What should ESPN do with 6PM? Maybe nothing. (Updated)

April 25, 2018

  I give what Jim Miller says a lot of weight and that’s a good strategy. I also have this tea leaf reading thing where if Jim Miller says something and I’m surprised that he said it I immediately jump to the conclusion that whatever he just said is going to happen. Very small sample size but so far the approach does have excellent predictive value. Last Friday when Jim…

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Episode 55: Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

April 24, 2018

  It was great to talk to Derek Thompson who’s a senior editor for The Atlantic and the best-selling author of Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction for a short podcast. We discussed his recent piece in The Atlantic: Disneyflix Is Coming. And Netflix Should Be Scared (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/05/disneyflix-netflix/556895/ ). Netflix should be scared but Disneyflix has some of its own fascinating challenges that we discussed. Basically, how to…

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Episode 54: Ryan Glasspiegel & Patrick Crakes on the NFL Schedule

April 21, 2018

Ryan Glasspiegel from The Big Lead and first-time guest Patrick Crakes who is a media consultant and former executive at Fox Sports joined the podcast and on the heels of the NFL schedule release it was a lot of fun talking to them. Topics discussed: – NFL Draft & impact of being on the Fox Broadcast network – A look at the 2018 NFL Schedule: are the Monday Night, Thursday…

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Updated: “Get Up!” debuts down 13% versus year ago SportsCenters

April 3, 2018

Update: the 7a-10a debut telecast of Get Up! averaged 283,000 viewers per minute. That’s down 13 percent from the 327,000 the 7-10a SportsCenters averaged the same day a year ago. First Take averaged 417,000, up from 400,000 a year ago. I’m team: “Disappointing? Sure. Disastrous? Nah.”  But it’s possible I’m the only member of that team who isn’t employed by ESPN. Original post: Sources tell me “Get Up!” debuted to…

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How much bigger is ESPN than NBCSN? – April 2018 Cable Coverage Estimates

April 2, 2018

To answer the question in the headline: according to Nielsen as of the April cable universe coverage estimates ESPN is in 2.536 million more homes in the USA than NBC Sports Network. Frequent readers of this post will note I had to change my headlining scheme because NBCSN surpassed FS1 in coverage.That was true last month too but I missed it. I apologize, NBC Sports! **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING…

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Episode 53: Bill Roth, Broadcaster, “Intro to Sports Media” Professor at Virginia Tech

April 2, 2018

Bill Roth has a broadcasting career that spans 30 years including an impressive 27 of them consecutively calling Virginia Tech football.  Bill has transitioned to calling some national games on ESPN & CBS Sports Network but Bill is back in Blacksburg helping Virginia Tech launch its academic curriculum that has a concentration on sports media and analytics. It was a lot of fun talking to Bill about his career in…

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