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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.

    James Andrew Miller on the history of HBO and HBO Sports, and Bruce Feldman on covering college football in 2021

    James Andrew Miller on the history of HBO and HBO Sports, and Bruce Feldman on covering college football in 2021

    Episode 171 of the Sports Media Podcast features a conversation with James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live, and his latest, “Tinderbox: HBO's Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers.” He is followed by Bruce Feldman, a senior writer at The Athletic covering college football and a college football insider for Fox Sports and The Audible podcast.
    In this podcast, Miller discusses why HBO was worthy of this exploration; his 757 interviews for the book and how he navigated that terrain; how he approached his chapters on Succession including interviews with Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Adam McKay and Jesse Armstrong; why Dennis Miller did not want to talk for the book; the legacy of HBO Sports; HBO’s Wimbledon legacy; how HBO lost its boxing and documentary monopoly; the future of sports on HBO; ESPN shrinking another 10 percent to end fiscal 2021 at 76 million U.S. households and what that means for the company heading forward and more. 
    Feldman discusses the reporting of the Lincoln Riley to USC story; who talks in college football between agents, head coaches, assistants, boosters and everyone else; why college football fans have an insatiable appetite for news; whether players have more agency with the media in 2021; whether college football gets more value out of a Cincinnati making the playoffs versus a bigger brand-name team and much more. 
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Rebecca Lowe of NBC Sports and a media roundtable with Chad Finn of the Boston Globe and Sports Business Journal’s Austin Karp

    Rebecca Lowe of NBC Sports and a media roundtable with Chad Finn of the Boston Globe and Sports Business Journal’s Austin Karp

    Episode 170 of the Sports Media Podcast features Rebecca Lowe, the host of NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage as well as an Olympic host for NBCUnversial. She is followed by a media roundtable with Chad Finn, the sports media writer and columnist for the Boston Globe, and Austin Karp, the managing editor/digital for Sports Business Journal.
    In this podcast Lowe discusses being in England when she learned NBC had retained the Premier League rights; how her bosses keep her abreast of the proceedings; her role in NBC Universal’s pitch to the EPL; what NBC has built with its soccer coverage; whether NBC retaining has incentivized she and NBC extending her current contract when it expires next year; what is happening with Manchester United; whether Fulham can sustain long-term success; whether the EPL would ever do a Drive To Survive series; why she avoids Twitter and much more. 
    Finn. Karp and Deitsch discuss our reactions to NBC’s landing the U.S. media rights to the Premier League through 2028; the upcoming MLS media rights negotiations; NFL viewership in 2021 and what the last part of the NFL regular season might bring viewership-wise; where are we right now with the NFL and viewership; why we think the upcoming Olympic viewership from Beijing could be looking at record lows; the upcoming Ohio State-Michigan game and Fox’s noon Eastern window; CBS’s interest in staying in big-time college football; the Manning Megacast and more. 
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    A conversation with ESPN’s Mike Breen and CBS/Turner Sports/YES Network broadcaster Ian Eagle. Plus, Dana O’Neil of The Athletic on The Big East

    A conversation with ESPN’s Mike Breen and CBS/Turner Sports/YES Network broadcaster Ian Eagle. Plus, Dana O’Neil of The Athletic on The Big East

    Episode 169 of the Sports Media Podcast features a conversation with ESPN NBA announcer Mike Breen and Ian Eagle, who calls the NBA for Turner Sports and the YES Network, and the NFL for CBS. They are followed by Dana O’Neil, a senior writer for The Athletic and the author of the new book, “The Big East: Inside the Most Entertaining and Influential Conference in College Basketball History.”
     
    In this podcast Breen and Eagle discuss how they first met and the longevity of their friendship; how they would describe the other’s broadcast style; why they don’t view each other as competitors; why they still call local teams, the Knicks and Nets; how they view production meetings with coaches and players; Breen’s interest in calling games in the future; how they would feel about incorporating gambling content into their broadcasts; the NBA call they are most proud of; Kevin Garnett calling Eagle “the mother----- voice”; Magic Johnson’s praise of Breen, and much more. 
     
    O’Neil discusses why she wanted to explore the history of the Big East in- depth; how she approached the reporting and writing on such a broad topic; the league’s famous coaches and players; Georgetown coach John Thompson relishing being an iconoclast in the league; her attempts to get Allen Iverson for the book; what the Big East is now and where it sits among conferences; covering college basketball today; the goal of mid-majors to be the next Gonzaga and much more.  
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Pam Oliver of Fox Sports and sportswriter and author Lyndsey D'Arcangelo

    Pam Oliver of Fox Sports and sportswriter and author Lyndsey D'Arcangelo

    Episode 168 of the Sports Media Podcast features Fox NFL reporter Pam Oliver and writer Lyndsey D'Arcangelo, the co-author with Britni de la Cretaz of the new book, “Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women's Football League.”
    In this podcast, Oliver discusses what the 2021 season has been like for her as a sideline reporter; her remarkable longevity in the sports TV business; the on-field access she has in 2021 versus other years; working with Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen; what she says to women in the business wh0 approach her for advice; the chronic migraines and headaches she has suffered for decades, which sometimes force her to hide out in stadium; enduring fibroids that has required surgeries; her intentions to publish a memoir down the road and much more. 
    D'Arcangelo discusses the origins of how “Hail Mary” emerging as a book; the challenge and fulfillment of unearthing something fascinating about an athlete or league from a previous era; how the NWFL was covered by the sports media of the day; how the players looked upon those media experiences; the players’ pioneering role even if they did not realize it at the time; the finances of the league; women in football today such as Sarah Fuller and why that was predictably criticized by a segment of people; the advancements in women’s sports, especially in viewership, as a commercial play; the challenges of women’s sports today and more. 
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Chris Jericho of AEW and “Talk Is Jericho”

    Chris Jericho of AEW and “Talk Is Jericho”

    Episode 167 of the Sports Media Podcast features Chris Jericho, who currently works as a professional wrestler for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), hosts the popular podcast “Talk Is Jericho,” and is the lead singer of the band, Fozzy. The next wrestling PPV he will perform in comes at “AEW Full Gear” on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. ET at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
    In this podcast, Jericho discusses the concept of professional reinvention and his ability to change his character over multiple decades for multiple companies; what he’s learned about reinvention that can be used by everyone; his approach to doing media; whether the media companies he has worked for dictate the press outlets he speaks with; how much he reads the people and publications who cover the business of professional wrestling daily; the importance of television viewership in professional wrestling and the 18-to-49 demo that advertisers want when they buy television time; if he follows how WWE does in viewership on Monday and Friday nights; why AEW has worked; the cool factor of the company; Chris’s role in bringing wrestlers such as Jon Moxley into the company; the success of Talk Is Jericho as a podcast; interviewing a variety of subjects from star musicians to paranormal experts to wrestling colleagues; facing criticism for some of his guest choices; the art of wrestling promos and how he prepares and approaches them; navigating the line of realism in promos and why sometimes that’s not a smart play; the prospect 0f Chris transitioning to broadcasting following his in-ring career and more. 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Robert Griffin III of ESPN and Katie Strang and Mark Lazerus of The Athletic

    Robert Griffin III of ESPN and Katie Strang and Mark Lazerus of The Athletic

    Episode 166 of the Sports Media Podcast features three guests. First up is ESPN college football and NFL analyst Robert Griffin III. He is followed by Katie Strang and Mark Lazerus of The Athletic. 
    In this podcast, Griffin discusses the how he landed at ESPN; his audition process at Fox and ESPN; why the ESPN job made sense; whether he sees broadcasting as a long-term proposition versus playing again; his preparation for calling games with Mark Jones and Quint Kessenich; why, in his opinion, some former players succeed and why some do not succeed in sports broadcasting; his role in production meetings; his interest in providing opinion versus doing a game broadcast; discussing Langston Hughes on the Oklahoma-Kansas broadcast; his interest in doing NFL content, learning about broadcast boards and much more. 
    Lazerus and Strang discuss the damming results of the Jenner & Block investigation; TSN's Rick Westhead’s powerful interview with Kyle Beach and the reporting on the sexual abuse allegations Beach made against former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich; how the Blackhawks fan base has responded to stories; the challenges of reporting this type of story; how ESPN and Turner will cover this as new rightsholders and more. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Cyrille81 ,

Interesting guests, great conversations

Discovered Richard’s podcasts initially from his days at Sports Illustrated. As someone that works in the sports media I’ve always found them interesting, entertaining and educational.

His new venture on his own has seen the standard remain just as high - we hear from people that have been there and done it on all sides of the media, and Richard asks the questions you hope he will ask.

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