Episode 67: John Ourand & Richard Deitsch

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…

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Episode 66: Jeff Pearlman, best-selling author

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…

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NFL TV Ratings: expect them to go down & expect the NFL to shrug

Prediction: NFL’s TV ratings this season will be down 5-10% Prediction: the NFL will spin that by noting that the national NFL windows were the most-watched programming on TV by a wide margin. Both are easy predictions. The ratings prediction might  be wrong but until that trend reverses I’m riding with it. I wouldn’t worry too much about the TV ratings if I were the NFL. I’d worry more about…

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Mailbag: Why target Fox Sports’ nonsense instead of ESPN’s?

Scott from Phoenix writes: I’m not political. I watch both Fox Sports & ESPN programming. Focusing on Fox Sports in this example doesn’t make sense. ESPN isn’t innocent when it comes to ginning up divisive nonsense. Why pick on Fox exclusively? Scott asks a reasonable question. I’m not nearly as sure my answer is reasonable. But just like I have it in me to grab a pair of binoculars at 4AM…

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Hypocrisy & sports media: is there any way to keep from getting splashed?

  Before the news Michelle Beadle was moving on from Get Up! broke I’d been thinking about something: is there a way to be participate in the sports media landscape, make a principled stand and be pristine? So far I can’t come up with a way that works for me. I’m open to suggestions. I’m not picking on Michelle Beadle or people who make their incomes in sports media. I…

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Episode 65: Jason Coyle, CEO, Stadium

  Stadium just celebrated its first birthday and had a lot going on in year one. I had a lot of fun talking to Stadium CEO, Jason Coyle about distribution, media rights, Stadium’s partnerships with Facebook and Twitch, free over-the-air TV, on-air talent gambling and more. Will Stadium be a part of a bid for the RSNs? Even some Lane Kiffen. Jason on Twitter: @jascoyle Stadium on the web: https://watchstadium.com/ Stadium on…

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