Episode 57: Ryan Glasspiegel & Patrick Crakes

  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…

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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…

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Episode 56: Richard Deitsch

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:…

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The cable bundle is bending. When does it break?

  Not this month. People are interested in Nielsen’s cable coverage estimates for a variety of reasons. One is sometimes people just like long lists of familiar names with numbers attached to them. Maybe I’m just projecting. There are plenty of fans who are very interested in the difference in coverage between say USA & FS1 should WWE be on the move and the lists are useful for that. Recently…

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

  According to Nielsen as of the May cable universe coverage estimates ESPN is in 2.58 million more homes in the USA than NBC Sports Network. **DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING SERVICES LIKE SlingTV, Vue and DirecTV Now?** Yes, Nielsen currently counts 2.9 million homes that access exclusively through OTT services like Vue, YouTube TV, etc. In the aggregate those services may have a few more subscribers that aren’t counted…

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Episode 55: Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

  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

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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