Episode 47: Michael David Smith, Managing Editor at ProFootballTalk

January 31, 2018

  It was a pleasure to finally talk to Michael David Smith who was calling in from Minnesota where he’s covering the Super Bowl. We talked about the Super Bowl and the perceived lack of buzz, what the ratings will be and who will win the game. We also talked about the report that Fox broadcast would be picking up the Thursday Night Football package and how Michael wound up…


How much bigger is ESPN than FS1? – February 2018 Cable Coverage Estimates

January 30, 2018

All of the cable coverage data for the measured networks is below, but to answer the question in the headline since the last time I posted in December, in the January estimates ESPN was in 2.707 million more homes than FS1 and in the February estimates ESPN is in 2.925 million more homes than FS1. But while Fox Sports 1 shed another 328,000 households from January to February (compared to ESPN’s…


Episode 46: Rick Cordella, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group

January 29, 2018

With NBC televising both the Super Bowl and the Olympics in February, I thought it’s be a good time to catch up with Rick Cordella to talk about NBC Sports’ plans for handling that on the streaming side. Topics discussed include: – Balancing the stress of the challenge with the excitement of the challenge (the Super Bowl draws more concurrent viewers than any other streaming and on the Olympics side…


Episode 45: Albert “Scooter” Vertino, SVP of Programming & Production, Turner Sports

January 25, 2018

It was great getting to know Scooter Vertino a little. Additionally, Scooter also is SVP of content, programming and production for NBA digital which includes NBA-TV, League Pass and NBA.com. Topics discussed include: – reactions to the schedule and off season news lining up so well for this season’s opening night matchups on TNT (Cavs/Celtics & Warriors/Rockets) – reactions to Gordon Hayward’s injury on opening night – high level discussion…


Episode 44: Burke Magnus, Executive VP of Programming & Scheduling, ESPN with Matt Sarzyniak

January 22, 2018

  It was great to talk to ESPN’s Burke Magnus. Two sections to this podcast. The first 15 minutes is a straight one-on-one interview with Burke where we discuss: – College Football Bowl season recap – Burke’s thoughts on the move away from New Year’s Eve for the CFP semifinals – We talked about Burke’s comments a few weeks ago on John Ourand’s podcast where Burke had said that the…


Episode 43: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

January 18, 2018

  Topics discussed include: NFL ratings Outside factors impacting NFL ratings (Ryan posits Videogames and Netflix) Media coverage of the Larry Nassar trial Discussion of Ryan branching out from just writing to doing a podcast and radio appearances and some video and TV appearances Fox and ABC bidding for the Thursday Night Football rights and Jerry Jones quote “All I know is that when ratings go down, rights fees go…


Episode 42: Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated with Ad Age’s Anthony Crupi

January 9, 2018

  Richard Deitsch and Anthony Crupi have appeared individually on my podcast more than any other guests so I thought it would be fun to pair them up. It was*. Topics discussed include: — Super Bowl ratings? — discussion about how NFL ratings are covered in general — Crupi doesn’t necessarily pooh pooh the idea that NFL RedZone could be impacting the early regional windows —  CFP Championship ratings predictions — “Larry…


Episode 41: Aaron Barzilai, herhoopstats.com & Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated

January 5, 2018

  There’s a great community of data scientists on the Internet and that’s how I originally came across Aaron Barzilai. Now Aaron has launched herhoopstats.com, a site that aspires to be the Ken Pom of women’s college basketball. Since Richard Deitsch is so knowledgeable about women’s college hoops I asked him to join in. Topics discussed include: — the path from advanced degrees in mechanical engineering to data analytics. —…