Longtime multi-sport play-by-play voice Josh Lewin won’t be returning to the Red Sox radio booth this season, but he’s still going to be calling baseball games. Through his new podcast and a partnership with CLNS Media, Lewin is the play-by-play announcer for simulated games featuring some of baseball’s greatest teams.
Titled The Throwback League, the innovative podcast features a simulated March Madness style tournament containing 48 of the game’s best teams from 1974-2006.
“This is a project that’s been a dozen years in the making. I couldn’t be more excited,” Lewin said in the press release. “Especially partnering with CLNS. They know the podcast space better than anyone.”
Last season, Lewin was part of a rotating cast of announcers for Red Sox radio broadcasts. During his career, Lewin has worked as the radio voice for the New York Mets, San Diego Chargers, UCLA men’s basketball and football. The broadcaster was also an original announcer for the MLB-on-FOX from 1996-2011 in a TV play-by-play career that saw him work for the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers.
Lewin added that the podcast “will be a departure from talking about off-field shenanigans, analytics, and pace of play which will assuredly be a nice thing to put in your earbuds.”
The tournament lasts 48 weeks with the first podcast episode being released Feb. 17. Game results are simulated by the WhatIfSports algorithm, Lewin takes the box score results and turns it into a radio broadcast. During the 43-minute first episode, you can hear Lewin call what sounds like a live game between the 1974 Oakland A’s and the 1992 Atlanta Braves, featuring cheering fans and an old-fashioned organ player.
Former Sunday Night Baseball play-by-play voice and longtime San Francisco Giants broadcaster Jon Miller contributes to The Throwback League as the pregame analyst. In-game stories are also provided by players that were actually on the teams involved in the podcast.
New episodes, and games, will be released every Monday from now until Jan. 11, 2021. Lewin’s partnership with CLNS will also see him host Red Sox Beat, a podcast that returns for its eighth season.
Field Of 68 After Dark Coming To YouTube Every Night
“The show is airing across all of the Field of 68 social media channels, on YouTube, and as a podcast.”
The Field of 68 Media Network just announced a giant addition to their college basketball content schedule. Field of 68 After Dark will air nightly from 11-12 p.m. ET with all of the latest analysis on college basketball from a rotating cast of over 15 analysts, reporters, and coaches.
The show is airing across all of the Field of 68 social media channels, on YouTube, and as a podcast.
“There’s a major void right now in this space with regard to college basketball,” Dauster said in a press release. “This will give diehard college basketball fans somewhere to go each night from the start of the season through the national title game to not only be informed but also entertained.”
Consistent voices tabbed to be on Field of 68 After Dark regularly are Dauster, John Fanta, and ex-college players Josh Langford, Terrence Oglesby, Ant Wright, and Ashton Gibbs.
“We’ll break down the top games and storylines each night,” Dauster added. “And we’ll also have conversations with many of the top names in the sport immediately after their games. I promise you will not get access like this anywhere else.”
Other rolling cast members on the late-night program include Stadium insider Jeff Goodman, former college stars Adam Morrison, Robbie Hummel, Shelvin Mack, and Randolph Childress, veteran coaches Archie Miller and Steve Prohm, and FOX’s Doug Gottlieb.
Field of 68 was founded by Dauster and Goodman last Fall. They launched the podcast network with three shows and a bevy of other program-focused shows that zoomed in on teams like Gonzaga and North Carolina.
Dauster and Goodman launched the project after years of experience in the college basketball reporting scene. Dauster has written for Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports since he started covering the sport in 2008. While, Goodman is now Stadium’s college basketball insider after stints with ESPN, CBS Sports, and Fox Sports.
Katie Nolan Announces She Is No Longer With ESPN
“The news comes less than a year after Nolan re-signed with ESPN, only to have them lay off her podcast co-host and producer, Ashley Braband, who had been with the company for 13 years.”
Katie Nolan announced she is no longer working at ESPN. The podcast and TV host broke the news on Twitter. She had been with the company since leaving Fox Sports in 2017.
“I’ve thought about sending this tweet for weeks,” Nolan wrote on Twitter. “I still have no clue how to make it not make you all roll your eyes. Alas: the obvious thing has happened. I no longer work at ESPN. I’m really grateful for my time here. I made incredible friendships and valuable mistakes.”
Nolan came over to ESPN four years ago following a four-year run at Fox Sports. During her ESPN tenure, she hosted the ESPN+ series Always Late with Katie Nolan and her podcast Sports? with Katie Nolan, and frequently appeared on other now-defunct programs, such as Highly Questionable and The Dan Le Batard Show.
The news comes less than a year after Nolan re-signed with ESPN, only to have them lay off her podcast co-host and producer, Ashley Braband, who had been with the company for 13 years.
“We didn’t know this was happening,” Nolan said during a podcast episode recorded at the time. “Some of us didn’t know this was happening to the point where they recently signed a contract. And so we are now in a situation where this is the only thing I have to do, and now I have to do it alone, I think.”
That decision, along with an undefined role for Nolan amidst a rapidly changing pandemic media environment, seemingly pushed the host out ESPN.
“Ashley’s reached a situation where she’s worked at this company for [13 years] now, and found out that she is done working here on her birthday, which is cool,” Nolan said sarcastically.
Braband did land on her feet, as she is now the head of development for Omaha Productions, Peyton Manning’s production company. Nolan on the other hand now has the sports media world as her oyster.
She’ll soon have an opportunity to look at a variety of situations and determine where she fits best. Independent media voices have been flourishing all over the place lately, with Ariel Helwani, Dan Le Batard and others providing a template for Nolan to emulate if she wishes to do so.
Pro Football Focus Gets $50 Million To Expand
“Silver Lake is putting $50 million into Pro Football Focus. It also gave the site a nine figure valuation according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.”
Cris Collinsworth has to be a very happy man. His Pro Football Focus just received an influx of cash from Silver Lake, a global technology investment firm.
Silver Lake is putting $50 million into Pro Football Focus. It also gave the site a nine figure valuation according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Could that money spur a name change? As Schefter reports, the investment will be used to expand Pro Football Focus’s content to include other sports, starting with soccer.
PFF would not be the first company of its kind to benefit from Silver Lake’s generosity. The company has invested in multiple sports media properties before including Fanatics, Learfield, and MSG Sports.
As analytics have become more popular with casual fans, more people are flocking to PFF and making an effort to understand the site’s grading system for different positions. It will be interesting to see how that translates into other sports and how quickly the company can build credibility in new areas.
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