Sports Media Weekly No. 105- Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, NPR, HBO Sports

I’m operating without a partner on this edition of Sports Media Weekly as Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites is taking care or some personal matters this week.

I did cover some of the sports media news of the week…ratings for the NBA Playoffs, the Stanley Cup Finals and golf on CBS.  I also touched upon changes on the way for the SportsCenter anchor line-up, and the kick-off of Euro 2012 on ESPN and the NASCAR Sprint Cup season on TNT.

My guest this week is Frank Deford, Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated and correspondent for both NPR and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.  Frank’s latest book, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter looks back at his 50 years of covering sports.  During the interview Frank talks about how sportswriting has changed over time and is still abundant today.  He also talks about how social media outlets and sports celebrity sites limit how sports stories are told.  He touches upon the advances women have made in covering sports; his time as editor of The National; and some of the people he would have liked to interview but never did.