From 2000-2020, Mike Golic was a part of plenty of sports fans’ morning routines when he was on ESPN2 or ESPN Radio. Golic has done plenty of things since he and ESPN parted ways in 2020, but he almost went back to doing morning sports TV somewhere else.
Golic was a guest on The Dave Pasch Podcast this week and while he wouldn’t reveal specifics about which network offered him a return to morning sports TV, he did say he does enjoy sleeping in now in the mornings.
“I almost got back into morning TV. That was an iffy thing if I wanted to get up that early again.
“I would have had to move. It wasn’t radio at all. It was a morning sports TV show. It just didn’t work out. It was all amicable and everything. The toughest part about it in talking to my wife, she was like geez, you would be able to get up at 4:15 again? I’m almost 60, it wouldn’t have been for 20 years this time around. I’ve kind of gotten used to sleeping in till 7:30, 8:00, so that early wake-up call would have been interesting.”
Meanwhile, Golic mentioned over the last year or so, he has tried plenty of different media ventures, such as calling NFL games for Westwood One, college football games for Learfield, doing a podcast on DraftKings — Golic & Smetty — and doing guest appearances on Meadowlark Media with Dan Le Batard and StuGotz. One idea that was pitched to him was having his own podcast company.
“Somebody approached me about starting my own podcast company and I thought man, do I really want to go down that road? If I was 10-15 years younger, maybe I would. I hemmed and hawed with that.”
Pasch and Golic were on the call for college football games in 2020 on ESPN. Pasch was doing the play-by-play from his house while Golic was at the studios in Bristol. During that time, Golic’s biggest fear was that Pasch’s Wi-Fi would go out, but he thought the duo did a great job of making the audience feel like they were at the game when they weren’t.
“My biggest takeaway was the fear that your Wi-Fi would go out, which I think it did one time for a short time and I would be left alone to do play-by-play and color. That was the biggest fear I had. You were in your house, I was at least at the studios in Bristol. I had tons of monitors, I had everything I needed outside of being there.
“You doing it from your house and all the negative possibilities that could happen when you are trying to run a national TV broadcast from your house. That was pretty wild. It was crazy that we worked the whole season together and the first time we saw each other was my last game at ESPN (Fiesta Bowl). It was still a lot of fun. Our job was to call it like we were there and I think we did a pretty good job of that.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network
“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”
Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.
“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”
Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.
“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”
Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’
“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.
In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.
The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”
He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO
“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).
DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.
Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.
“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”
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