Sports Media with Richard Deitsch

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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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John Ourand And John Smoltz

Episode 19 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and MLB Network and Fox Sports MLB analyst John Smoltz.


In this podcast, Ourand discusses ESPN’s new weekly lineup changes and recommitment to SportsCenter; the end of SportsNation; why Ourand thinks the move to 4:00 p.m. ET is good for High Noon; the run on global soccer rights for streaming entities such as ESPN+ and B/R; whether out-of-home-viewership stats has any business significance for networks and why Fox pushed it for the World Cup; Keith Olbermann’s turn as baseball caller for ESPN; the anger from some that ESPN has employed Olbermann, and much more;


Smoltz discusses why he decided to pursue broadcasting following the conclusion of his playing career in 2009; the role of a baseball broadcast in 2018; how he prepares for a studio show versus a game broadcast and which one challenges him more; how he looks at the role of analytics for both the studio and the booth; what is different about calling a World Series game versus another game; how he judges on-air success; why he does not watch replays of his work; where he stands on players getting involved in the media who were not cooperative with the media; how forthcoming managers are in production meetings; the type of questions one can ask to get more candor from baseball personnel, and much more.


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Aug 14, 2018
Rebecca Lowe

Episode 18 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features guest Rebecca Lowe, the host of NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage, including Premier League Live, as well as an Olympic host for the network. In this podcast Lowe discusses her broadcasting comfort level as she heads into her sixth year working Stateside for NBC; how she manages the tricky logistics of her working schedule including raising a toddler in Northern California; the challenges of doing studio work onsite from the U.K.; how she approaches her future following the conclusion of her contract in 2022; navigating her attachment to the Crystal Palace football club while covering the Premier League; what she and Kate Abdo leading soccer packages in the U.S. means if anything; the impact of the 2026 World Cup in North America; why she has never seen Game of Thrones or most of the Star Wars films; how relegation would be an incredible thing for MLS; the difference between pants and trousers, and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

Aug 07, 2018
Brett McMurphy

Episode 17 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features college football reporter Brett McMurphy, who this week broke a major story on his Facebook account regarding charges from Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of a longtime assistant of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. Smith called into question Meyer’s claims he was unaware of a 2015 allegation of domestic abuse against the assistant.

In this podcast, McMurphy discusses the timeline of his reporting; how he first contacted Smith; why Smith spoke on the record with McMurphy; what Smith’s reaction was to McMurphy’s questions; the duration of those interviews with Smith, the paper trail that McMurphy tracked down for his reporting including law enforcement records; why he broke this story on Facebook, why he could not write this for another publication because of his current contractual situation with ESPN; his expectations on how many people would read his story, what breaking the story on Facebook says about the traditional mantra that subjects will turn to big media; how Meyer forwarded the story with his responses duringBig Ten Media Days; why he finds Smith believable; whether McMurphy had lawyers vet his piece; why he didn’t reach out to Shelly Meyer; his concern about a negative backlash among some in the Ohio State fanbase; his thoughts on being laid off by ESPN in 2017; why he decided to appear on ESPN properties after they let him go; what his next for him professionally and this story

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Aug 02, 2018
Frank Isola, Clifton Brown and Ben Reiter

Episode 16 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests: First, a candid conversation with longtime NBA writer and broadcaster Frank Isola, who was let go this week by Tronc after 25 years of working at the New York Daily News. The second guest is Clifton Brown, an enterprise reporter at the IndyStar and the author of Bearing the Cross: My Inspiring Journey from Poverty to the NFL and Sports Television. The final guest is Sports Illustrated senior writer Ben Reiter, the author of a new book, Astroball: The New Way To Win It All.


In this podcast, Isola, the co-host of SiriusXM NBA Radio’s “The Starting Lineup,” and an ESPN TV contributor, discusses how he learned he had lost his longtime job with the Daily News; the impact off the decision on his family; why he feels it happened; what management has said and not said to him; how he feels about the newspaper business in New York City; what it has been like working at a paper with significant financial troubles; his years covering the Knicks and the NBA; praise for Jeff Van Gundy; his analysis of the Kawhi Leonard-Demar DeRozen trade; his professional relationship with Carmelo Anthony; why he enjoys working for ESPN’s Around The Horn and PTI group; his desire to keep writing; and much more.


Brown discusses the life of Irv Cross, the first A­frican-American sports analyst on national television; what it was like for Cross when he was first hired by CBS; how he came upon Cross’s story; racism that Cross faced in television; why Cross left the sports television business; how Cross’s health is today, and much more. Reiter discusses how he came up with the concept for his book; how much cooperation the Astros afforded him; how he and his agent created and shopped the book proposal; his reporting and writing process for the book; learning about book promotion and why it is no crime to be shameless pushing your book; the importance of doing book readings at book stores; advice for first time authors, and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

Jul 26, 2018
James Andrew Miller and Conrad Thompson

Episode 15 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First, a sports media conversation with James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live. The second guest is Conrad Thompson, the host of three immensely popular wresting podcasts: Something to Wrestle (with Bruce Pritchard); 83 Weeks (with Eric Bischoff) and What Happened When (with Tony Schiavone)


In this podcast, Miller discusses ESPN’s current relationship with the NFL under new president Jimmy Pitaro versus its relationship under former President John Skipper; the role of the ESPYs in the ESPN universe and why criticism might be unfair; whether journalism at ESPN will be supported by Pitaro or whether ESPN reporters should be concerned; the future of Outside The Lines; whether Pitaro would do a content deal with Barstool Sports or a company such as Barstool; the futures of Keith Olbermann and Chris Berman at ESPN; and much more. Thompson discusses the process of how he does each podcast weekly; how the Bischoff podcast came together; how he approaches distribution of each podcast; creating show extensions beyond the podcasts; how he and Pritchard developed the live show business; how that business is now worth six figures for each of them; the potential opportunities for the archives of the podcasts; his relationship with longtime wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer; the return of Hulk Hogan to the WWE; whether Hogan would commit to a weekly podcast; the impact of Ronda Rousey on WWE’s business; what we can expect from Rousey heading forward, and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

Jul 19, 2018
How ESPN’s deal for the UFC and Fox’s deal for the WWE came together & LaChina Robinson on covering Women’s Basketball

Episode 14 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand and women’s basketball broadcaster and podcaster LaChina Robinson. In this podcast, Ourand discusses his reporting on the deal ESPN signed for UFC rights and the deal Fox signed for WWE Smackdown; how each deal came together; why ESPN was interested in UFC and where the programming will run; whether UFC has growth potential as a broadcast property; whether ESPN will examine the UFC with a journalism eye or merely as a promotional partner; how and why Fox came to get the WWE; whether Fox will use its FS1 debate shows to promote WWE; the economic calculations of both deals; how the World Cup viewership declines should be analyzed; the 2026 World Cup deal for Fox, and much more; Robinson discusses her myriad of jobs in women’s basketball including working for ESPN, Fox Sports, Raycom’s ACC women’s basketball, the Atlanta Dream, and espnW; the challenges of forging a career broadcasting and reporting on a niche sport; why women’s basketball and women’s basketball players face heavy sexism on social media; why some men have issues with women’s basketball; the genius and legacy of Pat Summitt; the struggle to get listeners for her podcast; working as a public speaker, and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

Jul 13, 2018
The media impact of LeBron James moving to the Los Angeles Lakers

Episode 13 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three separate guests: Tania Ganguli, who covers the Lakers for the Los Angeles Times; Sports Illustrated national NBA writer Lee Jenkins, and Dave McMenamin, an NBA reporter for ESPN. The theme of the podcast is the media impact of LeBron James moving from Cleveland to Los Angeles.


In this podcast, Ganguli discusses how James coming to the Lakers impacts her job and why; how she learned of James coming to the Lakers; whether there is added pressure now in her role; her previous contact with James as a beat writer; the added interest in James content among her bosses L.A. Times; how competitive she expect the beat to be now with James there; whether the Lakers will make additional moves later this summer, and much more. Jenkins discusses how he viewed the manner in which James announced this move; the most interesting part of James’s move nationally; whether access will change now that James is in L.A.; attempting to contact James after the news was announced; what the signing of DeMarcus Cousins means league-wide, and much more. McMenamin discusses where he learned of the news and whether he expected it; what it will be like covering the Cavs next year; how this might impact his job; the national interest in the Cavs over the next three years; whether Kevin Love will become the defacto player spokesperson for the team; his advice to reporters covering James fulltime, and much more.


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Jul 05, 2018
Molly Sullivan and a Sports Media Roundtable with Austin Karp and Rob Littal

Episode 12 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features Molly Sullivan, the popular television sideline reporter on Philadelphia 76ers games who was unexpectedly let go last week by NBC Sports Philadelphia after six years on the job. In this podcast, Sullivan describes in frank terms what happens when you lose your sports media job unexpectedly; what NBC Sports Philadelphia told her about its decision and what they didn’t tell her; how Sixers fans have started a petition on her behalf; covering a team for years that was the worst in the NBA and the challenges of covering a losing team; her on-air relationship with Sixers star Joel Embiid; Sixers coach Brett Brown reaching out to her after he heard she was let go; what she expects from the Sixers heading forward; what she hopes to do next; her thoughts on the Bryan Colangelo story; competing at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in distance swimming, and much more. The second part of the podcast is a roundtable with Sports Business Daily assistant managing editor Austin Karp and Black Sports Online founder Robert Littal. Karp discusses the Word Cup viewership numbers so far and what they mean for Fox Sports and Telemundo; the viewership numbers to expect later in the World Cup tournament; Littal discusses ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage and what worked and what didn’t; Karp discusses MLB’s current ratings regionally and nationally; Littal and Karp discusses the state of ESPN and FS1’s daytime talk shows, and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

Jun 26, 2018
ESPN's Adnan Virk and The Athletic's Calvin Watkins

Episode 11 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is ESPN Adnan Virk, who hosts multiple studio shows in multiple sports and is the host of “Cinephile: The Adnan Virk Movie Podcast.” In this podcast Virk goes deep into how an sports broadcaster in his position deals with a contract negotiation; at what point his agent started negotiating an extension at ESPN; the anxiety of not getting an offer prior to the end of a contract; how to get a sense of what money to ask for; the role of broadcast agents and their importance; how to know what to ask for in terms of salary and beyond; the impact of what others at an organization have on your contract negotiations; the role of relationships with your bosses when it comes to contract negotiations; how he ended up getting tennis opportunities into his new contract; the impact of Mo Salah on the Muslim community; being mistaken for former NHL All Star Chris Chelios, and much more. The second guest is Calvin Watkins, who was recently hired to cover the Dallas Cowboys for The Athletic Dallas-Fort Worth. Watkins discusses the challenges of covering the Cowboys; why Jerry Jones is the most important person for a media reporter; the differences between covering the New York Jets and Cowboys as a press person; where he thinks the newspaper sports section is today and where it might be tomorrow; the influence of his grandfather who worked for Ebony and went on to produce a monthly African-American newsletter called Negro Heritage; working for ESPN’s city sites; what he would say to young people of color who want to get into the business and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

Jun 21, 2018
Sports Media Roundtable with John Ourand and Chad Finn & Caps beat writer Isabelle Khurshudyan

Episode 10 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features a roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and Boston Globe media writer Chad Finn, and a one-on-one conversation with Washington Post Capitals reporter Isabelle Khurshudyan. In this podcast, Ourand and Finn discusses the 2026 World Cup being awarded to the U.S., Canada and Mexico and what that means for English-speaking rights-holder Fox Sports; the impact of Fox Sports getting the 2026 tournament without an open bid; the perception of Fox Sports when it comes to its golf and global soccer coverage; Comcast’s attempts for the assets owned by 21st Century Fox and what that would mean for two dozen regional sports networks  owned by Fox Sports; the 2018 NBA Finals viewership; what the NBA offseason means for interest in the sport among rightsholders; whether LeBron James will head to Boston, and much more. Khurshudyan discusses covering a Stanley Cup champion; why the Caps celebration has gone national; how much being fluent in Russian has helped her covering the NHL; the meaning of the Washington Post having six women leading beats in the sports department; whether it was intimidating to join the Post as an intern; translating Russian television for Post editor Marty Baron; how she procured an assignment to work in in the Moscow Bureau of the Washington Post; her story from Moscow on the #MeToo movement being mocked in Russia because of deeply patriarchal attitudes and the country's domestic violence legislation, and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.

Jun 14, 2018
Charissa Thompson

Episode 9 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Charissa Thompson, the host of Fox NFL Kickoff and NFL Films Presents on FS1. In this podcast, Thompson discusses why she decided to re-sign with Fox Sports; having conversations with ESPN host Mike Greenberg about working on a morning show with him; having her private photos hacked and leaked online, and the incomprehensible invasion of privacy; the aftermath of that invasion; how she is going about trying to get justice and why that is important; how her parents taught her to focus on how you get up from adversity; why Ryen Russillo has been housesitting at her guest; getting adjusted to a certain level of fame; whether Top Gun 2 is a good idea; her approach on social media when it comes to politics; gambling on sports and going to the race track with her grandfather, Seattle getting hockey, and much more. 

Jun 06, 2018
How To Cover The World Cup With Grant Wahl

Episode 8 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Grant Wahl, a Sports Illustrated senior writer and Fox Sports soccer reporter. In this podcast, Wahl discusses how to cover a World Cup, which Wahl will be doing for the next six weeks in Russia, how much access reporters get at a World Cup; racism at a World Cup setting; how Fox will approach its World Cup studio shows; writing the first SI cover story on LeBron James; buying LeBron and his friends dinner at Applebees; his predictions for the Group Stage including Argentina losing in the opening round; why he likes Spain to win over Belgium, the state of soccer journalism in the United States; ESPN’s impact on global soccer; whether it is important to have American voices calling the World Cup and much more. The second guest is Julie Kliegman, a copy editor for The Ringer who has written about the state of mental health care in the NBA for that publication. In this podcast, Kliegman discusses how she went about reporting her NBA piece; the importance of understanding mental health in professional athletics; why Celtics coach Brad Stevens is proactive on this topic; what happens to an NBA player when he asks for health on a mental health issue; what access college athletes have to mental illness help, and much more.


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May 31, 2018
Examining ESPN's future and present

Episode 7 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation on ESPN’s present and future with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and a roundtable with Boston Globe media writer Chad Finn, and Robert Littal, the founder and editor of Black Sports Online. In this podcast, Ourand discusses Wall Street Journal reporter Shalini Ramachandran’s examination of ESPN’s current business, the tension between Disney Chairman Robert Iger and former ESPN president John Skipper; whether ESPN’s front-facing talent has been given too much leeway on issues of politics and social justice; how the piece examined Skipper’s regime; the concern ESPN execs have on political talk; where Ourand stands on the money spent for NBA rights; the declines of other networks in number of households; ESPN’s potential interest in hockey; whether debate is in decline and what Ourand thinks of the upcoming ESPN show, High Noon and a long discussion on ESPN re-hiring of Keith Olbermann. Finn and Littal discuss the NFL’s new national anthem policy, the differences between the NFL’s and NBA approach to the issue; ESPN’s acquisition of Fox’s UFC package; the deal Fox cut for WWE’s Smackdown; why media keeps doing LeBron vs. Jordan; how the NBA will deal when LeBron leaves the games; and much more.


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May 25, 2018
Joe Tessitore and Richard Sandomir

Episode 6 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features ESPN play by play announcer Joe Tessitore, who was recently named the lead voice of Monday Night Football. In the podcast, Tessitore discusses in-depth how over the course of a six-week period in March and April, he auditioned 12 potential Monday Night Football analyst candidates at ESPN’s Bristol, Ct. headquarters; how he approached the audition process; the memorable audition of Jason Witten which included Witten playing football with his son on his front lawn; why Witten landed the job; why he thinks Witten will be successful; his thoughts on other applicants including Jared Allen, Brett Favre, Greg Olson, Louis Riddick, Rex Ryan, Joe Thomas, and Kurt Warner; the plans for the crew for the spring and summer; his friendship with Booger McFarland and why he thinks McFarland will be great in the field analyst role; the best kind of calamari, and much more.


The second guest is Richard Sandomir, the the author of "The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper and the Making of a Classic," which has just been released in paperback. For 25 years Sandomir covered sports media for The New York Times where he now writes obituaries. In this podcast, Sandomir discusses why he decided to write a book about the Pride of the Yankees; how he went about his research; how the film was received in 1942; modern-day interest in Lou Gehrig; his thoughts on the resignation of former ESPN president John Skipper; whether he thinks there will be a future demand for sports media reporters, and more.


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May 14, 2018
Peter King and 2 Sports Media Roundtables

Episode 5 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features Peter King who will be leaving Sports Illustrated on June 1—his 29-year anniversary of being hired by SI—for a new job with NBC Sports in July. In the podcast King discusses why he left SI; how he came to the decision; how SI offered him more money to stay; where he stands on the future of Sports Illustrated and The MMQB; his response to criticism of being an access-oriented, league-friendly NFL reporter; why he writes about political issues in his column; what his role will be at NBC Sports; his thoughts on Jason Witten being hired for Monday Night Football; the future of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick; how legalized sports gambling will impact the NFL; NFL cheerleader gender-discrimination complaints; why the Browns drafted Baker Mayfield, and much more.


The podcast concludes with two roundtables. The first features Boston Globe media writer Chad Finn, and Robert Littal, the founder and editor of Black Sports Online. In this roundtable, Finn and Littal discuss the new Monday Night Football announcing team featuring Joe Tessitore, Witten, Booger McFarland and Lisa Salters; ESPN’s hiring of Katie Nolan; the lack of opportunity for women of color to host their own sports show; John Skipper’s return; Charles Barkley's remarks on Draymond Green; printing sports television talent salaries, and much more.


The second roundtable features Lindsay Adler, a baseball writer for The Athletic who covers the Mets and Yankees and AJ Perez, a sports reporter for USA Today who covers a multitude of areas including sports media. In this podcast, Adler discusses how to cover two different baseball teams; the challenges of being a first-year beat reporter; the most media friendly Yankees and Mets players; Perez’s take on ESPN’s deal to carry 10-15 UFC events exclusively on its direct-to-consumer ESPN+ platform; the future of UFC media rights; covering criminality in sports; the television prospect of the upcoming Stanley Cup Conference Finals including the Las Vegas Golden Knights, and much more.


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May 09, 2018
Doris Burke and Cheryl Reeve

Episode 4 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features Doris Burke, the acclaimed ESPN broadcaster who called a full season of NBA games as an color analyst for the first time in 2017-18; and Cheryl Reeve, the head coach and General Manager of the Minnesota Lynx. Under Reeve, the Lynx have won four titles in the last seven years. In this podcast, Burke discusses calling the NBA for a full season as a color analyst; her anxiety over her current contract coming to an end on Oct. 31; why she says she and ESPN will work out a deal for the long-term; calling the Sixers-Celtics series; how she currently feels about working as a sideline reporter after doing a season as an analyst; whether she has let her bosses know if she is interested in joining ESPN’s top NBA team should Mark Jackson get an NBA job; the impact of Kara Lawson, Sarah Kustok, and Stefanie Ready on NBA broadcasting; how she viewed Allie LaForce’s question to LeBron James; her feelings on how Gregg Popovich treats sideline reporter; her evaluation of the Cavaliers-Raptors series; what she thinks of the Celtics and Sixers rosters heading forward; her thoughts on a potential Rockets-Warriors match up, and much more


Reeve discusses why the Lynx have not been covered the way a team with four titles in seven years would normally be covered; why she has become active on social media when it comes to a lack of WNBA coverage; whether the lack of coverage of women’s basketball is due to sexism; what can be done to change attitudes about the WNBA; the amount of coverage the Lynx gets locally versus other teams; her back-and-forth with writers and editors from The Athletic about her team getting coverage; the prospect of moving the WNBA season; coaching an aging group and how she’ll approach that this season; her thoughts on point guard Lindsay Whalen getting the University of Minnesota women’s basketball head coaching job; what she expects from Maya Moore this season and Moore’s place in sports as a winner; the Lynx not being invited to the White House by this current administration and Reeve’s thoughts on it; and much more.


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May 02, 2018
Verne Lundquist, John Ourand and Neil Best

Episode 3 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features an extended conversation with Verne Lundquist, the iconic sports broadcaster for CBS and ABC and the voice of some of the most memorable calls in the history of sports broadcasting. After Lundquist, Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and Newsday sports media writer Neil Best come on to discuss various topics including the television schedules for the NFL TV networks and Mike Francesa’s return to WFAN.


In the podcast, Lundquist discusses calling the Masters again this year including Jordan Spieth’s memorable birdie at No. 16 in the final round; watching SEC Football on CBS from his home, getting nostalgic about missing the SEC, stepping away from the NCAA basketball tournament this year, his current health; filling in for Pat Summerall when Summerall was in rehab; Lundquist’s frustration with always being the No. 2 broadcaster at a network before he was named the lead voice of the SEC on CBS; why the SEC was the greatest assignment he ever received, the art of laying out (being quiet after a great play); why the “Kick Six” Game on Nov. 30,  2013 (Alabama-Auburn) is his greatest CFB broadcast; being influenced as a broadcaster by Ray Scott; calling the Christian Laettner game (Duke-Kenucky, 1992) and talking to Laettner about it 20 years later; the broadcasters he likes today and why; why he loves to listen to Ian Eagle; the memorable story of how Verne met his wife, Nancy, which includes a stop at disco and getting Nancy’s number while she was on a date, and much more. Ourand discusses ESPN’s Monday Night Football schedule and its relationship with the NFL; the potential for Thursday Night Football on FS1, and how ESPN is likely to approach the low viewership for “Get Up!” Best discusses his reporting on radio host Mike Francesa, who is returning to WFAN to once again host a radio show after leaving the station in December. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more. 

Apr 24, 2018
Jayson Stark, Ken Rosenthal & Tim Layden

Episode 2 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features two segments. First, a conversation with Ken Rosenthal, a senior baseball writer for The Athletic, a reporter for Fox Sports' MLB telecasts and analyst for the MLB Network, and Jayson Stark, a senior baseball writer at the Athletic and studio at MLB Network. The second segment features Sports Illustrated senior Tim Layden on the life and work of William Nack. 


In this podcast, Rosenthal and Stark discusses how to morph between digital/print and television; the most interesting people to speak with in major league baseball; how to cultivate sources on the baseball beat; how Stark uses numbers and analytics as part of his work; why each joined The Athletic; how shocked Stark was upon learning he had lost his ESPN job; how Rosenthal dealt with learning that Fox Sports’s website was no longer using original writing content; what baseball writing might look like in 30 years; what teams are the most interesting  to cover right now; why Shohei Ohtani remains an underappreciated story, and much more. Layden discusses the historical impact of Nack’s work; his best SI pieces; what made Nack great as a writer; whether it was intimidating to follow Nack on the horse racing beat; why Nack was underappreciated at Sports Illustrated; Nack’s love of Secretariat; Layden’s thoughts on Sports Illustrated’s future, the Ringer’s recent piece on SI, and much more.


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Apr 17, 2018
James Andrew Miller and 2 Sports Media Roundtables

Episode 1 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with writer James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live as well as sports media roundtables with The Athletic Bay Area editor Tim Kawakami, BSO founder and editor Robert Littal, SB Nation writer Charlotte Wilder and Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn. In this podcast, Miller discusses the new ESPN morning show, Get Up!” and its struggling ratings; why the show likely has plenty or runway before ESPN execs make a decision on it; whether The Hollywood Reporter story on Get Up! and the reveal of the salaries of the hosts hurt the show before launch; Miller’s interview with John Skipper where the former ESPN president admitted he resigned because he was a cocaine user and was being extorted for that use; whether Miller should have asked Skipper who was extorting him; how the interview came together; whether Skipper is looking or a return to sports media, and much more. Kawakami and Littal discuss the television possibilities of the NBA playoffs; why Get Up! has not worked; whether Wrestlemania 34 was a success as a production; the stories on Patrick Reed after he won the Masters; why Robert thinks The Athletic should do more UFC and boxing, and more. The final roundtable features SB Nation Charlotte Wilder and Boston Globe media columnist Chad Finn. Wilder and Finn discuss Facebook’s exclusive MLB broadcasts and how sports fans view Facebook; Wilder’s piece on watching Wrestlemania 34; Finn’s thoughts on the Sunday Night Baseball booth; CBS’s Masters coverage; and predictions for all the major Boston sports teams.


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Apr 09, 2018
The Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch returns!

Welcome to the teaser episode — call it Episode 0 – of Sports Media with Richard Deitsch. In this 20-minute mini-episode, Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand and Boston Globe media writer Chad Finn discuss ESPN’s immediate challenges under new president Jimmy Pitaro; the fractured relationship between ESPN and the NFL; how ESPN will report on the NFL in the future; the plans for Monday Night Football booth; whether the Sports Illustrated Media podcast is a competitor to this podcast; and information on how to subscribe. Weekly episodes of the show will launch the week of April 9.

Mar 30, 2018