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Latest 8 Feb 2023 | Updated Daily

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Ethan Strauss: the sports journalism disruptor is in the house

Razib Khan's Unsupervised Learning

Spectator sports are a massive cross-cultural phenomenon in the modern world, from cricket in India to football in Europe and American football in the US. In the middle of the 20th century, commentary on sports was generally found in newspapers that also reported results from the previous day’s games. By the end of the century, many sports television channels arose that provided new venues for commentary and analysis, and the vocation of “sports commentator” exploded beyond simply analyzing the scores. As professional sports leagues became culturally influential, the job of a sports journalist expanded to reporting on what occurred “outside the lines” of the playing field. On this episode of the Unsupervised Learning podcast, Razib talks to Ethan Strauss, a writer who has covered sports and culture for the past decade, including penning the book The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty. More recently his writing is to be found at his Substack, House of Strauss, which is notable for offering a candid take on the cross-pollination between the broader culture and athletics, notably in the piece Nike's End of Men: Why Nike no longer wants us to Be Like Mike. The conversation takes some strange turns because Razib has consciously avoided following spectator sports since 2004 when he reflected on how much of his life was wrapped up in tracking his favorite teams. This was before the period that athletes became culturally influential and polarizing, as they transformed themselves into “social media influencers.” Rather than relying on reporters to engage in hagiography, Razib and Strauss discuss a figure like Lebron James, who can alter the tenor of cultural conversation simply through his Twitter account or his feigned reading in the locker room. They also tackle the stillborn globalization of sports, the NBA’s failures in China, and China’s failure to produce top-notch basketball talent in quantity (as well as India’s failure to punch at its weight in world-class athletics). 

1hr 39mins

14 Aug 2022

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SBS- Ethan Strauss

Le Batard & Friends Network

Dan talks with Ethan Strauss, who left The Athletic to start his own Substack after he stopped caring about traditional sports writing. They talk about the risk of making that decision, trying to reveal the innards of the transactional sports media, and how Mark Cuban is bit of a fraud. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

25 Jul 2022

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Warriors Win While Luka Looks Mortal + House of Strauss founder Ethan Strauss

Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre

On today's episode, Jason and Producer Rob G kick things off by sharing their thoughts on the Golden State Warriors' drubbing of the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Steph Curry was phenomenal, but it's hard to make any sweeping conclusions about the series moving forward given that nobody expects Luka Doncic and the Mavs to play this poorly again. In fact, the same can be said about what happened in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. Does anyone really expect Jayson Tatum to have six turnovers in a single quarter ever again? Of course not. Both of these series should be lengthy, and we can't wait to see how they unfold. Later, longtime NBA writer and House of Strauss founder Ethan Strauss swings by to discuss how he was able to break into the sports media business, why he ultimately decided to leave ESPN and go into business for himself, what it was like covering the Warriors in the early days of Curry’s career, Kevin Durant's psyche and why thought Golden State was the right fit for him (until it wasn't), what to make of the current NBA Playoff ratings, and much more!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

58mins

19 May 2022

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Ethan Strauss on Steph Curry, Nikola Jokic, and the NBA marketing and media machines

DNVR Denver Nuggets Podcast

In this episode, Adam Mares is joined by Ethan Strauss of the House of Strauss substack and podcast. Ethan began covering the Golden State Warriors for ESPN back in 2014 and had a front-row seat to the rise of the Curry era on the NBA. He also wrote the fantastic book, The Victory Machine, chronicling the not-fully-satisfying success of Kevin Durant, Joe Lacob, and the Warriors during the late 2010s.The two compare and contrast Steph Curry and Nikola Jokic and ask why one is the face of the league and the other is among the least marketable league MVPs we've ever seen. The conversation weaves in and out of some behind-the-scenes storylines about how the NBA operates including insight into ESPN and the league's media partners, social media, the comcast-Altitude dispute, and why athletes have an inability to reveal what is actually interesting about themselves. Independent Media - 2:00 2014 Warriors - 6:45 How did the Warriors get this dominant - 14:30 Jokic's Nuggets & Steph's Warriors - 22:50 Athletes telling their own stories - 35:40 Jokic's contentedness - 44:10 Comcast/Altitude - 49:30 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 3mins

23 Mar 2022

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Colin Cowherd Podcast - Ethan Strauss on NBA Media Criticism, Locker Room Ban, Twitter Outrage, Ben Simmons Toxicity, Warriors Flaws Ja Morant

The Herd with Colin Cowherd

First, it's Fake Questions, Real Answers where Colin explains why Sean McVay is the NFL's "disruptor", why owners shouldn't in a rush to play April baseball, what Joe Biden's State of the Union address proves about Twitter, what Kyler Murray can learn from Baker Mayfield's missteps, and why Oklahoma fans latest claim about Lincoln Riley may be the most pathetic yet (3:00).Then, longtime NBA writer - and host of the House of Strauss Podcast - Ethan Strauss and Colin discuss why the Cavs are drawing huge local ratings when the Lakers and Nets aren't (14:00), Ethan's NBA media scouting report (26:00), the danger of paying too much attention to Twitter (31:00), the problem with the NBA's media locker room ban (35:00), why the media outrage industry is thriving (40:00), if Ben Simmons is destined to fail in Brooklyn (45:00), when he knew Draymond Green could change the Warriors culture (49:00), if this version of the Warriors can win the title (52:00),Make sure to Subscribe and follow Colin and The Volume on Twitter for the latest content and updates and check out FanDuel for the best wagering and daily fantasy action! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 1min

3 Mar 2022

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228. Ethan Strauss on NBA Media Criticism, Locker Room Ban, Twitter Outrage, Ben Simmons Toxicity, Warriors Flaws Ja Morant

The Colin Cowherd Podcast

First, it's Fake Questions, Real Answers where Colin explains why Sean McVay is the NFL's "disruptor", why owners shouldn't in a rush to play April baseball, what Joe Biden's State of the Union address proves about Twitter, what Kyler Murray can learn from Baker Mayfield's missteps, and why Oklahoma fans latest claim about Lincoln Riley may be the most pathetic yet (3:00).Then, longtime NBA writer - and host of the House of Strauss Podcast - Ethan Strauss and Colin discuss why the Cavs are drawing huge local ratings when the Lakers and Nets aren't (14:00), Ethan's NBA media scouting report (26:00), the danger of paying too much attention to Twitter (31:00), the problem with the NBA's media locker room ban (35:00), why the media outrage industry is thriving (40:00), if Ben Simmons is destined to fail in Brooklyn (45:00), when he knew Draymond Green could change the Warriors culture (49:00), if this version of the Warriors can win the title (52:00),Make sure to Subscribe and follow Colin and The Volume on Twitter for the latest content and updates and check out FanDuel for the best wagering and daily fantasy action! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

55mins

3 Mar 2022

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S5 Ep6: Analysing Klay Thompson's Return w/ Ethan Strauss

The Hoop Genius Podcast

BJ & Mo are BACK and better than ever! Today they're joined by writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss and the show includes: - Analysing Klay Thompson's return to the Golden State Warriors - Why Ja Morant is the next face of the NBA - The latest Ben Simmons rumours - How Simmons & Kyrie Irving are changing the course of basketball contracts

48mins

10 Jan 2022

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Culture War Disconnects, Nike Hypocrisy, and the Religion of Woke, with John McWhorter and Ethan Strauss | Ep. 189

The Megyn Kelly Show

Megyn Kelly is joined by John McWhorter, Columbia University professor and author of "Woke Racism," and Ethan Strauss, Substack sports writer, to talk about the cultural war disconnects in America today, the religion of woke, offensive attacks on Condoleezza Rice after her "The View" comments, Dave Chappelle firing back over free speech, the NBA and Nike promoting social justice but doing business with China, Nike's hypocrisy and turn against men, Kyrie Irving and vaccine mandates,  athletes speaking out, and more.Follow The Megyn Kelly Show on all social platforms: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/MegynKellyTwitter: http://Twitter.com/MegynKellyShowInstagram: http://Instagram.com/MegynKellyShowFacebook: http://Facebook.com/MegynKellyShow Find out more information at: https://www.devilmaycaremedia.com/megynkellyshow

1hr 28mins

26 Oct 2021

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The Basketball Podcast - Episode 37 with Mike Procopio and Ethan Strauss

Rogue Bogues by Andrew Bogut

We are joined by the free-bird himself, Ethan Strauss!We discuss NBA fraudsters, Kyrie Irving and go deep into our guests Substack articles!

1hr 55mins

10 Oct 2021

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The Habershow: Tom Haberstroh’s NBA Podcast

Amin and Tom are joined by Ethan Sherwood Strauss to discuss Paul Pierce's induction into the Hall of Fame in spite of his firing from ESPN, and how he is a subscriber to Ethan's media methodology.Subscribe to House of Strauss on Substackhttps://houseofstrauss.substack.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr

10 Sep 2021

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