Episode 77: Patrick Crakes, Media Consultant

February 8, 2019

Lots of Super Bowl ratings talk! If you’re enough of a TV ratings nerd to care how TV network executives think about and use the Super Bowl Nielsen TV ratings hopefully this will be a pretty good listen. We also had a good conversation about ESPN+ and Pat hammered the point that the death of legacy media when it comes to OTT services is greatly exaggerated. Plus some quick chat…

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Tim Brando & I disagree about the CFP Championship game’s TV ratings

January 9, 2019

If I believed that the college football championship viewership should decisively be the second most-watched television program of the year every year I’d be right there with Tim.  But I have trouble coming up with a reasonable basis for believing the CFP championship game should be the second most-watched program on TV. I also have no basis for knowing whether ESPN was promised better numbers than it’s getting and even…

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Episode 76: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

December 19, 2018

More “pre-holiday informal phone call”  than “formal podcast” but it was fun and we talked NBA ratings & whether ESPN did a better job with the NBA schedule than Turner and whether Turner Sports’ star is fading more generally (Tiger/Phil, will it keep its MLB package?), also a little WWE and, of course, NFL ratings.  Ryan on Twitter @sportsrapport Ryan’s archive on The Big Lead (including the Aaron Rodgers story…

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Junk Science Charlatans

December 5, 2018

  “My truth” is a baseball bat and I’m in the habit of clubbing people over the head with it. As you might’ve guessed, that’s not a particularly good delivery system for sending messages. Understandably, people are usually way too distracted by the “ouch! stop hitting me on the head with a baseball bat!” to even consider the message.   My challenge is two-fold: 1. come up with a better…

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Episode 75: Patrick Crakes on what happens with the Fox Sports RSNs

November 29, 2018

  Two podcasts in a week? Yep. I didn’t see that coming either but opportunity with former Fox Sports exec turned media consultant Pat Crakes knocked so I answered. We mostly talked the fate of the 22 Fox Sports RSNs that Disney is acquiring in its deal with Fox that the regulators are requiring Disney to unload. We also talked a little NFL rights and NFL ratings and NFL vs….

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Episode 74: James Andrew Miller

November 27, 2018

  Opportunity knocked and it seemed like a good way to let people know I’m still alive! We talked about the great “Sex and the City” chapter of Jim’s Origins podcast, about Disney warming the NFL up to make a bid on a rights package for the ABC broadcast network, Amazon sniffing around the Fox RSN’s (or at least the streaming rights for YES Network) and Turner’s Tiger/Phil pay-per-view. Jim…

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Episode 73: Bill Gorman, @TVGrimReaper

October 25, 2018

Great to have the podcast’s first guest and my friend and fellow TVbytheNumbers co-founder Bill Gorman back on the podcast. We talked CBS’s over the top streaming service CBS AllAccess, Fox broadcast net’s new strategy, digital companies bidding on NFL rights, NFL TV ratings and the new show’s he’s tracking that have the most-frenzied fan bases. Bill on Twitter: @TVGrimReaper  Website: tvgrimreaper.com     https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BG1018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |…

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Episode 72: Oriana Schwindt, “American Grift” podcast

October 19, 2018

  When I was very focused on the TV/media scene Oriana Schwindt was one of the best reporters I came across. Oriana has finished her Centerville project and recently launched a new podcast, “American Grift.” We talked about the podcast, the fall broadcast network primetime TV season, sports programming and sports media rights. Oriana on Twitter: @Schwindter Centerville Project: https://medium.com/centerville-usa American Grift podcast: https://www.patreon.com/AmericanGrift or https://overcast.fm/itunes1436782544/american-grift Story on Bloomberg about Andrew Therrien, the…

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