Episode 16: Jimmy Traina, Sports Illustrated

August 23, 2017

This episode is with Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina). We talk: — NFL TV ratings — Is Trump so Trumpy he’ll still weigh on NFL ratings? — Will Kaepernick be on an NFL roster on opening day? — Thoughts on the post-Jamie Horowitz landscape at FS1 — His views on there being so much focus on debate shows that don’t garner that much viewership — Thoughts on his experiences leaving…


Episode 15: Fred Segal, @OldTakesExposed

August 21, 2017

Fred Segal runs the Freezing Cold Takes/@OldTakesExposed Twitter feed which I’ve always been fascinated by. The thing that is really fascinating to me is that most of the people (but, as it turns out, definitely not all of them) with the takes being mocked seem to have as much fun with it as Fred does. A ~30 minute chat about how Fred goes about doing the feed, what the response…


Episode 14: J. A. Adande, Director of Sports Journalism, Medill School of Journalism

August 14, 2017

I really enjoyed chatting with J.A.(@jadande) and appreciated his frankness in discussing his decision to leave ESPN to focus exclusively on his duties at Medill. Topics covered: — Over/under 5 Adande appearances on Around the Horn in 2018? — what role, if any the current journalism & political climate had on his decision — how J.A. uses Twitter (he’s not a fan of anonymous accounts, which I agree with. Unfortunately…


Episode 13: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

August 3, 2017

  A fun conversation with The Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel (@SportsRapport on Twitter). It was a pretty freeform covering a wide range of topics including: — Ryan’s work at The Big Lead — Some of the big feature pieces that Ryan has worked on: Dick Schaap Did So Much Work John Madden and Pat Summerall Were Tremendous Thanksgiving Theater George Solomon and the Washington Post Sports Section Have Had Influence…


How much bigger is ESPN than FS1? – August 2017 Cable Coverage Estimates

August 2, 2017

Nielsen typically updates its universe estimates in late August/early September for the coming TV season, so I wanted to post the last set of cable coverage estimates under the current estimates. I plan on posting the first set of #s under the new universe estimates in late August or early September. **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING SERVICES LIKE SlingTV, Vue and DirecTV Now?** In the past that was a simple…


Episode 12: Anthony Crupi, Advertising Age

July 29, 2017

  Big thanks to Anthony Crupi for coming back on the podcast and for joining me on short notice. Topics discussed include: — TV critics talking about the business of television — How the fall primetime schedule came about — Is ESPN counting on Greeny to deliver a big morning show hit? — potential impact of legalized gambling on sports & sports TV ratings — NFL advertising outlook including scatter…


Off topic: For the love of AirPods

July 23, 2017

AirPods got stolen. Paid the eBay premium to get another pair by Monday. They’re that indispensable. — Ben Thompson (@benthompson) July 21, 2017   Saw the above tweet from Ben Thompson. I had a bad week where I hated pretty much everything in my life besides this podcast with Richard Deitsch and Eric Jackson. And my AirPods! I can’t say I find them as indispensable as Ben Thompson yet, but…


Episode 11: Richard Deitsch (@RichardDeitsch) & Eric Jackson (@EricJackson)

July 21, 2017

A sports media roundtable episode. It was great to have Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch back on the podcast joined by tech and media investor Eric Jackson. New York City was also a vibrant participant on this podcast thanks to Richard. Topics covered: — O.J. Simpson — Heightened interest in the NBA including Summer League ratings, general interest in free agency and Lonzo & LaVar Ball — Report that Fox Sports…