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

January 22, 2018

  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…


Episode 43: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

January 18, 2018

  Topics discussed include: NFL ratings Outside factors impacting NFL ratings (Ryan posits Videogames and Netflix) Media coverage of the Larry Nassar trial Discussion of Ryan branching out from just writing to doing a podcast and radio appearances and some video and TV appearances Fox and ABC bidding for the Thursday Night Football rights and Jerry Jones quote “All I know is that when ratings go down, rights fees go…


Episode 42: Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated with Ad Age’s Anthony Crupi

January 9, 2018

  Richard Deitsch and Anthony Crupi have appeared individually on my podcast more than any other guests so I thought it would be fun to pair them up. It was*. Topics discussed include: — Super Bowl ratings? — discussion about how NFL ratings are covered in general — Crupi doesn’t necessarily pooh pooh the idea that NFL RedZone could be impacting the early regional windows —  CFP Championship ratings predictions — “Larry…


Episode 41: Aaron Barzilai, herhoopstats.com & Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated

January 5, 2018

  There’s a great community of data scientists on the Internet and that’s how I originally came across Aaron Barzilai. Now Aaron has launched herhoopstats.com, a site that aspires to be the Ken Pom of women’s college basketball. Since Richard Deitsch is so knowledgeable about women’s college hoops I asked him to join in. Topics discussed include: — the path from advanced degrees in mechanical engineering to data analytics. —…


Episode 40: Jim Miller, “Origins with James Andrew Miller”

January 3, 2018

  Jim Miller of “Live from New York,” “Those Guys Have All the Fun” and “Powerhouse” fame joined the podcast to talk about the recently released PTI episode of the ESPN chapter of his Origins podcast. We also talked about his recent piece in The Hollywood Reporter, “Inside an ESPN President’s Shocking Exit (and Bob Iger’s Possible Role)” You can find Jim on Twitter via @JimMiller and if you haven’t…


Episode 39: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

December 21, 2017

Ryan Glasspiegel from the Big Lead joined the podcast for the third time to discuss a variety of recent sports business and sports media topics. Topics discussed include: Ryen Rusillo leaving ESPN/Where will he land John Skipper’s resignation from ESPN Upcoming Mike Greenberg show Pete Carroll and the Seahawks should part ways? A crackdown on streaming password sharing? Fox Sports RSNs going to Disney/ESPN, what it means for Fox/FS1 Fox…


Episode 38: Kevin Draper, New York Times

December 14, 2017

  Kevin Draper joined the podcast again. I really enjoy listening to Kevin talk sports media. Topics discussed: — Disney/Fox, and what it means for ESPN and Fox Sports — The wrongful termination lawsuit brought against NFL Network that includes sexual harassment complaints against several former and current NFL Network employees — Should we brace for an avalanche of sexual harassment stories in sports media? (Spoiler: Kevin said yes, and…