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Sports Media Weekly No. 172- Chad Finn, The Boston Globe & Ian Eagle, CBS Sports

The weather is beginning to turn cooler nationwide but we try to turn up the heat here on Sports Media Weekly (SMW)

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for the news segment this week is Boston Globe sports media columnist Chad Finn.

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.


Sports Media Weekly No. 150- Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing & Ian Eagle, CBS Sports, Tennis Channel

After a week away Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for a fresh edition of Sports Media Weekly.

We are joined for a jam-packed news segment by Matt Yoder, managing editor of Awful Announcing.

We begin the show with a lengthy discussion of the layoffs underway at ESPN.  Reports indicate ESPN is planning to dismiss nearly 400 employees in response to the network not meeting corporate profit margins.

We dovetail the discussion to ESPN’s recent upfront presentation where it announced the completion of a new digital studio and plans for the SEC Network.  We also touch upon the announcement last week that ESPN has secured the exclusive U.S. rights to the U.S. Open tennis tournament beginning in 2015.

We then move to the news from Fox Sports of it’s hiring of Andy Roddick to serve as co-host of Fox Sports 1’s Fox Sports LIVE show which debuts this August.

We finish our news segment looking back at the life of U.S. Open champion and long time CBS golf analyst Ken Venturi.

Our second guest this week is Sports Media Weekly favorite Ian Eagle.  Ian is leaving this week for Paris to be part of Tennis Channel’s coverage of the French Open.  Ian shares stories of his work at the Open, his experience working this season broadcasting the Brooklyn Nets, plans for his return to the NFL with CBS, and his relationship with other graduates of Syracuse University.

Sports Media Weekly Special- NFL on CBS Media Day

Welcome to a special edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Earlier this week I had the chance to attend the annual NFL on CBS Media Day in New York City.  During the event network officials unveiled its line-up of broadcasters calling games this season and announced plans for a new weekly studio program that will debut next month on the CBS Sports Network.

During this special program you will hear from CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus, play-by-play man Bill Macatee, legendary announcer Marv Albert, new NFL Today “Insider” Jason LaConfora, NFL Monday QB host Adam Schein, and Sports Media Weekly regular Ian Eagle.

Sports Media Weekly No. 102- Ian Eagle, CBS Sports, Tennis Channel, YES Network

After a week away Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back at it for a new edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken and I start the show by looking at the Olympic plans NBC Sports has for MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, and Telemundo.

We then look at what impact Fox Sports will have on the ratings battle as it begins its stretch of Saturday night baseball games beginning this weekend.

We also look back at the exciting finish to the English Premier League season and coverage of Survival Sunday on the part of Fox Sports and ESPN.

We next delve into the recent talent moves at ESPN with Michelle Beadle and Michelle Bonner leaving and Scott Van Pelt and John Buccigross staying with the WWL.

Ken and I wrap our news segment by looking at ESPN’s decision to produce another set of 30 for 30 documentaries.

Our guest this week is a Sports Media Weekly favorite, Ian Eagle of CBS Sports, the Tennis Channel, and the YES Network.  Ian looks at his upcoming travels to Paris to cover the French Open for the Tennis Channel.  He also looks back at his NBA season covering Nets games for the YES Network and playoff action on NBA TV and TNT.  Ian also explains his “gobbeldygook meltdown” with analyst Mike Fratello and how he is preparing for the upcoming NFL season.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 85- Best of 2011

Welcome to a very special end-of-the year edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I use this show to take a look back at some of the best interviews we conducted during 2011.

We re-play our talks with James Andrew Miller, Michelle Beadle, Curt Menefee, and Ian Eagle.

We hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane.  Ken and I will return next week for a fresh edition of the podcast as we begin 2012.

Happy New Year!

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 75- Ian Eagle, CBS Sports

After a week off, Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites rejoins me for this week’s podcast.

We begin the show by looking at the World Series and the potential of it being one of the lowest rated Fall Classics ever.  We keep with the baseball talk to discuss the coverage in New England of the aftermath of the collapse by the Boston Red Sox.

Ken and I also talk about the relatively flat NFL ratings as well as the contract extension for Jon Gruden to stay with ESPN and Monday Night Football.

We also handicap who, among ESPN, NBC, and Fox, will likely be awarded the rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup when FIFA announces the winner later this week.

Our guest this week is Ian Eagle of CBS Sports, Tennis Channel, Yes Network, and Westwood One.  Ian talks about how his schedule has changed since he’s had to take time off from being the voice of the New Jersey Nets due to the NBA lockout.  Ian also talks about the current NFL season to date, his ability to remain a flexible personality, and his summer sportscasters camp.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #12- Ian Eagle, CBS, YES Network

Sports Media WeeklySo what topic would you think tops the latest edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast?  If you guessed ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup draw this Friday…I think you’d be wrong.

Of course Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I discuss the media coverage and the general handling of the Tiger Woods story…opinions on which Ken and I differ…

Ken and I also touch upon the firing of Chip Carey by Turner and the mega ratings continuing to be pulled in by those that telecast football.

Our guest this week is Ian Eagle, the versatile play-by-play man for CBS, YES, Westwood One and the Tennis Channel.  We ask Ian how he juggles his busy schedule, what it’s like calling a game for the struggling New Jersey Nets, and his work with up and coming broadcasters at a camp each summer…