Sports Media with Richard Deitsch

Sports Media with Richard Deitsch Podcast

The Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch is a weekly show that features interviews with members of the sports media about their work, as well as roundtables with sports media reporters about television, digital, audio/radio, print, and other forms of media. You can read Richard’s work at The Athletic and hear his words at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.

ESPN’s Malika Andrews on reporting four months from inside the NBA bubble at age 25
Episode 115 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features ESPN NBA reporter Malika Andrews, whose work appears across ESPN platforms including ESPN.com, SportsCenter and ESPN Radio. In this podcast Andrews discusses working inside the NBA bubble for four months; the challenges and rewards of the experience; the medical protocols of the bubble; being the youngest television sideline reporter ever to work the Eastern Conference finals; how she has found her age to be a factor in her reporting and ...

Writing critically on Kobe Bryant, and the differences between U.S. and Canada sports media
Episode 114 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Jeff  Pearlman, the author Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty. He is followed by Donnovan Bennett, a senior writer and host for Sportsnet Canada (where I also work). In this podcast, Pearlman discusses his reporting on Kobe Bryant and what it was like to report and write critically on Bryant; reporting on the 1996 to 2004 Lakers, interviewing more than 300 people for his ...

NFL viewership talk with John Ourand and authors Seyward Darby and Corey Sobel
Episode 113 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is John Ourand, the media reporter for Sports Business Daily. He is followed by writer Seyward Darby, the author of “Sisters In Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism” and writer Corey Sobel, the author of “The Redshirt,” selected for the 2020 Long List of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Darby and Sobel are married.  In this podcast Ourand and Deitsch discuss the seven game windows...


Jim Trotter and Steve Wyche of NFL Media and authors Kavitha Davidson (who also works at The Athletic) Jessica Luther
Episode 112 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features four guests. First up is Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter. Both are reporters for NFL Media, where they frequently appear on the NFL Network. They are co-hosting a new podcast, "Huddle and Flow." They are followed by Kavitha Davidson of The Athletic and author and writer Jessica Luther. They are the co-authors of  “Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan.” In this podcast, Wyche and Trotter discuss their new p...

Broadcaster Renee Paquette (known as Renee Young in the WWE) and Stephanie Ready of NBA TV and Turner Sports
Episode 111 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Renee Paquette, who worked for nearly eight years as a WWE broadcaster under the name Renee Young. She is followed by Turner Sports and NBA TV reporter Stephanie Ready.  In this podcast, Young discusses leaving the WWE after nearly eight years; her desire to host a longform audio and video interview podcast in the future; getting the coronavirus and how that still impacts her health today; feeling lost during the ...

The NBA’s viewership issues (featuring Anthony Crupi and Austin Karp) and soccer host extraordinaire Kate Abdo
Episode 110 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is Austin Karp, the managing editor for the Sports Business Daily and Sports Business Journal and one of the country’s foremost sports television ratings experts. He is joined by Anthony Crupi, sports media reporter for Sportico, a long time Ad Age staffer, and also one of the country’s foremost sports television ratings experts. Curipi and Karp join Deitsch for a wide-ranging discussion on NBA viewership; where vie...


Best-selling author James Andrew Miller and NBC NHL studio analyst Anson Carter
Episode 109 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live the host of the “Origins” podcast. He is followed by NBC NHL studio analyst Anson Carter. In this podcast, Miller discusses what college football moving from fall to spring would mean for ESPN both for the business as well as the on-air talent and producers that work on it; the impact the move might have on Monday Night Foot...

Covering sports inside a bubble with ESPN’s Holly Rowe, Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times and Stefano Fusaro of ESPN
Episode 108 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is ESPN reporter Holly Rowe, who is covering the WNBA season from inside the bubble in Bradenton, Fla. Next is Tania Ganguli, the Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times who is covering the NBA season from inside the bubble in Orlando. She is followed by ESPN’s Stefano Fusaro, who is covering the “MLS Is Back” tournament from inside the bubble in Orlando.  In this podcast, Rowe discusses how she landed the ass...

ESPN national MLB reporter Marly Rivera, Jim Miller on Adrian Wojnarowski’s suspension and talent agent Steve Herz on the sports media landscape
Episode 107 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is ESPN national MLB writer Marly Rivera. Next is James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live the host of the “Origins” podcast. His latest project is a deep dive into the Cameron Crowe classic coming-of-age-film, “Almost Famous.” He is followed by agent Steve Herz, the president of The Montag Group and the author of a new book, “Don't Take Yes for an Answer: Using Auth...


Best-selling author James Andrew Miller and Kurt Streeter of the New York Times
Episode 106 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live the host of the “Origins” podcast. His latest project is a deep dive into the Cameron Crowe classic coming-of-age-film, “Almost Famous.” He is followed by Kurt Streeter of the New York Times, who has done extensive reporting on Maya Moore, the WNBA star who left professional basketball to help free a man she believed was wron...

The Athletic’s Rhiannon Walker, ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic
Episode 105 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is Rhiannon Walker, who covers the Washington football team for The Athletic. She is followed by Mike Reiss, an NFL Nation reporter for ESPN who reports on the Patriots for all ESPN platforms. He is followed by Josh Tolentino, who covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Athletic. In this podcast, Walker discusses the challenges of covering the NFL during a pandemic and the unknown heading forward; how she has personally ...

Michael Lee, senior NBA writer for The Athletic and Washington Post writer Robert Klemko
Episode 104 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Michael Lee, a senior NBA writer for The Athletic. He is followed by Washington Post writer Robert Klemko, an investigative reporter in the Sports department who has been assigned to news during COVID-19. In this podcast, Lee discusses how he has processed the last three weeks in America; the nexus of sports and race in 2020 and what it says about the moment; the NBA’s return-to-play plan and whether it can work; ...


J.A. Adande, the Director of Sports Journalism and the Medill School at Northwestern University and The Athletic's NASCAR writer Jeff Gluck.
Episode 103 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is J.A. Adande, the Director of Sports Journalism and the Medill School at Northwestern University and a longtime ESPN staffer. He is followed by The Athletic NASCAR writer Jeff Gluck. In this podcast, Adande discusses how he has processed the last two weeks in America; the nexus of sports and social justice and sports and race and why you must cover these issues even knowing that some consumers of your product are n...

Lisa Wilson of The Athletic, ESPN’s Michael Eaves, Rana Cash of Savannah Morning News and Sportsnet’s (Canada) Donnovan Bennett
Episode 102 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with four guests. First up is Lisa Wilson, the NFL editor for The Athletic and a former sports editor for The Buffalo News. She is followed by ESPN SportsCenter anchor Michael Eaves. He is followed by Rana Cash, the executive editor of the Savannah Morning News who was just recently the sports editor at the Louisville Courier-Journal. She is followed by Donnovan Bennett, a host, podcaster and writer for Sportsnet in Canada ...

John Ourand of the Sports Business Daily and The Athletic’s Katie Strang
Episode 101 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with two guests. First up is Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. He is followed by The Athletic senior NHL writer and investigative reporter Katie Strang. In this podcast, Ourand discusses the potential for the most crowded pro sports schedule in history and what that means for networks that air games; whether networks or leagues will work with each other to change schedules; how network officials are approachin...


ESPN analyst Booger McFarland and Fox NASCAR producer Barry Landis
Episode 100 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with two guests. First up is ESPN NFL and college football analyst Booger McFarland, who spent the past two years as one of the analysts on Monday Night Football. He is followed by Barry Landis, the lead race producer for FOX’s NASCAR coverage and a producer on that network’s NFL coverage.  In this podcast, McFarland discusses his time as an analyst on Monday Night Football; how he learned he would not return; how he viewe...

Tom Verducci on the new normal of covering baseball
Episode 99 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Sports Illustrated senior writer and Fox and MLB Network reporter and broadcaster Tom Verducci. In this podcast, Verducci discusses MLB’s proposed plans to return and what he thinks of those prospects; how baseball will be covered with COVID-19 restrictions; the potential loss of media access beyond 2020; how social distancing will change media coverage; the prospect of calling MLB games from a studio as opposed to a ballpark; going throug...

Bob Costas
Episode 98 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features the sports television journalist and host Bob Costas, who currently calls baseball and hosts specials for the MLB Network. In this podcast, Costas discusses his role in launching and developing the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s CLF Media Project, the first and only concussion reporting training designed specifically for sports media professionals; the importance of proper terminology for broadcasters when it comes to head trauma; whether ...


Chad Finn on an NFL regular season potentially starting in mid-October and Game of Zones creators Adam and Craig Malamut
Episode 97 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn and Adam and Craig Malamut, the creators of the B/R animated series, “Game of Zones.” In this podcast Deitsch and Finn discuss the future of the NFL Draft on television; the possibilities of a Super Bowl that kicks off on Feb. 28, 2021 and a regular season that starts as late as Thursday, Oct. 15; the combined ESPN/NFL Network Draft production; the coverage of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Tampa...

John Ourand on The NFL Draft and The Last Dance
Episode 96 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. In this podcast Deitsch and Ourand discuss the combined ESPN/NFL Network production of the NFL Draft; the issues and challenges surrounding it; why the tech worked for viewers; the public response to The Last Dance; whether comparisons to the O.J. doc is fair; what the COVID-19 shutdown will mean for sports media long-term; the rise of TV networks producing non-remote productions; sportswrite...

Introducing: Hope, Through History with Jon Meacham
Welcome to Hope, Through History with Jon Meacham. This limited series explores some of the most historic and trying times in American History, and how this nation dealt with these moments, the impact of these moments and how we came through these moments a unified nation. Season One takes a look at critical moments around the 1918 Flu Pandemic, the Great Depression, World War II, the polio epidemic and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices...


Introducing: Hope, Through History with Jon Meacham
Welcome to Hope, Through History with Jon Meacham. This limited series explores some of the most historic and trying times in American History, and how this nation dealt with these moments, the impact of these moments and how we came through these moments a unified nation. Season One takes a look at critical moments around the 1918 Flu Pandemic, the Great Depression, World War II, the polio epidemic and the Cuban Missile Crisis....

ESPN's Sean McDonough and writers Kalyn Kahler and Joan Niesen
Episode 95 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is ESPN play by play broadcaster Sean McDonough, who has called major sports for three decades including national championships in college football and basketball; Monday Night Football, and the World Series McDonough was scheduled to return this year as one of the voices of Boston Red Sox, whose games he also called from 1988-2004. In this podcast McDonough discusses what he is doing now amid COVID-19; his time at M...

Sports Media in the age of Coronavirus
Episode 94 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with The Washington Post sports media writer Ben Strauss. In this podcast, Strauss and Deitsch discuss how sports networks are programming amid COVID-19; what alternative programs have hit; the postponement of the Olympics and what that means for NBC; Fox committing to a full eNASCAR season; the NFL selling Wild Card games to NBC and CBS;;the Sports Illustrated layoffs and what will happen with that iconic media brand. and m...


Chico Harlan, Rome bureau chief for The Washington Post
Episode 93 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Chico Harlan, the Rome bureau chief for The Washington Post. He joined the paper in 2008 where his role was serving as the beat reporter for the Washington Nationals. In this podcast, Harlan discusses what his day to day life is currently like in Rome during the middle of a pandemic; how he reports his stories for the Washington Post; the challenges of reporting on coronavirus in Italy; the most troubling things he has ...

Scott Van Pelt of ESPN
Episode 92 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with ESPN SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt. In this podcast, Van Pelt discusses how his show is adapting to the current COVID-19 crisis; what working at ESPN’s Connecticut headquarters is currently like; what it was like being on the air when the NBA announced its season was suspended; how to approach live television when unforeseen circumstances happen; the organic development of “SeniorNight” for his show; whether sports...

Scott Van Pelt of ESPN
Episode 92 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with ESPN SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt. In this podcast, Van Pelt discusses how his show is adapting to the current COVID-19 crisis; what working at ESPN’s Connecticut headquarters is currently like; what it was like being on the air when the NBA announced its season was suspended; how to approach live television when unforeseen circumstances happen; the organic development of “SeniorNight” for his show; whether sports...


Dr. Celine Gounder and Grant Wahl on coronavirus and sports
Episode 91 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Dr. Celine Gounder and Grant Wahl. Dr. Gounder is a practicing HIV/infectious diseases specialist and internist and epidemiologist. She is currently working as a CNN analyst and hosts of the podcast “Epidemic With Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain.” Wahl is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the host of Planet Fubol. The two are married.  In this podcast, Gounder and Wahl discuss the most important things peop...

Tony Romo breaks the bank
Episode 90 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. In this podcast, Deitsch and Ourand discuss Tony Romo’s decision to re-sign with CBS; what we know about the negotiations and ESPN’s interest; the impact of Romo’s record-breaking salary; how this helps or does not help CBS/Viacom with upcoming NFL rights negotiations; what Romo’s salary mean for the talent market for NFL analysts; what would have happened had Romo made th...

Tony Romo breaks the bank
Episode 90 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. In this podcast, Deitsch and Ourand discuss Tony Romo’s decision to re-sign with CBS; what we know about the negotiations and ESPN’s interest; the impact of Romo’s record-breaking salary; how this helps or does not help CBS/Viacom with upcoming NFL rights negotiations; what Romo’s salary mean for the talent market for NFL analysts; what would have happened had Romo made th...


Sports Media Talk with John Ourand of Sports Business Daily
Episode 89 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. In this podcast, Deitsch and Ourand discuss what a 17th NFL game and extra postseason games would mean for media rights holders; what outlets could be bidding on a new package; how the XFL is doing viewership-wise in relation to expectations; the cancellation of ESPN’s High Noon; how much the cancellation has to do with ratings versus salary; the reaction to the cancellati...

Tiffany Greene and Meghan McPeak — pioneering broadcasters in the Sports Media
Episode 88 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Tiffany Greene and Meghan McPeak. Green is the first African-American woman to serve as a play by play commentator for college football on a major network. She calls HBCU football games for ESPN as well as other play by play assignments for ESPN including college basketball on the SEC Network. McPeak, who classifies herself as bi-racial, is a play by play broadcaster for the Capital City Gogo, the NBA G League affiliate...

Tiffany Greene and Meghan McPeak — pioneering broadcasters in the Sports Media
Episode 88 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Tiffany Greene and Meghan McPeak. Green is the first African-American woman to serve as a play by play commentator for college football on a major network. She calls HBCU football games for ESPN as well as other play by play assignments for ESPN including college basketball on the SEC Network. McPeak, who classifies herself as bi-racial, is a play by play broadcaster for the Capital City Gogo, the NBA G League affiliate...


Jamie Little and Shannon Spake of Fox Sports
Episode 87 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Jamie Little and Shannon Spake, both of Fox Sports. Little covers pit road for the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series. Spake is the host of Fox NASCAR’s race coverage and handles all the anchor duties for NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY series. They will be both be part of Fox’s Daytona 500 c0verage. In this podcast, Little and Spake discuss what is unique about broadcasting NASCAR versus other sports; how...

Covering Kobe Bryant (with Howard Beck and Tim Kawakami)
Episode 86 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report and Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. Both writers covered Kobe Bryant extensively during Bryant’s career. In this podcast, Beck and Kawakami discuss Bryant as an interview subject; the level of access he gave reporters; how long they covered him; how reporters should address the sexual assault case in Eagle, Colo; their most memorable interaction with Bryant; whether Bryant was calculating wi...

The Producer and Director of Super Bowl LIV: Richie Zyontz and Rich Russo of Fox Sports
Episode 85 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Richie Zyontz and Rich Russo of Fox Sports. Zyontz and Russo are the lead producer and lead director for Super Bowl LIV. This will be Zyontz’s six Super Bowl as a lead game producer. It is the fourth Super Bowl Russo has directed. In this episode, Zyontz and Russo discuss the preparation that goes into the production elements of the Super Bowl; what they do day to day during Super Bowl week; how they practice for the w...


John Ourand of Sports Business Daily
Episode 84 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand on a variety of topics. In this podcast, Ourand and Deitsch discuss potential Super Bowl viewership; whether the Titans being in the Super Bowl would impact the viewership number; the appeal of Aaron Rogers and Patrick Mahomes as TV plays; sports accounting for 92 of the 100 most-viewed telecasts in 2019;  the upcoming Monday Night Football changes; what our sources say abo...

Jalen Rose
Episode 83 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features ESPN analyst and host Jalen Rose, who appears on a variety of ESPN shows including NBA Countdown, Get Up! and Jalen & Jacoby.  In 2011, Rose established the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), an open enrollment ­public charter high school in Detroit that gives students a leadership-focused education.  In this podcast, Rose discusses his ESPN tenure in relation to his NBA career; why he has taken on the assignments he has; his definitio...

Adam Amin
Episode 82 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features ESPN broadcaster Adam Amin, who handles a variety of assignments for the company including college football, the NFL, women’s college basketball and the Final Four; MLB, men's college basketball, and the NBA. In this podcast, Amin discusses how he approaches his assignments, his recent experience on Twitter that went viral when he decided to spend a plane flight praising his colleagues; crazy ESPN conspiracies on college football; struggli...


Jim Ross and Joan Niesen
Episode 81 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: The iconic wrestling broadcaster Jim (“JR”) Ross, who currently calls All Elite Wrestling (AEW) on TNT every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET and is a senior advisor with the promotion. Ross is also the co-host (with Conrad Thompson) of the popular podcast, “Grilling JR.”  The second guest is  Joan Niesen, who recently worked at Sports Illustrated, where she covered national college football, following stops at the Denver Post and Fo...

Sports Media roundtable with Chad Finn and Ben Strauss
Episode 80 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests for a media roundtable: Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn and Washington Post sports media writer Ben Strauss. In this podcast, the roundtable discusses the decline of the NBA viewership and the reasons for it; what could provide a catalyst; the cable vs. network debate; the impact of the Warriors on NBA ratings; whether MLB can capitalize on a crazy offseason; the future of the SEC Football package; what we think will ...

Joe Buck of Fox Sports
Episode 79 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck. He and Troy Aikman will call Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, 2020. In this podcast, Buck discusses how he views the prospect of working until his 70s as his father, Jack Buck, did; how turning 50 impacted him both professionally and personally; whether broadcasting a Super Bowl that year feels different for hos NFL broadcast group; why he signed a contract extension that times with John Smoltz’s contract; how to ...


James Andrew Miller
Episode 78 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live the host of the “Origins” podcast. His latest project is a deep dive into HBO. In this podcast, Miller discusses the prospect of ABC airing Monday Night Football and whether ESPN could afford not to have MNF on cable; the interest at Disney in airing a Super Bowl; why he believes Stephen A. Smith’s annual salary will ultimately top $10 million; how E...

Robert Klemko and Jimmy Traina
Episode 77 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First up is Robert Klemko, who is an investigative reporter in the Sports department of The Washington Post. Klemko worked at Sports Illustrated for six years prior to the Post. He is followed by Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina, who writes “Traina Thoughts” for SI.com and is the host of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast. He has worked at SI for 19 years. In this podcast, Klemko discusses how he landed at The Washington Po...

Robert Klemko and Jimmy Traina
Episode 77 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First up is Robert Klemko, who is an investigative reporter in the Sports department of The Washington Post. Klemko worked at Sports Illustrated for six years prior to the Post. He is followed by Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina, who writes “Traina Thoughts” for SI.com and is the host of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast. He has worked at SI for 19 years. In this podcast, Klemko discusses how he landed at The Washington Po...


John Ourand and Tim Burke on Deadspin
Episode 76 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First up is Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. He is followed by Tim Burke, who worked at Deadspin for seven years as a video editor, writer and editor. He now runs Burke Communications, a media consulting group.  In this podcast, Ourand discusses World Series viewership and where the health of MLB is regarding those metrics; why Ourand thinks MLB and Fox should be pleased with postseason numbers; why baseball’s l...

Michael Smith, Isabelle Khurshudyan, and Mark Beech
Episode 75 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests: Michael Smith, who worked for ESPN for 15 years in various capacities including as a NFL reporter and SportsCenter host; Isabelle Khurshudyan, who has covered the Washington Capitals for the Washington Post since the fall of 2015 and will soon become a Moscow correspondent for the paper, and Mark Beech, who spent eighteen years at Sports Illustrated before becoming a senior editor at the Players’ Tribune in 2016. His new book...

Michael Smith, Isabelle Khurshudyan, and Mark Beech
Episode 75 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests: Michael Smith, who worked for ESPN for 15 years in various capacities including as a NFL reporter and SportsCenter host; Isabelle Khurshudyan, who has covered the Washington Capitals for the Washington Post since the fall of 2015 and will soon become a Moscow correspondent for the paper, and Mark Beech, who spent eighteen years at Sports Illustrated before becoming a senior editor at the Players’ Tribune in 2016. His new book...


Sam Amick of The Athletic and ESPN’s Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman
Episode 74 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Sam Amick, a national NBA writer for The Athletic, and Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman, the lead soccer broadcast team for ESPN. In this podcast, Amick discusses how much China will consume coverage of the league this season; howparity will impact NBA media coverage; the most interesting teams in the NBA this year; what he expects from the Lakers and Clippers in terms of access; what to expect from LeBron James in terms of interest from view...

Sam Amick of The Athletic and ESPN’s Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman
Episode 74 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Sam Amick, a national NBA writer for The Athletic, and Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman, the lead soccer broadcast team for ESPN. In this podcast, Amick discusses how much China will consume coverage of the league this season; howparity will impact NBA media coverage; the most interesting teams in the NBA this year; what he expects from the Lakers and Clippers in terms of access; what to expect from LeBron James in terms of interest from view...

James Andrew Miller on ESPN and China, SI layoffs
Episode 73 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features best-selling author and media writer James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, “Origins with James Andrew Miller. In this podcast, Miller and Deitsch discuss the relationship between ESPN and the NBA as it relates to China and politics; how ESPN has navigated the news out of China; whether employees feel restricted about discussing the political situation about China and Hong Kong through the prism of Daryl Morey’s tweet; what ESPN emp...


James Andrew Miller on ESPN and China, SI layoffs
Episode 73 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features best-selling author and media writer James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, “Origins with James Andrew Miller. In this podcast, Miller and Deitsch discuss the relationship between ESPN and the NBA as it relates to China and politics; how ESPN has navigated the news out of China; whether employees feel restricted about discussing the political situation about China and Hong Kong through the prism of Daryl Morey’s tweet; what ESPN emp...

Introducing The Next Big Idea
Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now at http://wondery.fm/TNBISportsMedia...

Introducing The Next Big Idea
Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now at http://wondery.fm/TNBISportsMedia...


The Sports Illustrated Layoffs
Episode 72 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features four former Sports Illustrated staffers who were let go last week by The Maven, the Seattle-based startup that leased Sports Illustrated's media operations from the Authentic Brands Group.  The first segment features Mary Agnant, a producer and filmmaker who worked for Sports Illustrated Video for three years. Agnant worked on many video initiatives and directed one of the best things SI has ever produced – a documentary (“The Logan Effect...

The Sports Illustrated Layoffs
Episode 72 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features four former Sports Illustrated staffers who were let go last week by The Maven, the Seattle-based startup that leased Sports Illustrated's media operations from the Authentic Brands Group.  The first segment features Mary Agnant, a producer and filmmaker who worked for Sports Illustrated Video for three years. Agnant worked on many video initiatives and directed one of the best things SI has ever produced – a documentary (“The Logan Effect...

Adnan Virk and ESPN's Ivan Maisel and John Dahl
Episode 71 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two segments. The first guest is Adnan Virk, the host of DAZN’s “ChangeUp” MLB whip-around show, the network’s boxing coverage, as well as a host at MLB Network and NHL Network. The second segment features Ivan Maisel and John Dahl. Maisel has covered college football for ESPN since 2002, writing as a senior writer for ESPN.com and appearing on television and ESPN Radio and on podcasts.  Dahl is an ESPN Vice President of Special Projects a...


Jane McManus and Katie Strang
Episode 70 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: Jane McManus is the director of the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College, a sports columnist for the New York Daily News and a former ESPN and espnW columnist. Katie Strang is a national writer for The Athletic based in Michigan. and a former NHL and MLB writer for ESPN.  In this podcast, McManus and Strang discuss covering stories that focus on mental health and sexual assault in sports; how to cover such stories...

Jane McManus and Katie Strang
Episode 70 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: Jane McManus is the director of the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College, a sports columnist for the New York Daily News and a former ESPN and espnW columnist. Katie Strang is a national writer for The Athletic based in Michigan. and a former NHL and MLB writer for ESPN.  In this podcast, McManus and Strang discuss covering stories that focus on mental health and sexual assault in sports; how to cover such stories...

Garrett Graf, author of "The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11", and Kavitha Davidson and Anders Kelto, the co-hosts of “The Lead.”
Episode 69 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Garret Graff, the author of the best-selling book, “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11.” He is followed by Kavitha Davidson and Anders Kelto, the co-hosts of “The Lead” which is a new daily podcast from The Athletic and Wondery LLC. It is the first daily podcast for the Athletic. In this podcast, Graf discusses how his Politico Magazine piece for the 15th anniversary of 9/11 about being aboard Air ...


Garrett Graf, author of "The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11", and Kavitha Davidson and Anders Kelto, the co-hosts of “The Lead.”
Episode 69 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Garret Graff, the author of the best-selling book, “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11.” He is followed by Kavitha Davidson and Anders Kelto, the co-hosts of “The Lead” which is a new daily podcast from The Athletic and Wondery LLC. It is the first daily podcast for the Athletic. In this podcast, Graf discusses how his Politico Magazine piece for the 15th anniversary of 9/11 about being aboard Air Fo...

Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand
Episode 68 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. In this podcast, Deitsch and Ourand discuss the NFL’s viewership numbers; why viewership was up in Week One and what it means heading forward; how much the NFL is counting on Dallas, New England, Cleveland and some other teams in its big windows; Fox’s noon ET college football strategy; why college football has gotten off to a big ratings start; the impact of sports gambli...

Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand
Episode 68 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. In this podcast, Deitsch and Ourand discuss the NFL’s viewership numbers; why viewership was up in Week One and what it means heading forward; how much the NFL is counting on Dallas, New England, Cleveland and some other teams in its big windows; Fox’s noon ET college football strategy; why college football has gotten off to a big ratings start; the impact of sports gambli...


ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Booger McFarland
Episode 67 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Monday Night Football analyst  Booger McFarland. In this podcast, McFarland discusses the criticism of the product last season; his confidence level that he would be retained by ESPN for MNF; the challenges of being a field analyst last season; how things will be different this year; how he views ESPN’s interest in high-profile people; how he got involved in the sports media following an NFL career that included two Sup...

ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Booger McFarland
Episode 67 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Monday Night Football analyst  Booger McFarland. In this podcast, McFarland discusses the criticism of the product last season; his confidence level that he would be retained by ESPN for MNF; the challenges of being a field analyst last season; how things will be different this year; how he views ESPN’s interest in high-profile people; how he got involved in the sports media following an NFL career that included two Sup...

Gus Johnson of Fox Sports and Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel of The Athletic
Episode 66 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Fox Sports play by play broadcaster Gus Johnson and The Athletic college football writers Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel.    In this podcast, Johnson discusses his approach to calling big plays and silence; the challenges of calling college football compared to other sports; his most memorable college football game as a broadcaster; how noon ET kickoffs will change his routine; why he wants badly back in the NBA; his approach to social m...


Examining ESPN's NBA Coverage and The Future of Women's Sports Coverage
Episode 65 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Washington Post sports and media writer Ben Strauss.  In this podcast, Strauss and Deitsch discusses the changes at ESPN’s NBA Countdown; the history of changes at Countdown; why Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor were chosen to help; the future of Michelle Beadle; the proliferation of wresting on Wednesday nights at USA Network and Turner Sports; the resignation of Deadspin editor of chief Megan Greenwell; the future of that site under G/O M...

ESPN’s Don Van Natta and Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post
Episode 64 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Don Van Natta, an investigative reporter for ESPN whose work appears across that company’s platforms. Van Natta is the host of the docuseries “Backstory,” whosedebut episode “Serena vs. The Umpire” launches Aug. 18 on ABC. He is followed by Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post. In January Janes moved from her longtime role as the Washington Nationals beat reporter to covering the 2020 Presidential election.  In this...

John Ourand on NFL and College Football Viewership
Episode 63 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand. In this podcast, Deitsch and Ourand project how NFL viewership will fare in 2019; why last year’s NFL viewership was up five percent across the board; the impact of close games and matchups early in the season on ratings; the impact of the Bears and Browns on national ratings; the Pac-12’s prospects of 9:00 a.m. ET kickoffs; what we think of college football viewership for 2019; the latest ...


James Andrew Miller and Jim Trotter on Dan LeBatard and ESPN
Episode 62 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First up is best-selling author and media writer James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, “Origins with James Andrew Miller. He is followed by longtime NFL writer Jim Trotter, who serves in a multitude of roles for NFL Network and NFL.com and previously worked at ESPN, Sports Illustrated and the San Diego Union-Tribune. In this podcast, Miller discusses ESPN Radio host Dan Le Batard’s criticism of President Donald Trump an...

How boxing gets covered in 2019 with Mike Coppinger and Lance Pugmire; Chad Finn on Sports Media
Episode 61 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests: First up is a boxing roundtable with Mike Coppinger, a staff writer covering boxing for The Athletic who formerly covered the sport for USA Today and Ring Magazine, and Lance Pugmire, a senior writer covering boxing for The Athletic who previously spent 19 years at the Los Angeles Times as their lead boxing writer. They are followed by Chad Finn, the sports media writer for the Boston Globe.  In this podcast, Pugmire and Copp...

Conrad Thompson and Chris Herring
Episode 60 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First up is Conrad Thompson, the host of four immensely popular wresting podcasts: Something to Wrestle (with Bruce Pritchard); 83 Weeks (with Eric Bischoff), What Happened When (with Tony Schiavone) and Grilling JR with Jim Ross. He is followed by Chris Herring, a senior NBA writer for FiveThirtyEight and the former Knicks beat writer at The Wall Street Journal.  In this podcast, Thompson discusses Bischoff and Pritchard takin...


Bob Ley
Episode 59 of the Sports Media Podcast features guest Bob Ley, who recently retired from ESPN after 40 years with the network. Ley was ESPN’s longest-serving commentator, joining the network as a SportsCenter anchor on its third day of operation (September 9, 1979)and had hosted Outside the Lines since its inception in May 1990. In this podcast, Ley discussed why he left ESPN; dispelling any notion that this was not his decision and his alone; how he came to his decision; what he did during his sabbatical ...

John Ourand and James Andrew Miller
Episode 58 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. The first segment is a conversation with John Ourand, the sports media reporter for the Sports Business Daily. The second segment features best-selling author James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, “Origins with James Andrew Miller. In this podcast, Ourand and Deitsch discuss Bob Ley’s decision to retire from ESPN after 40 years; the impact of Ley on programming at ESPN; what this means for ESPN’s journalism and Outside The Lines heading for...

Michael Grange, Ann Killion and Mark Feinsand
Episode 57 of the Sports Media Podcast features three guests. The first segment is a conversation with Michael Grange, who covers the Toronto Raptors for Sportsnet (Canada) and Ann Killion, a sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle who covers the Golden State Warriors. The second segment features Mark Feinsand, an MLB. com executive reporter, MLB Network Insider and the co-author of "Mission 27: A New Boss, A New Ballpark and One Last Ring For The Yankees' Core Four.”  In this podcast, Grange and K...


Taylor Twellman
Episode 56 of the Sports Media Podcast features ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, the network’s lead analyst for domestic and global soccer. In this podcast, Twellman discusses Fox owning the rights to the World Cup and the frustration that comes from that; how he watches World Cup games; how he got into broadcasting following his career as a professional soccer player; how he hopes to navigate his soccer presence with other opportunities to discuss and cover sports away from soccer; his fandom for the St. Louis Blue...

James Andrew Miller and Jenn Hildreth
Episode 55 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is best-selling author James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, “Origins with James Andrew Miller.” He is followed by  sports broadcaster Jenn Hildreth, who will be calling the 2019 Women's World Cup for Fox and also works for ESPN and the SEC Network. In this podcast, Miller discusses the many interviews ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro has done on the intersection of sports and politics at ESPN and how Pitaro views that intersection with...

David Epstein, Seerat Sohi and Daniel Dale
Episode 54 of the Sports Media Podcast features three guests: First up is David Epstein, a New York Times best-selling author whose latest book is “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.” He is followed by Seerat Sohi, an NBA writer for Yahoo Sports based in Toronto who is covering the NBA Finals. The third segment features Daniel Dale, the acclaimed Washington bureau chief for the Toronto Star and a mega-Raptors fan. In this podcast, Epstein discusses his latest book, which questions whethe...


Media Roundtable with John Ourand
Episode 53 of the Sports Media Podcast features a roundtable with Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand. In this podcast, Deitsch and Ourand discuss the NFL moving Sunday divisional playoff games to 3pm and 6:30 p.m. ET start times; dropping the single-header rule, meaning all markets will get at least three Sunday afternoon games; the postseason NBA viewership; how much of the declines are tied to LeBron James versus other factors; the L.A. Times profile of ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro; the futur...

Taylor Rooks and Jim Ross
Episode 53 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Taylor Rooks, a host and reporter for Bleacher Report and the host of “Take It There With Taylor Rooks,” which airs on Bleacher Report. She is followed by Jim Ross, the iconic wrestling broadcaster who is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling as a commentator and senior advisor. He also has a new podcast — Grilling JR – with Conrad Thompson.  In this podcast, Rooks discusses her career arc and how she landed a national sports intervie...

Will people watch the XFL?
Episode 52 of the Sports Media Podcast features three guests: First up is a sports media roundtable with Washington Post sports and media writer Ben Strauss of The Washington Post and Hannah Withiam, an associate editor at The Athletic. They are followed by  Armen Keteyian, the longtime broadcast television journalist and an anchor and executive producer for The Athletic.  In this podcast, Strauss, Withiam and Deitsch discuss the XFL’s media deal including the announcement that more than half of the XFL's g...


Tim Layden, Bruce Feldman and Daniel Dale
Episode 51 of the Sports Media Podcast features three guests: First up is Tim Layden, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a contributor to NBC Sports. He is followed by Bruce Feldman, a college football reporter for The Athletic and Fox Sports. The last segment is with Daniel Dale, the Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star.  In this podcast, Layden discusses how to cover the Kentucky Derby, whatmakes covering the Derby unique compared to other events, the access that the sports media gets dur...

Adnan Virk and Mike Lombardi and John Ourand
Episode 50 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two segments: First up is Adnan Virk and Mike Lombardi, the co-hosts of the new podcast, “The GM Shuffle.” Virk is currently the host of DAZN’s “ChangeUp” MLB whip-around show as well as a host at MLB Network. He worked for ESPN for a decade before he was fired by that company earlier this year. Lombardi is a longtime NFL executive who has worked for ESPN, CBS Sports, Showtime, the NFL Network, Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, The Ringer an...

Jemele Hill and Rick Reilly
Episode 49 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First up is Jemele Hill, a staff writer for The Atlantic and a former ESPN SportsCenter anchor and personality. Hill is the host of a new podcast — “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” for Spotify. Hill is followed by Rick Reilly, the author of "Commander In Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump” and a former writer and on-air personality for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.  In this podcast, Hill discusses her transition from ESPN to roles that ...


Ron MacLean and Jason Benetti
Episode 48 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First up is Ron MacLean the host of Hockey Night in Canada and Rogers Hometown Hockey and one of the most well-known sports broadcasters in Canada. He’s followed by Chicago White Sox and ESPN broadcaster Jason Benetti. In this podcast, MacLean discusses the relevance of the Hockey Night In Canada host role in 2019; the most important trait a sports television host can have and why; his relationship with Coaches Corner co-host D...

Renee Young and Paul Heyman on life in the WWE. Plus, John Ourand on sports media
Episode 47 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Renee Young and Paul Heyman of the WWE. Young is a commentator on Monday Night Raw, the WWE’s flagship show, and the first woman to hold that position. Heyman is a longtime WWE performer — he currently is the advocate for Brock Lesnar —and sports entertainment impresario. Both Heyman and Young will perform at WrestleMania 35 in East Rutherford, N.J. The last segment features Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand.  In this podcast,...

Conrad Thompson, Shireen Ahmed, Emily Kaplan, Greg Wyshynski and Steven Bennett on being a sports podcaster
Episode 46 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features five sports podcasters discussing all facets of their podcasts. The opening segment features Conrad Thompson, the host of three immensely popular wresting podcasts: Something to Wrestle (with Bruce Pritchard); 83 Weeks (with Eric Bischoff) and What Happened When (with Tony Schiavone). He is followed by Shireen Ahmed, one of the co-hosts of the “Burn It All Down” podcast, which brings an intersectional feminist view to the biggest stories i...


Michael Kay on Mike Francesa, his James Dolan interview and navigating two mega sports media jobs in NYC.
Episode 45 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Michael Kay, the television voice of  the New York Yankees for the YES Network and the host of The Michael Kay Show, which airs 3:00 to 7:00 PM ET on ESPN’s New York City radio affiliate. Kay’s interview is followed by a sports media roundtable with Mike McCarthy, a sports media reporter for The Sporting News and Hannah Withiam, an associate editor for The Athletic. In this podcast, Kay discusses his recent interview with New York Knicks ...

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah
Episode 44 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with NFL Network analyst and NFL Draft expert Daniel Jeremiah. In this podcast, Jeremiah details what a typical day is like for him prior to the NFL Draft; how the departure of Mike Mayock has impacted him professionally; whether he feels more pressure this year on-air in the post-Mayock era given his prominence at the NFL Network; how he will evaluate Mayock’s picks and whether he thinks he’ll have insight into which player...

John Ourand and Chad Finn Roundtable
Episode 43 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a roundtable with Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand and Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn. In this podcast, the group discusses Jason Witten’s return to the Dallas Cowboys; how surprised ESPN management was with Witten’s decision; what ESPN is likely to do next with Monday Night Football; whether ESPN would be better served with a two-person or three person booth; what media outlet will end up getting the story on t...


Ian Eagle, Sarah Kustok, Jason Gay and Pete Abraham
Episode 42 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is Ian Eagle and Sarah Kustok, the broadcast team for the Brooklyn Nets as well as accomplished broadcasters for CBS, the YES Network  Turner Sports and Tennis Channel (Eagle) and the YES Network and Fox Sports (Kustok). They are followed by Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay and Boston Globe baseball writer Pete Abraham.  In this podcast, Eagle and Kustok discuss why it works between the two of them; wh...

Ian Eagle, Sarah Kustok, Jason Gay and Pete Abraham
Episode 42 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is Ian Eagle and Sarah Kustok, the broadcast team for the Brooklyn Nets as well as accomplished broadcasters for CBS, the YES Network  Turner Sports and Tennis Channel (Eagle) and the YES Network and Fox Sports (Kustok). They are followed by Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay and Boston Globe baseball writer Pete Abraham.  In this podcast, Eagle and Kustok discuss why it works between the two of them; wh...

John Ourand
Episode 41 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand. In this podcast Ourand and Deitsch discuss the NBA’s declining viewership at this point of the season; why big markets among the regional sports networks are so down including New York (down 41 percent on MSG Network), Chicago (down 36 percent on NBC Sports Chicago) and Boston (down 27 percent on NBC Sports Boston); why national games are down 18 percent on TNT and 17 pe...


Mark Fainaru-Wada, Shannon Spake, and Jeff Gluck.
Episode 40 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three great guests: ESPN senior investigative reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada; Fox Sports NASCAR host and NFL reporter Shannon Spake, and preeminent NASCAR writer and reporter Jeff Gluck.  First up is Fainaru-Wada, who discussed his recent piece on how Bob Costas went from fronting the NFL to being excised from last year's Super Bowl; how the story came to fruition; how often he spoke with Costas; why he thinks Costas talked to him; how he appr...

James Andrew Miller on the Adnan Virk firing
Episode 39 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two segments. First up is a conversation with James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live the host of the “Origins” podcast. He is followed by Boston Globe media writer Chad Finn and USA Today staff writer A.J. Perez.  In this podcast, Miller discusses how he views ESPN’s firing of Adnan Virk; why he believes there was a significant over-punishment; why ESPN has not investigated who leaked Vi...

Kevin Harlan and Super Bowl Director Mike Arnold
Episode 38 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First up is Kevin Harlan, who is calling his ninth consecutive Super Bowl game for Westwood One, the audio rightsholder for the Super Bowl. He is followed by Mike Arnold, who is directing his fifth Super Bowl for CBS.  In this podcast, Harlan discusses calling his ninth Super Bowl for Westwood One and how his radio call is different from his television work; the preparation he does to call a radio broadcast versus a television ...


Laura Rutledge and Kevin Clark
Episode 37 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First up is Laura Rutledge, a reporter and host for ESPN in a number of roles including as a reporter on live-event programming such as college football as well as a co-host on “Get Up” and the SEC Network’s “SEC Nation.” She is followed by Kevin Clark, an NFL writer, podcaster and video host for The Ringer. He previously covered the NFL for The Wall Street Journal. In this podcast, Rutledge discusses her various roles on majo...

Sports Media Reporter John Ourand
Episode 36 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. In this podcast, we discuss the potential viewership for this year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta; ESPN’s interest in getting a Super Bowl game in the future and the potential cost to get in that rotation; what kind of Super Bowl broadcast ESPN/ABC might put on; ESPN’s NFL journalism; Ourand’s story on the Big 12 conference shopping the 2019, 2021 and 2023 championship games to m...

Austin Murphy and Daniel Dale
Episode 35 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: longtime Sports Illustrated writer Austin Murphy, and Daniel Dale, the Toronto Star’s Washington bureau chief. In this podcast, Murphy discussed the recent piece he wrote for The Atlantic (“I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated, Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon”) in which he discussed his new job as an Amazon driver at age 57; why his piecestruck such a chord, especially on social media; how he approached writing it; what ...


James Andrew Miller on ESPN
Episode 34 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a sports media conversation on ESPN with James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live the host of the “Origins” podcast. In this podcast, Miller discusses where ESPN is in 2019 regarding its relationship with parent company Disney and its position in the sports media marketplace; ESPN’s current relationship with the NFL and interest in future rights deals; where ESPN+ is today and where it need...

Chelsea Janes & Bruce Feldman
Episode 33 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: Chelsea Janes, the Washington Nationals beat reporter for the Washington Post who will move from that beat after the new year to cover the 2020 Presidential election; and Bruce Feldman, a college football reporter for The Athletic and a football sideline reporter for Fox Sports.  In this podcast, Janes discusses her upcoming move from covering MLB to the 2020 Presidential campaign; how her new assignment came to be; the chal...

NBA roundtable with Howard Beck, Candace Buckner and Seerat Sohi
Episode 32 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a roundtable discussion with three prominent NBA writers: Howard Beck, a senior NBA writer at Bleacher Report; Candace Buckner, a reporter for The Washington Post who covers the Washington Wizards, and Seerat Sohi, an NBA reporter for Yahoo Sports.   In this podcast, the group discusses what they think readers expect from them in their specific roles; the different kinds of media people covering the NBA; how to figure out what lane to purs...


Tom Verducci
Episode 31 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Tom Verducci, a Sports Illustrated senior writer, an analyst for MLB Network, and an analyst and field reporter for Fox Sports. In this podcast, Verducci discusses how reporters approach covering the Winter Meetings; which MLB organizational staffers are likely to speak to reporters at the Winter Meetings; why the Winter Meetings are often controlled by agents and their agendas; how texting has become a major form of communication for repo...

Sports Media Roundtable with John Ourand and Chad Finn
Episode 30 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a media roundtable with Sports Business Daily sports media writer John Ourand and Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn. In this episode, Ourand, Finn and Deitsch discuss the Monday Night Football booth, Finn’s recent piece on analyst Jason Witten and what the feedback as been on the booth from our readers; the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson pay-per-view event, what went wrong, and how Turner Sports viewed the enterprise; the rise of N...

Rebecca Lobo and LaChina Robinson
Episode 29 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features sports broadcasters Rebecca Lobo and LaChina Robinson for an examination of women’s college basketball coverage, and a look at this year’s top teams. Lobo joined ESPN in 2004 as a WNBA and women’s college basketball analyst and reporter and calls the Women’s Final Four annually. She is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Robinson calls games for a myriad of companies including ESPN, Fox Sports, Raycom’s ACC women’s b...


Boston sports-talk radio host Kirk Minihane
Episode 28 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Boston sports-talk radio host Kirk Minihane In this podcast, Minihane discussed why he has not been on WEEI’s air since last September; checking himself into a hospital last August for treatment of depression and suicidal thoughts; why he took an indefinite leave from the airwaves; where is mental health his now and his current medication regimen; how he has spent the last three months away from sports talk; whether he thinks WEEI manag...

FOX Sports NFL analyst Troy Aikman
Episode 27 of the Sports Media Podcast features Fox Sports NFL analyst Troy Aikman.  In this podcast, Aikman discusses his first year as an analyst for Fox’s coverage of Thursday Night Football; how doing an additional game each week has changed his preparation; what an average week is like for him work-wise; how sustainable it is for a broadcast crew to work Thursdays and Sundays weekly; why Tony Romo was able to be successful so quickly where others have struggled in broadcasting; how much feedback he ...

Kate Abdo, Chad Finn & Mitch Albom
Episode 26 of the Sports Media Podcast features Turner Sports and Fox Sports soccer host Kate Abdo; a media discussion with Boston Globe media writer Chad Finn on Monday Night Football’s broadcast crew and declining World Series viewership; and best-selling author and Detroit Free Press sports columnist Mitch Albom.    In this podcast, Abdo discusses her role as the studio host for Turner and Bleacher Report’s UEFA Champions League coverage; how she ended up in soccer broadcasting after leaving home a...


Why NFL ratings are up in 2018 & Did ESPN get too political?
Episode 25 of the Sports Media Podcast features Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand for a discussion on the latest sports media news.    In this podcast, Ourand and Deitsch discuss the current NFL viewership numbers and why they are up from 2017; whether the league can sustain the ratings through the end of the regular season; the impact of quarterbacks, competitive games, and news fatigue on the viewership; the World Series matchup between the Dodgers and Red Sox and what kind of interest ...

Rachel Nichols & Candace Parker
Episode 24 of the Sports Media Podcast features guests Rachel Nichols of ESPN and Candace Parker of Turner Sports. Nichols is the host of The Jump and a longtime reporter whose resume includes CNN, Turner Sports and the Washington Post. Parker Is a future Basketball Hall of Famer who recently joined the NBA on TNT and NBA TV as an analyst. She currently plays for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. In this podcast, Nichols discusses how The Jump gets put together daily; who she thinks is watching h...

Jemele Hill
Episode 23 of the Sports Media Podcast features Jemele Hill. In this podcast, Hill discusses leaving ESPN after 12 years; why she decided to leave; how one goes about negotiating a buyout with ESPN; the role of management changes at SportsCenter that led to her leaving SC6; whether ESPN management wanted her to stay or leave the company; why SC6 was not a viewership hit; the role of former ESPN president John Skipper in her career and the impact of Skipper’s leaving the network because of a cocaine addictio...


Yahoo Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes
Episode 22 of the Sports Media Podcast features Yahoo! Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes. In this podcast, Haynes discussed why he ended up leaving ESPN; what he expects at Yahoo! Sports; how ESPN wanted him to remain a local Bay Area as opposed to a national reporter; what it was like covering LeBron James for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer; what James discusses with reporters; what it’s like to have multiple employers over the past six years; whether he feels the pressure to break news as previous Yahoo ...

Renee Young
Episode 21 of the Sports Media Podcast features Renee Young, who was recently named as a fulltime commentator on Monday Night Raw, the WWE’s flagship show. Young is the first woman to hold that position. In the podcast, Young discusses why her six-year run at WWE has worked out as well as it has; how she found about getting the Raw job from Michael Cole, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Vince McMahon; what her process is like to prepare for Monday Night Raw; how much she is aware of specific match activity ...

NFL Broadcasting/Kaepernick Nike Roundtable. PLUS: Scott Hanson & Liam McHugh
Episode 21 of the Sports Media Podcast features four guests. The first segment is a roundtable with Black Sports Online founder and editor Robert Littal and Newsday sports columnist and reporter Neil Best. In the podcast, the three of us discuss what CBS, Fox, ESPN, and NBC have in store for you this year when it comes to the NFL; the changes we are most curious about regarding the networks that air NFL games; how the networks will cover the intersection of social justice and football; our thoughts on how t...


JEMELE HILL LEAVES ESPN; BEADLE LEAVES GET UP!
Episode 21 of the Sports Media Podcast features three guests. The first segment is a roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and Black Sports Online founder and editor Robert Littal. In the podcast, the three of us discuss Jemele Hill leaving ESPN; what it means for the ESPN brand; why it happened; how much of it the decision was tied to Hill’s suspension last October or new ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro; what it says that ESPN’s most prominent African-American female voice has left the...

Adam Schefter & Chiney Ogwumike
Episode 20 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: The first is ESPN insider Adam Schefter, who is the author (along with SI’s Michael Rosenberg) of a new book, “The Man I Never Met: A Memoir.” The second guest is WNBA All-Star forward Chiney Ogwumike, who works as an ESPN host and commentator away from professional basketball.    In this podcast Schefter discusses his new book, which is about how his life intersected with Joe Maio, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald and die...

John Ourand And John Smoltz
Episode 19 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and MLB Network and Fox Sports MLB analyst John Smoltz.   In this podcast, Ourand discusses ESPN’s new weekly lineup changes and recommitment to SportsCenter; the end of SportsNation; why Ourand thinks the move to 4:00 p.m. ET is good for High Noon; the run on global soccer rights for streaming entities such as ESPN+ and B/R; whether out-of-home-viewership stats has any busin...


Rebecca Lowe
Episode 18 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features guest Rebecca Lowe, the host of NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage, including Premier League Live, as well as an Olympic host for the network. In this podcast Lowe discusses her broadcasting comfort level as she heads into her sixth year working Stateside for NBC; how she manages the tricky logistics of her working schedule including raising a toddler in Northern California; the challenges of doing studio work onsite from the U.K.;...

Brett McMurphy
Episode 17 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features college football reporter Brett McMurphy, who this week broke a major story on his Facebook account regarding charges from Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of a longtime assistant of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. Smith called into question Meyer’s claims he was unaware of a 2015 allegation of domestic abuse against the assistant. In this podcast, McMurphy discusses the timeline of his reporting; how he first contacted Smith; why Smi...

Frank Isola, Clifton Brown and Ben Reiter
Episode 16 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests: First, a candid conversation with longtime NBA writer and broadcaster Frank Isola, who was let go this week by Tronc after 25 years of working at the New York Daily News. The second guest is Clifton Brown, an enterprise reporter at the IndyStar and the author of Bearing the Cross: My Inspiring Journey from Poverty to the NFL and Sports Television. The final guest is Sports Illustrated senior writer Ben Reiter, the author of a...


James Andrew Miller and Conrad Thompson
Episode 15 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: First, a sports media conversation with James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live. The second guest is Conrad Thompson, the host of three immensely popular wresting podcasts: Something to Wrestle (with Bruce Pritchard); 83 Weeks (with Eric Bischoff) and What Happened When (with Tony Schiavone)   In this podcast, Miller discusses ESPN’s current relationship with the NFL unde...

How ESPN’s deal for the UFC and Fox’s deal for the WWE came together & LaChina Robinson on covering Women’s Basketball
Episode 14 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand and women’s basketball broadcaster and podcaster LaChina Robinson. In this podcast, Ourand discusses his reporting on the deal ESPN signed for UFC rights and the deal Fox signed for WWE Smackdown; how each deal came together; why ESPN was interested in UFC and where the programming will run; whether UFC has growth potential as a broadcast property; whether ESPN will examine the U...

The media impact of LeBron James moving to the Los Angeles Lakers
Episode 13 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three separate guests: Tania Ganguli, who covers the Lakers for the Los Angeles Times; Sports Illustrated national NBA writer Lee Jenkins, and Dave McMenamin, an NBA reporter for ESPN. The theme of the podcast is the media impact of LeBron James moving from Cleveland to Los Angeles.   In this podcast, Ganguli discusses how James coming to the Lakers impacts her job and why; how she learned of James coming to the Lakers; whether there...


Molly Sullivan and a Sports Media Roundtable with Austin Karp and Rob Littal
Episode 12 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features Molly Sullivan, the popular television sideline reporter on Philadelphia 76ers games who was unexpectedly let go last week by NBC Sports Philadelphia after six years on the job. In this podcast, Sullivan describes in frank terms what happens when you lose your sports media job unexpectedly; what NBC Sports Philadelphia told her about its decision and what they didn’t tell her; how Sixers fans have started a petition on her behalf; covering...

ESPN's Adnan Virk and The Athletic's Calvin Watkins
Episode 11 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is ESPN Adnan Virk, who hosts multiple studio shows in multiple sports and is the host of “Cinephile: The Adnan Virk Movie Podcast.” In this podcast Virk goes deep into how an sports broadcaster in his position deals with a contract negotiation; at what point his agent started negotiating an extension at ESPN; the anxiety of not getting an offer prior to the end of a contract; how to get a sense of what money to ask fo...

Sports Media Roundtable with John Ourand and Chad Finn & Caps beat writer Isabelle Khurshudyan
Episode 10 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features a roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and Boston Globe media writer Chad Finn, and a one-on-one conversation with Washington Post Capitals reporter Isabelle Khurshudyan. In this podcast, Ourand and Finn discusses the 2026 World Cup being awarded to the U.S., Canada and Mexico and what that means for English-speaking rights-holder Fox Sports; the impact of Fox Sports getting the 2026 tournament without an open bid...


Charissa Thompson
Episode 9 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Charissa Thompson, the host of Fox NFL Kickoff and NFL Films Presents on FS1. In this podcast, Thompson discusses why she decided to re-sign with Fox Sports; having conversations with ESPN host Mike Greenberg about working on a morning show with him; having her private photos hacked and leaked online, and the incomprehensible invasion of privacy; the aftermath of that invasion; how she is going about trying to get justic...

How To Cover The World Cup With Grant Wahl
Episode 8 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Grant Wahl, a Sports Illustrated senior writer and Fox Sports soccer reporter. In this podcast, Wahl discusses how to cover a World Cup, which Wahl will be doing for the next six weeks in Russia, how much access reporters get at a World Cup; racism at a World Cup setting; how Fox will approach its World Cup studio shows; writing the first SI cover story on LeBron James; buying LeBron and his friends dinner at Applebees; ...

Examining ESPN's future and present
Episode 7 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation on ESPN’s present and future with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and a roundtable with Boston Globe media writer Chad Finn, and Robert Littal, the founder and editor of Black Sports Online. In this podcast, Ourand discusses Wall Street Journal reporter Shalini Ramachandran’s examination of ESPN’s current business, the tension between Disney Chairman Robert Iger and former ESPN president John Skipper; whether E...


Joe Tessitore and Richard Sandomir
Episode 6 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features ESPN play by play announcer Joe Tessitore, who was recently named the lead voice of Monday Night Football. In the podcast, Tessitore discusses in-depth how over the course of a six-week period in March and April, he auditioned 12 potential Monday Night Football analyst candidates at ESPN’s Bristol, Ct. headquarters; how he approached the audition process; the memorable audition of Jason Witten which included Witten playing football with his...

Peter King and 2 Sports Media Roundtables
Episode 5 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features Peter King who will be leaving Sports Illustrated on June 1—his 29-year anniversary of being hired by SI—for a new job with NBC Sports in July. In the podcast King discusses why he left SI; how he came to the decision; how SI offered him more money to stay; where he stands on the future of Sports Illustrated and The MMQB; his response to criticism of being an access-oriented, league-friendly NFL reporter; why he writes about political issue...

Doris Burke and Cheryl Reeve
Episode 4 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features Doris Burke, the acclaimed ESPN broadcaster who called a full season of NBA games as an color analyst for the first time in 2017-18; and Cheryl Reeve, the head coach and General Manager of the Minnesota Lynx. Under Reeve, the Lynx have won four titles in the last seven years. In this podcast, Burke discusses calling the NBA for a full season as a color analyst; her anxiety over her current contract coming to an end on Oct. 31; why she says ...


Verne Lundquist, John Ourand and Neil Best
Episode 3 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features an extended conversation with Verne Lundquist, the iconic sports broadcaster for CBS and ABC and the voice of some of the most memorable calls in the history of sports broadcasting. After Lundquist, Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and Newsday sports media writer Neil Best come on to discuss various topics including the television schedules for the NFL TV networks and Mike Francesa’s return to WFAN.   In the podcast, Lun...

Jayson Stark, Ken Rosenthal & Tim Layden
Episode 2 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features two segments. First, a conversation with Ken Rosenthal, a senior baseball writer for The Athletic, a reporter for Fox Sports' MLB telecasts and analyst for the MLB Network, and Jayson Stark, a senior baseball writer at the Athletic and studio at MLB Network. The second segment features Sports Illustrated senior Tim Layden on the life and work of William Nack.    In this podcast, Rosenthal and Stark discusses how to morph between digit...

James Andrew Miller and 2 Sports Media Roundtables
Episode 1 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with writer James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live as well as sports media roundtables with The Athletic Bay Area editor Tim Kawakami, BSO founder and editor Robert Littal, SB Nation writer Charlotte Wilder and Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn. In this podcast, Miller discusses the new ESPN morning show, Get Up!” and its struggling ratings; why the show likely has ...


The Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch returns!
Welcome to the teaser episode — call it Episode 0 – of Sports Media with Richard Deitsch. In this 20-minute mini-episode, Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand and Boston Globe media writer Chad Finn discuss ESPN’s immediate challenges under new president Jimmy Pitaro; the fractured relationship between ESPN and the NFL; how ESPN will report on the NFL in the future; the plans for Monday Night Football booth; whether the Sports Illustrated Media podcast is a competitor to this podcast; and inform...