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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Episode 64: James Andrew Miller

  Jim and I talked his podcast Origins of a Champion: Nick Saban & Alabama’s Crimson Tide. Nick Saban has a heart of gold and Lane Kiffin is very compelling and I’m fascinated by the idea of the pressure cooker environment at Alabama. We spent some time on that and plenty of time talking about how the podcast didn’t wind up being just about Alabama football. Near the end we…

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