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What Does Life in The Metaverse Mean For Sports?

“Digitalization, searchability, and access to information is the embodiment of progress in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”



As the virtual world continues its expansion towards digital, physical interactions of businesses and people continue to become more and more metaphysical. Part of this is for convenience during times where people cannot be together physically for one reason or another.  On the other hand, businesses and technology companies have been pushing for a move to digital in nearly all aspects of our lives for many years.  Walt Disney’s futuristic models of cities and transportation are not so much coming to life in the physical element, but are being created in the digital metaverse of things.

From the Office of Walt Disney: EPCOT – A Blueprint of the Future - D23
Courtesy: Disney Enterprises

One of Justin Bieber’s upcoming concerts is occurring in the digital metaverse.  Fans will be able to interact digitally with Bieber in his motion-capture suit.  The concert and suit is a mix between the films Minority Report and Ready Player One digital universes, virtual, and augmented realities.  

In some circles, NFTs and digital collectibles are spoken of in the same sentence as auction houses, but in the digital form.  Investors continue to look to alternative currencies to complete the metaverse.  Nearly every entertainment, media, and sports business has gotten in the NFT creation and selling market.  

As sports betting grew pursuant to the Murphy Supreme Court case in 2018 to 2021, NFTs will be the go-to market going forward.  Of course, the key ingredient to a successful NFT is, like any other collectible, rarity.  The rarity will create engagement, which is what companies seek the most from subscribers, customers, and fans.   

There are many questions around the metaverse.  How will the older generations accept or not accept the metaverse?  Will the metaverse replace our physical universe, compliment, or provide options?  What is the purpose of the metaverse?  Are there any moral or ethical considerations.

Hollywood has depicted this futuristic conundrum many times before.  Minority Report, Ready Player One, Star Wars, Star Trek, Blade Runner (1982), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Tron, 1984, and many others all depict some world beyond our current one, whether physical, digital, or a mixture of both.  Hollywood has often been great at predicting future circumstances.  

Digitalization, searchability, and access to information is the embodiment of progress in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Fake news may have existed before 2020, but it became a thing because research can be done by anyone through a smart device with access to the internet.  Moreover, it is changing the way we educate, test, and collect information.  Technology makes life more convenient, but also more reliant on something else. 

The problem with not memorizing things is that when technology breaks or does not work, people have to lean on memory.  Our brain is an organ that requires activity to keep sharp and possibly technology has helped to relieve our mind of information with analysis?  The aforementioned is the question facing our time and generation.

Maybe moderation is the key in all of the drive to the metaverse.  Using technology to improve the human condition.  Nonetheless, history is replete with stories of misunderstandings, misuses, and abuses of technology and information.  Being an ethical manager is just as important as being a terrific inventor.  Technology changes circumstances, but not morals and ethics.  

The future looks bright, but it will require leadership that is equally equipped to demonstrate business savvy and a moral compass.  Information is equally power and opportunity.  Good stewards will be a mandatory job application requirement.  

Imagine more data connected to athletic performance.  Statcast would be just the beginning.  Imagine knowing more about the science behind musical talent and performances.  

MLB 2019 Preview: ESPN Continues To Up Its Virtual Game With More K-Zone  3D, Statcast Graphics
Courtesy: MLB StatCast

Of course, more information is sometimes too much information.  Individually, all must find a balance in searching and obtaining information.  Determining what information is important to research and master.  In the end, the purpose should be to improve the lives of those around us.  Rhetorically, the question of whether the idea changes the world for the better is of utmost importance, and for who.    

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Being Wrong On-Air Isn’t A Bad Thing

…if you feel yourself getting uncomfortable over the fact that you were wrong, stop to realize that’s your pride talking. Your ego. And if people call you out for being wrong, it’s actually a good sign.




In the press conference after the Warriors won their fourth NBA title in eight years, Steph Curry referenced a very specific gesture from a very specific episode of Get Up that aired in August 2021.

“Clearly remember some experts and talking heads putting up the big zero,” Curry said, then holding up a hollowed fist to one eye, looking through it as if it were a telescope.

“How many championships we would have going forward because of everything we went through.”

Yep, Kendrick Perkins and Domonique Foxworth each predicted the Warriors wouldn’t win a single title over the course of the four-year extension Curry had just signed. The Warriors won the NBA title and guess what? Curry gets to gloat.

The funny part to me was the people who felt Perkins or Foxworth should be mad or embarrassed. Why? Because they were wrong?

That’s part of the game. If you’re a host or analyst who is never wrong in a prediction, it’s more likely that you’re excruciatingly boring than exceedingly smart. Being wrong is not necessarily fun, but it’s not a bad thing in this business.

You shouldn’t try to be wrong, but you shouldn’t be afraid of it, either. And if you are wrong, own it. Hold your L as I’ve heard the kids say. Don’t try to minimize it or explain it or try to point out how many other people are wrong, too. Do what Kendrick Perkins did on Get Up the day after the Warriors won the title.

“When they go on to win it, guess what?” He said, sitting next to Mike Greenberg. “You have to eat that.”

Do not do what Perkins did later that morning on First Take.

Perkins: “I come on here and it’s cool, right? Y’all can pull up Perk receipts and things to that nature. And then you give other people a pass like J-Will.”

Jason Williams: “I don’t get passes on this show.”

Perkins: “You had to, you had a receipt, too, because me and you both picked the Memphis Grizzlies to beat the Golden State Warriors, but I’m OK with that. I’m OK with that. Go ahead Stephen A. I know you’re about to have fun and do your thing. Go ahead.”

Stephen A. Smith: “First of all, I’m going to get serious for a second with the both of you, especially you, Perk, and I want to tell you something right now. Let me throw myself on Front Street, we can sit up there and make fun of me. You know how many damn Finals predictions I got wrong? I don’t give a damn. I mean, I got a whole bunch of them wrong. Ain’t no reason to come on the air and defend yourself. Perk, listen man. You were wrong. And we making fun, and Steph Curry making fun of you. You laugh at that my brother. He got you today. That’s all. He got you today.”

It’s absolutely great advice, and if you feel yourself getting uncomfortable over the fact that you were wrong, stop to realize that’s your pride talking. Your ego. And if people call you out for being wrong, it’s actually a good sign. It means they’re not just listening, but holding on to what you say. You matter. Don’t ruin that by getting defensive and testy.


I did a double-take when I saw Chris Russo’s list of the greatest QB-TE combinations ever on Wednesday and this was before I ever got to Tom Brady-to-Rob Gronkowski listed at No. 5. It was actually No. 4 that stopped me cold: Starr-Kramer.

My first thought: Jerry Kramer didn’t play tight end.

My second thought: I must be unaware of this really good tight end from the Lombardi-era Packers.

After further review, I don’t think that’s necessarily true, either. Ron Kramer did play for the Lombardi-era Packers, and he was a good player. He caught 14 scoring passes in a three-year stretch where he really mattered, but he failed to catch a single touchdown pass in six of the 10 NFL seasons he played. He was named first-team All-Pro once and finished his career with 229 receptions.

Now this is not the only reason that this is an absolutely terrible list. It is the most egregious, however. Bart Starr and Kramer are not among the 25 top QB-TE combinations in NFL history let alone the top five. And if you’re to believe Russo’s list, eighty percent of the top tandems played in the NFL in the 30-year window from 1958 to 1987 with only one tandem from the past 30 years meriting inclusion when this is the era in which tight end production has steadily climbed.

Then I found out that Russo is making $10,000 per appearance on “First Take.”

My first thought: You don’t have to pay that much to get a 60-something white guy to grossly exaggerate how great stuff used to be.

My second thought: That might be the best $10,000 ESPN has ever spent.

Once a week, Russo comes on and draws a reaction out of a younger demographic by playing a good-natured version of Dana Carvey’s Grumpy Old Man. Russo groans to JJ Redick about the lack of fundamental basketball skills in today’s game or he proclaims the majesty of a tight end-quarterback pairing that was among the top five in its decade, but doesn’t sniff the top five of all-time.

And guess what? It works. Redick rolls his eyes, asks Russo which game he’s watching, and on Wednesday he got me to spend a good 25 minutes looking up statistics for some Packers tight end I’d never heard of. Not satisfied with that, I then moved on to determine Russo’s biggest omission from the list, which I’ve concluded is Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, who connected for 89 touchdowns over 15 seasons, which is only 73 more touchdowns than Kramer scored in his career. John Elway and Shannon Sharpe should be on there, too.

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Money Isn’t The Key Reason Why Sellers Sell Sports Radio

I started selling sports radio because I enjoyed working with clients who loved sports, our station, and wanted to reach fans with our commercials and promotions.

Jeff Caves



Radio Sales

A radio salesperson’s value being purely tied to money is overrated to me. Our managers all believe that our main motivation for selling radio is to make more money. They see no problem in asking us to sell more in various ways because it increases our paycheck. We are offered more money to sell digital, NTR, to sell another station in the cluster, weekend remotes, new direct business, or via the phone in 8 hours. 

But is that why you sell sports radio?

In 2022, the Top 10 highest paying sales jobs are all in technology. Not a media company among them. You could argue that if it were all about making money, we should quit and work in tech. Famous bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed twenty banks over twenty years. He reportedly said,” that’s where the money is”. Sutton is the classic example of a person who wanted what money could provide and was willing to do whatever it took to get it, BUT he also admitted he liked robbing banks and felt alive. So, Sutton didn’t do it just for the money.

A salesperson’s relationship with money and prestige is also at the center of the play Death of a Salesman. Willy Loman is an aging and failing salesman who decides he is worth more dead than alive and kills himself in an auto accident giving his family the death benefit from his life insurance policy. Loman wasn’t working for the money. He wanted the prestige of what money could buy for himself and his family. 

Recently, I met a woman who spent twelve years selling radio from 1999-2011. I asked her why she left her senior sales job. She said she didn’t like the changes in the industry. Consolidation was at its peak, and most salespeople were asked to do more with less help. She described her radio sales job as one with “golden handcuffs”. The station paid her too much money to quit even though she hated the job. She finally quit. The job wasn’t worth the money to her.

I started selling sports radio because I enjoyed working with clients who loved sports, our station, and wanted to reach fans with our commercials and promotions. I never wanted to sell anything else and specifically enjoyed selling programming centered around reaching fans of Boise State University football. That’s it. Very similar to what Mark Glynn and his KJR staff experience when selling Kraken hockey and Huskies football.  

I never thought selling sports radio was the best way to make money. I just enjoyed the way I could make money. I focused on the process and what I enjoyed about the position—the freedom to come and go and set my schedule for the most part. I concentrated on annual contracts and clients who wanted to run radio commercials over the air to get more traffic and build their brand.

Most of my clients were local direct and listened to the station. Some other sales initiatives had steep learning curves, were one-day events or contracted out shaky support staff. In other words, the money didn’t motivate me enough. How I spent my time was more important. 

So, if you are in management, maybe consider why your sales staff is working at the station. Because to me, they’d be robbing banks if it were all about making lots of money.  

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Media Noise: BSM Podcast Network Round Table



Demetri Ravanos welcomes the two newest members of the BSM Podcast Network to the show. Brady Farkas and Stephen Strom join for a roundtable discussion that includes the new media, Sage Steele and Roger Goodell telling Congress that Dave Portnoy isn’t banned from NFL events.

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