The Sports Business Journal and The New York Post released the second installment of a new podcast today, hosted by top sports media journalists, John Orland of SBJ and Andrew Marchand of The Post. ESPN Chairman Jimmy Petaro joined the podcast as a prominent guest.
Quick hit of today’s episode:
- Pitaro, when the main ESPN channel will be available live to users: “We are not there yet. There is no science. We are not saying in the conference room, ‘If we fall below this number. [of cable subscriptions], Then we flip the switch and move on. “What I’m going to tell you is that we’re following the customer regularly, and as the customer moves directly to the consumer platforms, we move the content forward. And, yes, we have secured the ability to do so through the agreements we have closed.
- Rob Manfred, MLB commissioner on the Sinclair Broadcast Group at the CAA World Congress of Sports in New York, has publicly criticized who is up and who is down.
March.“Who is Rob Manfred?” They want to go straight to the consumers. And he’s saying, yes, not so fast. They want to gamble. He’s saying, not so fast. You get ‘going up’.
Orend: “It’s ridiculous, because my ‘going down’ is Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley. I mean, the problem is, he’s telling anyone who will listen; that he’s 14 MLB teams. Is going to launch live streaming service with customers. Well, tomorrow, Rob Manfred said. [Ripley] There are no rights to do that. He has only 14 teams, so he doesn’t have enough. And not only that, he doesn’t even have the gambling rights with which he predicts his entire business. I have never seen a league commissioner so harsh against a league partner. Clearly there is too much blood.
New episodes of “The March and Orand Sports Media Podcast” will air every Wednesday. Audio podcast is available on Spotify, Apple and other podcast platforms. The video version will be offered via SBJ.TV and on the Post website.
Each episode features the biggest sports media news, as well as the best calls of the Week of Merchand and Orands, and who gets involved in the media business above and below. He will also welcome distinguished guests from the industry.