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Your humble co-host is on the disabled list but was able to muddle through this edition of the Sports Media Weekly program.
We begin the program by providing our reaction to the big announcement this week of the launch this summer of Fox Sports 1. Ken, Ed and I discuss the advantages Fox has in launching this new all-sports network, yet we all agree it will take some time before Fox Sports 1 will be considered a serious threat to the ESPN empire.
We continue our Fox Sports 1 talk by discussing the likelihood the new network will secure the rights to the revamped Big East basketball package once the “Catholic Seven” break from the current league and establish the new conference later this summer.
We wrap our news segment by looking back at the piece written by James Andrew Miller in last weekend’s New York Times on the attempts by Keith Olbermann to return to ESPN.
Ken had the opportunity to attend the Fox Sports 1 announcement on Tuesday and has three interviews for the second half of the show. Ken, along with other reporters, had the chance to speak with Fox Senior Executive Vice President David Hill on the state of Fox Sports; Regis Philbin who will host a late afternoon talk show on the new network; and Fox NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira.
After missing last week it’s good to be back with another Sports Media Weekly program.
We then move into the news this weekend that ESPN has retained the rights to the Big East Conference, but at a much reduced price.
We begin our coverage of the Daytona 500 with Ken’s piece about how Fox may still be trying to find a comfortable role for Erin Andrews.
Our first guest is John Daly of The Daly Planet. Ken talks with John about all things Daytona 500…including how Fox covered the event and how the Fox networks and ESPN responded to the horrific crash at the Nationwide Series race Saturday that injured at least 28 people.
We shift our talk to tennis and Rennae Stubbs, analyst for the Tennis Channel and ESPN, among others. Rennae was a six-time Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champion and one of the most successful women tennis players from Australia. We talk to Rennae about making the transition from the court to the booth, working for many different networks covering the sport, and whether the networks should provide more coverage of doubles and mixed doubles matches.
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.
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.
Welcome to the post-Super Bowl edition of Sports Media Weekly.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our “Third Man In” segment by Neil Best, sports media and business columnist for Newsday. We spend most of our time dissecting the work done by CBS on Super Bowl XLVII. We look at the network’s handling of the power outage, the sub-par performance by Phil Simms, and the ratings for the game.
We then shift our focus to the announcement this week by NBC on its planned coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We talk about how NBC will not deviate much in its coverage of the Games based on its success at last year’s Summer Games in London.
We wrap-up our news segment looking at the announcement by Fox Sports that play-by-play man Gus Johnson will be taking the lead role in the network’s international soccer coverage, including the World Cup. Johnson will begin calling soccer matches next week.
Ken had the opportunity to speak to our second guest this week, Kevin Harlan of Dial Global Sports. Kevin was in the booth for the radio broadcast of the Super Bowl in New Orleans when the power went out in the Superdome. He recounts what took place and how he kept the broadcast going by reporting on the events via telephone, audio of which is included in the interview courtesy of Dial Global.
It’s Super Bowl week and we delve into all the hype on this week’s Sports Media Weekly.
In our “Third Man In” segment Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined by Mike McCarthy, sports business and media reporter for his own Sports Biz USA as well as contributor to the NFL, Newsday, and Advertising Age.
We spend a good portion of our segment talking about the media coverage at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, including the madness around Media Day and what the media did, or did not cover during the week. We also give our predictions on how the ratings may be for CBS this Sunday.
We then shift into our continuing discussion on the Manti Te’O story, specifically how some seemed to be equally interested in the story itself and how and/why ESPN did not get the story first. It’s a fascinating discussion as to how ESPN is perceived in the realm of sports journalism.
The Te’O story dovetails well as we talk with our second guest, James Andrew Millier, author of Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN. Miller co-authored a piece with Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looking at how ESPN handled the Te’O story. He says ESPN had enough information to run the piece, but wanted an on-camera interview with Te’O before running the story. Jim provides some compelling insight into how ESPN worked this story.
We also talk to Jim about the comings and goings of talent at ESPN; the appearance of Chris Berman on Dan Patrick’s radio show tomorrow; and the progress of the Those Guys Have All the Fun movie.