Richard Deitsch

Sports Media Weekly No. 152- Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated & Jason Kint, CBS Sports Interactive

There is a lot on our plate in this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our news segment by Richard Deitsch, sports media columnist for Sports Illustrated.

We start off the show analyzing the NBA Finals and what we can expect from the coverage by ESPN/ABC.

We then move on to the news this week that Keith Olbermann will return to baseball as the studio host for TBS’ coverage of Major League Baseball’s post season.

Next up are the implications of the NFL’s deal with Verizon to stream more regular season games on the wireless carrier’s network beginning in 2014.

We finish the segment by looking at how Fox Sports is sharing its Euro 2016 and 2018 European World Cup qualifiers with ESPN and the story by Ken that ESPN’s Mike Hill will no longer be working in Bristol.

Our second guest this week is Jason Kint, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Sports Interactive, the digital arm of CBS Sports.  Ken spends time with Jason talking about the varied offerings by CBS online as well as the future of digital sports programming.

Sports Media Weekly No. 132- Anita Marks, NBC Sports Radio

Welcome to a new year of Sports Media Weekly programs.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show discussing a report by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will be joining ESPN as an NFL analyst once he retires at the end Baltimore’s playoff run.

We spend some time looking at ratings numbers as the networks begin to look back at their successes of 2012..

We then recount the horrific accident which fell upon ESPN anchor Hannah Storm over the holiday break.  She returned to work New Year’s Day hosting the Rose Bowl Parade on ABC.

We finish our segment looking at the official national launch yesterday of the CBS Sports Radio Network

Staying with sports radio our guest this week is Anita Marks, who will be starting a new nationally syndicated weekend sports radio show on the NBC Sports Radio Network.  Anita talks about what listeners can expect from her Saturday and Sunday broadcasts beginning at noon ET.  She also fills us in on her experience hosting sports radio in Baltimore; her role with the New York Giants; and her love for fantasy football.

Jason McIntyre and Michael Schur, Welcome to Our World

SI’s Richard Deitsch has the story today about two of the sports blogsphere’s biggest sites revealing their true identity.

The Big Lead and Fire Joe Morgan became extremely popular online destinations because of their off-beat commentaries and opinions.  The only problem was that the writers of the sites would not identify themselves.  Until today.

Both Jason McIntyre (The Big Lead) and Michael Schur (Fire Joe Morgan) have both come out of the anonymity closet, if you will.  Both have well established writing backgrounds and it’s easy to unerstand why their sites have been so popular.  They have experience and contacts.  That affords them sources that many of us do not have.  McIntyre now works The Big Lead full time. 

As much as these sites are popular, I did not like their choice of remaining anonymous.  If what you do as an online journalist (yes, bloggers are journalists in my mind) is hold others accountable for their actions, either on the field or off, then you have the responsibility to face the same scrutiny.  Hiding or creating a nom de plum doesn’t cut it with me.

I think its great we know the identity of these two writers.  I’ll be in touch.

Sincerely…Keith Thibault.