Episodes
Episode 361 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features a pair of interviews. First up is Steve Levy from ESPN. Levy talks about how his second season calling "Monday Night Football" is going, how he feels about the Peyton and Eli Manning alternate "Monday Night Football" telecast, the challenges of a three-person booth, the impact that fans in the stands have on a broadcast and much more. Levy also discusses ESPN getting back in the NHL game and his role on...
Published 10/21/21
Episode 360 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features a pair of interviews. First up is "Sports Business Journal" reporter John Ourand. Ourand talks about the fallout from the Jon Gruden email controversy and ESPN's Adam Schefter's journalistic ethics getting called into question as part of the fallout. We also discussed ESPN's new deal with the NFL to air a Monday night wild-card game and how Peyton and Eli Manning's alternate broadcast fits in. Ourand also...
Published 10/14/21
Episode 359 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with the NFL Network's, Kyle Brandt. The "Good Morning Football" host talks about auditioning with Peyton and Eli Manning for the host role on their alternate "Monday Night Football" telecast, why he thinks it was best that he didn't get the gig and what makes the broadcast special. Brandt also talks about Nate Burleson leaving "Good Morning Football," his "10 Questions" podcast and pushing the...
Published 10/07/21
Episode 358 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. The "First Take" host talks about why he felt like this was the time to remove Max Kellerman from the show, all that went into the decision and whether Kellerman agreed with the decision. Smith also talks about whether the show will eventually hire one co-host or if they will keep a rotating cast of characters. Smith also shares his philosophy on what makes a good...
Published 09/30/21
Episode 357 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two interviews, First up is AEW wrestler, Bryan Danielson, who was formally known in WWE as Daniel Bryan. The fan favorite talks about why he decided to join AEW after spending so many years in WWE, what he's most looking forward to doing in AEW, his relationship with Vince McMahon and McMahon being overly protective of him. Danielson also talks about why one particular night in his WWE career was so special...
Published 09/23/21
Episode 356 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, who is an executive producer on ESPN's latest "30-for-30" documentary, "Once Upon A Time In Queens." Jimmy's Cousin Sal is also a producer on the doc and joins the podcast to discuss the best nostalgic moments from the doc, why they wanted to tell the story of the 1986 New York Mets and which former players stood out for their performances in the show.Kimmel also talks about...
Published 09/14/21
Episode 355 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with Tony Romo. CBS' lead NFL analyst talks about when he decided he wanted to get into broadcasting, when he thought he was good at what he does, how long he wants to call NFL games and whether he listens to broadcasting advice from others. Romo also weighs in on the new 17-game schedule, shares a Bill Parcells story and reveals what he's like after too many drinks. Following Romo is the weekly...
Published 09/09/21
Episode 354 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with sports reporter Ben Strauss of the "Washington Post." Strauss breaks down all aspects of the wild Bishop Sycamore story that unfolded this week. The high school football team played a game on ESPN, but it quickly became apparent that something was clearly off with the non-competitive team. How did this happen? Why did this happen? What are ramifications? Who is to blame? Strauss explains it...
Published 09/02/21
Episode 353 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two interviews. First up is Nate Burleson, who is leaving the NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" to co-host "CBS This Morning." Burleson discusses what went into his decision to make the career change, why the move wasn't an automatic "yes" and why the job at CBS News appealed to him. The former NFL wide receiver also talks about the reaction to the NFL playoff game he called on Nickelodeon last year, his...
Published 08/26/21
Episode 352 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with FOX Sports's Joe Buck. The veteran play-by-play broadcaster shared behind-the-scenes details on the "Field of Dreams" game between the Yankees an White Sox, Kevin Costner's involvement in the telecast and what it was like to call the game. FOX's lead NFL voice also talks about beginning his 20th season calling games with Troy Aikman, the big viewership number for the Cowboys-Steelers Hall...
Published 08/19/21
Episode 351 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features two interviews. First up is WWE Universal champion, Roman Reigns, who will main event SummerSlam this year in a match against John Cena. Reigns shares his thoughts on working with Cena after he was away from the company for long, gives us the backstory on his famous "missionary" promo on Cena and the fallout, tells us where we stand on a potential Reigns match agains The Rock and reveals what happened after...
Published 08/12/21
Episode 350 of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" hosted by Jimmy Traina features an interview with versatile play-by-play man, Ian Eagle. The CBS and Turner Sports broadcaster talks about the possibility of becoming Turner's lead NBA voice now that the job is open thanks to Marv Albert's retirement. Would Eagle have any scheduling issues if he got the gig since he also calls Brooklyn Nets games locally in New York and the NFL on CBS? Eagle also reveals whether the play-by-play job for...
Published 08/05/21
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