Episodes
Episode 349 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with Bryan Curtis of "The Ringer." The writer and co-host of "The Pressbox Pod" talks about a recent article he wrote about longtime Dallas broadcaster, Dale Hansen and the death of the local news sportscaster. Curtis also discusses how ESPN's problem with "NBA Countdown" got exposed during the Rachel Nichols-Maria Taylor controversy, why ESPN did not get its white whale in the new "Monday Night...
Published 07/29/21
Episode 348 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with broadcaster Lindsay Czarniak, who will be part of NBC's Olympics coverage. Czarniak talks about her daily Olympics show "On Her Turf," what she's most excited to see at the 2021 Summer Games and whether things could be dicey in Tokyo because of Covid. Czarniak also talks about the progress women have made in sports media, her experiences working at a variety of sports media companies and...
Published 07/22/21
Episode 347 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with "New York Post" sports media columnist, Andrew Marchand. Marchand breaks down all aspects of the Maria Taylor-Rachel Nichols controversy, gives the scoop on where everything currently stands with Taylor's future and explains what ESPN did wrong in this situation. We also talked about Stephen A. Smith's offensive comments about Angels star, Shohei Ohtani, why and how they happened and...
Published 07/15/21
Episode 346 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with veteran play-by-play man, Sean McDonough. The versatile ESPN broadcaster talks about how and why he lobbied to get the job as the network's lead NHL play-by-play announcer. McDonough also reveals why he thought his two-year stint working with Jon Gruden on "Monday Night Football" didn't work and how his style didn't mesh with Gruden's. Other topics covered on the podcast include McDonough's...
Published 07/08/21
Episode 345 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with "Green Light Podcast" host and former Super Bowl champion, Chris Long, and our weekly "Traina Thoughts segment. Long talks about why it would've been nice to see more star NFL players offer public support for Carl Nassib after the Raiders defensive lineman announced he was gay. Long also explains what the locker room reaction will be like for Nassib and why Nassib's announcement is...
Published 07/01/21
Episode 345 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two interviews. First up is AEW play-by-play man and Senior Advisor, Jim Ross. The man known as "Good Ole J.R." reveals that he thinks Vince McMahon would sell WWE and explains why McMahon would sell. Ross also discusses the biggest challenge facing AEW, why he loves working for Tony Khan, whether there's anything we don't know about the night The Undertaker threw Mick Foley off the top of the Hell in the...
Published 06/24/21
Episode 344 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with Sports Illustrated Executive Editor/Senior Writer, author and "60 Minutes" correspondent, Jon Wertheim. Wertheim has a new book out, "Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever." During the podcast, we discussed several topics covered in the book including the animosity filled relationship between Bobby Knight and Charles Barkley, the NBA Finals...
Published 06/17/21
Episode 343 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features a conversation with Jon "Stugotz" Weiner from "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz." The popular radio host discusses when he knew the show's days airing on ESPN were over, what the relationship was like between the show and ESPN over the years and nervousness about life after ESPN. Stugotz also talks about the intense loyalty of the Le Batard Show's listeners, and why he thinks the fans love the show so...
Published 06/10/21
Episode 346 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two guests. First up is ESPN's Doris Burke. The NBA analyst discusses the disturbing trend of disgusting fan behavior at games, whether the fans are too close to the players and how this was a concern for David Stern. Burke also talked about her bout with Covid and suffering symptoms for nine months. Other topics include whether the Nets are about to prove the NBA regular season is meaningless, whether...
Published 06/03/21
Episode 346 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two guests. First up is Peter Schrager from the NFL Network's "Good Morning Football." Schrager discusses the Aaron Rodgers situation with the Packers and predicts Rodgers won't be back in Green Bay. We also talked about Tom Brady as an NFL media personality when he retires and what the best role would be for him. Other topics include Schrager's new podcast, "Flying Coach," with Rams head coach Sean McVay,...
Published 05/27/21
Episode 345 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two guests. First up is "New York Post" sports media columnist, Andrew Marchand. Topics covered with Marchand include Marv Albert's upcoming retirement and who will replace him as TNT's lead NBA play-by-play broadcaster, what happened with TNT and Chris Webber, highlights of the 2021 NFL schedule, whether Tom Brady vs. the Patriots on "Sunday Night Football" in Week 4 will set a ratings record, what the...
Published 05/20/21
Episode 346 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two guests. First up is Rich Eisen of the NFL Network and Peacock. Eisen talks about navigating his post ESPN-career, tells stories about his old "SportsCenter" days and legendary anchors and shares his thoughts on Kenny Mayne leaving ESPN. In addition, Eisen breaks down is responsibilities hosting the NFL Draft and what it's like hosting the NFL Networks' three hour schedule release show. He also discusses...
Published 05/13/21
Episode 345 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two interviews.  First up is Ryen Russillo of The Ringer. The podcast host talks about the fallout and regrets from his controversial podcast with Bill Simmons last year following protests that happened across America and why it was "a mistake." Russillo also discusses his decision to stick to sports, the differences and similarities between working for ESPN and The Ringer, why the Pandemic didn't affect his...
Published 05/06/21
Episode 344 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two interviews.  First up is reporter John Ourand from "Sports Business Journal." Ourand breaks down the NHL's blockbuster TV deals with ESPN and Turner Sports, weighs in on whether this is a good or bad time to be a sports fan when it comes to consumption of games, linear TV's reliance on live sports and the problem with streaming services. Other topics discussed with Ourand include Dan Le Batard's startup,...
Published 04/29/21
Published 04/29/21
Episode 343 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features a conversation with versatile broadcaster and the new voice of WWE's "Monday Night Raw," Adnan Virk. Virk, who also works for MLB Network, NHL Network, DAZN and hosts two podcasts, discusses how he manages his busy schedule, how he got the "Monday Night Raw" job, his wrestling fandom, meeting Vince McMahon, dealing with WWE fans and more. Virk also talks about how he bounced back after getting fired by ESPN...
Published 04/22/21
Episode 342 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with gambling insider, Todd Fuhrman. The former Caesar's oddsmaker talked about the viral videos involving a fan telling Mets first baseman Pete Alonso the over/under before he homered and another fan talking gambling with Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Fuhrman also gave an overview on where we stand with legalized gambling, which states are doing it right, which are doing it wrong. He also...
Published 04/15/21
Episode 341 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with "New York Post" sports media columnist, Andrew Marchand. Some of the topics discussed include whether Ian Eagle or Jim Nantz should call the Final Four for CBS/Turner, how Jim Nantz's contract negotiations went with CBS and how both sides feel about his new deal, ESPN's decision to fire NBA analyst Paul Pierce after he posted an Instagram Live video of himself partying with strippers, Kirk...
Published 04/06/21
Episode 341 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with WWE superstar, Edge. The man, also known as, Adam Copeland talks about his upcoming WrestleMania main event match with Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan. Did he ever think he'd headline a WrestleMania when he retired from the company in 2011 after a very serious neck injury? Did he think he'd ever main event WrestleMania when he returned to the WWE at the 2020 Royal Rumble? Can he properly...
Published 03/30/21
Episode 340 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features a conversation with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt. The "SportsCenter" host talks about his popular "Bad Beats" segment and gives us the inside details on how the feature is put together by producers. He also talks about ad libbing the segment, the importance of Stanford Steve to the bit and the bizarre bond that gamblers have with one another. Van Pelt also discusses Roger Goodell's recent comments about the NFL...
Published 03/24/21
Episode 339 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with Austin Karp, the Managing Editor at "Sports Business Journal." During the conversation, we discuss the NFL's expected television deals and what changes we will potentially see, such as flex scheduling for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" and who will carry "Thursday Night Football." We also talked about college basketball taking a big ratings hit this season and whether the NCAA Tournament...
Published 03/18/21
Episode 338 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two guests. First up is ESPN play-by-play man, Ryan Ruocco, who was calling the Nuggets-Mavericks game on March 11, 2020 when the NBA announced that the season would be suspended because of Covid-19. Ruocco talks about what that experience was like, how his mindset about Covid changed from that night until now, whether he'd be comfortable calling games in full arenas, whether he ever got used to calling...
Published 03/10/21
The guest on Episode 337 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina is Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Florio explains why gambling is a major factor in the NFL going to a 17-game regular season and why he expects the league to eventually go to an 18-game regular season. Does the 17th regular season game mean we're going to finally get a Super Bowl during President's Day Weekend? Florio shares his thoughts on that topic and also talks about other scheduling changes we...
Published 03/02/21
Episode 336 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two interviews. First up is Bryan Curtis, Editor-At-Large for The Ringer. Curtis talks about a recent article he wrote that connect Brent Musburger's firing from CBS in 1990, which elevated Jim Nantz as the network's lead voice, to Nantz's current contract situation with CBS. Curtis also discusses the NFL asking networks for a 100 percent rights fee increase on their TV deals, why announcers don't matter as...
Published 02/24/21
The guest on Episode 335 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina is Darren Rovell, the Senior Executive Producer for the Action Network. The main focus of the episode is the explosion in the trading cards business. From why the boom happened, whether it will last to the process of getting cards graded and selling them for profit, Rovell goes in-depth on explaining many of the aspects of the current trading card craze. He also explains that people are buying and...
Published 02/17/21