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