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Sportscaster Dan Lovallo talks about the latest sports media news, from television to radio and beyond and how it plays out on the field.

Sports Media Beat Dan Lovallo

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Sportscaster Dan Lovallo talks about the latest sports media news, from television to radio and beyond and how it plays out on the field.

    Pac-12 buys coverage; Notre Dame welcomed

    Pac-12 buys coverage; Notre Dame welcomed

    There are reports that the Pac-12 bought coverage for its conference in a deal with the Los Angeles Times. In almost a quid-pro-quo relationship, the flagging conference bought advertising from the newspaper in return for sports coverage. Has this opened a Pandora's Box?







    Also, among the stories covered:







    ESPN hires new voiceNotre Dame football joins ACCCBS adding drones and fly cams to PGA coverageDavis Love III leaves CBS golf coverage teamESPN planning record PGA Championship coverageNHL and Twitter sign deal

    • 9 min
    MLB starts strong; Google challenges The Athletic

    MLB starts strong; Google challenges The Athletic

    After a nearly four-month delay, Major League Baseball began its truncated 2020 season on July 23 and the sport played to record ratings. By the weekend, however, baseball's ratings had weakened.







    Meanwhile, the Google News Initiative is prepared to challenge the subscription-based sports website, The Athletic. Working in conjunction with newspapers across the USA, Google is looking to breath life into the flagging newspaper industry, by whetting the appetite of sports enthusiasts with access to local sports coverage.







    As the pandemic worsens, those who operate cameras at sporting events, such as baseball games, are worried about their jobs. A story in the New York Times details the concerns.







    All that and much more discussed in the latest Sports Media Beat podcast.

    • 13 min
    FOX Sports going virtual fans on MLB games

    FOX Sports going virtual fans on MLB games

    When the major league baseball season launches its truncated 2020 season on July 23, fans will not be allowed in the stands, because of COVID-19. That is not stopping FOX Sports from being innovative, however. When the network carries the Yankees-Nationals game on Saturday, there will be virtual fans in the stands. FOX will also have broadcasters Joe Buck and John Smoltz in separate studios far away from where the game will be played.







    Other topics discussed on this podcast:







    It appears likely there will be no NFL preseasonRatings for Memorial Tournament solidBraves broadcaster Jeff Francoeur has COVID-19NASCAR ratings from Texas lukewarmTNT names NBA broadcastersSports contributes to network ratings decline

    • 17 min
    MLB goes high tech; Washington hires female announcer

    MLB goes high tech; Washington hires female announcer

    As they prepare to start a truncated season in the Covid-era, Major League Baseball will take its already high tech television production to the next level. MLB plans to become even more interactive in an effort to appeal to a younger demographic. Meanwhile, shaken to its core over allegations of sexual harassment by 15 former female employees, the Washington NFL franchise is beginning to make changes. The club has announced the hiring of Julie Donaldson to lead its new radio broadcast team.







    Among the other stories discussed:







    Baseball summer camp ratings solidBob Costas joins CNNMore MLB broadcasters opt outNASCAR ratings dip slightly

    • 12 min
    No McCarver on baseball broadcasts #48

    No McCarver on baseball broadcasts #48

    Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster Tim McCarver will not broadcast baseball games in 2020. In this latest edition of the Sports Media Beat, host Dan Lovallo explains why McCarver will not be behind the microphone. Lovallo also discusses other sports-related media news, including what happened to the archives of the Mike and the Mad Dog Show on WFAN radio in New York.







    Ratings for golf and NASCAR continue to rise and the WNBA is going to be televised on CBS. Lovallo has that story too.

    • 13 min
    Golic out; radio takes a hit

    Golic out; radio takes a hit

    Mike Golic is out on ESPN radio and radio takes a major ratings hit. In his latest podcast, host Dan Lovallo explains why radio ratings are down 40% in the Boston market and how it has impacted sports talk radio.







    That said, the sports ratings war in Boston seems to have take a one-sided turn. Plus the numbers are in for NASCAR and Formula 1 racing and they are encouraging. But what of baseball? Will the games be played? All that, plus NBA media news and more are discussed in the podcast.

    • 15 min

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