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Every week on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, host Jimmy Traina sits down for an informal conversation with the biggest broadcasters, athletes, sports personalities, celebrities, and anybody else interested in sports or media. Plus, get a window into the storylines Jimmy is following closest in the weekly Traina Thoughts segment.

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Every week on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, host Jimmy Traina sits down for an informal conversation with the biggest broadcasters, athletes, sports personalities, celebrities, and anybody else interested in sports or media. Plus, get a window into the storylines Jimmy is following closest in the weekly Traina Thoughts segment.

    An All-Traina Thoughts Edition w/ Sal Licata

    An All-Traina Thoughts Edition w/ Sal Licata

    Episode 389 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina is an all-Traina Thoughts edition.

    Sal Licata from WFAN radio and SNY TV in New York joins Jimmy, as he does every week, to discuss a slew of sports and pop culture topics.

    The duo breakdown the 2022 NFL games that will be played on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, talk about a wild Phil Mickelson gambling story and reveal the worst bets they've made.

    In addition, Traina and Licata react to Pat Beverley's amazing quote about Chris Paul, the news that ESPN will produced a "30-for-30" on the 2000 Baltimore Ravens and the news that Netflix will air a roast of Tom Brady. They also reveal how they've navigated the the new streaming world in baseball.

    The podcast closes with Traina telling a story about the old Hot Clicks days and Carmen Electra.

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    • 35 min
    Andrew Marchand on Tom Brady joining Fox Sports

    Andrew Marchand on Tom Brady joining Fox Sports

    Episode 388 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with Andrew Marchand of the "New York Post."

    Marchand and Traina analyze the massive sports media news that Tom Brady has signed a deal with Fox Sports to become its No. 1 NFL analyst when he retires and Marchand reiterates that he stands by his report that Brady's deal is for 10 years and $375 million.  

    Did Troy Aikman trigger Fox to start negotiating with Brady? Why did Fox spend so much money for Brady's services? What does this mean for Fox analyst, Greg Olsen? What will Fox do until Brady retires?

    Other topics covered with Marchand include Amazon's plan for its "Thursday Night Football" alternate broadcasts and pre and postgame shows, F1's strong ratings, the USFL ratings and much more.

    Following the conversation with Marchand, Sal Licata from WFAN and SNY in New York, joins Jimmy for the weekly "Traina Thoughts" segment. This week's topics include the stupidity of baseball's unwritten rules, the success of HBO's "Winning Time," the NFL's Week 2 Monday Night doubleheader and more.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Katie Nolan on AppleTV+ Gig, ESPN & More

    Katie Nolan on AppleTV+ Gig, ESPN & More

    Episode 387 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features a conversation with Katie Nolan, who is part of AppleTV+' s MLB coverage.
    Nolan discusses how she got the job with Apple, what Apple is trying to accomplish with their broadcasts, understanding that traditional MLB fans may not get the telecast, how she prepares for each game and the time she stayed silent for several innings after reading backlash on social media.

    Nolan also opens up about her time at ESPN, what he liked about working there, whether she thought she was given a fair chance and why things didn't work out.

    The podcast closes with our weekly "Traina Thoughts" segment featuring Sal Licata from WFAN radio and SNY TV in New York. This week, the Jimmy and Sal read recent SI Media Podcast Apple reviews, discuss Kevin Harlan getting the top gig at Turner Sports, the NFL giving a game exclusively to ESPN+ and much more.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ryen Russillo on NBA playoffs, Podcasting & More

    Ryen Russillo on NBA playoffs, Podcasting & More

    Episode 386 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features a conversation with The Ringer's Ryen Russillo.

    Topics discussed ranged from everything to the state of Major League Baseball to the NBA playoffs to podcasting to Elon Musk buying Twitter. Russillo talked about Draymond Green going after Bill Simmons for having a vote for major NBA awards, Kevin Durant vs. Charles Barkley, which sport has the worst refs, the power of "Inside the NBA," the best NBA announcers and which two teams he think will battle it out in the NBA Finals.

    Russillo also shared his opinion on the growth of podcasts, what makes a good podcast and his ranking in the sports podcast genre.

    The podcast closes with our weekly "Traina Thoughts" segment featuring Sal Licata from WFAN radio and SNY TV in New York. This week, the Jimmy and Sal discuss the NFL reportedly scheduling three games on Christmas Day this season and a game on Black Friday beginning in 2023 as well as HBO's "Winning Time" series and more.

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Kenny Smith on 'Inside the NBA' & Acting Career

    Kenny Smith on 'Inside the NBA' & Acting Career

    Episode 385 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features a conversation with Kenny Smith from Turner Sports' "Inside the NBA."

    Smith talks about his experience as a cast member since 1998, what it's like to work with Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Ernie Johnson and what goes into each show. Smith also weighs on on whether he thinks Barkley will follow through with his promise to retire in two years. Other topics discussed with Smith include "Inside the NBA" mocking the Timberwolves for their wild celebration after winning their play-in game, Kyrie Irving responding to hostile Celtics fans, the Warriors peaking at the right time and much more.

    Following the conversation with Smith, Sal Licata from WFAN and SNY in New York, joins Jimmy for the weekly "Traina Thoughts" segment. This week's topics include HBO's "Winning Time," the report that AppleTV is in line to acquire the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket, whether the increase in live betting will lead to more bad behavior from fans at sporting events, Kevin Harlan reading a promo for a "Girls Gone Wild" expose special and more.

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    Ian Eagle on Bizarre Nets Season & Traina Thoughts w/ Chris Long

    Ian Eagle on Bizarre Nets Season & Traina Thoughts w/ Chris Long

    Episode 384 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features a conversation with Ian Eagle from Turner Sports and CBS. The podcast closes out with the weekly Traina Thoughts segment. This week, Chris Long, host of the "Green Light Podcast" fills in for Sal Licata.

    Eagle previews the NBA playoffs, talks about the Brooklyn Nets bizarre season and explains what went wrong with the Lakers. He also weighs in on the "Inside the NBA" crew mocking the Timberwolves celebration after winning their play-in game, Greg Gumbel's recent "SI Media Podcast" comments on broadcasters not bringing any viewers to a telecast and the recent explosion in NFL broadcaster salaries. We also discussed the NCAA Tournament, Bill Raftery, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and more.

    Following the conversation with Eagle, Long joins Jimmy for the weekly "Traina Thoughts" segment. This week's segment features thoughts on the story that Tom Brady and Sean Payton had a plan to join the Dolphins, the USFL, the NFL's social media trend, AppleTV's "Severance," Tiger Woods and much more.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
856 Ratings

856 Ratings

80'sVillager ,

Del Frisco Kingmaker

Just because you’ve been a regular at Del Frisco’s doesn’t mean you’re too good for Deitsch. Yes you made a star out of previously shrill voiced Licata but Deitsch made a star out of you. So be nice!

PhilFromLongIsland ,

One of the BEST, But Enough With The Whining….

I just finished listening to the May 5 episode with Katie Nolan. Another excellent episode. Jimmy always entertains, is knowledgeable and keeps it interesting. I have been a listener since he took over for Deitsch.
However, I must say that some of the whining should stop. Your take on too many streaming services is completely valid. There are too many, it costs too much and you need to make your choices. However, whining about a game (ANY) that is streaming because you can’t “flip around” is silly. This is the future, keep up or get out of the way.
My other comment is about Sal, the resident whiner and YELLER on WFAN radio overnights. What a miserable guy. He’s the same on radio as on the podcast. At least he doesn’t yell at Jimmy like he does to some of his listeners which he calls “dopes” and says “shut up and hang up”.Enough with the complaints about the wife and kid. You knew this BEFORE you got married. If it bothers you that much to be missing out on so many sports-related shows….nevermind, I won’t say it.
The interviews are fantastic. There are too many to name here which are excellent. Listen to the Aikman and Buck interviews, freakin’ awesome.
I want MORE wrestling talk and less NBA. Nobody cares about basketball, it’s dull, boring and the players today wouldn’t stand a chance against the Jordan Bulls or 90’s Knicks. They’re soft.
Anyway, thanks for reading (if you did), Jimmy. I hope you read this on your podcast.
One more thing, I get a kick out of your complaints about the LIRR, as a fellow Lawn-guy-land-uh! Keep it up!

Rich F56 ,

Great weekly listen

Jimmy is definitely part on my weekly podcast listening rotation with great takes on sports media and interviews with the various talking heads. For some reason, the 4/29 pod had some technical difficulties and it sounds like Ryen Russillo is interviewing Jimmy on the phone. But even with that, the audio quality is generally way better than many other podcasts.

As for the content, I know this will fall on Jimmy’s deaf ears but my vote is for more hockey and Sal/Traina Thoughts (pop culture in particular) and less basketball and wrestling talk. Especially as we get into playoff season, to even suggest that playoff basketball is better than playoff hockey is an incredibly bad take. Playoff hockey is light years ahead of playoff pro basketball. If you want to put the excitement of hockey and basketball on the same level, do nothing to hockey and start all basketball games 100-100 with one minute to go and give everyone five fouls. Have the players run around the arena to tire them out if you want. At that point - and only at that point - basketball becomes watchable and interesting.

I know what Jimmy will say. “Look at the ratings. I’m just talking about what people are watching.” Fair point but there is a chicken and the egg thing here. I also get that it’s Jimmy’s pod and he gets to talk about what he likes. I just can’t imagine someone with such great pop culture taste (Curb, Seinfeld, Stern, etc.) could be so far off when it comes to preferring basketball over hockey.

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