Sports Media Weekly

Sports Media Weekly No. 131- 2012 Year in Review

It’s the time of the year when news outlets look back at the events that shaped the past 12 months.  We are no different here at Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I look back at what we feel were the top sports media news stories of 2012.

We are then joined by some of the most respected sports media reporters and bloggers in the country, who give us their top stories of the year and what to look for in 2013.   They are (in order of appearance):

Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News)
Chad Finn (The Boston Globe)
Dan Levy (The Bleacher Report)
Ed Sherman (The Sherman Report)
Jim Williams (The Washington Examiner)
John Daly (The Daly Planet)
John Ourand (Sports Business Journal)
Neil Best (Newsday)
Richard Deitsch (Sports Illustrated)
Ken Schott (The Schenectady Gazette)
Matt Yoder (Awful Announcing)
Joe Flint (LA Times)

Happy New Year!  Here’s to a successful 2013!


Sports Media Weekly Special- NFL on CBS Media Day

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.

During this special program you will hear from CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus, play-by-play man Bill Macatee, legendary announcer Marv Albert, new NFL Today “Insider” Jason LaConfora, NFL Monday QB host Adam Schein, and Sports Media Weekly regular Ian Eagle.

Sports Media Weekly No. 115- Joe Tessitore, ESPN

An abbreviated program this week on Sports Media Weekly.

No news segment this week but Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are pleased to be joined by ESPN’s Joe Tessitore.

Joe handles many duties for ESPN, premier among them is as the play-by-play voice of college football and Friday Night Fights.

Joe spends some time talking about the various sports he has covered since joining ESPN in 2002, his new role in covering college football this season, and how, despite some critics, the sport of boxing is very much alive and well.

Sports Media Weekly No. 105- Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, NPR, HBO Sports

I’m operating without a partner on this edition of Sports Media Weekly as Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites is taking care or some personal matters this week.

I did cover some of the sports media news of the week…ratings for the NBA Playoffs, the Stanley Cup Finals and golf on CBS.  I also touched upon changes on the way for the SportsCenter anchor line-up, and the kick-off of Euro 2012 on ESPN and the NASCAR Sprint Cup season on TNT.

My guest this week is Frank Deford, Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated and correspondent for both NPR and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.  Frank’s latest book, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter looks back at his 50 years of covering sports.  During the interview Frank talks about how sportswriting has changed over time and is still abundant today.  He also talks about how social media outlets and sports celebrity sites limit how sports stories are told.  He touches upon the advances women have made in covering sports; his time as editor of The National; and some of the people he would have liked to interview but never did.

Sports Media Weekly No. 103- Ed Sherman, the Sherman Report & Michelle Beadle, Access Hollywood/NBC Sports

We have two fantastic guests joining Ken Fang and me on this week’s program.

The first is Ed Sherman, former sports media columnist for the Chicago Tribune who now has his own sports media blog,  The Sherman Report.  Ed joins Ken and I for the news portion of the show, which kicks off by looking at the move by Michelle Beadle from ESPN to Access Hollywood and NBC Sports.

We then move to the announcement last week of the extension of the contract between the ACC and ESPN and this week’s news that CBS will be sub-contracting some college basketball action from ESPN.

We finish the news segment by looking at TBS getting the rights to the Major League Baseball Wild Card games and the prospects of the MLB Network reaching a wide enough audience for its two Division Series playoff tilts.

Our second guest is the aformentioned Michelle Beadle.  Michelle goes through why she decided to move away from ESPN, the attention surrounding her move, and the roles she will play with Access Hollywood and NBC Sports.

Sports Media Weekly iTunes Feed Back Up and Running

It has been a few weeks since I was alerted to the fact that our iTunes feed for the Sports Media Weekly program was not working properly.

I have finally rectified the problem.  For those of you on iTunes who would like to subscribe to the program, you can now do so and download the show.  For those who have had problems in the past, you will need to unsubscribe from the feed, then re-subscribe and you should be all set.

Please let me know if you still experience a porblem.  Thanks for your patience and support.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #2

Here is our second Sports Media Weekly Podcast.  I am joined once again by my co-host, Ken Fang from Fang’s Bites.

In this edition of the show we use this weekend’s NFL TV blackout in Detroit to examine the effectiveness of the blackout policy…We go into more depth on ESPN’s growth of  local sports websites in advance of ESPNDallas…We look at the announcing team for the new UFL…We ask whether fans in Minnesota and Wisconsin will pay extra for online newspaper content on the Vikings and Packers…and we look at the new lunchtime programming on Fox…