Matt Yoder

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 Podcast No. 87- Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken and I start the show by talking about the official word that Jim Rome will be leaving ESPN later this month to join CBS.  Rome will start his new program called, what else, Rome, on April 4th.

Ken and I also talk about the weekend ratings for the NFL Wild Card games and numbers for Monday’s BCS Championship on ESPN.

Our guest this week is Matt Yoder, Managing Editor of Awful Announcing.  Awful Announcing was one of the first sports blogs devoted to sports media and Matt shares with us his work at the site.  Matt also gets into his (and Ken’s) sudden respect for Joe Buck since he’s been writing on Twitter, and his pick for the best NFL announcing team calling games this weekend.