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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So 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…