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The Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch is a weekly show that features interviews with members of the sports media about their work, as well as roundtables with sports media reporters about television, digital, audio/radio, print, and other forms of media. You can read Richard’s work at The Athletic and hear his words at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.

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The Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch is a weekly show that features interviews with members of the sports media about their work, as well as roundtables with sports media reporters about television, digital, audio/radio, print, and other forms of media. You can read Richard’s work at The Athletic and hear his words at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.

    What Happens Next With Brittney Griner? A conversation Dr. Dani Gilbert, a Rosenwald Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, and reporter T.J. Quinn

    What Happens Next With Brittney Griner? A conversation Dr. Dani Gilbert, a Rosenwald Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, and reporter T.J. Quinn

    Episode 229 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Dr. Dani Gilbert, a Rosenwald Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, and an expert on U.S. hostage policy and diplomacy. She is followed by T,J, Quinn, an investigative reporter for ESPN who has reported on the Griner case for ESPN. 
    In this podcast, Dr. Gilbert discusses the leverage value for Russia in this process; what "wrongfully detained" means legally and how it relates to Griner; Russia as a bad actor on the world stage; the process of how this negotiation will work; how she viewed the initial silence from the Griner camp at the start of Griner's incarceration; how Griner’s sexuality and race plays a role in this case; who is specifically working on this case at the State Department; what you should do if you travel to a country like China or Russia; whether Griner will be treated more humanely given the high profile nature of her case, and more. 
    Quinn discusses his reporting on Griner and how he translated Griner’s trial; what happens next as far as formal proceedings; how to acquire State Department sources; how much media coverage of the case will happen; Griner’s current conditions; the social media aspect of the case; covering the case heading forward and more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and more.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Emergency Podcast: Joe Buck on Vin Scully

    Emergency Podcast: Joe Buck on Vin Scully

    Episode 229 of the Sports Media Podcast features ESPN broadcaster and longtime World Series game-caller Joe Buck. In this podcast, Buck discusses the life and career of the legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, who passed away on Tuesday at age 94; the friendship between Scully and Jack Buck, the father of Joe Buck; Scully’s remarkable ability to call games solo; why Scully always felt relevant even as he aged; Scully’s connection to Los Angeles; the time when Tim McCarver told a national audience Scully was not at a ballpark he was at; Scully’s call of Hank Aaron passing Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax’s perfect game; why this feels like the end of a broadcasting era, and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and more.

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    • 44 min
    Yahoo Sports NFL writer Shalise Manza Young on the Deshaun Watson ruling, and Boston Globe writer Chad Finn on whether there is a definitive NFL pregame show and the passing of Bill Russell

    Yahoo Sports NFL writer Shalise Manza Young on the Deshaun Watson ruling, and Boston Globe writer Chad Finn on whether there is a definitive NFL pregame show and the passing of Bill Russell

    Episode 228 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests.  First up is Yahoo Sports NFL writer Shalise Manza Young. She is followed by Boston Globe media writer and general columnist Chad Finn. In this podcast, Young discusses her excellent piece on independent arbitrator Sue L. Robinson’s decision on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson; why the decision seems wholly inconsistent with Robinson’s own findings; the narrow definition of "violent" as defined in the decision; Manza Young’s argument that the decision “underscores to many of us, once again, how some people, even other women, perceive women as disposable, especially if they’re Black or brown or work in the service industry”; Watson being cheered at Browns camp; the NFL’s decision on the discipline imposed to the Dolphins for violations of NFL policies relating to the integrity of the game, and more. Finn and Deitsch discusses the coverage Bill Russell’s passing; the powerful words of Karen Russell, Bill’s daughter; Charles Barkley’s flirtation with LIV Golf; Amazon hiring Dude Perfect for an alternate telecast; whether there is a definitive NFL program or pregame show; how the league-owned networks cover challenging stories and more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and more.

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Soccer commentator Ian Darke, ESPN feature writer Roberto Andrade Franco, and Sports Illustrated writer and copy chief Julie Kliegman

    Soccer commentator Ian Darke, ESPN feature writer Roberto Andrade Franco, and Sports Illustrated writer and copy chief Julie Kliegman

    Episode 227 of the Sports Media Podcast features three guests. First up is Ian Darke, a football commentator for ESPN in America and for BT Sport in UK. Last week Fox Sports announced that Darke will be part of the network’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year. He is followed by Roberto Andrade Franco, a feature writer for ESPN and the author of one of the best pieces of sports writing in 2022. Franco recently wrote “The All-Star dreams of Uvalde's biggest José Altuve fan,” a piece for ESPN on the life of Tess Marie Mata, one of the 19 students killed in the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Franco is followed by Julie Kliegman, a writer and copy chief for Sports Illustrated. She recently wrote a piece on Sarah Fuller's journey from kicker for Vanderbilt to mental health advocate and is working on a book about how athletes navigate mental health. 
    In this podcast, Darke discusses how Fox was able to use him for this year’s World Cup; when he anticipates learning what games he will call; calling the women’s European Championship tournament; the growth of women’s soccer in England; the potential of the 2026 World Cup as a game-changer in the United States, and more. 
    Franco discusses why he was compelled to write about Mata for ESPN; traveling to Uvalde three times to report the story and how he approached his reporting; how the Mata family treated his queries; the inevitable tension of prying into people’s lives about the worst moment of their life while knowing the importance of such stories to the public; why he opted to make his story about Texas, guns, the U.S., segregation, and the violence that surrounds us; how his background shaped the story, and more. 
    Kliegman discusses why the  intersection of mental health and athletics is of interest to her; what happened to Sarah Fuller since she made history at Vanderbilt;  the challenge of navigating sudden fame for a college student; the climate of athletes discussing mental health; how this generation of athletes is more willing to be open about mental health and more. 
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Podcaster Conrad Thompson on promoting Ric Flair’s last match and Vince McMahon retiring from WWE

    Podcaster Conrad Thompson on promoting Ric Flair’s last match and Vince McMahon retiring from WWE

    Episode 226 features Conrad Thompson, the preeminent wrestling podcast host in the United States and the promoter of  “Ric Flair's Last Match" which features 11 matches from promotions across the globe that will air July 31on PPV and FITE.TV from The Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN. In this podcast, Thompson discusses how he came to put together the promotion for the 73-year-old Flair, his father-in-law; creating the wrestling convention Starrcast V which will emanate from Nashville from July 29 to 31; how pro wrestling talent gets booked for events; what Flair’s doctors have said about a 73-year-old being part of a wrestling show; blurring the lines on his podcast network to promote this event; how he views McMahon stepping down from his job as the company’s board investigates allegations of misconduct against him; WWE revising financial statements to reflect hush-money payments; his relationship with AEW head Tony Khan; his relationship with the people who have worked for McMahon including Bruce Prichard, his podcast partner, and his sister in law, Ashley, who wrestlers as Charlotte Flair; whether we think WWE will sell and more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and more.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    A reckoning for Hockey Canada: A conversation with The Athletic’s Katie Strang, Ian Mendes and Dan Robson

    A reckoning for Hockey Canada: A conversation with The Athletic’s Katie Strang, Ian Mendes and Dan Robson

    Episode 225 features The Athletic writers Katie Strang, Dan Robson, and Ian Mendes. The three co-authored a recent piece on allegations of sexual assault and a reckoning for Hockey Canada. In this podcast, Strang, Robson, and Mendes discuss how the reporting came together for the piece and the steps reporters take to report on this subject; what we know and don’t know about the two alleged sexual-assault incidents involving Hockey Canada; whether adults enabling a rampant culture; the media's role; what happens when you contact lawyers representing players;  the impact and importance of sponsors speaking up; police in Halifax opening an investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving members of Hockey Canada's 2003 national junior team; the hearings before the Parliament of Canada; what will happen to Hockey Canada heading forward, and more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and more.

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

lukey4 ,

The best

I’ve been listening to this podcast for awhile now. Every time, I learn something new.

Richard is an awesome interviewer who knows how to get compelling answers out of his guests. It sounds like a conversation, which is important for a podcast.

I learn a lot about sports media listening to a variety of guests on the podcast. Numerous topics are covered, giving listeners a diverse range of content.

Keep up the fantastic work RD!

MegRivard ,

Fantastic!

Insightful, honest, and a perspective that is hard to find in sports media. With an incredible list of guests, it’s my go to!

MeredithVanVleet ,

The Thinking Fan’s Pod

I’m so happy you’ve started releasing multiple conversations per week. Always insightful, thoughtful, and for me you articulate how sport is inextricable from modern culture and society. Thank you, Richard. North America needs your voice and analysis.

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