Episode 83: Burke Magnus, ESPN

May 27, 2019

A pleasure to have ESPN EVP of Programming & Scheduling Burke Magnus back on the podcast. Topics discussed include: will the launch of ACCN mean fewer ACC games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News and ESPNU, the demands of Burke’s job, NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s comments about the NBA games being a TV show, what matters most in NBA finals (more games, not who’s playing), how the rise of OTT services…


Episode 80: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

May 12, 2019

Great to have Ryan back on the podcast. We talked Jamie Horowitz landing at DAZN and then had a more general conversation about DAZN (including Adnan Virk’s hiring), we spent several minutes on Ryan’s gambling habits, and then we talked Sinclair acquiring the Fox Sports RSNs that Disney/ESPN had to unload. We finished up talking about LeBron James’ absence from the playoffs impact on blog traffic and Ryan gives his…


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…


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

September 20, 2018

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…


Enabling Clay Travis’ race-baiting

September 18, 2018

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…


A Ratings Travis-ty? Nobody is watching Fox Sports new gambling show

September 13, 2018

Leave Clay Travis alone! Just kidding. Bust Clay’s chops all you want. Clay brought the scorn and derision about LOCK IT IN’s ratings on himself. I’m not rooting for LOCK IT IN to fail. I was rooting for Clay to be spared the ignominy of low ratings by Fox Sports never rewarding his behavior with a TV job to begin with. Had Fox not hired Clay I think the show…


Roger Goodell makes ESPN tap dance while allowing Fox Sports to moon the NFL?

September 10, 2018

  There’s a moon in the sky and it’s called the Moon but here I’m thinking more of Fox Sports as Randy Moss pantomiming dropping its drawers in the end zone and shaking its ass in the NFL’s face. Isn’t that what Fox is doing to the NFL by putting the decisively divisive nitwit Clay Travis on its airwaves? Sure, the show is on a network and in a time slot…


NFL TV Ratings: expect them to go down & expect the NFL to shrug

September 2, 2018

Prediction: NFL’s TV ratings this season will be down 5-10% Prediction: the NFL will spin that by noting that the national NFL windows were the most-watched programming on TV by a wide margin. Both are easy predictions. The ratings prediction might  be wrong but until that trend reverses I’m riding with it. I wouldn’t worry too much about the TV ratings if I were the NFL. I’d worry more about…