Sports Media Beat

Sports Media Beat


Latest Episodes

Sports Media Beat podcast comes to an end
September 14, 2020

This is the final episode of the Sports Media Beat podcast. Host Dan Lovallo explains why the podcast is coming to an end and what is in store for the future. Links to Dan's other podcasts and websites:

Melanie Newman makes history; PGA ratings solid
August 06, 2020

Melanie Newman made history on Aug. 4, becoming the first female to broadcast play-by-play for the Baltimore Orioles in their game against the Miami Marlins. Also, PGA ratings remain solid for CBS. All that and more is discussed in the latest SMB.

Pac-12 buys coverage; Notre Dame welcomed
July 30, 2020

There are reports that the Pac-12 bought coverage for its conference in a deal with the Los Angeles Times. In almost a quid-pro-quo relationship, the flagging conference bought advertising from the newspaper in return for sports coverage.

MLB starts strong; Google challenges The Athletic
July 29, 2020

After a nearly four-month delay, Major League Baseball began its truncated 2020 season on July 23 and the sport played to record ratings. By the weekend, however, baseball's ratings had weakened. Meanwhile,

FOX Sports going virtual fans on MLB games
July 23, 2020

When the major league baseball season launches its truncated 2020 season on July 23, fans will not be allowed in the stands, because of COVID-19. That is not stopping FOX Sports from being innovative, however.

MLB goes high tech; Washington hires new football announcer – SMB049
July 22, 2020

As they prepare to start a truncated season in the Covid-era, Major League Baseball will take its already high tech television production to the next level. MLB plans to become even more interactive in an effort to appeal to a younger demographic.

No McCarver on baseball broadcasts #48
July 15, 2020

Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster Tim McCarver will not broadcast baseball games in 2020. In this latest edition of the Sports Media Beat, host Dan Lovallo explains why McCarver will not be behind the microphone.

Golic out; radio takes a hit
July 10, 2020

Mike Golic is out on ESPN radio and radio takes a major ratings hit. In his latest podcast, host Dan Lovallo explains why radio ratings are down 40% in the Boston market and how it has impacted sports talk radio. That said,

NFL preseason cut and no Marv
July 03, 2020

Conjecture seems to be growing that the NFL will reduce its preseason from four to two games because of Covid-19. Although no official announcement has been made at the time of this podcast, various stories seem to indicate the NFL could get a later s...

NFL preseason possibly reduced and no Marv
July 03, 2020

There seems to be conjecture the NFL will reduce the number of preseason games from four to two because of Covid-19.  If that happens, what will the television impact be?  Plus, it appears 79-year-old Marv Albert will not be calling games on Tur