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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...


Episode 33: Matt Sarzyniak,

Was a pleasure to chat with all-around good guy Matt Sarzyniak who has been showing off his programming skills to compile TV listings grids for college football and men’s college basketball since 2005 (!). Topics discussed include: — how Matt launched his site/twitter feed — how Matt maintains the site — discussion on how the college football schedules are formulated and released — discussion on the men’s basketball TV...


Episode 32: Kevin Draper, New York Times

If you’re a subscriber to this podcast odds are good that you’re a sports media enthusiast so you’re probably very familiar with Kevin Draper’s work at Deadspin and now at the New York Times. So it was a real treat for me to finally talk to Kevin and it won’t be the last time — he’s really good talking about the sports media topics. Apologies in advance: there were...


Episode 31: Matt Roberts, D1.Ticker

Matt Roberts has been quietly building a news and information business serving the needs of college athletics administration. The D1.Ticker, a daily curated newsletter serving Division 1 schools, is now in its 5th year. There’s also a D2 ticker serving Division 2 schools and a new service targeting Division 3 schools is 9 months old. In addition to that there’s the 1Question podcast which I highly recommend for those...


Episode 30: 6 minutes on ESPN/Barstool (John Skipper, get ye a pessimist)

Just me doing six and a half minutes on why something that could’ve easily been avoided from ESPN’s perspective was not avoided.


Episode 29: Bill Gorman, @TVGrimReaper

Bill Gorman, my friend, fellow TVbytheNumbers and first ever guest on this podcast is back on the podcast. Topics include: — Bill’s thoughts on Highly Questionable & Bomani Jones — ¿Si o no?: Katie Nolan — Loving to hate the players more than loving the game — Everyone I know watches NFL via RedZone/Nobody I know watches ‘Big Bang Theory” — Loving Tony Romo — Bill’s upcoming trip to Antartica...


Episode 28: Tas Melas, NBA TV’s “The Starters”

With the NBA season kicking off tonight, it was fun to chat with Tas Melas (he’s @TasMelas on Twitter) who’s one of the hosts for Turner Sports & NBA TV’s “The Starters” Topics discussed include: — ‘The Starters’ Origin story — Having fun and doing stuff like “Wedgies” (Video link: — Moving from Toronto, Ontario in Canada to Atlanta, Georgia in the USA — Typical process for producing a show...


Episode 27: Traug Keller, Senior Vice President, ESPN Audio

It was great to talk to Traug Keller and learn more about ESPN’s audio business. Topics discussed include: — The 30 for 30 audio podcasts — ESPN Radio — The mix between radio and podcasting/audio on demand — Challenges of getting more Android users listening to podcasts — Radio ratings — Podcast stats — will newly added video on demand versions of studio shows cannibalize podcasts? — 30 for 30...


Episode 26: Anthony Crupi (@CrupiCrupiCrupi) Ad Age

Anthony Crupi’s third visit to the podcast was a pretty free-flowing discussion ranging from NFL ratings, advertising spot costs, and Yankees/Twins to out of home viewing and Amazon Prime streaming of NFL games. Crupi on Twitter Crupi on Advertising Age Jeanine Poggi’s 30-second spot cost list on Ad Age


Episode 25: James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller)

It was a real treat for me to talk to James Andrew Miller. Topics discussed: — Katie Nolan exiting Fox early — Kate Nolan saying NO to the new Mike Greenberg Show — The New Mike Greenberg Show — NBA Countdown show moving to NYC — Recent responsibility changes with ESPN management (Stephanie Druley, Rob King and Norby Williamson — Reactions to the Jemele Hill situation — a more general...


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