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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Bad neighbors & bad landlords

The barking dogs of El Paso, Texas haven’t caused me much strife. Just dumb luck and a HEPA filter that I’m not sure is any good as an air filter but is great as a white noise machine. Maybe it’s mostly that I finally gave up on trying to control the rest of the world? One day I saw someone nearby had named their WiFi router “ShutYourFuckingDogUp” which made me…

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Episode 63: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

  Ryan was back on the podcast to help me shake off the rust. He tried! We mostly chatted about our media habits but we veered into HIGH NOON moving to 4pm; some of the OTT services like ESPN+ & DAZN, Ryan sang the praises of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and I ranted incoherently about why there’s no standard Nielsen measurement across all audio & video on the Internet like…

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High Noon (Alaska Time)

h/t @vlime286 for the naming convention. Backchannel messages expressing disbelief that I’m delighted by HIGH NOON’s move to 4pm?  I has them. I’m not talking about idiot minions who follow intellectually dishonest doofus “Boobs” characters on the Internet either. I’m talking about reasonable people who I know and like asking me why I’m shilling for ESPN about HIGH NOON moving and getting shortened to 30 minutes. I’m not doing the…

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