SI Media Podcast: Why were the NBA Finals ratings the best since 1998?

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Media Circus: Look for Paul Pierce to join ESPN
Thursday June 15th, 2017

Episode 124 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features a return of the sports media roundtable with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and SI.com columnist Jimmy Traina.

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Media Circus: ESPN's long Paul Pierce pursuit has paid off

On this podcast, we discuss the NBA Finals ratings, the best since Michael Jordan’s last Finals in 1998; the impact of super teams on television ratings; why NBC opted to put two Stanley Cup Finals games on NBCSN; the decision by NBC News and Megyn Kelly’s to interview Alex Jones for its news program and what the longterm fallout will be; what ESPN will do with Rex Ryan, if anything; the Sports Business Journal report on how the median age of sports television viewers is soaring upward; who is charge of Fox Sports PR; the NFL Network’s directive for talent not to talk politics on social media; and much more.

 

Podcast breakdown

The robust NBA Finals ratings for the Warriors-Cavaliers – 1:30

Why NBC opts to put two Stanley Cup Games on NBCSN – 8:30

The Sports Business Journal report on how nearly all sports are seeing a quick rise in average age of TV viewers – 12:00

How ESPN management will handle the fracas involving Rex Ryan, if they react at all ­– 17:30

NBC News and Megyn Kelly’s decision to put conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on its airwaves – 21:30

The NFL Network telling its employees not to talk politics on social media and not to get into back-and-forths with viewers – 29:30

How social media impacts those who believe ESPN has gone left as an organization  – 33:00

Who is running Fox Sports PR? – 40:30

FS1 on FS1 crime – 44:00

Jimmy on Britt McHenry’s defense of a Philly reporter – 48:00

The options for those at ESPN who were laid off by the company – 51:30

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