On this episode of the SI Media Podcast, host Richard Deitsch talks with ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas about how he prepares for broadcasts, why he gives referees his phone number, his Twitter philosophy and much more.
Welcome to episode No. 31 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. In this podcast, which is published weekly, Deitsch interviews members of the sports media about their work, and interesting people about the sports media.
This week's guest is the ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, who has been with that network since 1995. Bilas is now featured on ESPN’s game and studio coverage including ESPN’s Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week telecasts in 2015.
In this episode, Bilas discusses how he prepares for a broadcast, how he views the role of analytics in basketball broadcasting, how he navigates being an advocate for his sport but not being a cheerleader, his Twitter philosophy, how he approaches commentary on Duke (his alma mater) and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, how often he hears from NCAA officials, his appearing on the White Shadow as a high schooler, spending time with the rapper Jeezy, how he projects LSU freshman Ben Simmons in the pros, and more.
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