Episode 61: Cassidy Hubbarth, ESPN

June 15, 2018

It was great to chat with ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth. We talked NBA free agency, LeBron, NBA Draft/free agency, NBA Summer League, behind the scenes production vs. being on-air, SportsCenter for SnapChat. how important social media (Twitter in particular) has been to Cassidy’s career, and how to get more people watching the WNBA. Cassidy on Twitter: @CassidyHubbarth     https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Cassidy-Hubbarth.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google…


Episode 60: Scooter Vertino, SVP, Programming & Production at Turner Sports

June 6, 2018

  It was great to have Scooter back on the podcast. We covered a range of NBA production-related topics (relationships with talent, dealing with real-time Internet feedback, are they doing anything special for the small and more), TNT’s great playoff ratings, NBA finals fatigue/dream matchups, what to look for in the NBA summer league and more.   https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Scooter-Vertino-060518.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google…


HIGH NOON (9AM Pacific) Debut

June 4, 2018

  I love Bomani & Pablo and no matter what my personal opinion of their show is I’m rooting for their success. The debut show’s production aesthetic triggered my 1992 Wolfenstein 3D brain.  Where do I have to run? What’s trying to kill me? Where do I have to shoot? Even the soundtrack of the first segment had a Wolfenstein vibe. It completely distracted me from the most important part of…


Episode 59: Peter Schrager, “Good Morning Football”

May 30, 2018

It’s always a blast to catch up with Fox Sports’ and NFL Networks’ Peter Schrager.  Topics discussed include: GMFB’s new digs in Time Square, GMFB ratings, and GMFB getting some love. We also chatted NBA vs. NFL, Bryan Colangelo’s Twitter burner accounts and some of Peter’s TV viewing habits. Schrags also gave his three biggest NFL storylines to keep an eye on before the season starts. Peter Schrager on Twitter…


Mailbag: Stick with The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis! (ESPN & Politics)

May 25, 2018

This is the only time I can remember disagreeing with @bryancurtis regarding a media criticism. I was fine with the headline/story *because* ESPN execs seemed very consumed by politics for what was at best a fourth- or fifth-tier issue when it comes to the declines. https://t.co/KhmrOkrVUR — Sports TV Ratings (@SportsTVRatings) May 24, 2018 No actual particular e-mail here. If only one person had reached out to me I’d ignore…


Episode 58: Joe Ovies, 99.9 FM The Fan in Raleigh, NC (Will driverless cars disrupt the radio business?)

May 24, 2018

  This podcast was inspired by a Richard Deitsch mailbag column on The Athletic (https://theathletic.com/365498/2018/05/23/media-mailbag-why-al-michaels-will-stick-around-the-future-of-espns-michael-smith-world-cup-in-4k-and-more/) that included a great question from Gil Gross in NY on whether young people thinking of getting into radio should be worried about driverless cars. Technology disrupting businesses is always interesting so it was great to talk to Joe Ovies who makes his living doing radio on 99.9 FM The Fan in Raleigh, NC on the…


Gambling on TV

May 14, 2018

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…



May 11, 2018

  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…