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…

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Good Luck, Netflix? (Please sign up for my newsletter)

December 14, 2017

I recently started a daily-ish newsletter and there’s stuff in it that I’m not posting here or on Twitter, but…spreading the word about having a newsletter in 2017 is somehow much harder for me than it was in 1994. So, (this one time?) here’s something I wrote for today’s newsletter: Good Luck, Netflix?It is widely assumed that between cord-cutters and cord-never-ers the current rate of carnage to the cable bundle…

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Off topic: Teddy Atlas

December 14, 2017

I know the sports media world is lapping up the Disney/Fox chum but I’m feeling full and there will be plenty of time for that. But I recently saw some data that inspired me to have a thought experiment and write about it. If that’s your thing please check out “Good Luck, Netflix?” There are some Disney/Fox ramifications to the thought experiment. But if you’re here for Teddy Atlas, read…

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Episode 37: Jon Wilner, Mercury News/Pac-12 Hotline

December 8, 2017

The Pac-12 Hotline’s Jon Wilner joined the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion on his work, the recent college football season and the sports business landscape in the Pac-12. Topics discussed include: — What Jon’s interested in and how Jon handles the workload — How social media has changed Jon’s workflow — Scheduling of Pac-12 conference championship on Friday nights — Jon gets on the soapbox about Saturday road games followed…

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Total Audience Delivery measurement delivering for ESPN

December 7, 2017

ESPN just released a batch of numbers resulting from switching to Nielsen’s Total Audience Delivery (TAD) measurement service in late September. What is TAD? It is the ratings you’ve been used to seeing for the past decade+ (TV + DVR) PLUS streaming and out of home viewing (OOH). If you’re not really into the numbers the story is that ESPN is getting some bang for it’s TAD buck: as a result…

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Mailbag: Why do you hate streaming?

December 6, 2017

You do TV ratings so focusing more on TV makes sense. But you come off as someone who really hates streaming in general and I’m curious about why. Why do you hate streaming? Matt What? I love streaming so much that I’m excited by the prospects of Verizon giving up its NFL streaming exclusive so that sometimes I’ll be able to watch NFL on my phone instead of on TV. I…

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