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…


Mailbag: What about Gunsmoke?

June 15, 2017

  I know you’re not posting daily ratings anymore, but any update on how the sports debate shows are doing versus Gunsmoke? Kristin Ann Arbor, Mi I never tracked that religiously and I have a bad memory. And this is a small sample size (“last week”) but to me it looks like the gap is closing. Is Gunsmoke finally starting to lose steam after 60+ years? Or has cable news…


Episode 3: Jonathan Tannenwald, Philadelphia Inquirer/ – @[email protected]

June 13, 2017

After knowing Jonathan on social media for a couple of years it was a lot of fun to finally get to talk with him. We covered how he got into sports journalism, what he’s up to at the Philadelphia Inquirer & We also talked a lot about soccer and quite a bit about soccer ratings, including a ratings project Jonathan’s undertaking to provide a list of the most-watched soccer…


Mark Cuban: “I’d rather have 16-0” than extra playoff revenue

June 10, 2017

As the game was winding down on Friday night my friend Bill Gorman (@TVGrimReaper on Twitter) and I were texting back and forth about how the rundowns would look on Monday’s sports talk shows. “Golden State won’t lose the mythical $22 million!,” Bill texted me, referring to Darren Rovell’s story on how much money the Warriors stood to lose if they swept the Cavs. I don’t know whether the $22…


On SC6 and giving Jamie Horowitz due credit

May 13, 2017

Why? Picture an editorial cartoon. It’d be a bunch of wine barrels representing different issues ailing ESPN’s SportsCenter franchise. Some of the barrels are in decent shape, SC6 is one of the barrels that actually is in decent shape ratings-wise. But oh man, there’s wine literally gushing out of some of the other barrels! In the cartoon dozens of inspectors are inspecting the SC6 barrel. Nobody is paying any attention to any of the…


What’s next?

April 30, 2017

I thought I did a pretty good job communicating that I wouldn’t be posting the daily cable viewership tables anymore. But I got a lot of feedback that leads me to believe I did a horrible job of communicating why. I also did a trash job of communicating what’s next but in my defense that’s because I wasn’t really sure. Table cessation explanation I had a very particular web experiment going….


Be Useful

April 25, 2017

I was in the midst of composing both the “So long and thanks for all the fish!” post and an e-mail to Deitsch explaining that despite the announcement I’d still find a way to take care of him with his Ben & Jerry-ized Skip Bayless tweets if I could*. *Too many intelligent people have spent way too much time pondering why Deitsch does those tweets. Quibble over why he started…