Charlie Dixon provided the opportunity so I’m running with it. Race-baiting is bad and harmful unless you’re racist and I’ve been using the lousy viewership for FS1’s LOCK IT IN to make that point precisely because Fox Sports rewarded race-baiting clown Clay Travis with a TV show. Some have asked “but why not go after Skip Bayless instead of Clay?”   I have a simple test for…

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Enabling Clay Travis’ race-baiting

Hello hello I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello Hello hello I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello – John Lennon & Paul McCartney Federal Express had been “FedEx” for at least a couple of years before I noticed that the empty space between the E and x formed that arrow. Someone had to point it out to me and they did so while…

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Episode 68: Anthony Crupi, Advertising Age

Anthony Crupi back by popular demand!  We talked Alliance of American Football, NFL ratings, tales from the sad salad (the “power salad” wasn’t sad, but…) Crupi’s gambling picks for this weekend and more. Anthony on Twitter: @CrupiCrupiCrupi Anthony’s Story Archive on Ad Age: https://adage.com/author/anthony-crupi/6509 https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Crupi091318.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS

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