Episode 69: Anthony Crupi, Ad Age/Phil Orlins, ESPN

September 22, 2018

  A two-fer podcast: first up is Anthony Crupi: we talk about ESPN+ hitting a million viewers, studio shows on sports nets, out of home viewing and the late national windows on FOX & CBS and how both are bigger than Sunday Night Football and some of Crupi’s gambling picks. After Crupi is a chat with Phil Orlins who heads up MLB production for ESPN. We talked about MLB production…


Why do Eric Shanks and Charlie Dixon put up with Clay Travis’ race-baiting in return for 0 extra viewers?

September 20, 2018

Eric Shanks (pictured above) and Charlie Dixon provided the opportunity so I’m running with it. Race-baiting is bad and harmful unless you’re racist and I’ve been using the lousy viewership for FS1’s LOCK IT IN to make that point precisely because Fox Sports rewarded race-baiting clown Clay Travis with a TV show. Some have asked “but why not go after Skip Bayless instead of Clay?”   I have a simple test for…


Enabling Clay Travis’ race-baiting

September 18, 2018

Hello hello I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello Hello hello I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello – John Lennon & Paul McCartney Federal Express had been “FedEx” for at least a couple of years before I noticed that the empty space between the E and x formed that arrow. Someone had to point it out to me and they did so while…


Episode 68: Anthony Crupi, Advertising Age

September 15, 2018

Anthony Crupi back by popular demand!  We talked Alliance of American Football, NFL ratings, tales from the sad salad (the “power salad” wasn’t sad, but…) Crupi’s gambling picks for this weekend and more. Anthony on Twitter: @CrupiCrupiCrupi Anthony’s Story Archive on Ad Age: https://adage.com/author/anthony-crupi/6509 https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Crupi091318.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS


A Ratings Travis-ty? Nobody is watching Fox Sports new gambling show

September 13, 2018

Leave Clay Travis alone! Just kidding. Bust Clay’s chops all you want. Clay brought the scorn and derision about LOCK IT IN’s ratings on himself. I’m not rooting for LOCK IT IN to fail. I was rooting for Clay to be spared the ignominy of low ratings by Fox Sports never rewarding his behavior with a TV job to begin with. Had Fox not hired Clay I think the show…


Roger Goodell makes ESPN tap dance while allowing Fox Sports to moon the NFL?

September 10, 2018

  There’s a moon in the sky and it’s called the Moon but here I’m thinking more of Fox Sports as Randy Moss pantomiming dropping its drawers in the end zone and shaking its ass in the NFL’s face. Isn’t that what Fox is doing to the NFL by putting the decisively divisive nitwit Clay Travis on its airwaves? Sure, the show is on a network and in a time slot…


Episode 67: John Ourand & Richard Deitsch

September 7, 2018

I’d never had Richard & John on together and it was as much fun as I’d hoped it would be! We went deep on the single data point (the overnight rating for Falcons/Eagles) of NFL ratings available when we taped. We also discussed the ratings landscape and how ratings can/should be viewed through the season. We also talked about the rights landscape for the next round of NFL rights and…


Episode 66: Jeff Pearlman, best-selling author

September 4, 2018

It was a pleasure to chat with Jeff Pearlman about his upcoming book: Football for a Buck: the crazy rise and crazier demise of the USFL. We talked about the book, a bit about his process and some sports media topics. I’ll just tease it this way: anytime I can have a guest on who wrote a book that Lenny Dykstra hated and Ron Darling loved* you should probably listen…