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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.

    Ryan Ruocco of ESPN and the YES Network and Lindsey Adler and Olivia Witherite of The Athletic

    Ryan Ruocco of ESPN and the YES Network and Lindsey Adler and Olivia Witherite of The Athletic

    Episode 121 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is ESPN and YES Network broadcaster Ryan Ruocco, who serves as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN’s NBA and WNBA coverage and was most recently named to serve as ESPN’s lead play-by-play commentator for Women’s college basketball. He is followed by Lindsey Adler, who covers the Yankees for The Athletic and Olivia Witherite, who is the social media lead for The Athletic.
    In this podcast Ruocco, who has worked for ESPN since 2008, discusses how the women’s college basketball assignment come about; whether he will be traveling for it this year; if feedback from producers and executives is different for women’s basketball vs the NBA; the anticipation of calling the Nets this year; why he thinks Brooklyn are legit NBA Finals contenders; his relationship with C.C. Sabathia, and more.
    Adler and Witherite discuss the impact of Kim Ng becoming the first female general manager in MLB; Adler’s column on  
    on what Ng’s hiring meant for women in baseball and why it matters beyond her; Witherite’s piece on what Ng’s hiring meant to her and Korean-American representation in sports; how much Adler feels her gender on a daily basis covering baseball; Witherite on often being the only Asian person in the room during her sports career; the reaction to their pieces; representation heading forward in sports; Witherite on the skills needed to become a social media lead at an organization; Adler on the challenge for Ng with the Marlins talent base, and more. 
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    • 1 hr
    Hall of Fame basketball coach Muffet McGraw and soccer journalist Grant Wahl

    Hall of Fame basketball coach Muffet McGraw and soccer journalist Grant Wahl

    Episode 120 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Hall of Fame basketball coach Muffet McGraw, who served as the head women's basketball coach at Notre Dame from 1987 to 2020, leading her team to nine Final Fours, seven championship game appearances, and two National Championships. Last month McGraw joined ESPN to work in a studio analyst role for the ACC Network. She is followed by soccer journalist Grant Wahl, who hosts the "Fútbol with Grant Wahl" podcast. This week Wahl debuts "American Prodigy: The Freddy Adu Story," a seven-part series on the American soccer player Freddy Adu.
    In this podcast, McGraw discusses her decision to join the ACC Network and how it came about; why she is sure she will not coach again; why studio work is interesting to her; reaching out to former college basektball coaches Andy Landers and Seth Greenberg about the transition to broadcasting; the challenge of being associated with Notre Dame while analyzing Notre Dame; her relationship with current Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey; the decision to play college basketball this year amid COVID; teaching at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and working on Election Day as a poll worker; promoting women’s equality and speaking on behalf of women across the country; her former players in the WNBA and their activism; her relationship with Pete Buttigieg and more. 
    Wahl discusses his new narrative podcast on Freddy Adu, a 7-part series including nearly two dozen interviews with people who have been closest to Adu; the reporting process for such a podcast; why Adu turned down media requests over the years; why Adu did not turn into an American Messi; what Adu told Wahl during their conversation; what Adu is doing now, and more.
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    • 58 min
    James Andrew Miller on the ESPN layoffs

    James Andrew Miller on the ESPN layoffs

    Episode 119 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live the host of the “Origins” podcast. In this podcast, Miller discusses the ESPN layoffs; the behind-the-scenes impact of the layoffs; what it means for the company heading forward; the industry trends at work; how ESPN’s desire for the NFL plays into this; the future of ESPN talkers; and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more
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    • 33 min
    ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Jordan Cornette and Shae Peppler Cornette of ESPN Radio and author and sports writer Harvey Araton

    ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Jordan Cornette and Shae Peppler Cornette of ESPN Radio and author and sports writer Harvey Araton

    Episode 118 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is ESPN’s Chris Fowler, the lead college football and tennis voice for ESPN. He is followed by Jordan Cornette and Shae Peppler Cornette, who co-host ESPN Radio’s GameDay each Sunday during football season from 1-5 p.m. ET. It is the first time a married couple has co-hosted an ESPN Radio show. The final guest is the longtime New York Times sportswriter Harvey Araton. He is the author of “Our Last Season: A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship,” which chronicles his bond with Michelle Musler, a longtime season-ticket holder for the Knicks.
    In this podcast, Fowler discusses his new podcast, “Fowler, who you got?”; why he likes long-form interviews; trying to book guests away from ESPN; doing a non-sports podcast; the adjustments he has made regarding calling college football this year; the lack of a crowd; calling an NFL game this year with Kirk Herbstreit; his interests in doing the NFL long-term; his approach to social justice and politics publicly and much more. Cornette andPeppler discuss co-hosting ESPN Radio’s GameDay each Sunday; what it means to them to be the first married couple to co-host an ESPN Radio show; how they describe their on-air chemistry and show; how their professional partnership come together; moving from successful jobs in Chicago and navigating the ESPN ecosystem; how they decides who leads each show; how much sports is a part of their day to day relationship; whether they hope to continue to work together, and much more. 
    Araton discusses the role of the general sports columnist in 2020 and whether the position is endangered; opinion writing versus reporting; why he wrote his book and the impact personally of his relationship with Musler; how COVID might change the dynamic of the courtside fan; selling a book during a pandemic, and much more.
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    An expert sports viewership roundtable with Michael Mulvihill of Fox Sports, ESPN’s Flora Kelly and Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily

    An expert sports viewership roundtable with Michael Mulvihill of Fox Sports, ESPN’s Flora Kelly and Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily

    Episode 117 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests as part of a roundtable. The guests are: Michael Mulvihill, the head of strategy and analytics and an executive vice president for Fox Sports; Flora Kelly, the senior director of Strategic and Brand Insights at ESPN and Austin Karp, the Managing Editor/Digital at Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily.
    In this podcast, the trio discusses the macro trends of sports viewership and where things are on linear television and on-demand; why the numbers for so many signature sports properties – Stanley Cup Finals, Kentucky Derby, NBA Finals, Indy 500, and U.S. Open golf etc… — have gone down so much; the NBA and how much impact social justice messaging has had on viewership; why the NFL generally speaking has kept afloat with viewership; general college football viewership trends; social media changing the way perceptions are created about the success of leagues and networks; how much will streaming be a factor over the next five years; can sports gambling produce more sports viewership; what the next 12-36 months might bring in sports viewership trends, and much more.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    John Ourand of Sports Business Daily and Turner Sports NBA analyst Stan Van Gundy

    John Ourand of Sports Business Daily and Turner Sports NBA analyst Stan Van Gundy

    Episode 116 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. The first guest is Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. He is followed by Turner Sports NBA analyst Stan Van Gundy. In this podcast Ourand discusses where NFL viewership is after Week 5; how much the Presidential Election coverage will impact sports viewership; the NFL’s thoughts on ratings; the use of ABC has a sports channel; the conclusion of the NBA season and more. Van Gundy discusses his experience and challenges and joys working in the Orlando bubble; spending time with his brother, Jeff Van Gundy, inside the bubble; the current popularity of the NBA; the nexus of sports and politics and race and his willingness to discuss them publicly; how having money gives you the freedom to speak your mind in sports; how he sees owners in the NBA; and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.
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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
437 Ratings

437 Ratings

Charlieh111 ,

Great pod

Good guests good discussions

Lord Santechnik ,

Best sports podcast around 🥎

I used to listen to mostly sports podcast, and this one is one of the best ones. Variety of sports networks are discussed. It comes regularly and is extremely packed with on point themes and inside stuff. Thank you! 😌 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
UPD. Please bring back the previous intro jingle! 🙇‍♂️
P.S. Podcast notes 📝 are very informative. I strongly recommend to read them before listening.

straightcashhomey1 ,

Um, uh, um

Richard is a really smart guy but you should beware he is difficult to listen to because he goes uh, um, uh, um, way too much. Richard is consistently progressive in his politics and he works politics and culture in almost every episode and has a lot of confirmation bias.

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