We run the gamut of topics on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I lead-off by talking about the extension issued by NASCAR to Fox Sports to continue to telecast Sprint Cup races through the year 2022. We discuss the online aspects of the $2.4 billion deal, and whether ESPN, Turner, and/or perhaps NBC Sports Network may be in play for the remainder of the package when it comes up for bid.
We keep it with auto racing as we discuss the news that NBC has attained the rights to Formula One racing beginning next year.
Ken and I then discuss the NFL/MLB double header Joe Buck pulled for Fox this past Sunday.
We move to sports radio as Dan Patrick announced today that the simulcast of his weekday radio program will no longer be telecast on Fox Sports Net. Perhaps a move to NBC Sports Network? Ken seems to think so.
We wrap-up our news briefly (and I mean briefly) talking about next year’s Steelers/Vikings contest in London and the announcement that Beyonce will perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLVII.
Our guest this week is timely. We speak with Greg Wyshynski, author of the Puck Daddy blog at Yahoo Sports. We talk to Greg about the news today of headway potentially being made in the NHL lockout. Greg also fills us in what he’s been writing about without the NHL, his thoughts of ESPN’s coverage of the KHL, and his recent participation at Blogs with Balls 5 in Toronto.
After a week off Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.
This week Ken and I look at ESPN’s extension to continue to telecast Monday Night Football through the year 2021 and the implications it may have for CBS, FOX, NBC, cable subscribers, and ESPN itself.
We also look at how the changing landscape of college sports conferences will have on television rights, specifically the Big East, which will soon lose Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC.
And we take a look at the new studio sports line-up over at Versus, as it continues to put up programming to compete with ESPN.
Our guest this week is Kyle Bunch, one of the organizers for this week’s Blogs with Balls conference in New York City. Kyle talks about what the conference has evolved as it enters its fourth edition. He also goes over the line-up at this year’s event and how the perception of blogs has changed in the last few years.
Ken and I will be at the conference and will have a complete wrap-up next week.
Glenn gives us a preview of the conference, as well as his opinion on why he established this conference off the heels of the Blogs with Balls conferences held in New York in June and Las Vegas this week…
Another member of the mainstream media at the Blogs with Balls conference was Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com. Here is our conversation on what he hoped to get out of the conference…
Tannenwald had quite a bit more to say about the conference at Philly.com. Here is his review of the conference. Here are Q&A’s with organizers Chris Lucas and Dan Poiva of HHR Media. And one with Deadspin editor AJ Daulerio.
That’s all the video we have from Blogs with Balls. Overall it was a wonderful opportunity to network with other bloggers and to learn from those who have been successful in making writing online their passion and profession. It was well worth the trip.
Members of the mainstream media did have a presence at the Blogs with Ball conference. One of the columnists who understands the role of sports bloggers is Neil Best, sports media columnist for Newsday. Here’s our talk…
It’s apparent that Neil understands the evolving trends in technology and sports reporting and has done his best to adapt to them. He’s one of the good guys. Thanks again Neil!
Here is my interview from the Blogs with Balls Conference with Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites…
In terms of the lighting issues we faced, this interview was the best of the bunch. Thanks go out to the Blogs with Balls television crew who happened to be filming in the area and added the extra light.
Ken has become a good friend of SMJ. And what I said at the top of the clip is true. We both live in Rhode Island, less that 25 miles from each other. It’s probably not a stretch to say that the Ocean State has the highest number of sports media bloggers in relation to the size of their home state than anywhere in the country. Thanks again Ken!