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Richard Deitsch and Donnovan Bennett host a podcast about how COVID-19 is impacting sports around the world. They talk to experts, athletes and personalities, putting big news into perspective, highlighting great journalism and offering a window into the lives of people we normally root for in entirely different ways.
 
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Episode 244 of the Sports Media Podcast features Ashley Adamson, the lead studio host for football and basketball on the Pac-12 Network, and Lisa McCaffrey, a former Stanford University star soccer player who has raised four adult sons, all of whom still play or coach football, most notably Christian McCaffrey who plays for the Carolina Panthers. I…
 
Steve interviews Richard Deitsch (00:05:09) from The Athletic. Richard joins us to talk about Pat McAfee joining ESPN's College Gameday, the impact he will have on the show, and what the show will look like when Lee Corso retires. Richard and Steve also break down the main booth for each of the NFL's TV partners. Also, Richard explains the madness …
 
Steve interviews Jay Mariotti (00:16:18)who became a star in sports media thanks to incredible columns he wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times and his many appearances on ESPN's Around the Horn. Jay is making his second appearance on the podcast and isn't holding any punches. Jay talks about the end of Serena William's career, the start of the NFL seaso…
 
Episode 243 of the Sports Media Podcast features a conversation with Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn. He is followed by Fred Segal, the author of Freezing Cold Takes: NFL. Football’s Most Inaccurate Predictions And The Fascinating Stories Behind Them. Since 2015, Segal has run the popular Old Takes Exposed account on Twitter. In this pod…
 
Episode 242 of the Sports Media Podcast features Anna Wolfe, an investigative reporter writing about poverty and economic justice at Mississippi Today. In this podcast, Wolfe discusses her eye-opening and vital reporting on an alleged massive criminal scandal in which prominent Mississippi officials misspent or stole millions in welfare funds inten…
 
Episode 241 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Fred Gaudelli, the executive producer for Thursday Night Football on Prime Video, where he leads the TNF game production team headlined by Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit, and Kaylee Hartung, and Pierre Moossa, the lead director of Thursday Night Football on Prim…
 
Episode 240 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is a conversation with Boston Globe sports media writer Chad Finn and Deitsch on the first week of NFL broadcasting. In this podcast, we offer our thoughts on Joe Buck and Troy Aikman’s ESPN regular-season debut; Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen’s first game as…
 
Episode 239 of the Sports Media podcast features a conversation with Lindsay Jones, a senior editor for The Ringer where she helps lead their NFL coverage and and Jenny Vrentas, a sports reporter for The New York Times with a focus on enterprise and investigations. In this podcast, Jones and Vrentas discuss their respective roles; the challenges of…
 
Episode 238 of the Sports Media podcast features a conversation with Richie Zyontz and Rich Russo. Zyontz and Russo are the lead producer and director, respectively, for Fox’s top NFL team featuring Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi. In this podcast, Zyontz and Russo discuss what an NFL game producer and director does each w…
 
Steve interviews Joe Posnanski (00:09:20) the host of the PosCast, author of books, and writer on Substack. Joe joins us to talk about the success of his last book, The Baseball 100 and explains why writing the football version of it has been problematic and discusses how he plans to fix those problems. Joe also talks about walking away from his li…
 
Episode 237 of the Sports Media podcast features a conversation with Michael Grady, who was recently announced as the new voice of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Bally Sports North, and Anish Shroff, who in March was named the radio play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Panthers NFL team. In this podcast Grady discusses how he landed the Timberwol…
 
Episode 236 of the Sports Media Podcast features a conversation with Leah Hextall, a play by play broadcaster for ESPN’s NHL coverage. Hextall was the first woman to call play by play for a nationally televised NHL game when she was part of Sportsnet’s first all-female broadcast team in March 2020. In this podcast, Hextall talks about the presentat…
 
Episode 235 of the Sports Media Podcast features a media roundtable with Chad Finn of The Boston Globe and Austin Karp of Sports Business Journal. In this podcast, Finn, Karp and Deitsch discuss first impressions of Amazon’s new Thursday Night Football broadcast; realistic expectations for Amazon’s game and studio broadcast; Amazon’s PR rollout; wh…
 
Episode 234 of the Sports Media Podcast features a conversation with David Law, Matt Roberts and Catherine Whitaker, the three hosts of The Tennis Podcast. In this podcast, Law, Roberts and Whitaker discuss how their podcast came to existence and the long grind to build an audience; having a global audience and how that impacts content; the impact …
 
Episode 233 of the Sports Media Podcast features a conversation with Jon Wertheim, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, a senior correspondent for 60 Minutes and a senior analyst for The Tennis Channel, and Scott Price, who worked for 26 years as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and wrote under the byline S.L. Price. Both Wertheim and Pric…
 
Episode 232 of the Sports Media Podcast features a conversation with Stewart Mandel, a senior writer covering college football for The Athletic. In this podcast, Mandel and Deitsch discuss the Big Ten’s new media rights deal; whether the inventory is deep enough for an all-day linear airing of Big Ten football games; what networks did the best; ESP…
 
Steve interviews Stewart Mandel (00:08:16) from The Athletic. Stewart joins us for his annual preview of the college football season. Before looking ahead, Steve and Stewart discuss all of the news from the offseason including USC and UCLA moving to the Big 10 and the most interesting moves involving the transfer portal. From there, the guys discus…
 
Episode 231 of the Sports Media Podcast features a conversation with Brian Gewirtz, a senior vice president of development at Seven Bucks Productions, which is a production company co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and his producing partner, Dany Garcia. Gewirtz is the author of the new book, “There’s Just One Problem: True Tales From The Former, One-Ti…
 
Episode 230 of the Sports Media Podcast features Andscape senior NFL Writer Jason Reid. His new book is the “Rise of the Black Quarterback: What it means for America.” In this podcast, Reid discusses the black quarterbacks of the 1960s and 1970s in the AFL and NFL and what they experienced; the hate mail players such as James Harris had to deal wit…
 
Steve interviews Joe Buck (00:08:12) from ESPN's Monday Night Football. Joe explains the backstory that led to him leaving Fox for ESPN. Joe talks about wanting to work with Troy Aikman, Fox being generous, and Tony Romo's massive contract changing the game. Joe also looked back at his career calling baseball games and went over his favorite moment…
 
Episode 229 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Dr. Dani Gilbert, a Rosenwald Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, and an expert on U.S. hostage policy and diplomacy. She is followed by T,J, Quinn, an investigative repo…
 
Episode 229 of the Sports Media Podcast features ESPN broadcaster and longtime World Series game-caller Joe Buck. In this podcast, Buck discusses the life and career of the legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, who passed away on Tuesday at age 94; the friendship between Scully and Jack Buck, the father of Joe Buck; Scully’s remarkable ability to call …
 
Episode 228 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Yahoo Sports NFL writer Shalise Manza Young. She is followed by Boston Globe media writer and general columnist Chad Finn. In this podcast, Young discusses her excellent piece on independent arbitrator Sue L. Robinson’s decision on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson; why the de…
 
Steve interviews Sean McDonough (00:10:44) from ESPN. Sean joins us to talk about his first season calling hockey games as the lead PBP voice for ESPN's coverage. Sean talks about getting better as the season progressed, explains the grind of the playoffs, and looks ahead to the second season. Sean also talks about working in press boxes far from t…
 
Episode 227 of the Sports Media Podcast features three guests. First up is Ian Darke, a football commentator for ESPN in America and for BT Sport in UK. Last week Fox Sports announced that Darke will be part of the network’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year. He is followed by Roberto Andrade Franco, a feature writer for ESPN …
 
Episode 226 features Conrad Thompson, the preeminent wrestling podcast host in the United States and the promoter of “Ric Flair's Last Match" which features 11 matches from promotions across the globe that will air July 31on PPV and FITE.TV from The Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN. In this podcast, Thompson discusses how he came to put together the pr…
 
Episode 225 features The Athletic writers Katie Strang, Dan Robson, and Ian Mendes. The three co-authored a recent piece on allegations of sexual assault and a reckoning for Hockey Canada. In this podcast, Strang, Robson, and Mendes discuss how the reporting came together for the piece and the steps reporters take to report on this subject; what we…
 
Steve interviews Andrew Marchand and John Ourand(00:08:10) from the New York Post and The Sports Business Journal. Andrew and John talk to Steve about the origins of their podcast, explain why Marchand is the heel, and talk about their goals for the future of the pod. Steve also squeezes some sports media news out of them and they talk about the Su…
 
Episode 224 features Jamie Erdahl, the new host of Good Morning Football which airs Monday to Friday at 7:00 AM ET on NFL Network. She will make her debut on the show on July 25. In this podcast, Erdahl discussed why she wanted the GMF job; when she first became aware the job was open; what the interview process was like; why people have taken to t…
 
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