I am riding solo on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly as Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites had a previous engagement and could not join us.
I am joined on this abbreviated version of the show by Chad Finn, sports media columnist for the Boston Globe. Chad and I kick-off the show talking championship week in college basketball and how this will be the last Big East Tournament under the current structure of the league. We tie that in to how the Big East became an important property for a new all-sports network called ESPN.
We then talk about CBS and Turner’s unveiling of its announcer pairings for the upcoming NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the minor changes made to its line-up.
We move to the official hiring today of Ray Lewis as a NFL analyst for ESPN. We both agree that Lewis has the charisma to do well in his new role, but wonder how, or if, ESPN will use his exuberance on the air.
I get Chad’s opinion on the announcement of the launch of Fox Sports 1 last week…and we wrap the show talking Boston Sports Media, specifically the changes being made to the on-air roster over at sports talker WEEI.