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Episode 86: Tony Reali, ESPN

8/9/2019
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Tony Reali puts himself out there openly talking about life and dealing with anxiety. And he does it in an amazingly accessible way. I wanted to capture some of that experience on a podcast. Most of the podcast focuses on some of Tony’s struggles and thinking on eating and weight management. But there are stories, a very brief but very solid Wilbon imitation and we finish up with Tony talking...

Duration:00:56:31

Episode 85: Ben Strauss, The Washington Post

7/30/2019
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Great to finally have Ben on the podcast! Ben has reported extensively about ESPN & politics in the aftermath of Dan Le Batard’s comments. The bulk of the podcast is on those topics but we talked about a few other sports media topics (DAZN’s “ChangeUp”, Sunday Ticket and The Athletic) in the last 1/3rd of the podcast. Ben’s recent deep dive on ESPN chief Jimmy Pitaro and ESPN’s policy around...

Duration:00:37:20

Episode 84, Jonathan Tannenwald, The Philadelphia Inquirer

6/8/2019
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With the Women’s World Cup Soccer tournament beginning it was a pleasure to have the soccer beat writer from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jonathan Tannenwald, back on the podcast. Topics discussed include the state of soccer, the state of MLS, how mostly it’s old white men like Zlatan Ibrahimović moving the MLS TV viewing and not the up and coming young Americans and South Americans, what it would take to get...

Duration:00:36:17

Episode 83: Burke Magnus, ESPN

5/27/2019
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A pleasure to have ESPN EVP of Programming & Scheduling Burke Magnus back on the podcast. Topics discussed include: will the launch of ACCN mean fewer ACC games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News and ESPNU, the demands of Burke’s job, NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s comments about the NBA games being a TV show, what matters most in NBA finals (more games, not who’s playing), how the rise of OTT services...

Duration:00:44:09

Episode 82: Kyle Brandt, NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football”

5/20/2019
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It was a blast to talk to “Good Morning Football’s” Kyle Brandt. We talked his “The Real World” beginnings, the NFL draft, and Kyle’s energy level. Kyle notes that never having played in the NFL and having to work with the likes of Nate Burleson and Kurt Warner drives him to always be seeking validation. Kyle talked about the morning makeup of his co-workers (spoiler: according to Kyle, Nate is...

Duration:00:41:21

Episode 81: Nick Wright, FS1

5/20/2019
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It was a pleasure to finally talk FS1’s Nick Wright. We talked about Nick letting his hair grow out (seriously!), what the rising & grinding schedule is like for someone with a 6:30A TV show and a 6P radio show (Nick has a dual-sleep schedule that works for him), NBA vs. NFL, “the ratings don’t matter to your life” (a Bryan Curtis shoutout on my podcast!), the NBA conference finals,...

Duration:00:35:10

Episode 80: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

5/12/2019
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Great to have Ryan back on the podcast. We talked Jamie Horowitz landing at DAZN and then had a more general conversation about DAZN (including Adnan Virk’s hiring), we spent several minutes on Ryan’s gambling habits, and then we talked Sinclair acquiring the Fox Sports RSNs that Disney/ESPN had to unload. We finished up talking about LeBron James’ absence from the playoffs impact on blog traffic and Ryan gives his...

Duration:00:37:10

Episode 79: Jorge Sedano, ESPN

5/8/2019
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Last week Jorge appeared on ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and a friend reached out with “Keep your eye on that guy, he’s an up and comer!” and I thought “He has a drive time radio show in the country’s 2nd-biggest market. He’s already here!” I was really curious about how Jorge experiences that phenomenon and I appreciate him humoring my curiosity (it’s very interesting to me!). We also discussed the...

Duration:00:38:29

Episode 78: James Andrew Miller on Robert Caro’s “Working”

4/27/2019
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Always a pleasure to talk to Jim but a note to the sports media lovers: we spent a few minutes on “will ABC get an NFL package?” during the last few minutes but this episode is for book lovers and primarily focused on author Robert Caro’s new book “Working.” You can find all of Robert Caro’s books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-A.-Caro/e/B000AP80S4/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 You can find all of Jim Miller’s books on Amazon...

Duration:00:39:51

Episode 77: Patrick Crakes, Media Consultant

2/8/2019
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Lots of Super Bowl ratings talk! If you’re enough of a TV ratings nerd to care how TV network executives think about and use the Super Bowl Nielsen TV ratings hopefully this will be a pretty good listen. We also had a good conversation about ESPN+ and Pat hammered the point that the death of legacy media when it comes to OTT services is greatly exaggerated. Plus some quick chat...

Duration:00:37:14

Episode 76: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

12/19/2018
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More “pre-holiday informal phone call” than “formal podcast” but it was fun and we talked NBA ratings & whether ESPN did a better job with the NBA schedule than Turner and whether Turner Sports’ star is fading more generally (Tiger/Phil, will it keep its MLB package?), also a little WWE and, of course, NFL ratings. Ryan on Twitter @sportsrapport Ryan’s archive on The Big Lead (including the Aaron Rodgers story...

Duration:00:35:50

Episode 75: Patrick Crakes on what happens with the Fox Sports RSNs

11/29/2018
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Two podcasts in a week? Yep. I didn’t see that coming either but opportunity with former Fox Sports exec turned media consultant Pat Crakes knocked so I answered. We mostly talked the fate of the 22 Fox Sports RSNs that Disney is acquiring in its deal with Fox that the regulators are requiring Disney to unload. We also talked a little NFL rights and NFL ratings and NFL vs....

Duration:00:32:31

Episode 74: James Andrew Miller

11/27/2018
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Opportunity knocked and it seemed like a good way to let people know I’m still alive! We talked about the great “Sex and the City” chapter of Jim’s Origins podcast, about Disney warming the NFL up to make a bid on a rights package for the ABC broadcast network, Amazon sniffing around the Fox RSN’s (or at least the streaming rights for YES Network) and Turner’s Tiger/Phil pay-per-view. Jim...

Duration:00:30:01

Episode 73: Bill Gorman, @TVGrimReaper

10/25/2018
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Great to have the podcast’s first guest and my friend and fellow TVbytheNumbers co-founder Bill Gorman back on the podcast. We talked CBS’s over the top streaming service CBS AllAccess, Fox broadcast net’s new strategy, digital companies bidding on NFL rights, NFL TV ratings and the new show’s he’s tracking that have the most-frenzied fan bases. Bill on Twitter: @TVGrimReaper Website: tvgrimreaper.com

Duration:00:24:50

Episode 72: Oriana Schwindt, “American Grift” podcast

10/19/2018
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When I was very focused on the TV/media scene Oriana Schwindt was one of the best reporters I came across. Oriana has finished her Centerville project and recently launched a new podcast, “American Grift.” We talked about the podcast, the fall broadcast network primetime TV season, sports programming and sports media rights. Oriana on Twitter: @Schwindter Centerville Project: https://medium.com/centerville-usa American Grift podcast: https://www.patreon.com/AmericanGrift or...

Duration:00:33:08

Episode 71: Jemele Hill

10/14/2018
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It was great to finally chat with Jemele Hill. We talked about SC6 and navigating becoming the poster children for both ESPN being too political and ESPN laying people off. We also talked SC6 ratings (Jemele has become a pretty good ratings analyst), about how the parting with ESPN really was amicable (Jemele nearly appeared on Around the Horn on her first Monday as an ex-ESPNer!) and about dealing with...

Duration:00:36:11

Episode 70: Albert “Scooter” Vertino, SVP of Programming for Turner Sports

10/11/2018
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Ahead of the upcoming NBA season I thought it’d be fun to catch up with Turner Sports’ Scooter Vertino. We talked Yankees/Red Sox, Astros not getting any primetime love in the LDS, Astros/Red Sox ALCS, hiring Candace Parker, 23 years of opening night NBA double headers on TNT, this year’s opening night and the opening week slate. We talked a lot of NBA and we mostly covered topics casual NBA...

Duration:00:43:05

Episode 69: Anthony Crupi, Ad Age/Phil Orlins, ESPN

9/22/2018
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A two-fer podcast: first up is Anthony Crupi: we talk about ESPN+ hitting a million viewers, studio shows on sports nets, out of home viewing and the late national windows on FOX & CBS and how both are bigger than Sunday Night Football and some of Crupi’s gambling picks. After Crupi is a chat with Phil Orlins who heads up MLB production for ESPN. We talked about MLB production...

Duration:01:27:40

Episode 68: Anthony Crupi, Advertising Age

9/15/2018
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Anthony Crupi back by popular demand! We talked Alliance of American Football, NFL ratings, tales from the sad salad (the “power salad” wasn’t sad, but…) Crupi’s gambling picks for this weekend and more. Anthony on Twitter: @CrupiCrupiCrupi Anthony’s Story Archive on Ad Age: https://adage.com/author/anthony-crupi/6509

Duration:00:51:05

Episode 67: John Ourand & Richard Deitsch

9/7/2018
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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...

Duration:00:35:57