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Episode 53: Bill Roth, Broadcaster, “Intro to Sports Media” Professor at Virginia Tech

Bill Roth has a broadcasting career that spans 30 years including an impressive 27 of them consecutively calling Virginia Tech football. Bill has transitioned to calling some national games on ESPN & CBS Sports Network but Bill is back in Blacksburg helping Virginia Tech launch its academic curriculum that has a concentration on sports media and analytics. It was a lot of fun talking to Bill about his career in...


Episode 52: John Lewis,

Was great to talk to John Lewis about Indy Car leaving ABC for NBC, NCAA tournament ratings and potentially good finals matches still in play, NBA ratings, the new Sunday Night Baseball booth, Monday Night & Thursday night football booths, NFL ratings, the AAF and ESPN’s “Dominant 20” and ratings predictions for Saturday’s “Elite 8” round games of the NCAA tournament. John on the Internet: Twitter: @Paulsen_SMW


Episode 51: Eric Jackson on ESPN’s new president

On March 5, 2018 ESPN announced it had hired Disney exec Jimmy Pitaro as president of ESPN. On March 6, 2018 I talked to Eric Jackson, who is founder and president of EMJ Capital about the hire. Eric is a big investor in the tech and media sectors and very bullish on Disney and on the hire. We also talked ESPN’s upcoming ESPN+ streaming service, what an ESPN eSports initiative...


Episode 50: Winter Olympics Ratings

No guests for this one. A quick, less than 7-minute podcast discussing the Winter Olympics Ratings from PyeongChang on NBC. Here are the numbers versus Sochi in 2014 via NBC Sports: WINTER OLYMPICS PRIMETIME TOTAL AUDIENCE DELIVERY PYC 2018 Sochi 2014** PYC 2018 Sochi 2014** Day Viewership Viewership HH Rating HH Rating Opening Thur. 17.2 million 20.0 million 9.7 rating 11.3 rating First Fri.* 28.3 million 31.7 million 14.9...


Episode 49: Mina Kimes, ESPN

Mina recently wrote a great piece on NFL ratings ( if you don’t see a hypertext link you can find the piece at: ) and we talked about it. At the end of the podcast we also talk about this: (if you can’t see the embedded video you can find it here: ) You can find Mina on Twitter at @MinaKimes


Episode 48: Jimmy Traina, Sports Illustrated

Jimmy Traina was the only person I spoke to before the NFL season who predicted NFL ratings would go down this season. I thought it’d be good to have him on to bookend the season by talking about ratings for the Super Bowl. We also talked about whether there’s anything the NFL can really do on the CTE front, Thursday Night Football moving to Fox, Jimmy’s gambling offseason, his...


Episode 47: Michael David Smith, Managing Editor at ProFootballTalk

It was a pleasure to finally talk to Michael David Smith who was calling in from Minnesota where he’s covering the Super Bowl. We talked about the Super Bowl and the perceived lack of buzz, what the ratings will be and who will win the game. We also talked about the report that Fox broadcast would be picking up the Thursday Night Football package and how Michael wound up...


Episode 46: Rick Cordella, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group

With NBC televising both the Super Bowl and the Olympics in February, I thought it’s be a good time to catch up with Rick Cordella to talk about NBC Sports’ plans for handling that on the streaming side. Topics discussed include: – Balancing the stress of the challenge with the excitement of the challenge (the Super Bowl draws more concurrent viewers than any other streaming and on the Olympics side...


Episode 45: Albert “Scooter” Vertino, SVP of Programming & Production, Turner Sports

It was great getting to know Scooter Vertino a little. Additionally, Scooter also is SVP of content, programming and production for NBA digital which includes NBA-TV, League Pass and Topics discussed include: – reactions to the schedule and off season news lining up so well for this season’s opening night matchups on TNT (Cavs/Celtics & Warriors/Rockets) – reactions to Gordon Hayward’s injury on opening night – high level discussion...


Episode 44: Burke Magnus, Executive VP of Programming & Scheduling, ESPN with Matt Sarzyniak

It was great to talk to ESPN’s Burke Magnus. Two sections to this podcast. The first 15 minutes is a straight one-on-one interview with Burke where we discuss: – College Football Bowl season recap – Burke’s thoughts on the move away from New Year’s Eve for the CFP semifinals – We talked about Burke’s comments a few weeks ago on John Ourand’s podcast where Burke had said that the...


Episode 43: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

Topics discussed include: NFL ratings Outside factors impacting NFL ratings (Ryan posits Videogames and Netflix) Media coverage of the Larry Nassar trial Discussion of Ryan branching out from just writing to doing a podcast and radio appearances and some video and TV appearances Fox and ABC bidding for the Thursday Night Football rights and Jerry Jones quote “All I know is that when ratings go down, rights fees go...


Episode 42: Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated with Ad Age’s Anthony Crupi

Richard Deitsch and Anthony Crupi have appeared individually on my podcast more than any other guests so I thought it would be fun to pair them up. It was*. Topics discussed include: — Super Bowl ratings? — discussion about how NFL ratings are covered in general — Crupi doesn’t necessarily pooh pooh the idea that NFL RedZone could be impacting the early regional windows — CFP Championship ratings predictions — “Larry...


Episode 41: Aaron Barzilai, & Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated

There’s a great community of data scientists on the Internet and that’s how I originally came across Aaron Barzilai. Now Aaron has launched, a site that aspires to be the Ken Pom of women’s college basketball. Since Richard Deitsch is so knowledgeable about women’s college hoops I asked him to join in. Topics discussed include: — the path from advanced degrees in mechanical engineering to data analytics. —...


Episode 40: Jim Miller, “Origins with James Andrew Miller”

Jim Miller of “Live from New York,” “Those Guys Have All the Fun” and “Powerhouse” fame joined the podcast to talk about the recently released PTI episode of the ESPN chapter of his Origins podcast. We also talked about his recent piece in The Hollywood Reporter, “Inside an ESPN President’s Shocking Exit (and Bob Iger’s Possible Role)” You can find Jim on Twitter via @JimMiller and if you haven’t...


Episode 39: Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead

Ryan Glasspiegel from the Big Lead joined the podcast for the third time to discuss a variety of recent sports business and sports media topics. Topics discussed include: Ryen Rusillo leaving ESPN/Where will he land John Skipper’s resignation from ESPN Upcoming Mike Greenberg show Pete Carroll and the Seahawks should part ways? A crackdown on streaming password sharing? Fox Sports RSNs going to Disney/ESPN, what it means for Fox/FS1 Fox...


Episode 38: Kevin Draper, New York Times

Kevin Draper joined the podcast again. I really enjoy listening to Kevin talk sports media. Topics discussed: — Disney/Fox, and what it means for ESPN and Fox Sports — The wrongful termination lawsuit brought against NFL Network that includes sexual harassment complaints against several former and current NFL Network employees — Should we brace for an avalanche of sexual harassment stories in sports media? (Spoiler: Kevin said yes, and...


Episode 37: Jon Wilner, Mercury News/Pac-12 Hotline

The Pac-12 Hotline’s Jon Wilner joined the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion on his work, the recent college football season and the sports business landscape in the Pac-12. Topics discussed include: — What Jon’s interested in and how Jon handles the workload — How social media has changed Jon’s workflow — Scheduling of Pac-12 conference championship on Friday nights — Jon gets on the soapbox about Saturday road games followed...


Episode 36: College Football Ratings with SBJ’s Austin Karp & D1.Ticker’s Matt Roberts

The person responsible for scheduling thought now would be a good time to check-in on college football ratings and that Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily’s Austin Karp & D1.Ticker’s Matt Roberts would be great to have on to talk about it. It turns out NEXT WEEK would’ve been much better and I’d fire the person responsible for scheduling but unfortunately that’s me. Austin & Matt were pretty great together...


Episode 35: Kevin Wildes, VP of Original Content for NBA Studio Production at ESPN

Right now is pretty great time for the NBA so it was a great time and a lot of fun to get to know Kevin Wildes a little bit. Kevin heads up the group that produces the “NBA Countdown” pregame and postgame shows, Rachel Nichols’ “The Jump” and “SportsNation” Topics discussed — Three women host an NBA studio show… — How fun the on and off-court NBA action is...


Episode 34: Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated

Always a pleasure to talk to Richard Deitsch who was back on the podcast for the fourth time after a somewhat prolonged absence. Topics discussed include: — Podcasting! When it comes to podcasting Richard faces some constraints that Geno Auriemma doesn’t (Geno was the guest on the latest episode of Richard’s podcast). I was curious about how that...


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