It isn’t enough to paint BLACK LIVES MATTER on three basketball courts somewhere within an amusement park, where a league and two broadcast networks have tried to recoup revenues during a pandemic. Because in a numbing instant, a moment in time unlike any America has experienced, those gyms were abandoned and left eerily silent by one NBA team after another, followed by WNBA, baseball and soccer teams — all unified by the horrors of police brutality in a protest that powerfully frames the only real purpose of sports in 2020.
Never have games been more irrelevant, out of place.
Yet never have the athletes been more important to the direction of a country, a tortured and very sick America. By forcing the postponements of three playoff games and placing the rest of a COVID-19-gnarled season in doubt, NBA players used their influence to shut down a multi-billion-dollar industry in a dizzying domino effect that could — and should — end the folly of conducting seasons amid racial unrest and a medical crisis. The next 68 days will decide the future of a country that is neither safe nor healthy nor proud. Doesn’t it seem off-putting, if not inappropriate and just wrong, to keep force-feeding games every day and night when the Milwaukee Bucks have established a historic mission statement for all sports?
And don’t play again — while assuming the physical and mental health risks related to a still-raging coronavirus — until cops stop shooting Black people. If it requires the cancellations of seasons, well, who really cares given the magnitude of murder-by-bigotry?
“F— THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT,’’ tweeted LeBron James, front and center at this seminal juncture when athletes must be political, like it or not. Does it surprise you that James and the Los Angeles Lakers, along with the city rival Clippers, voted to cancel the season during a Wednesday night union meeting described as volatile? And that James, according to The Athletic, walked out of the meeting when he was questioned by former teammate Udonis Haslem?
It shouldn’t. Nothing should surprise anyone anymore, including the idea that LeBron would prioritize his growing position in the Democratic Party over a fourth NBA championship.
President Trump wants to watch ballgames at night? Well, he can’t have them — or four more years — because his nation is mired in unprecedented and unimaginable upheaval. Trump won’t condemn the endless carnage in the year of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the toll of racial injustice that includes another victim, Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old Black man paralyzed after a white police officer fired seven shots at him in Kenosha, Wis. So the Bucks, based 40 miles north of the shooting scene and subsequent unrest that left two dead, decided they weren’t coming out of their locker room for Game 5 of a series against the Orlando Magic. This was the 2020 version of an offensive that sports often wields to battle injustice — activism — only the Bucks were daring to jeopardize the future prosperity of the league that feeds them.
Grasping their place in history, the players stayed and talked in their locker room for hours after the postponement, gaining a phone audience with Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. They finally emerged with a statement to the media — the opening portion read by Sterling Brown, himself a victim of police brutality in Milwaukee, where a simple dispute over a parking violation led to his being tased and arrested in 2018. Standing among them: superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Greece native who had been staying quiet politically while picking up his second straight league MVP award.
“The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African-American communities,’’ Brown said. “Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings. Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protestors. Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.’’
Next up was veteran guard George Hill, already on record among NBA players who want the season to be canceled. “When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to that standard, and in this moment, we are demanding the same from our lawmakers and law enforcement,’’ he said. “We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable. For this to occur, it’s imperative for the state legislature to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform.’’
Within hours, much of the sports world was in lockstep, and the teams that were playing games Wednesday night — such as 20 Major League Baseball clubs not adopting the postponement pushes of the Milwaukee Brewers and five others — should have pondered the message they were sending as a prominent Black player, Jason Heyward, removed himself from the Chicago Cubs’ lineup in protest. He was joined by other MLB players, Black and Caucasian, in a display of solidarity that will be part of sports until, oh, the first Tuesday in November. When Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts chose not to play, teammates of all races did the same — a marked departure for a sport low on social and racial awareness.
“As a white player on this team, how can we show support? What is something tangible we can do to help our Black brothers on this team?’’ team leader Clayton Kershaw said. “Mookie was great about saying, `If you guys want to play, I support that.’ But we made a collective group decision to not play tonight, to let our voices be heard for standing up for what we believe is right.”
“I’ll always remember this day,’’ said Betts, “and I’ll always remember this team having my back.’’
Four years ago, Colin Kaepernick launched a kneeling protest movement that divided America to its core. The events of an August day in 2020 are tilted toward empathy for the aggrieved, connected to a specific series of shooting tragedies. The Blake shooting has left NBA players helpless in their restrictive campus environment. From the start of this social, health and business experiment, I wondered when they might begin to feel like guinea pigs, or slaves. That crossroads is here, in the form of an emergency Board of Governors meeting Thursday. The players want to effect systemic change, but they feel detached living and working in a Bubble, even with the league-endorsed Black Lives Matter ethos and social justice messages on their jerseys. Hill planted the first seeds of activism Monday when he said, “We can’t do anything. First of all, we shouldn’t have came to this damn place, to be honest. Coming here just took all the focal points off what the issues are.’’
Soon enough, Disney World was the antithesis of the Happiest Place on Earth, as Chris Paul and union leadership invited players and coaches to a volatile ballroom meeting Wednesday night to discuss whether to continue the season. This will remain an ongoing question, and if enough players want to shut down the playoffs, it would be disastrous for a league that has spent $200 million on the Bubble concept in hopes of helping its fraught financial future. It’s possible the league would enact a force majeure clause that could terminate the collective bargaining agreement and lock out the players. Adam Silver, the commissioner renowned for his wokeness, can’t be faulted because of a trigger-happy cop in Kenosha. Nor can anyone fault team owners who have supported the players in their ongoing fight against racism, with Bucks ownership releasing this statement though the players kept owners out of the boycott loop: “We fully support our players and the decision they made. The only way to bring about change is to shine a light on the racial injustices that are happening in front of us. Our players have done that and we will continue to stand alongside them and demand accountability and change.” Yet who can blame the players — especially those with families, even as the league prepared to allow close relatives and friends onto campus — if they prioritize real life over basketball and pop the Money Bubble?
“Right now, our focus shouldn’t be on basketball,’’ said Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics, a team that pondered a boycott days ago. “i understand it’s the playoffs, but we still have a bigger issue, an underlying issue. And the things we’ve tried haven’t been working.’’
Teammate Jaylen Brown said the NBA’s emphasis on social justice has waned during the postseason: “Things have kind of diminished. I’m curious to see in what creative ways that people put their minds together to push these conversations and make me feel more comfortable about playing basketball in the middle of like a lot of things that are going on.”
Said Fred Van Vleet of the Toronto Raptors, another team that pushed for the boycott: “Coming down here, making the choice to play was not supposed to be in vain, but it’s starting to feel like everything we’re doing is just going through the motions and nothing’s really changing. And here we are with another unfortunate incident. … We’ve got to take responsibility as well. Do we actually give a f— about what’s going on, or is it just cool to wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the backdrop, or wear it on a T-shirt? Like, what does that really mean? Is it really doing anything? At the end of the day, if we’re going to sit here and talk about making change, then at some point we’re going to have to put our nuts on the line and actually put something up to lose, rather than just money or visibility. I’m just over the media aspect of it. It’s sensationalized, we talk about it every day, that’s all we see, but it just feels like a big pacifier to me.”
Donovan Mitchell should be reveling in his breakout as a Bubble star. Instead, he also suggested that leaving is a better idea than staying, even with his Utah Jazz looking at a possible matchup against James and the Los Angeles Lakers. “A lot of times where we say we don’t feel safe, it doesn’t matter how much money, it doesn’t matter who you are,” Mitchell said. “The common excuse is, `He shouldn’t have walked away, shouldn’t have not listened to the cops.’ He doesn’t deserve to be shot in the back, shot seven times. That’s inexcusable. The point of us coming down here was to create change. I really don’t know how else to describe it as an African American male. When does it stop? When do we feel comfortable? When do we feel safe? … I just want this s—- to stop.’’
No one was more emotional than Doc Rivers, coach of the Clippers, whose voice cracked and eyes grew moist as he assessed the national condition. “All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear,” he said. “We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that we’re denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung. We’ve been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear.
“It’s amazing why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back. It’s really so sad. Like, I should just be a coach. I’m so often reminded of my color. It’s just really sad. We got to do better. But we got to demand better. It’s funny. We protest. They send riot guards. They send people in riot outfits. They go up to Michigan with guns. They’re spitting on cops. Nothing happens.”
Who can focus on a basketball game with minds so enraged and hearts so heavy? That’s why it would be wrong to lambaste the players if they go home, though Trump will try, as he did when he said of their national anthem protests: “The kneeling has been horrible for basketball. People are angry about it. They have enough politics with guys like me. There was a nastiness about the NBA the way (protesting) was done. The NBA is in trouble, bigger trouble than they understand.” It’s amazing the games and individual performances have been sharp — and sometimes spectacular — when so much energy is directed toward the White House.
“The question that I would like to ask is, `Does America think that Black people or people of color are uncivilized, savages or naturally unjust? Or are we products of the environments we participate in?’ ‘’ Jaylen Brown said. “America has (given) its answer over and over again. Are we not human beings? Is Jacob Blake not a human being?’’
By nightfall, even TNT analyst Kenny Smith was walking off the “Inside the NBA’’ set. “This is tough. Right now, my head is ready to explode,” he said. “Like just in the thoughts of what’s going on. Coming in and even driving here, getting into the studio, hearing calls and people talking. And for me, I think the biggest thing now as a Black man, as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight.”
Even Lou Williams was weighing in. The Clippers guard has been averse to the Bubble all along, including the day he had permission to attend a funeral and wound up in a strip-joint controversy. “It’s unfortunate we’re in this Bubble and we’re still dealing with these issues,’’ he said. “We’re still seeing unarmed Black men get shot in the streets. It’s just ridiculous at this point. And I think it’s difficult being here when things like that are happening. You kind of feel helpless in a way. You can use your voice in a way, but I think our presence is much more felt.’’
All of which compounds the surreal nature of what we’re watching in sports. In roughly the time required to find * on a laptop keyboard, I saw Lucas Giolito complete a no-hitter in front of cardboard cutouts and Paul George reveal his struggle with depression in a Bubble. Those events alone should silence, at once, all talk of asterisks for Sports In A Pandemic. If anything, 2020 should be affixed with a colossal exclamation point.
What many of these human beings are accomplishing is nothing short of stunning, dealing as they are with the double whammy of an infectious disease and racial unrest. Life in relative isolation left George, the Clippers star, in “a dark place’’ that impacted a career-worst shooting slump against Dallas. “It was just a little bit of everything, he said. “I underestimated mental health, honestly. I had anxiety. A little bit of depression. Just being locked in here. I just wasn’t there. I checked out. Games 2, 3, 4, I wasn’t there. Shout-out to the people that were in my corner, that gave me words. They helped big time, help get me right, (get) me back in great spirits. I can’t thank them enough.”
This is only the beginning of a drama that parallels, not coincidentally, a presidential election season that already is giving us the dry heaves. NHL players are upset that games weren’t postponed, prompting this tweet from San Jose star Evander Kane: “Actually it’s incredibly insulting as a black man in hockey the lack of action and acknowledgment from the @nhl.’’ The NFL has yet to announce an official position about sideline kneeling, with a strong suspicion that the almighty Jerry Jones will oppose it again, despite commissioner Roger Goodell’s so-called 180-degree flip on the topic. After all, Trump has voiced his opinion about the NFL season: “If they don’t stand for the flag and stand strongly, I’d be very happy if they didn’t open.’’
Tweeted Houston wide receiver Kenny Stills, a kneeling activist: “NBA is showing us how it’s done. Time to connect with local activists to help formulate demands.’’
As we await more monumental news, in this apocalyptic year from hell, this much is true: The sports world, so often derided as scandalous and greedy and cringeworthy, never has been prouder.
Jay Mariotti, called “the most impacting Chicago sportswriter of the past quarter-century,’’ writes a weekly media column for Barrett Sports Media and regular sports columns for Substack while appearing on some of the 1,678,498 podcasts in production today. He’s an accomplished columnist, TV panelist and radio talk host. Living in Los Angeles, he gravitated by osmosis to film projects. Compensation for this column is donated to the Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust.
The Future Is Now, Embrace Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV+
As annoying as streaming sports is and as much as I haven’t fully adapted to the habit yet, Amazon and Apple have done a magnificent job of trying to make the process as easy and simplified as possible.
This week has been a reckoning for sports and its streaming future on Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV+, ESPN+, and more.
Amazon announced that Thursday Night Football, which averaged 13 million viewers, generated the highest number of U.S. sign ups over a three hour period in the app’s history. More people in the United States subscribed to Prime during the September 15th broadcast than they did during Black Friday, Prime Day, and Cyber Monday. It was also “the most watched night of primetime in Prime Video’s history,” according to Amazon executive Jay Marine. The NFL and sports in general have the power to move mountains even for some of the nation’s biggest and most successful brands.
This leads us to the conversation happening surrounding Aaron Judge’s chase for history. Judge has been in pursuit of former major leaguer Roger Maris’ record for the most home runs hit during one season in American League history.
The sports world has turned its attention to the Yankees causing national rights holders such as ESPN, Fox, and TBS to pick up extra games in hopes that they capture the moment history is made. Apple TV+ also happened to have a Yankees game scheduled for Friday night against the Red Sox right in the middle of this chase for glory.
Baseball fans have been wildin’ out at the prospects of missing the grand moment when Judge passes Maris or even the moments afterwards as Judge chases home run number 70 and tries to truly create monumental history of his own. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand has even reported there were talks between YES, MLB, and Apple to bring Michael Kay into Apple’s broadcast to call the game, allow YES Network to air its own production of the game, or allow YES Network to simulcast Apple TV+’s broadcast. In my opinion, all of this hysteria is extremely bogus.
As annoying as streaming sports is and as much as I haven’t fully adapted to the habit yet, Amazon and Apple have done a magnificent job of trying to make the process as easy and simplified as possible. Amazon brought in NBC to help with production of TNF and if you watch the flow of the broadcast, the graphics of the broadcast, NBC personalities like Michael Smith, Al Michaels, and Terry McAuliffe make appearances on the telecast – it is very clear that the network’s imprint is all over the show.
NBC’s experience in conducting the broadcast has made the viewing experience much more seamless. Apple has also used MLB Network and its personalities for assistance in ensuring there’s no major difference between what you see on air vs. what you’re streaming.
Amazon and Apple have also decided to not hide their games behind a paywall. Since the beginning of the season, all of Apple’s games have been available free of charge. No subscription has ever been required. As long as you have an Apple device and can download Apple TV+, you can watch their MLB package this season.
Guess what? Friday’s game against the Red Sox is also available for free on your iPhone, your laptop, or your TV simply by downloading the AppleTV app. Amazon will also simulcast all Thursday Night Football games on Twitch for free. It may be a little harder or confusing to find the free options, but they are out there and they are legal and, once again, they are free.
Apple has invested $85 million into baseball, money that will go towards your team becoming better hypothetically. They’ve invested money towards creating a new kind of streaming experience. Why in the hell would they offer YES Network this game for free? There’s no better way for them to drive subscriptions to their product than by offering fans a chance at watching history on their platform.
A moment like this are the main reason Apple paid for rights in the first place. When Apple sees what the NFL has done for Amazon in just one week and coincidentally has the ability to broadcast one of the biggest moments in baseball history – it would be a terrible business decision to let viewers watch it outside of the Apple ecosystem and lose the ability to gain new fans.
It’s time for sports fans to grow up and face reality. Streaming is here to stay.
MLB Network is another option
If you don’t feel like going through the hassle of watching the Yankees take on the Red Sox for free on Apple TV+, MLB Network will also air all of Judge’s at bats live as they are happening. In case the moment doesn’t happen on Apple TV+ on Friday night, Judge’s next games will air in full on MLB Network (Saturday), ESPN (Sunday), MLB Network again (Monday), TBS (Tuesday) and MLB Network for a third time on Wednesday. All of MLB Network’s games will be simulcast of YES Network’s local New York broadcast. It wouldn’t shock me to see Fox pick up another game next Thursday if the pursuit still maintains national interest.
- One of the weirdest things about the experience of streaming sports is that you lose the desire to channel surf. Is that a good thing or bad thing? Brandon Ross of LightShed Ventures wonders if the difficulty that comes with going from app to app will help Amazon keep viewers on TNF the entire time no matter what the score of the game is. If it does, Amazon needs to work on developing programming to surround the games or start replaying the games, pre and post shows so that when you fall asleep and wake up you’re still on the same stream on Prime Video or so that coming to Prime Video for sports becomes just as much of a habit for fans as tuning in to ESPN is.
- CNN has announced the launch of a new morning show with Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlin Collins. Variety reports, “Two people familiar with plans for the show say it is likely to use big Warner Bros. properties — a visit from the cast of HBO’s Succession or sports analysis from TNT’s NBA crew — to lure eyeballs.” It’ll be interesting to see if Turner Sports becomes a cornerstone of this broadcast. Will the NBA start doing schedule releases during the show? Will a big Taylor Rooks interview debut on this show before it appears on B/R? Will the Stanley Cup or Final Four MVP do an interview on CNN’s show the morning after winning the title? Does the show do remote broadcasts from Turner’s biggest sports events throughout the year?
- The Clippers are back on over the air television. They announced a deal with Nexstar to broadcast games on KTLA and other Nexstar owned affiliates in California. The team hasn’t reached a deal to air games on Bally Sports SoCal or Bally Sports Plus for the upcoming season. Could the Clippers pursue a solo route and start their own OTT service in time for the season? Are they talking to Apple, Amazon, or ESPN about a local streaming deal? Is Spectrum a possible destination? I think these are all possibilities but its likely that the Clippers end up back on Bally Sports since its the status quo. I just find it interesting that it has taken so long to solidify an agreement and that it wasn’t announced in conjunction with the KTLA deal. The Clippers are finally healthy this season, moving into a new arena soon, have the technology via Second Spectrum to produce immersive game casts. Maybe something is brewing?
- ESPN’s Monday Night Football double box was a great concept. The execution sucked. Kudos to ESPN for adjusting on the fly once complaints began to lodge across social media. I think the double box works as a separate feed. ESPN2 should’ve been the home to the double box. SVP and Stanford Steve could’ve held a watch party from ESPN’s DC studio with special guests. The double box watch party on ESPN2 could’ve been interrupted whenever SVP was giving an update on games for ESPN and ABC. It would give ESPN2 a bit of a behind the scenes look at how the magic happens similarly to what MLB Tonight did last week. Credit to ESPN and the NFL for experimenting and continuing to try and give fans unique experiences.
Jessie Karangu is a columnist for BSM and graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland but comes from Kenyan roots. Jessie has had a passion for sports media and the world of television since he was a child. His career has included stints with USA Today, Tegna, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Sightline Media. He can be found on Twitter @JMKTVShow.
ESPN Shows Foresight With Monday Night Football Doubleheader Timing
ESPN is obviously testing something, and it’s worth poking around at why the network wouldn’t follow the schedule it has used for the last 16 years, scheduling kickoffs at 7 and then 10 on their primary channel.
The Monday Night Football doubleheader was a little bit different this time around for ESPN.
First, it came in Week 2 instead of Week 1. And then, the games were staggered 75 minutes apart on two different channels, the Titans and Bills beginning on ESPN at 7:15 PM ET and the Vikings at the Eagles starting at 8:30 PM on ABC and ESPN+. This was a departure from the usual schedule in which the games kicked off at 7:00 PM ET and then 10:00 PM ET with the latter game on the West Coast.
ESPN is obviously testing something, and it’s worth poking around at why the network wouldn’t follow the schedule it has used for the last 16 years, scheduling kickoffs at 7:00 PM and then 10:00 PM ET on their primary channel. That’s the typical approach, right? The NFL is the most valuable offering in all of sports and ESPN would have at least six consecutive hours of live programming without any other game to switch to.
Instead, they staggered the starts so the second game kicked off just before the first game reached halftime. They placed the games on two different channels, which risked cannibalizing their audience. Why? Well, it’s the same reason that ESPN was so excited about the last year’s Manningcast that it’s bringing it back for 10 weeks this season. ESPN is not just recognizing the reality of how their customers behave, but they’re embracing it.
Instead of hoping with everything they have that the customer stays in one place for the duration of the game, they’re recognizing the reality that they will leave and providing another product within their portfolio to be a destination when they do.
It’s the kind of experiment everyone in broadcasting should be investigating because, for all the talk about meeting the customer where they are, we still tend to be a little bit stubborn about adapting to what they do.
Customers have more choices than ever when it comes to media consumption. First, cable networks softened the distribution advantages of broadcast networks, and now digital offerings have eroded the distribution advantages of cable networks. It’s not quite a free-for-all, but the battle for viewership is more intense, more wide open than ever because that viewer has so many options of not just when and where but how they will consume media.
Programmers have a choice in how to react to this. On the one hand, they can hold on tighter to the existing model and try to squeeze as much out of it as they can. If ESPN was thinking this way it would stack those two Monday night games one after the other just like it always has and hope like hell for a couple of close games to juice the ratings. Why would you make it impossible for your customer to watch both of these products you’ve paid so much to televise?
I’ve heard radio programmers and hosts recite take this same approach for more than 10 years now when it comes to making shows available on-demand. Why would you give your customers the option of consuming the product in a way that’s not as remunerative or in a way that is not measured?
That thinking is outdated and it is dangerous from an economic perspective because it means you’re trying to make the customer behave in your best interest by restricting their choices. And maybe that will work. Maybe they like that program enough that they’ll consume it in the way you’d prefer or maybe they decide that’s inconvenient or annoying or they decide to try something else and now this customer who would have listened to your product in an on-demand format is choosing to listen to someone else’s product entirely.
After all, you’re the only one that is restricting that customer’s choices because you’re the only one with a desire to keep your customer where he is. Everyone else is more than happy to give your customer something else.
There’s a danger in holding on too tightly to the existing model because the tighter you squeeze, the more customers will slip through your fingers, and if you need a physical demonstration to complete this metaphor go grab a handful of sand and squeeze it hard.
Your business model is only as good as its ability to predict the behavior of your customers, and as soon as it stops doing that, you need to adjust that business model. Don’t just recognize the reality that customers today will exercise the freedom that all these media choices provide, embrace it.
Offer more products. Experiment with more ways to deliver those products. The more you attempt to dictate the terms of your customer’s engagement with your product, the more customers you’ll lose, and by accepting this you’ll open yourself to the reality that if your customer is going to leave your main offering, it’s better to have them hopping to another one of your products as opposed to leaving your network entirely.
Think in terms of depth of engagement, and breadth of experience. That’s clearly what ESPN is doing because conventional thinking would see the Manningcast as a program that competes with the main Monday Night Football broadcast, that cannibalizes it. ESPN sees it as a complimentary experience. An addition to the main broadcast, but it also has the benefit that if the customer feels compelled to jump away from the main broadcast – for whatever reason – it has another ESPN offering that they may land on.
I’ll be watching to see what ESPN decides going forward. The network will have three Monday Night Football doubleheaders beginning next year, and the game times have not been set. Will they line them up back-to-back as they had up until this year? If they do it will be a vote of confidence that its traditional programming approach that evening is still viable. But if they overlap those games going forward, it’s another sign that less is not more when it comes to giving your customers a choice in products.
Danny O’Neil is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously hosted morning and afternoon drive for 710 ESPN Seattle, and served as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He can be reached on Twitter @DannyOneil or by email at Danny@DannyOneil.com.
Media Noise: Sunday Ticket Has Problems, Marcellus Wiley Does Not
On this episode of Media Noise, Demetri is joined by Brian Noe to talk about the wild year FS1’s Marcellus Wiley has had and by Garrett Searight to discuss the tumultuous present and bright future of NFL Sunday Ticket.
Demetri Ravanos is the Assistant Content Director for Barrett Sports Media. He hosts the Chewing Clock and Media Noise podcasts. He occasionally fills in on stations across the Carolinas. Previous stops include WAVH and WZEW in Mobile, AL, WBPT in Birmingham, AL and WBBB, WPTK and WDNC in Raleigh, NC. You can find him on Twitter @DemetriRavanos and reach him by email at DemetriTheGreek@gmail.com.