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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.
 
Jeff Blair. Stephen Brunt. Richard Deitsch. As long-time journalists they’ve all experienced writer’s block, but they never run out of things to say! Opinions, insight and analysis from three of the smartest sports observers in the country. Writers Bloc… sharp takes, not hot takes.
 
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 151 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Jemele Hill, a contributing writer for The Atlantic, the host of the “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” podcast for Spotify, and a creative adviser for Meadowlark Media. She is followed by Fabian Ardaya who covers the Dodgers for The Athletic but up until May covered the Angels and S…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi discusses the latest surrounding the Blue Jays, notably Nate Pearson being used out of the bullpen and Corey Dickerson’s return (20:10). CBC Olympic Soccer analyst and former national team member Diana Matheson recaps Canada’s 1-1 draw against Japan and talks about the squad’s chances to imp…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host. Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae checks-in from the Blue Jays final home stand in Buffalo after Monday’s loss to the Red Sox (10:40). Max Kerman and Nick Dika of Arkells discuss their return to the stage in August in front of fans, their wishlist for the Blue Jays and playing hoops against Michael Grange (35:49). Elliotte Fr…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt discuss Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop announcing he is gay, the support he’s received around the hockey world, and why today should be celebrated. Later, Jeff and Stephen discuss the Blue Jays as they gear up for a return to Rogers Centre. Leafs Nation host Gord Stellick shares his thoughts on Toronto’s prote…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. Olympic decathlete Damian Warner talks about training during the pandemic ahead of his departure for Tokyo (19:20). Sportsnet’s Luke Fox examines the NHL rumour mill and which player the Maple Leafs could lose to the Seattle in the expansion draft (37:22). Dan Shulman looks ahead to the second half of the season…
 
In response to the TERRIBLE QB rankings released by the nerds at Pro Football Focus, the guys bring on Eric Eager (PFF's VP of Research and Development) to explain what the hell he and his fellow nerds were thinking. Plus, they expose THE TRUTH behind the list and why it's TOTAL BULLSHIT. It's podcast gold, people.…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. Toronto FC reporter Joshua Kloke discusses the latest news surrounding the club, both on and off the pitch (22:58). Los Angeles Times NBA reporter Dan Woike breaks down the NBA Finals and talks about Team USA’s struggles in exhibition play and finding a replacement for Bradley Beal before covering them in Tokyo …
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. NBA Insider Shams Charania discusses the latest on Ben Simmons and what could happen with Kyle Lowry and Toronto Raptors this summer (22:29). Parliament Hill reporter Cormac Mac Sweeney shares what he’s hearing on a federal level to allow the Blue Jays and Toronto FC to return home (37:43). Former Marlins execut…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch discuss last night’s broadcast of the MLB Home Run Derby and possible return for the Blue Jays to Toronto. NHL insider Renaud Lavoie (16:48) discusses Dominque Ducharme’s extension with the Canadiens, the Minnesota Wild parting ways with Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, and the rumour mill ahead of the draft and free agenc…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch look ahead to MLB’s Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Game and discuss the young talent on display from Shohei Ohtani to Fernando Tatis Jr. AP’s Global Correspondent Rob Harris recaps the Euro 2020 Final and discusses the mood in England following the loss to Italy (27:03). Jeff and Richard share their thoughts on the N…
 
Jeff Blair hosts solo! Toronto Star scribe Doug Smith weighs in on Masai Ujiri’s future with the Raptors and the Suns holding a 2-0 series lead over the Bucks (5:54). Rays analyst Orestes Destrade stops by to preview this weekend’s Blue Jays-Rays series at Tropicana Field (23:30). Alan Smith, former Premier League striker and current Sky Sports ana…
 
In response to ESPN's Rachel Nichols situation, the guys start their new diversity initiative and invite Brandon Newman (formerly of Barstool Sports and the "Maybe I'm Crazy" podcast) to join the new Fusco Podcast Network. However, the first episode of "The Brandon Newman Show" doesn't go according to plan.…
 
Jeff Blair hosts solo! Former NHL forward Nick Kypreos discusses the Tampa Bay Lightning winning back-to-back Stanley Cup titles and Travis Dermott’s two-year extension with the Maple Leafs (6:14). Euro 2020 play-by-play voice Martin Tyler chimes in on England’s 2-1 semi-final win over Denmark and Sunday’s final against Italy (22:04). SiriusXM NBA’…
 
Jeff Blair hosts solo! Pat Tabler, former MLB first baseman and current Blue Jays analyst, discusses the importance of tonight’s start for Hyun-Jin Ryu, Steven Matz’s second start since his return from the COVID-19 IL, and George Springer’s fit in the cleanup spot(7:26). Brian Boucher, former NHL goaltender and current NHL on NBC analyst, stops […]…
 
Episode 150 of the Sports Media Podcast features a conversation with two guests: Kavitha Davidson is a sports and culture writer for The Athletic and the host of Culture Calculus podcast. Jane McManus is the Director of the Marist's Center for Sports Communication and a Deadspin sports columnist. Both Davidson and McManus previously worked at ESPN.…
 
Jeff Blair hosts solo! Garry Galley, former NHL defenceman and current Sportsnet analyst, weighs in on the Canadiens’ overtime win against the Lightning, Dominique Ducharme’s lineup changes in Game 4, and Nick Suzuki’s growth as a two-way player (7:02). MLB Network Insider Mark Feinsand stops by to chat about the Yankees’ struggles this season and …
 
Jeff Blair hosts solo! Ricky Romero, former MLB pitcher, contributor to Blue Jays Central, and host of the Let’s Go Ricky Ro podcast, stops by to chat about Robbie Ray’s growth this season and Alek Manoah’s gem against the Rays on Friday (7:20). Later, Jeff shares his thoughts on Canada’s senior men’s national team failing […]…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host! The guys weigh in on Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Marcus Semien and Teoscar Hernandez being voted as All-Star starters for the American League and the importance of this weekend’s series against the Rays. Dan Shulman, play-by-play voice for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on CBC, joins the show to chat […]…
 
The guys bring on soccer analyst Ian Joy (CBS Sports, YES Network) and explain to him why soccer is a terrible sport and extremely boring. They also give Ian slam-dunk ways to improve the game 1000%. Plus, a new segment called "Great People in Sports Media" where Paulie & Tony salute the people who are doing it the right way. It's podcast gold, peo…
 
Today, in collaboration with radio stations across Canada, we are pleased to observe “A Day to Listen,” an initiative aimed at highlighting the powerful stories of Indigenous Peoples. In addition to our regular sports coverage, you will hear a series of features throughout the program as part of our effort to elevate the voices of […]…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host! The guys share their thoughts on Tampa’s dominant 5-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and the Blue Jays’ trade with the Marlins to acquire Corey Dickerson and Adam Cimber. Craig Simpson (23:04), former NHL forward and current Sportsnet analyst, weighs in on […]…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host! Yvan Cournoyer, former Canadiens forward and 10-time Stanley Cup champion, joins the show to chat about the Canadiens’ historic playoff run and his experience winning championships during the Habs’ dynastic era in the 1970s (18:46). Grant Wahl, host of the Futbol with Grant Wahl podcast and longform writer for […]…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host! The guys weigh in on the Canadiens advancing to the Stanley Cup Final, the lingering disappointment being felt by Leafs fans, and the significance of Carey Price’s indigenous roots. Kelly Hrudey (17:52), former NHL goaltender and current Sportsnet analyst, weighs in on the Canadiens’ historic playoff run and ton…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host! The guys share their thoughts on the Islanders forcing Game 7 against the Lightning, Montreal being on the verge of advancing to the Stanley Cup Final, and the polarizing narrative surrounding playoff officiating. Dave Andreychuk, former NHL forward, Hockey Hall of Famer, and current Lightning studio analyst for…
 
The most turbulent episode in the history of the show. Fox Sports/Bleacher Report writer Yaron Weitzman cancels at the very last minute due to an unforseen circumstance and, since Producer Jay (...who sucks at his job) can't fix the problem, Paulie and Tony turn to an old friend in the business, former producer for Jim Rome, Jason "J-Stew" Stewart.…
 
On the latest edition of the show devoted to Underdogs in the NBA, the NHL and much more, host T.J. Rives returns with plenty of roundball and what's on the ice! T.J. goes over some of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs briefly, including his Tampa Bay Lightning going for a repeat. They will need a Game 7 at home and will it possibly be Underdog Montreal…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch share their thoughts on the Raptors securing the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft and how it affects the team’s plans this off-season. Tim Leiper, former Blue Jays first base coach, weighs in on George Springer’s return, his spot in the lineup, and Max Scherzer’s theatrics when […]…
 
Episode 149 of the Sports Media Podcast features Mike Golic, who spent 26 years at ESPN as a radio host, NFL studio analyst and NFL and college football game analyst. In this podcast Golic discusses leaving ESPN and why it happened; how management informed him they were no longer interested in his services; what he’s been doing the last six months;…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host! The guys discuss George Springer’s return to the Blue Jays’ lineup and the team’s decision to bat him fifth in tonight’s series opener against Miami. Mark Tewksbury, Olympic gold medalist, Vice President of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and LGBTQ+ advocate weighs in on the significance of Carl Nassib announcin…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host! Jeff and Richard discuss the Golden Knights’ Game 4 OT win over the Canadiens and the Hawks’ Game 7 victory over the Sixers. John Chabot, former NHL forward and founder of the First Assist charity, weighs in on the significance of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the work of his […]…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt examine the current state of the Blue Jays following a series sweep to the New York Yankees. Sportsnet Blue Jays analyst Pat Tabler chimes-in with his thoughts on the team, mainly the Achilles heel that is the bullpen ahead this weekend’s series against the Baltimore Orioles (22:45). John Bartlett of […]…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt open the show discussing Denmark’s return to the pitch at Euro 2020 before covering the Toronto Blue Jays’ most recent loss to the New York Yankees. Blue Jays Central analyst Joe Siddall comments on the 3-2 loss, Ross Stripling showing up teammate Joe Panik, umpire CB Bucknor’s performance behind the […]…
 
The NBA Playoffs are narrowing down in the Eastern and Western Conference and we're ready for breakdown and some Underdog advice, plus opinions on the MLB pitching crackdown, the College World Series and more on the latest 3 Dog Thursday! Host T.J. Rives is back for some lively discussion on the Phoenix Suns already in the Western finals and who wi…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt examine the ongoing problems with the Blue Jays’ bullpen and congratulate the Canadian Men’s National soccer team after a 3-0 win over Haiti in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier to advance 4-0 on aggregate (0:26). Sportsnet Sr. hockey writer Chris Johnston talks about the Maple Leafs re-signing Jason Spezza fo…
 
Episode 148 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Michael Kay, the television play by play voice of the New York Yankees and the host of The Michael Kay Show, heard on ESPN Radio in New York City from 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Kay has a new book out — Centerstage: My Most Fascinating Interviews—from A-Rod to Jay-Z , which is a co…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt look ahead to what should be a busy week in sports, the CFL’s return, and look back to the weekend: notably Euro 2020, and the frightening sight involving Denmark’s Christian Eriksen on the pitch. Hamilton Tiger-Cats President Scott Mitchell discusses when he first sensed that the province of Ontario would allow CFL […]…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch open the show discussing the news of Pascal Siakam’s shoulder surgery and players around MLB who have yet to be vaccinated and the competitive disadvantages that could present to some clubs. The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith comments on when Pascal Siakam may return to action after undergoing shoulder surgery, when […]…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch talk about the Islanders advancing and the raucous crowd at the Coliseum. Islanders President of Hockey Operations Lou Lamoriello (17:53) discusses whether the formula for playoff success is the same now as it was when he was winning Stanley Cups with the Devils, his club’s subpar play just before the […]…
 
Biased NBA Analyst Chris Broussard (co-host of Fox Sports Radio's "The Odd Couple") tries, once again, to defend his BFF LeBron James, who just got booted from the playoffs. Also, the guys reveal a global conspiracy involving LeBron guaranteed to blow your mind. Plus, find out why the PGA Tour just made a terrible decision by forcing Jon Rahm to wi…
 
As the month of June rolls on, host T.J. Rives returns to talk NBA Playoffs and more with his guests. T.J. welcomes Brian Edwards of Vegas Insider and Majorwager.com to discuss the Brooklyn Nets looking good in the NBA East, Utah and Phoenix being favored to meet in the West and of course, more on his favorite team, the Hawks trying to upset Philly…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch open the show discussing Toronto’s CN Tower being lit up in the colours of the Montreal Canadiens and the reaction it caused around the city and between sports fans. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti talks about Gerrit Cole’s awkward media availability with reporters, the doctoring of baseballs within MLB, and the New […]…
 
Episode 147 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Ian Darke, the lead play-by-play commentator of ESPN’s soccer coverage. He will be in London this month calling UEFA EURO 2020 for ESPN. Darke is followed by Anthony Crupi, a sports media reporter for Sportico. In this podcast, Darke discusses the favorites for the tournament;…
 
Canadiens great Guy Carbonneau discusses whether there’s concern Dominique Ducharme’s squad may get too much rest ahead of their next series, the belief the Montreal players have in one another, how Carey Price compares to Patrick Roy, if Marc Bergevin’s & Ducharme’s jobs are safe no matter what happens in the semi-final, and what it takes […]…
 
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