We have a New York state Capital Region theme on this week’s Sports Media Weekly.
We start a new initiative this week by inviting a sports media reporter or blogger to join Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I as we discuss the sports media news of the week. For the premiere edition we are joined by sports media columnist Pete Dougherty (Twitter) of the Albany Times Union.
We start by talking about the still developing story broken by Deadspin that the reported death of the girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o last fall was, in fact, a hoax. We discuss the story as we have it and how online sites like Deadspin can spend more time than traditional media outlets investigating such a story.
We then shift to the Lance Armstrong PED saga and how he may get more compassion from Oprah Winfrey than he may have from other reporters.
We look forward to the start of the NHL season and how the league is making it easier for local viewers to watch more games during the shortened season. We also predict hardcore fans will still watch games locally and nationally on NBC and the NBC Sports Network.
We wrap-up the news segment looking at our predictions on viewership for the upcoming NFL Conference Championship Games.
We are then joined by Andrew Catalon, who works for WNYT-TV in Albany but is just as well known for his work calling games for NBC Sports, CBS Sports, the Tennis Channel, and SNY. Andrew recounts his busy schedule, his work on the 2012 Olympics in London, and his versatility of calling just about any sport.