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

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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Episode 52: Jon Lewis, sportsmediawatch.com

Was great to talk to Jon Lewis about Indy Car leaving ABC for NBC, NCAA tournament ratings and potentially good finals matches still in play, NBA ratings, the new Sunday Night Baseball booth, Monday Night & Thursday night football booths, NFL ratings, the AAF and ESPN’s “Dominant 20” and ratings predictions for Saturday’s “Elite 8” round games of the NCAA tournament. Jon on the Internet: Twitter: @Paulsen_SMW sportsmediawatch.com https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/John-Lewis.mp3Podcast: Play…

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Episode 51: Eric Jackson on ESPN’s new president

On March 5, 2018 ESPN announced it had hired Disney exec Jimmy Pitaro as president of ESPN. On March 6, 2018 I talked to Eric Jackson, who is founder and president of EMJ Capital about the hire. Eric is a big investor in the tech and media sectors and very bullish on Disney and on the hire. We also talked ESPN’s upcoming ESPN+ streaming service, what an ESPN eSports initiative…

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Episode 50: Winter Olympics Ratings

  No guests for this one. A quick, less than 7-minute podcast discussing the Winter Olympics Ratings from PyeongChang on NBC. Here are the numbers versus Sochi in 2014 via NBC Sports: WINTER OLYMPICS PRIMETIME TOTAL AUDIENCE DELIVERY PYC 2018 Sochi 2014** PYC 2018 Sochi 2014** Day Viewership Viewership HH Rating HH Rating Opening Thur. 17.2 million 20.0 million 9.7 rating 11.3 rating First Fri.* 28.3 million 31.7 million 14.9…

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

To answer the question in the headline, according to Nielsen, as of the March cable universe coverage estimates ESPN is in 3.02 million more homes in the USA than FS1. **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING SERVICES LIKE SlingTV, Vue and DirecTV Now?** In the past that was a simple question to answer. The answer was “no.” Some people didn’t like it but it was simple! December 2016 was the last…

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Episode 49: Mina Kimes, ESPN

Mina recently wrote a great piece on NFL ratings ( if you don’t see a hypertext link you can find the piece at: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22359434/where-people-miss-point-nfl-television-ratings-2017-season-super-bowl-lii ) and we talked about it. At the end of the podcast we also talk about this: (if you can’t see the embedded video you can find it here: https://youtu.be/buZ4MV5vD5w ) You can find Mina on Twitter at @MinaKimes   https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Mina-Kimes-021318.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple…

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What’s the value of the out of home viewers? We’ll find out with the next Super Bowl. Maybe.

Late Thursday NBC Sports PR issued a release saying out of home viewing of Super Bowl LII increased viewership by more than 12 million viewers. NBC even boasted about turning around the out of home viewing numbers so fast: “Out of home” viewership has been previously reported, but never before within four days of a live event. I’m not knocking NBC or Nielsen. In a world where we won’t see Live+7…

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Episode 48: Jimmy Traina, Sports Illustrated

  Jimmy Traina was the only person I spoke to before the NFL season who predicted NFL ratings would go down this season. I thought it’d be good to have him on to bookend the season by talking about ratings for the Super Bowl. We also talked about whether there’s anything the NFL can really do on the CTE front, Thursday Night Football moving to Fox, Jimmy’s gambling offseason, his…

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