Episode 59: Peter Schrager, “Good Morning Football”

May 30, 2018

It’s always a blast to catch up with Fox Sports’ and NFL Networks’ Peter Schrager.  Topics discussed include: GMFB’s new digs in Time Square, GMFB ratings, and GMFB getting some love. We also chatted NBA vs. NFL, Bryan Colangelo’s Twitter burner accounts and some of Peter’s TV viewing habits. Schrags also gave his three biggest NFL storylines to keep an eye on before the season starts. Peter Schrager on Twitter…


Mailbag: Stick with The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis! (ESPN & Politics)

May 25, 2018

This is the only time I can remember disagreeing with @bryancurtis regarding a media criticism. I was fine with the headline/story *because* ESPN execs seemed very consumed by politics for what was at best a fourth- or fifth-tier issue when it comes to the declines. https://t.co/KhmrOkrVUR — Sports TV Ratings (@SportsTVRatings) May 24, 2018 No actual particular e-mail here. If only one person had reached out to me I’d ignore…


Episode 58: Joe Ovies, 99.9 FM The Fan in Raleigh, NC (Will driverless cars disrupt the radio business?)

May 24, 2018

  This podcast was inspired by a Richard Deitsch mailbag column on The Athletic (https://theathletic.com/365498/2018/05/23/media-mailbag-why-al-michaels-will-stick-around-the-future-of-espns-michael-smith-world-cup-in-4k-and-more/) that included a great question from Gil Gross in NY on whether young people thinking of getting into radio should be worried about driverless cars. Technology disrupting businesses is always interesting so it was great to talk to Joe Ovies who makes his living doing radio on 99.9 FM The Fan in Raleigh, NC on the…


Gambling on TV

May 14, 2018

As expected the Supreme Court ruled “not a federal deal / it’s up to the states” paving the way for legalized sports gambling in New Jersey and any other states that approve it. Everyone agrees that’s good news for sports TV viewership. How much good news? I’m not sure what the consensus is there, but even If it’s just game wagering, that’s great news for casinos and media that focus…



May 11, 2018

  It’s not even a draft really, it’s just thinking out loud and writing it down. As a finished product I’d either title it “Google Might Be Smart for Losing a Lot of Money on YouTubeTV” or “Why Google and Facebook should scare the fucking shit out of the TV networks.” Right now Apple & Amazon merely scare the shit out of me. That has more to do with the…


Episode 57: Ryan Glasspiegel & Patrick Crakes

May 9, 2018

  Ryan & Patrick together again for a podcast mostly focused on employee salaries being made public inspired by this Andrew Marchand piece in the New York Post. ( https://nypost.com/2018/05/08/why-is-espn-paying-katie-nolan-seven-figures/ ). We also talked the ESPN+ acquisition of some UFC rights and password sharing. After we taped Ryan posted Four Thoughts on Katie Nolan Making More Than a Million Dollars a Year from ESPN ( https://thebiglead.com/2018/05/09/four-thoughts-on-katie-nolan-making-more-than-a-million-a-year-from-espn/ )   https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/PCRG050918.mp3Podcast: Play in…


Here’s to you Rachel Nichols: high speed audio playback as an accidental mindfulness practice?

    Podcasts my boy, podcasts. And audiobooks. Played back at high speed. Rachel Nichols might not have invented the idea of high speed playback but she evangelizes it more than anyone I’ve encountered so I’m giving her the love in the headline. She deserves it. There’s a very good reason to think about high speed playback of audio and it has nothing to do with mindfulness. Whether for business…

May 8, 2018

Episode 56: Richard Deitsch

May 3, 2018

Was great to catch up with Richard on a variety of sports media related topics and on moving to Canada and joining The Athletic. This was a “Never Can Say Goodbye” podcast where we kept talking (and taping) several times after saying goodbye. I could’ve edited to make myself look like a more skilled host but I left it in for the more organic Wayne’s World vibe. Topics discussed include:…