106 episodes

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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    • 4.8, 73 Ratings

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.

    John Ourand of the Sports Business Daily and The Athletic’s Katie Strang

    John Ourand of the Sports Business Daily and The Athletic’s Katie Strang

    Episode 101 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with two guests. First up is Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. He is followed by The Athletic senior NHL writer and investigative reporter Katie Strang. In this podcast, Ourand discusses the potential for the most crowded pro sports schedule in history and what that means for networks that air games; whether networks or leagues will work with each other to change schedules; how network officials are approaching college football; whether the era of remote broadcasts is here for good; John’s reporting on future Turner Sports exhibitions with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson; whether any sport such as NASCAR will get sustained growth off the increasing viewership during the pandemic; how sports outlets will approach social media during the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, and more. Strang discusses the NHL’s return to play plan; what she expects regarding media access; whether she would work inside an NHL hub city or bubble; how the pandemic might impact long-term media coverage; her reporting on alleged sexual abuse in junior hockey and how the bodies that monitor youth hockey have handed allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse, and more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    ESPN analyst Booger McFarland and Fox NASCAR producer Barry Landis

    ESPN analyst Booger McFarland and Fox NASCAR producer Barry Landis

    Episode 100 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with two guests. First up is ESPN NFL and college football analyst Booger McFarland, who spent the past two years as one of the analysts on Monday Night Football. He is followed by Barry Landis, the lead race producer for FOX’s NASCAR coverage and a producer on that network’s NFL coverage. 
    In this podcast, McFarland discusses his time as an analyst on Monday Night Football; how he learned he would not return; how he viewed that decision; whether he advocated for one additional year; how he felt about Joe Tessitore also being re-assigned; the criticism the broadcast booth received; what he learned most from the experience; calls he wish he had back; what he hopes to do heading forward in broadcasting; what he thinks of college football attempting to play in 2020; what playing in Tampa Bay will be like for Tom Brady, and much more.  
    Landis discusses the challenges of producing NASCAR during a pandemic; the most challenging thing he faced producing the Darlington races; how he approaches relationships with his analysts; the decision-making process of how to discuss COVID-19 and mask-wearing during racing; the switch from Darrell Waltrip to Jeff Gordon; how he compares producing NASCAR to the NFL and much more. 
    You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Tom Verducci on the new normal of covering baseball

    Tom Verducci on the new normal of covering baseball

    Episode 99 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Sports Illustrated senior writer and Fox and MLB Network reporter and broadcaster Tom Verducci. In this podcast, Verducci discusses MLB’s proposed plans to return and what he thinks of those prospects; how baseball will be covered with COVID-19 restrictions; the potential loss of media access beyond 2020; how social distancing will change media coverage; the prospect of calling MLB games from a studio as opposed to a ballpark; going through temperature checks and other health checks to cover a game; the rise of specialization as a baseball reporter; the future of gambling in baseball writing; examining Michael Jordan’s time with the White Sox and why Tom thinks Jordan would have made the majors; the SI cover telling Jordan to "Bag It, Michael"; whether one can still have a career in baseball writing as a young person in 2020 and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

    • 41 min
    Bob Costas

    Bob Costas

    Episode 98 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features the sports television journalist and host Bob Costas, who currently calls baseball and hosts specials for the MLB Network. In this podcast, Costas discusses his role in launching and developing the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s CLF Media Project, the first and only concussion reporting training designed specifically for sports media professionals; the importance of proper terminology for broadcasters when it comes to head trauma; whether there are limits to how far a rightsholder broadcaster can go when it comes to discussing head trauma prior or during a game; how he views his final years with NBC Sports; appearing in The Last Dance; the prospects of an Olympics in Tokyo in 2021; his view on whether we will see a Tokyo Olympics in 2021; the prospect of broadcasting baseball with no crowd and calling games either remotely or within a bubble; knowing one’s career arc, and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

    • 45 min
    Chad Finn on an NFL regular season potentially starting in mid-October and Game of Zones creators Adam and Craig Malamut

    Chad Finn on an NFL regular season potentially starting in mid-October and Game of Zones creators Adam and Craig Malamut

    Episode 97 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn and Adam and Craig Malamut, the creators of the B/R animated series, “Game of Zones.” In this podcast Deitsch and Finn discuss the future of the NFL Draft on television; the possibilities of a Super Bowl that kicks off on Feb. 28, 2021 and a regular season that starts as late as Thursday, Oct. 15; the combined ESPN/NFL Network Draft production; the coverage of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Tampa and New England; the impact of COVID-19 on the sports media and how the Globe sports section has approached stories during COVID-19.  The Malamuts discuss what viewers can expect from the final season; why Game of Zones became popular; how the shows gets created; the impact of COVID-19 on the finale; what is next for them, and much more. 
    You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    John Ourand on The NFL Draft and The Last Dance

    John Ourand on The NFL Draft and The Last Dance

    Episode 96 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. In this podcast Deitsch and Ourand discuss the combined ESPN/NFL Network production of the NFL Draft; the issues and challenges surrounding it; why the tech worked for viewers; the public response to The Last Dance; whether comparisons to the O.J. doc is fair; what the COVID-19 shutdown will mean for sports media long-term; the rise of TV networks producing non-remote productions; sportswriters who have moved to the news side during the pandemic; Sports Illustrated/The Maven layoffs and more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

The Cranky Canuck ,

Great Super Bowl Broadcast Team

Really enjoyed your conversation with the Fox Sports two Richards discussing their prep and game day execution for this years Super Bowl. Your guests always give me something new from their worlds. One thing I would have liked to known about as well was how they manage/direct the half time shows. Great job as always Richard.

M Peacock ,

Familiar approach, same impressive content

Just listened to Richard’s conversation with Jenn Hildreth, and once again found myself hearing just the questions I wanted to hear being asked. Richard has a unique ability to get inside “the process” with his subjects using simple, direct, well thought out questions. And, as someone in the business, it was cool to hear Jenn open up about her methods and her journey!

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Great content

Intelligent, informative, current, etc

Love listening Richard

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