We have multiple guests on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.
Our top story of the week is still evolving as it was announced late today that ESPN is backing our of its partnership with PBS’ Frontline show in producing an investigative documentary on concussions in the NFL. ESPN claims the move is over a lack of editorial control on the project. We speculate that there must have been a major disagreement between the parties. We will follow the story as it progresses.
We then look at last Saturday’s launch of Fox Sports 1. The three of us agree that as much as people want to send out flash judgments of what they’ve seen over the first five days on the air, it’s better to judge the success of the network over the long haul.
We wrap-up the news segment by reviewing my trip yesterday to ESPN as part of the network’s Media Day. We discuss the state of ESPN, particularly through the words of ESPN President John Skipper, who held an hour-long Q&A session with reporters over lunch.
The day at ESPN also included panels on college football, the NFL, and a look at ESPN’s new digital studio, which will host SportsCenter beginning next year.
The second half of the show features my interviews with four members of ESPN:
- SVP of Programming, College Sports Burke Magnus on the upcoming college football season
- SVP of Content, Digital and Print Media Rob King on the network’s online properties
- NFL Live host Trey Wingo
- SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy who is celebrating his 20th year at the network
PROGRAMMING NOTE- There will no Sports Media Weekly program next week. Ken and I will return after Labor Day.