Episodes
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com Glass man alert! Our favorite sports media expert has broken news, and so we discuss his stories, plus a range of other topics. To copy Ryan’s notes, here’s our loaded topic docket: * Skip Bayless leaving FS1 * Success after ESPN * Shannon Sharpe’s ascension and impact as a megastar * NBA TV deal scuttlebutt with some informed speculation on big news * New York Knicks owner James Dolan's warnings about...
Published 07/17/24
Published 07/17/24
Cowherd alert! Colin and I did our yearly summer conversation, which I thoroughly enjoyed. We started by discussing the sports media mogul era and of course got into a range of interesting topics. Subjects include but aren’t limited to… * Colin on being not just a businessman, but a business, man * Colin reflects on Barstool’s success * How does Colin know who’ll work out as a podcaster? * Twitter/X is easy; Making content is hard * When is OK to talk politics in sports broadcasting? * Colin...
Published 07/17/24
I’m a fan of Neil Paine’s data driven sports Substack and you should be too. Neil’s got a gift for finding sports mysteries and probing deeper. This conversation went so many places and I could have kept it going hours longer but for the hard out. Topics include but aren’t limited to… * The data driven case for Caitlin Clark getting left off Team USA * If Clark’s teammates are consistently dropping the passes, are the turnovers her fault? * Differences between the WNBA and NBA * Was Tim...
Published 07/06/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com Freddie’s back, after writing a glorious rant titled F**k the Modern NBA. For once I get to be the guy defending the league (and some of my friends). We also discuss the current potential Biden succession chaos. Topics include but aren’t limited to… * Why f**k the modern NBA? * Why has criticism of the NBA sharpened after the announcement of its big TV deal? Does the money mean the league is on the right...
Published 07/03/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com This month, Jesse Singal’s beloved Boston Celtics won the NBA championship, and he was made happy forever. In between discussing the 2024 title and his widely hated Boston fan base, we of course talked about The Media. Topics include but aren’t limited to… * Jesse was at the Game 5 Finals clincha (This is how Boston people talk, right?) * We saw Game 2 together at a Boston sports bar. Does the guilty...
Published 06/25/24
Thrilled to have Chris on for the first time. Like me, he’s a former NBA beat writer. Unlike me, he’s the co-host of a successful sports debate show. Chris is a very grounded guy who resisted the life as newsbreaker for his current role as commentator. We get into why he made that choice, his call on LeBron’s 2010 Decision, what it’s like to be repped by Klutch, the Harrison Butker controversy and baseball’s current status in America. Topics include but aren’t limited to… * Broussard was...
Published 06/24/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com In this visit from our favorite sports media critic, we stop worrying and learn to follow the WNBA. Or Ryan does. I, like many a casual, mostly track the Caitlin Clark aspect. Seems like she’s…really good? Topics on this pod include but aren’t limited to… * A nerd could have predicted that Caitlin Clark was better than the initial numbers * The decision to keep Clark off the Olympic team is starting to look...
Published 06/21/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com When there’s an ESPN + Adrian Wojnarowski driven controversy, Amin Elhassan and I delight in our ability to discuss the issue unfettered. And so we addressed this whole Woj + Danny Hurley + Lakers mess, while also talking about, what else? A Bay Area meetup that included many brilliant rationalists, featuring some of their peculiarities. Oh ya, and also the Boston Celtics. Topics include but aren’t limited...
Published 06/10/24
Again we’ve got Andrew Sharp of the GOAT podcast, Sharp Tech, Sharp China, and perhaps some other podcasts I’m not listing. Needless to say, the man wears many hats, though covering the NBA is his main background (Yes, I can relate to this). Today we’re obviously discussing the Mavs-Celtics NBA Finals, exploding NBA rights fees as a business story and this bizarre Adrian Wojnarowski vs. Shams Charania proxy war over whether the next Laker coach will be Dan Hurley or JJ Redick. Oh, and we get...
Published 06/06/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com We can hardly keep track of all the sports media controversies pouring forth from Caitlin Clark’s debut WNBA season, so we enlisted WNBA fan and certified #GirlDad Ryan Glasspiegel. What the hell is happening here? Why is Stephen A. Smith doing battle with ESPN personality Monica McNutt? Why is Pat McAfee apologizing for calling Caitlin Clark a “white bitch”? Why is Sean Hannity attacking Pat McAfee over...
Published 06/04/24
Our resident announcer Guy Haberman is back, and sounding much better since the last time we chatted. We went as deep as we could go on the profession of sports broadcasting. What’s the greatest call of all time? What’s Joe Buck’s style, distilled? Also discussed: Guy’s time with the great Bill Walton, my thoughts on how writing is different from podcasting, and how you should prepare for anything you do. Oh, and some 49ers stuff at the end, of course. House of Strauss is a reader-supported...
Published 05/31/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com A hearty welcome to American Soccer Man Alexi Lalas. He’s sometimes discussed as “controversial” in sports media, but is he? We get into how and why he expresses his views, how the culture is shifting, and how athletes are different from us. We also look back at his and Carli Lloyd’s viral 2023 World Cup commentary. Enjoy topics that include but are not limited to… * How does Alexi feel now about suddenly...
Published 05/30/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com Wosny Lambre wears many hats and today we accidentally went heavy on politics. For that I apologize, given that sports > politics, but I did throughly enjoy the conversation (which even included some spirited arguing). The caveat is this is just two guys shooting from the hip on controversial matters. We are not experts. To quote Charles Barkley, “God’s the only expert.” Topics include but aren’t limited...
Published 05/24/24
Nate Jones is one of the most thoughtful commentators on all things NBA. For some insane reason, he still tweets his honest thoughts. We get into those, starting with the end of Turner’s Inside the NBA, transitioning to ESPN’s recent NBA issues and fanning out to Jones’ perspective on sharing normie political tendencies on Twitter/X. House of Strauss is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. This is a public...
Published 05/22/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com We are joined by Mike Pesca, host of The Gist, and (much to his great shame), House of Strauss super fan. On today’s pod we unpack the various overlapping dramas surrounding Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s commencement speech. The NFL has disavowed Butker’s words. But has “the NFL” really disavowed his words? Topics include but aren’t limited to… * Mike and I like a good hypocrite * Is there any throughline...
Published 05/16/24
Grant Cohn is a) The originator of the now multimillion dollar media ecosystem known as “49ers Youtube” b) Most prolific critic of 49er coach Kyle Shanahan and, now, c) In a beef with Athletic reporter David Lombardi. We start with that last part, because it’s an intriguing entry point. Why are Cohn and Lombardi openly fighting? Does Grant represent the gate crashing threat of New Media? Or is Lombardi heading him off at the pass by taking team-friendly coverage to Grant’s Youtube territory?...
Published 05/13/24
Ben Kaplan and Danny Parkins are best friends and co-creators of this particular passion project. It turns out that the ranks of NBA decision makers and coaches are replete with guys who cut their teeth in obscure Division 3 college programs. The sheer amount of influence out of D3 is pretty incredible, as the book chronicles and conveys. So why has this happened? How come the lowest level of college competition is fueling the highest level of decision making in pro competition? We get into...
Published 05/10/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com Ryan, our nation’s preeminent sports media critic, is here to discuss reports that NBC wishes to offer the NBA a tremendous amount of money. What does this mean, other than that Adam Silver is our lord and savior? Topics… * Can Warner Bros. Discovery (TNT) possibly come up with a competing offer? * What’s with WBD CEO David Zaslav sitting at Knicks-Sixers with Goldman Sachs tycoon Lloyd Blankfein? * Do...
Published 05/02/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com Ace New York politics reporter, all around culture writer and crazed baseball fan Ross Barkan objected to my “Is Baseball Dying?” article. Naturally I had him here to say his piece and boy did we hit on a range of other topics. * Contra conventional wisdom, is baseball more international than basketball? * Why might baseball survive the future? * Pete Rose was insanely famous in the 1970s, and we’ve...
Published 05/01/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com Joe is really smart about the sports + business overlap, as evidenced by his viral story about Glen Taylor thwarting his own sale of the Timberwolves to the ARod + Lore duo. We got deep into that deeply reported article and hit other topics of interest, such as… * The Pat McAfee + Bill Belichick combo * Robert Kraft’s Dynasty hit job on Belichick backfiring * Roger Goodell expanding the NFL season * NBA TV...
Published 04/27/24
Jason Timpf of Hoops Tonight on the Volume Network seemingly appeared out of nowhere, thriving at the top of NBA media. Of course, like many an “overnight success story,” his rise was many years in the making. This was a great conversation wherein we discussed, among other things… * How Jason used 2020 era Twitter Spaces as the battering ram to break into media * Why Jason, as the counterpoint to Spike Eskin, loves JJ Redick * How Jason’s career was decided by Colin Cowherd’s 5 seconds of...
Published 04/25/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com Prominent foreign policy writer Eli Lake, currently posting at The Free Press, dropped by HoS to talk basketball. I, of course, wanted to discuss Lake’s views on politics, culture and the ever fraught topic of Israel. I’m not sure which of us won the battle for topic allocation, but I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation (and I’ve made the NBA part of it free). Subjects include, but are not limited to… * Why...
Published 04/19/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com We’ve got Andrew Bogut and Mike “Pro” Procopio of the Rogue Bogues podcast to discuss the eliminated and possibly dead Golden State Warriors dynasty. Obviously we talked about a lot of other subjects with these first grade ballbusters. Topics include but aren’t limited to… * The Warriors. What should they do? * Draymond Green as player-podcaster * Did the Warriors really screw up the James Wiseman pick? Or...
Published 04/18/24
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.houseofstrauss.com Top flight Audio Man Spike Eskin is here to discuss the newest NBA podcast hits. Spike’s gotten a lot of mileage out of humorously critiquing LeBron and JJ Redick’s “Mind the Game” pod, but perhaps he should be focusing more of his energy on Michael Porter Jr.’s “Curious Mike” product? Topics discussed: * Is Spike a hater for laughing at LeBron’s Internet-lauded NBA strategy podcast? What’s wrong with two...
Published 04/11/24