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Sports Illustrated Media Podcast

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Welcome to the SI Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina. This podcast, which will be published weekly, will focus on all things sports media via interviews and roundtable discussions. Occasionally, an athlete or celebrity will drop by for a chat as well.

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Welcome to the SI Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina. This podcast, which will be published weekly, will focus on all things sports media via interviews and roundtable discussions. Occasionally, an athlete or celebrity will drop by for a chat as well.

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547 Ratings
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Mr. NY

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Hands down, my favorite sports media podcast. Jimmy does a great job.

Strong

By BrrrintheMidwest - Jun 21 2019
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This podcast continues to be among the tops in sports media.

iTunes Ratings

547 Ratings
Average Ratings
435
59
19
10
24

Mr. NY

By SFLA Coach - Jun 28 2019
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Hands down, my favorite sports media podcast. Jimmy does a great job.

Strong

By BrrrintheMidwest - Jun 21 2019
Read more
This podcast continues to be among the tops in sports media.
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Sports Illustrated Media Podcast

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Welcome to the SI Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina. This podcast, which will be published weekly, will focus on all things sports media via interviews and roundtable discussions. Occasionally, an athlete or celebrity will drop by for a chat as well.

Rank #1: Zach Lowe

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This week’s podcast guest is ESPN NBA senior writer Zach Lowe. Along with his written and television work, Lowe also hosts a very popular NBA podcast, The Lowe Post (http://apple.co/1Vahze1). In this episode, Lowe discusses his journalism path from covering crime at the Stanford Advocate and legal issues at American Lawyer to becoming one of the preeminent NBA media voices, how he determines interesting NBA content, how he determines what NBA games to watch on a given night, the danger of NBA broadcasters who are big homers, getting hired by Grantland and why Bill Simmons was a good boss, the dissolution of Grantland, how to get better as a podcaster, whether he would consider working for an NBA front office, why Twitter has been a net negative for him, whether he would consider working elsewhere outside of ESPN, the L.A. house rented by The Ringer for its staffers, whether any player has approached him after he wrote something negative, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.

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Mar 15 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #2: James Andrew Miller talks ESPN layoffs

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Episode 116 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features writer James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live. In this podcast, we discuss the ESPN layoffs in full including: why ESPN laid off nearly 100 talented employees; what this means for the company heading forward; how the sports right deals – including expanding its NFL rights deal in 2011 for $15.2 billion through 2021 and the new NBA deal played into the decision; whether ESPN is still interested in the reporting of the NHL and MLB; whether paying $125 million for a new studio was a terrible investment in hindsight; the loss of key information people such as Andy Katz, Jayson Stark, Ed Werder, Brett McMurphy, Jane McManus and others and what that means for ESPN’s journalism commitment heading forward; the likelihood that The Vertical’s Adrian Wojarnowski is coming to ESPN and how that impacted those NBAers who were laid off by ESPN; anchor Linda Cohn’s comments that part of the layoffs were related to politics turning off viewers; whether politics has anything to do with the financials; the narrative issue for ESPN, pushed by competitors and others, that the network has become too left-leaning; reporting from Jim and Richard that ESPN management won’t negotiate buyouts if you get offered to work elsewhere, and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

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May 01 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #3: James Andrew Miller returns to the Sports Media Podcast

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Episode 111 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features writer James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live. In this podcast, we discuss ESPN embarking on significant layoffs, with the emphasis being on those in front of the camera; how many people Miller believes will no longer be working at ESPN; how much money ESPN is being charged with cutting; management’s rationale for its decisions; what the Walt Disney Co. extending Bob Iger’s contract means for ESPN; where he sees Bill Simmons’ immediate future; the success of Barstool Sports; what’s next for FS1 personality Katie Nolan; ESPN’s decision to move Sam Ponder into the Sunday NFL Countdown host spot; why ESPN’s moves to replace Chris Berman were not as clean as you might think; Miller’s next project; the future of Dan Patrick at NBC; how sensitive ESPN management is to internal criticism of content (e.g. Lavar Bell); FS1’s opinion shows; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

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Mar 30 2017
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #4: John Ourand on Tirico, Bayless, Simmons and more

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This week’s podcast features Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand for an hour of sports media talk. On this episode, Ourand and Deitsch discuss Mike Tirico leaving ESPN for NBC Sports, Skip Bayless departing ESPN for FS1, whether ESPN is experiencing a real talent drain or whether that is a false narrative, FS1's strategy to build a morning block around loud opinionists, the upcoming HBO show featuring Bill Simmons and whether "The Ringer" will resonate in the market, how women in the sports media are treated on social media, the Big Ten television and digital rights deals, Sean McDonough and other replacements for Tirico at ESPN, the future of Katie Nolan, the strategy of CBS Sports' cable division, the future of the Pac 12 network, working with the PR departments of sports television networks and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.

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Apr 27 2016
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #5: Ryen Russillo

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Episode 192 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with Ryen Russillo, who just announced he’ll be doing podcasts for The Ringer as well as ESPN. Russillo talks about how his deals with both companies came about, what his mindset was like when he left ESPN in December of 2017, why he believes in his abilities as a host, whether he’d love to do a full-time TV show, the difficulties of doing a solo radio show, what makes an athlete a good interview, who his dream interview would be and much more. The podcast closes with lengthy discussion about “The Office,” while Ryan tries to argue his case that Pam Beesly was “evil."

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Aug 30 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #6: Stone Cold Steve Austin

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Episode 240 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with WWE legend, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. The man known as the Texas Rattlesnake talks about hosting his new interview, show, "Straight Up Steve Austin,' getting mani/pedis, his love of margaritas, the difference between wrestling fans now and when he was in the ring, working with Mike Tyson, the birth of "Austin 3:16," giving Vince McMahon a Stone Cold Stunner for the first time and much more.

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Aug 07 2019
35 mins
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Rank #7: John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, plus ‘Hard Knocks’ executive producer, Ken Rodgers

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Episode 239 features two interviews. First up, the radio voices of the New York Yankees, John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman join the show to talk about their long runs with the Yankees, their popularity with Bombers fans, their 'Ma and Pa Pinstripe' nickname and more. Waldman discusses why she feels she's still not accepted in baseball and why she thinks there hasn't been any progress for women in baseball broadcasting. Sterling talked about recently ending his broadcasting streak, having no interest in retiring and more. Following Sterling and Waldman, Ken Rodgers, the showhead for HBO's 'Hard Knocks' joins the podcast to preview the upcoming season starring the Oakland Raiders, which begins Aug. 6. Rogers also talks about the process of picking a team and whether the show considered featuring the Browns for a second straight season.

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Jul 31 2019
1 hour
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Rank #8: Paul Heyman

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In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews Paul Heyman, who discusses why the position of WWE broadcaster is currently under-appreciated, the importance of the WWE getting mainstream media attention, how he creates his master promos, why much of what he says in the ring is ad-libbed, as opposed to scripted, the future of Hulk Hogan in the WWE, how he views the MMA quest of CM Punk, why he wants to interview Henry Kissinger and much more. Tweet our host at http://twitter.com/richarddeitsch and let us know what you think of the show or suggest future guests you'd like to hear. -- The MMQB Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at http://seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at http://FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash.

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Oct 09 2015
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #9: Jalen Rose

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On this episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN and ESPN Radio commentator Jalen Rose, who is part of the cast of NBA Countdown and a co-host of the Jalen & Jacoby Radio show and podcast. Rose discusses his relationship with former ESPN staffer Bill Simmons and whether Simmons will ever return to the network, how he transitioned to broadcasting from playing in the NBA, his relationship with Chris Webber, how he prepares for his various roles, his calling out Skip Bayless on First Take, his All-Dark Alley Team, why he is the longest tenured staffer on ESPN’s NBA pregame show, and why he loves podcasting. Tweet Richard at http://twitter.com/richarddeitsch and let us know what you think of the show or suggest future guests you'd like to hear. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at http://FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at http://seatgeek.com. Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.

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Oct 28 2015
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #10: Chris "Mad Dog" Russo

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Episode 175 of the SI Media Podcast features an interview with SiriusXM radio host, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. The Doggie talks at length about his former partner, Mike Francesa, ending his retirement after four months to return to New York's WFAN and all the surrounding drama. Russo has strong words for many of the players, including Bart Scott and Boomer Esiason. Russo also talks about whether his relationship with Francesa has been damaged by Dog sharing his opinions on Mike's return. Other questions tackled in the podcast: Was Russo hurt by Francesa turning down an offer from Sirius? Is there any chance for some kind of limited Mike and the Mad Dog reunion? What is the biggest challenge about doing a show for SiriusXM? Has Russo been hurt by not embracing the Internet? What has been the worst trend in radio? And much more.

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May 01 2018
34 mins
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Rank #11: Andrew Marchand and Rich Eisen

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Episode 173 of the SI Media Podcast features interviews with New York Post media reporter Andrew Marchand and the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen. Marchand weighs in on the latest sports media news, including Brett Favre’s tryout for “Monday Night Football,” the rough ratings start for ESPN’s “Get Up,” A-Rod’s performance in the booth, the Michael Kay Show beating WFAN in the ratings and the latest with Mike Francesca. Eisen defends the NFL Network’s TWO- hour schedule release show, reveals the most challenging aspect of hosting the NFL Draft, voices his frustration with NFL writers who tip draft picks on Twitter, talks about this year’s draft being simulcast on FOX and much more.

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Apr 19 2018
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #12: John Ourand on the future of ESPN's SportsCenter and more

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Richard Deitsch welcomes Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand back to the SI Media Podcast for a conversation on various sports media topics. On this episode, Ourand and Deitsch discusses the future of Chris Berman at ESPN, Sean McDonough’s emotional response to landing Monday Night Football, who will end up with the Big Ten television rights, the prospect of an ACC Channel or PGA Cable network, the potential ratings for this year's Stanley Cup , what kind of stand-alone TV contract Alabama or OSU football get on open market, whether ESPN has a perception problem regarding viewers believing they are too liberal, praise for Fox Sports for letting its executives talk with no hand holding from PR, the issues SporsCenter is experiencing and whether the 6:00 p.m. version should be changed, and the NFL changes at ESPN, and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch.

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May 24 2016
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #13: Adam Schefter and Rachel Nichols

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Richard Deitsch interviews Adam Schefter and Rachel Nichols in the first episode of the SI Media Podcast.

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May 10 2015
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #14: @PFTCommenter

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In this episode of the SI Media Podcast, @PFTCommenter talks about how he got his start in the world of hot sports takes, which media outlets he reads daily, his thoughts on concussions in the NFL, how he sees the nexus of sports and politics, whether or not he thinks Peyton Manning used HGH, whether Twitter has become a liberal echo chamber, why Danny Woodhead is underrated, whether Donald Trump will get the GOP nomination, who will win the Super Bowl and much more. A reminder: you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can view all of SI's podcasts at si.com/podcasts. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please comment here or tweet at Deitsch at twitter.com/richarddeitsch. -- The SI Media Podcast is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy football, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code MEDIA at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: MEDIA, for $20 off your first purchase.

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Jan 11 2016
51 mins
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Rank #15: Sports Media Roundtable with James Andrew Miller and John Ourand

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Episode 146 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a sports media roundtable with best-selling author James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, “Origins,” and John Ourand, the media reporter for Sports Business Daily.   In this podcast, Miller and Ourand discuss the upcoming ESPN layoffs and what it means heading forward; the re-signing of ESPN president John Skipper; why Deitsch is wrong about the re-signing being bad optics at this time for ESPN; the challenges for a Mike Greenberg-led morning show; whether ESPN would get out of the Monday Night Football business; the re-signing of Scott Van Pelt; Fox Sports being accused of paying bribes to acquire soccer rights; ESPN’s partnership with Snapchat; the declining ratings of Sunday NFL Countdown; and much more.   You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.

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Nov 16 2017
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #16: Sports Media Roundtable

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Episode 142 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a sports media roundtable with Chad Finn, the sports media writer and general columnist for the Boston Globe and Boston.com; Jon Lewis, the creator and editor of Sports Media Watch, and Kyle Koster, a writer for The Big Lead.   In this podcast, the roundtable discusses truths and lies when it comes to the NFL ratings; what trends can be gleaned from the first six weeks of the 2017 NFL season; NFL viewer trends in relation to other sports; ratings for potential World Series matchups; whether the NBA can rebound from last year’s regular season declines; Al Michaels referencing Harvey Weinstein on Sunday Night Football; Jemele Hill’s future with ESPN; whether SportsCenter can work in 2017; ESPN’s deal with Barstool; why Barstool might have more leverage than ESPN; how much due diligence ESPN management did or did not do on old Barstool posts; how ESPN management will react to some employees being upset that the alliance; Sam Ponder’s social media comments on the eve of Barstool Van Talk debut on ESPN2, and much more.   You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.

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Oct 19 2017
1 hour 54 mins
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Rank #17: Katie Nolan

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Episode 154 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features ESPN’s Katie Nolan, one of the hosts of SportsCenter on Snap and the host of a new ESPN Audio podcast — “Sports? with Katie Nolan.” In this podcast Nolan discusses the major differences between working at ESPN and Fox Sports; the story of calling Fox Sports president Eric Shanks to get out of her Fox contract; her frustrations of not working for months; how ESPN made it known they were interested in hiring her; the content she hopes to produce with her podcast; calling Donald Trump a “stupid fuc---- person” on Viceland and the ramifications for that choice of expression; whether she regrets using those words in that forum; ESPN’s discipline for her decision; whether we will see more women as solo hosts of sports opinion show; what she expects from Jimmy Garoppolo over the next decade; why she loves Mina Kimes; the impact of Michelle Beadle on her professionally; working in new mediums; and much more. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.

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Jan 11 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #18: Sports Media Roundtable with Chad Finn and John Ourand, plus Dari Nowkhah of the SEC Network

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Episode 131 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a sports media roundtable featuring Chad Finn, the sports media writer and general columnist for the Boston Globe and Boston.com, and Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. On this podcast, we discuss Jay Cutler leaving Fox Sports for the Dolphins and what that means for Fox Sports; Disney’s plans for an ESPN OTT (over-the-top) streaming service and what the future of ESPN might look like; what happens if cable keeps shrinking and digital TV companies don’t invest in sports content; why Fox Sports has kept Katie Nolan off its airwaves; what ESPN will do in terms of replacing Dan Shulman; whether Pete Rose will stay employed by Fox Sports; whether stories about Colin Kaepernick drive eyeballs and page views; Chad’s battles with Boston-based WEEI Radio and whether he is a fawning profile writer; what a sports journalist should do when a subject or someone close to a subject compliments a piece you wrote; how often you should give an organization a heads up, if ever on a negative piece you a writing; and much more.   The podcast also features an interview with Dari Nowkhah, the lead host of the SEC Network and co-host of ESPN Radio’s weekly Dari and Mel Show (Saturdays). For this segment we discuss how Nowkhah approaches his role for SEC Now; whether SEC viewers expect him to be a fan of the conference; what SEC program has the most rabid fan; why he left Bristol to be the host of ESPNU; whether Nick Saban gets favorable treatment both locally and nationally; how his agent submitted his resume and tapes to ESPN without him knowing; being the son of an Iranian immigrant; losing his child (Hayden Michael Nowkhah) after 39 days and how he and his wife, Jenn, channeled that grief; the non-profit he and his wife are part of that financially assists families of children awaiting a life-saving organ transplant; the significance of the Alabama-Florida State opener, and much more.   You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

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Aug 10 2017
2 hours 7 mins
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Rank #19: 2018 Year In Review

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Episode 207 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast is a Year-In-Review episode featuring John Ourand from “Sports Business Journal” and Andrew Marchand of the “New York Post.” The roundtable discussion covers the Biggest Sports Media Story of 2018, the Best and Worst Trends, Standout Stars, and a look ahead to what to expect in 2019. Topics include NFL ratings, the Tiger-Phil experiment, Barstool Sports, “Monday Night Football,” “Thursday Night Football,” cord cutting, “Get Up,” FS1 and much more.

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Dec 12 2018
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #20: Scott Van Pelt and Sam Borden

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In the fourth episode of the SI Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch interviews ESPN's Scott Van Pelt and The New York Times' Sam Borden.

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May 29 2015
1 hour 17 mins
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