Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 63- Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, NBC Sports

Ken Fang from Fang’s Bites and I are back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

We begin the show by looking at the historically low ratings numbers for Fox on its coverage of the MLB All-Star Game.  In conjunction with that we talk about the physical struggles facing Joe Buck and a petition to have Vin Scully call one last World Series before he retires.

We also take a look at the solid ratings being seen by ESPN on its coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  With the success of the U.S. squad chances are good that ESPN will see good numbers in this Sunday’s final.

Ken and I also talk about how, when soccer gets a following, sports talk tends to bash the supporters.  We look at examples from local radio in Boston and from national sports writer John Feinstein.

We also talk about Google+, a new service by Google intended to compete with Facebook and Twitter.  Both Ken and I are on the service and offer our opinions.

Our guest this week is Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, college sports analyst for NBC Versus.  We talk to Akbar about his NFL career and how it has shaped his craft in broadcasting.  We also talk about his upcoming assignment working on PAC 12 football contests on Versus as well as his views on the NFL lockout.  We also talk to Akbar about his appearance on the ABC reality series Expedition Impossible.

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