• Podcast: ESPN, NFL pressure CFP on schedule

    Media writer John Ourand and Assistant Managing Editor Tom Stinson talk about the pressure on the College Football Playoff from ESPN and the NFL to adjust its future schedule, and what it could mean.

    Tags: Media, Football, ESPN, NFL, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Podcast: NHL All-Star Game expectations

    Alex Silverman and hockey writer Ian Thomas talk about this weekend's NHL All-Star Game in Columbus as well as where they expect the league to take outdoor games in the future.

    Among the comments:

    "This gives the league another opportunity to try some new things. I think everyone saw that from the jerseys and the inspiration they had there. … There's also a big opportunity here for analytics or 'fancy' stats."

    "The expectation is that there'll be some more outdoor games (other than the Winter Classic). … It seems like a lot of signs are pointing to Colorado getting a game. It makes a lot of sense. … Two cities that I would say to keep an eye on are St. Louis and Buffalo."

    Tags: NHL, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Podcast: Bud Selig, baseball's statesman

    Staff writers Bill King and Eric Fisher, as well as Executive Editor Abraham Madkour, discuss Bud Selig's 22-year career as commissioner of Major League Baseball as he prepares to step down this month. SportsBusiness Journal this week honors baseball's statesman with a special tribute section.

    Tags: MLB, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Podcast: Assessing the College Football Playoff

    Staff writers Michael Smith and John Ourand assess the first College Football Playoff National Championship Game, what sponsors thought of it and what can be expected next year in Phoenix.

    Tags: Football, Colleges, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Podcast: Chris Zelkovich of Yahoo Sports Canada talks Rogers deal, outdoor game fatigue

    A conversation with Chris Zelkovich, Yahoo Sports Canada media expert, on how the NHL Canadian TV deal with Rogers is faring as well as whether the NHL has hit Winter Classic fatigue.

    Among the comments:

    "So far it's been a mixed bag of good and bad. I don't think there's much doubt that it's not quite performing how Rogers had hoped."

    "People are still confused as to what games are on, when they're on, what channel they're on. … Networks assume everybody is really computer literate and up on all these things. The fact is, half of sports fans out there couldn't even tell you what channel they're watching — you know, it's channel 7, they don't know what network it is, nothing. It's going to take a long time, and a lot longer than they expected."

    "I think the NHL, I won't say they killed the golden goose, but they wounded it badly last year with a game-of-the-week outdoors almost. I think the novelty has worn off."

    Tags: Yahoo, Media, NHL, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Podcast: The Rams and L.A.; Mueller's report

    In the latest NFL Behind the Headlines podcast, NFL writer Daniel Kaplan and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss last week's release of the Mueller investigation as well as the sticky situation with the Rams and Los Angeles.

    Among the comments:

    "This was so heavily anticipated, yet when it came out … and you look at the reaction to this vs. the reactions we were seeing in September and October, it's quite different. There's quite a stark difference."

    "It is the first instance where one of its owners, I don't want to say has gone rogue, but certainly gone outside of what the NFL had laid down as its territory."

    "Not attending the unveiling of a proposed stadium certainly doesn't sound like you're giving it a good-faith effort. … It's almost a bizarre situation where the city and the state are dealing with the NFL and the team doesn't want anything to do with it."

    Tags: NFL, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Podcast: Return of the NHL Wrap-Around

    In a new season for the NHL Wrap-Around podcast, hockey writer Ian Thomas and Alex Silverman discuss the news coming out of last week's Winter Classic.

    Among the comments:

    "The NHL … since they started doing these back in about 2008, I think has been sort of further refining what it means or what the experience is like for a fan who goes to these games. This has been the first year when I think they really nailed it."

    "The event has become, probably across all sports, probably a top two or three thing you've got to see in your life if you like the experience of being out in a space."

    "From a revenue standpoint, an interest standpoint, viewer standpoint, fan standpoint, it was going to be hard to top last year. It was sort of a perfect storm, literally and figuratively."

    Tags: NHL, SBJSBD Podcast
  • Podcast: Peter Guber, a Hollywood story

    Senior writer Bill King and Assistant Managing Editor Tom Stinson discuss this week's front-page profile on Hollywood mogul Peter Guber, who is also co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Golden State Warriors and new MLS Los Angeles Football Club.

    Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Golden State Warriors, SBJSBD Podcast
  • TV Timeout: He Was Cooler Than The Other Side Of The Pillow

    After the passing of popular ESPN personality Stuart Scott, countless tributes have come from those in sports and media. Below are many of the compelling comments and memories shared by peers of the late broadcaster in the hours since his death:

    Dan Patrick
    “There were times when I anchored with him, I didn't know what he was saying, but I knew there were people that did understand what he was saying. To have the guts and the courage, that's what's remarkable. I hope we remember Stuart for that, to believe in yourself because in this cookie cutter world that we call sportscasting … Stuart went in and wasn't afraid to have a voice” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 1/5).

    Rich Eisen
    "A Jewish kid walking on the set and being teamed up with a guy who I’d seen on television, but I’d never met before, a proud African-American Chicagoan by way of North Carolina due to his school bleeding Carolina blue. The two of us became married on television, essentially. He referred to himself as my TV wife. … Lived his life the way his parents wanted him to live it, the way he felt he should live it. He broadcast the same way, a groundbreaking broadcaster in the world of sports television” (“NFL GameDay Morning,” NFL Network, 1/4).

    John Skipper
    "He was a lovely guy. He always had a smile on his face. He was always happy to see you. He engaged. When you saw Stuart in the hall, he stopped and he talked to you. ... He just was a genuinely good guy. So clearly, his spirit is going to be missed around the place” (“The Herd,” ESPN Radio, 1/5).

    Kobe Bryant
    "He was such an amazing person, aside from the fact that he was just phenomenal at what he did. Really, just a trail blazer in the sports industry" ("SVP & Russillo," ESPN Radio, 1/5).

    Jim Nantz
    "We arrived at the stadium this morning and walked right into the news that just crushed us all, the passing of Stuart Scott. ... A career of tremendous accomplishment and class and a life filled with courage. What a man. What a loss today” (“Bengals-Colts,” CBS, 1/4).

    Joe Buck
    "He was in many ways a pioneer. He was a friend to anybody who knew him. He was somebody who was fearless -- fearless on the air, fearless covering sports and fearless for the way he dealt with cancer” (Fox, 1/4).

    Cris Carter
    "As a person who wanted to be a broadcaster, he was a role model for me. He talked on ‘SportsCenter’ like me and my friends talked. He did it his way and was great at it. For me, as a colleague and before we became a colleague, I'm not ashamed to say and he won't even know this -- he was a role model for me and hundreds of other African-American journalists/athletes now, who wanted to be legitimate, and want people to take what we say seriously, just like him. Realize that there never will be another Stu” (“Postseason NFL Countdown,” ESPN, 1/4).

    Keyshawn Johnson
    "One of the things Stu told me when I first took this job was to not change who I was. Be exactly who I'm supposed to be. Looking at him and knowing that he was able to bring the hip-hop culture, that urban feel to television sports broadcasting -- something that's never been done before -- gave me the hope that I didn't have to be some corporate guy” (“Postseason NFL Countdown,” ESPN, 1/4).

    James Brown
    “As extraordinary a talent as he was on air, that which impressed me the most was how valiantly he fought his battle against cancer because he passionately wanted to continue being the father that he was to his two daughters. Stuart Scott was 49 years old and folks he truly was as cool as the other side of the pillow” (“The NFL Today,” CBS, 1/4).

    Lester Holt
    "Known for his great energy and sharp wit, he helped reinvent the language of sports” (“Nightly News,” NBC, 1/4).

    Don Bell
    "A groundbreaker. In an industry where corporate types try to tell you how to go about your business, I believe that was his greatest accomplishment. He was always himself and he was unapologetic about it” (“Fox Sports Live,” FS1, 1/4).

  • Podcast: 2015 Champions class

    Executive Editor Abraham Madkour and Champions editor Tom Stinson introduce and discuss the 2015 class of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business. This year's Champions are: Donna de Varona, Len Elmore, David Falk, Russ Granik, Tom Jernstedt and Mike Trager.

    Tags: Champions, SBJSBD Podcast
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