We begin the show with what has been the most-talked about story over the last week, the developing saga of Dolphins’ offensive lineman Richie Incognito and his alleged bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin. We look back at how the NFL’s network partners covered the story and the exclusive interview with Incognito by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.
We bring it back to Boston and get Chad’s take on how the Boston sports media handled covering the Red Sox this season under John Farrell compared to 2012 with Bobby Valentine.
We wrap the segment looking at the continued success for ESPN during its college basketball marathon, which aired over the last two days. It’s an opportunity for ESPN to capitalize on promoting college basketball during a slow period between the end of baseball season and the end of the college and pro football seasons.
Our second guest this week is SMW fave Ian Eagle of CBS Sports, among other media entities. Ken talks with Ian about his frenetic announcing schedule, his relationship with NBA broadcast partner Mike Fratello, his broadcasting idols, and his knowledge of 1980’s sitcoms.
We begin the program by looking at the announcement this week that NBC Sports and Yahoo! Sports will be collaborating on two new TV and online sports video projects, one of which debuts tomorrow. The inclusion of rich media content is becoming more and more prevalent online and we agree that we’ll likely see more being produced by broadcast and web partners.
On a related note we look at the move by media outlets to create exclusive online content featuring their sports writing superstars. Bill Simmons and ESPN began the trend with Grantland and now Peter King at Sports Illustrated and Peter Gammons are creating fresh content marketed around their personal brands.
We move to Boston sports media next, looking at how the Boston media handled the Aaron Hernandez arrest and the response by the Patriots. We then delve into news of the launch next Monday of an online radio venture produced by the Boston Herald.
We finish the segment reflecting on the trail blazing career of Steve Bornstein, who pioneered television coverage of the NFL and will be retiring as head of the NFL Network next year.
We head back to the NFL and Ken’s interview with Sports Illustrated’sPeter King. Ken talks to King about what it took to pull together his new NFL website on SI, MMQB.
I am riding solo on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly as Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites had a previous engagement and could not join us.
I am joined on this abbreviated version of the show by Chad Finn, sports media columnist for the Boston Globe. Chad and I kick-off the show talking championship week in college basketball and how this will be the last Big East Tournament under the current structure of the league. We tie that in to how the Big East became an important property for a new all-sports network called ESPN.
We then talk about CBS and Turner’s unveiling of its announcer pairings for the upcoming NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the minor changes made to its line-up.
We move to the official hiring today of Ray Lewis as a NFL analyst for ESPN. We both agree that Lewis has the charisma to do well in his new role, but wonder how, or if, ESPN will use his exuberance on the air.
I get Chad’s opinion on the announcement of the launch of Fox Sports 1 last week…and we wrap the show talking Boston Sports Media, specifically the changes being made to the on-air roster over at sports talker WEEI.
It’s a three man show on this week’s edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for this show by Chad Finn, Sports Media Columnist for the Boston Globe. Over the course of the show we discuss the release of Peyton Manning by the Colts and the anticipated media frenzy in speculating where he will be playing football next season. We all agree it is likely ESPN will be following the story in a way similar to when it covered Brett Favre’s multiple returns to the league.
We then spend some time talking college basketball on the eve of the NCAA Tournament. We look at ESPN’s handling of Championship Week and the plans by CBS and Turner Sports to cover March Madness.
We then talk of the Boston sports media scene with Chad, specifically news made today by local sports talker WEEI. We also touch upon the upcoming retirement of the Globe’s Bob Ryan and why Boston sports media beat is a fascinating one to cover.
Time for our weekly look at what’s making news in sports media through our Sports Media Weekly podcast. I am once again joined by Ken Fang from Fang’s Bites…
We also have a guest on this week’s show as we are joined by Chad Finn, sports media columnist and editor at the Boston Globe and Boston.com. Chad and I spend our time talking about the sports media climate in Beantown.
Also on the plate this week…Comcast’s potential bid to purchase NBC, the rights fees for the upcoming 2016 Olympics, the Versus/DirectTV dispute, and the announcing teams for TBS for the baseball Division Series…