Sports Business Journal

Sports Media Weekly No. 157- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal & Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times

This week is an “on the fly” edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I had two guests for the entire show this week, one scheduled, the other joining us at the last minute.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal was booked for the show while Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times became our “fourth man in” after an exchange with Ken on Twitter.

We top off the show looking at the news yesterday of NBC Sports getting back into the business of televising NASCAR races beginning in 2015.  The panel saw this as a good move for NBC and a sad note for ESPN, which had been televising NASCAR events since the early 1980’s.

We shift to a column by John this week questioning whether we are at a time of a sports rights fees bubble and whether it will burst anytime soon.

The talk then took us into a discussion of the threat later tonight (as this is posted) of Time Warner Cable dropping CBS programming as the pair battle over carriage fees.

We wrap the show by looking at the move by Nate Silver from the New York Times to ESPN.


Sports Media Weekly No. 138- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

The week after the Super Bowl usually brings a lull to the sports world.  That’s why we have an abbreviated edition of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined by John Ourand, sports media reporter for Sports Business Journal.

We begin the show talking about the slower pace to sports after the Super Bowl and John’s experiences covering the game from New Orleans.

We then talk to John about his reporting on Fox Sports’ anticipated move to convert Speed into Fox Sports 1 and Fox Soccer into Fox Sports 2, and the strong base of programming Fox will have available when the new networks launch later this year.

Ken then discusses the debut of Gus Johnson as the new lead soccer voice for Fox during today’s Champions League match between Real Madrid and Manchester United.  Surprisingly Ken, and those on Twitter, seem to think Johnson fared well in his new role.

We wrap the show talking about the piece in The Sherman Report that Jay Mariotti will once again perform some work for ESPN, and we look at the 2013 MLB schedule on Fox.

2012 Sports Business Journal’s Sports Business Awards Nominees

Sports Business Journal has unveiled the nominees for its 2012 Sports Business Awards.  The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held on Wednesday, May 23, at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.

Here are the nominees:

Sports Team of the Year
Boston Bruins
Dayton Dragons
Sporting Kansas City
Stewart-Haas Racing
Texas Rangers

Sports League of the Year
Major League Baseball
National Football League
National Hockey League
Pac-12 Conference
PGA Tour

Sports Event of the Year
2011 Carrier Classic
2011 Humana Challenge
2011 NBA Finals
Super Bowl XLVI
UFC 129

Sports Executive of the Year
Tim Finchem, PGA Tour
Roger Goodell, National Football League
David Hill, Fox Sports
Larry Scott, Pac-12 Conference
Bud Selig, Major League Baseball

Athletic Director of the Year
Bill Bradshaw, Temple University
Dave Brandon, University of Michigan
Mark Hollis, Michigan State University
Jeff Long, University of Arkansas
Ian McCaw, Baylor University

Best in Sports Media
Fox Sports
National Football League
NBC Sports
Turner Sports

Best in Sports Television
CBS Sports
ESPN Networks
Fox Sports
NBC Sports
Turner Sports

Best in Digital Sports Media
Bleacher Report
ESPN Digital Media
MLB Advanced Media
SB Nation
Yahoo! Sports

Best in Talent Representation and Management
Boras Corp.
CAA Sports
Excel Sports Management
Priority Sports and Entertainment
Wasserman Media Group

Best in Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Services
GMR Marketing
The Marketing Arm
Richards Sports + Entertainment
Team Epic

Best in Property Consulting, Sales and Client Services
AEG Global Partnerships
Aspire Group
Premier Partnerships
Wasserman Media Group

Best in Sports Event and Experiential Marketing
Jack Morton Worldwide
LeadDog Marketing Group
Major League Baseball/Fan Cave
Momentum Worldwide
Team Epic

Sports Sponsor of the Year
Kia Motors America
Procter & Gamble

Sports Facility of the Year
Amway Center
Livestrong Sporting Park
Mercedes Benz Superdome
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Best in Sports Technology
America’s Cup Event Authority/Sportvision
Bloomberg Sports
Panasonic/Speedway Motorsports Inc.
Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment

SMJ Inbox- July 26, 2010

I’d like to start a new feature here at SMJ.

Many sports media bloggers post press releases from various media entities.  And no one does it better than my friend and Sports Media Weekly Podcast Co-Host Ken Fang over at Fang’s Bites.

They all do a great service.  But instead of re-posting the entire press releases, I’m going to try to boil them down in capsulized form in one daily post.  The challenge for me will be to do this on a consistent basis.

Here are today’s sports media news coming into the SMJ Inbox:

– ESPN has announced that Brad Nessler and Trent Dilfer will be handing play-by-play and analyst duties for game two of the network’s Monday Night Football doubleheader on September 13th.  The duo replaces Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic who handled those duties the last three seasons.

– ESPN has announced that NFL reporters Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will be making appearances at all 32 NFL training camps over 19 days for NFL Live, SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, and other ESPN platforms.
Find out what else ESPN has planned for the upcoming week, including X-Games coverage and NASCAR Programming.

– HBO has announced that it will be airing Countdown to Hard Knocks, Training Camp with the NY Jets, a 12 minute preview of he full program, beginning on July 28th at 11pm.

– The NFL Network has announced its entire 65 game pre-season schedule.
Our friends at Sports Business Journal has its weekly sample of sports media stories, including baseball ratings of regional sports networks, how low ratings at the British Open are impacting ESPN’s decision to keep the tournament on cable, and how social media is helping fans follow their favorite teams.

That’s it for today.  Let me know what you think of this new feature.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #25- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

Sports Media WeeklyWe’ve reached the 25th edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I are joined for the entire show by John Ourand, sports media columnist for Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily.

We spend a good portion of the show wrapping up NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and what lies ahead for the next round of bidding for the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Games.

John also shares with us his experience at ESPN The Weekend in Orlando, whether the NCAA will opt out of it’s agreement with CBS for the Men’s Basketball Tournament, and what we can expect from Fox and ESPN heading into the new baseball season.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #9- Joel Feld, NESN

Sports Media WeeklyHere we find ourselves with the latest edtition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast…

In today’s episode, Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I discuss the opening of the NFL Network slate of games beginning tomorrow night, the issue as to whether anyone can compete with ESPN in the short term, and the latest ESPN “30 for 30” documentary film on Jimmy “The Greek”.

Our guest this week is Joel Feld, Vice President of Programming and Executive Produce at the New England Sports Network.  We ask Joel about how he programs NESN, it’s news gathering and web presence in a burgeoning Boston sports media market, and his plans for the immediate future of the network…


I’ve been writing Sports Media Journal for a little over a year…and just now have I reached an epiphany over why their is much angst over ESPN. It’s one word…JEALOUSY.

It dawned on me after reading the examination of ESPN’s business practices in the latest edition of Sports Business Journal. The piece takes a look at claims by other networks that sports leagues are not getting their money’s worth in terms of ratings success when they sign-on with the WWL. There’s even a PowerPoint presentation created by the networks to accompany these claims.

ESPN counters the accusation by saying it’s more than just ratings that leagues take into consideration when they sign with them…it’s the cross platform promotion and 24/7 coverage ESPN provides that is the real selling point.

No one denies that ESPN has worked hard to reach its current level of success. They are one of a kind with no equal.  And that bothers the other networks…to a point where they feel they need to attack.

Television ratings for just about all sports have been on the decline for a number of years, regardless of the network. ESPN is the convenient whipping boy. The other networks fail to take responsibility for their role in the ratings drop.

This is not to say that ESPN should not be criticized. Because they are so large and provide so much coverage, they are ripe for attacks. We did so last fall. Most of it is deserved. In this instance it is not.

This jealousy of ESPN is not reserved to the television networks. Others in the media are also envious of ESPN.  And that goes for sports bloggers.  Present company INCLUDED!

I would love to be a full time sports reporter. If ESPN called and gave me job would I take it? You bet I would! Just like if I was a computer programmer and Microsoft came knocking on my door. All of us want to be associated with a winner. Microsoft is a winner. So is ESPN. In my opinion anyone who says otherwise is not being truthful.

If the television networks feel ESPN is doing a disservice to the sports leagues, then do something about it. Compete. Come up with an alternative. We all would love to see that. Acknowledge your envy.  Stop complaining.