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Sports Media Beat

40 EpisodesProduced by Dan LovalloWebsite

Sportscaster Dan Lovallo talks about the latest sports media news, from television to radio and beyond and how it plays out on the field.

40 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Corona virus impacts sports

March 12th, 2020


Covid-19 is impacting sports at all levels and in this podcast I touch on some of the effects. I also look at the latest ratings, the new PGA TV deal and more.

NBC Sports radio future and Tokyo games

March 5th, 2020


Is the future of NBC Sports radio hanging in the balance? And what about the Summer Olympic games in Tokyo. I talk about that, plus the latest XFL ratings and much, much more in this podcast. And don’t forget to visit

CBS inks Tony Romo to huge deal

February 29th, 2020


CBS and football commentator Tony Romo have agreed to a massive new contract that could set a record and make Romo the highest paid sportscaster. …

Dallas Cowboys remain America's team

February 28th, 2020


In this episode of the Sports Media Beat, I quote network executives on why the Dallas Cowboys remain "America's Team," even though they have not appeared in a Super Bowl since 1996.  Plus, You Tube TV is dropping 17 …

Athletics ditch radio

February 20th, 2020


The Oakland Athletics have ditched radio for its immediate market and present their baseball games on the TuneIn app, another sign of a media landscape in flux.  The change will begin with the coming 2020 baseball …

NASCAR ratings soar

February 18th, 2020


NASCAR ratings for the Daytona 500 showed a tremendous increase in the overnight ratings, as did the NBA All-Star game on TNT.  Meanwhile, NBC is sending conflicting signals with its streaming service, although an email …

XFL off to great start; YES could raise ad rates

February 12th, 2020


In the debut weekend of the XFL, ratings for the games were very good.  That's the lead for my latest Sports Media Beat.  Plus, the Super Bowl audience may have been larger - much larger -than first reported.  In fact, …

XFL debuts, Super Bowl ratings mixed

February 7th, 2020


The XFL debuts this weekend and sportscaster Dan Lovallo talks about the games on the schedule in addition to some other interesting facets about the …

Super Bowl coverage in high gear

January 30th, 2020


Super Bowl LIV coverage is in high gear with ESPN planning a four-hour pregame show.  And that network isn't even carrying the game.  Plus, ESPN is increasing its social media platform in a big way.  Baseball plans to …

Jim Nance is class personified

January 25th, 2020


CBS sportscaster Jim Nance is class personified.  In his latest podcast, sportscaster Dan Lovallo explains why.  Lovallo also looks at the latest ratings, including what Zion Williamson means for the NBA.   Plus Lovallo …

Romo to ESPN in record deal? NFL is king

January 13th, 2020


Is Tony Romo about to become the highest paid sportscaster in history?  One website is reporting the CBS football analyst is about to sign a record deal with ESPN.  Plus 2019 television was dominated by the NFL.  And …

NBA expands Twitter deal; Kostis rips PGA

January 9th, 2020


The NBA and Turner Sports have expanded their arrangement with Twitter.  It means more games and coverage will be made available on the social media …

Shakeup in MNF booth?

January 7th, 2020


Will there be a shakeup in the Monday Night Football booth on ESPN?  NY Post sports media critic Andrew Marchand is speculating that change maybe …

Patriots-Titans score big ratings

January 7th, 2020


The New England Patriots-Tennessee Titans NFL wild card playoff game on Saturday, January 4, produced huge prime time ratings for CBS.  In this edition of the Sports Media Beat, Dan Lovallo breaks down the ratings.  He …

College Football Playoffs Score and NFL revenue

January 2nd, 2020


The College Football Playoffs scored big time for ESPN on Saturday, with Clemson-Ohio State and LSU-Oklahoma getting big ratings.  Meanwhile, the …

Don Imus saved sports talk radio

December 28th, 2019


Legendary broadcaster Don Imus died on Dec. 27.  He was 79.  Imus, who began his radio career as a shock jock, then transitioned into a talk show host, arguably saved the all-sports talk radio format, as sportscaster …

Gambling and the sports media in 2020

December 27th, 2019


One entity is predicting gambling on sporting events in 2020 will be the dominant sports media story.  Meanwhile, on the ratings front, the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game and the New England Patriots-Buffalo …

SEC parts company with CBS

December 23rd, 2019


Since 1996, CBS has carried the SEC, but after the 2023 season, the relationship between that network and the nation's premier college football …

Football ratings a mixed bag

December 20th, 2019


NFL football ratings for week 15 were a mixed bag, but for the season ratings are still higher than previous seasons.  The PGA is working on a new TV deal that will brings in loads of money and iHeart extends its …

'Hawk' wins Frick award; Marv in trouble?

December 13th, 2019


Former major league baseball broadcaster Ken Harrelson has been named the winner of the 2020 Ford C. Frick Award and will enter the broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  However, another …

College football a ratings winner

December 10th, 2019


College football turns out to be a winner for CBS and FOX, the NFL continues to snag steady numbers and Major League Baseball is about to change its …

NFL ratings continue climb

October 18th, 2019


Ratings for the NFL 2019 season continue to climb and conjecture is legalized sports betting is fueling the increase.  Meanwhile, regular season …

Brennaman honored as MLB broadcaster of year

October 12th, 2019


After 46 seasons as the "Voice of the Cincinnati Reds," Marty Brennaman is calling it a career.  On Oct. 11, 2019, the website Ballpark Digest named Brennaman its 2019 MLB Broadcast of the Year.  Plus NFL ratings are …

NFL Sunday sets record, baseball scores on YT

October 4th, 2019


More extensive ratings proved the overnights correct.  Sunday Night Football on NBC continues to set records.  However, numbers also show the Sunday afternoon on CBS did not garner the ratings spike that was first …

NFL scores big in ratings

October 1st, 2019


The NFL continues to score big in its television ratings, says Dan Lovallo in the latest Sports Media Beat.  Sunday Night Football on NBC had its best ratings for a week four game in four years.

The end of a television …

Hockey on the radio not dead yet

September 27th, 2019


Hockey on the radio is not dead yet.  After watching one NHL club go to an app only radio broadcast, the thought was other NHL clubs would follow. …

Premier of Sports Media Beat

September 18th, 2019


This is the premier of the Sports Media Beat and it explains what the podcast is all about.

CBS wants to hold on to NFL

September 18th, 2019


CBS knows the importance of the NFL and it wants to hang on to the commodity.

Kraft in trouble and golf aces ratings

September 18th, 2019


Patriots owner Robert Kraft is in trouble and golf aces the weekend ratings.

Kay worries about voice; Whitaker remembered

August 22nd, 2019


New York Yankees television voice Michael Kay is worried about his voice, following vocal cord surgery and Dan remembers sportscaster Jack Whitaker. …

Gold to be honored, Potvin retires

August 1st, 2019


The "Voice of the Crimson Tide," Eli Gold will receive a prestigious honor come December and a longtime hockey commentator is calling it a career. …

NBC pushes Olympics

July 26th, 2019


NBC is all in on the 2020 Olympics.  Expect 365 days of coverage, leading up to the actual Olympics.  TNT players only broadcast of NBA games is no longer a slam-dunk and NASCAR ratings are showing improvement.

NHL a hit on NBC

June 6th, 2019


The NHL Stanley Cup finals are proving to be a ratings hit on NBC. The Yankees-Red Sox are also a ratings winner but is the NBA getting a bad rap?

NFL Draft Takes Center Stage

April 23rd, 2019


NFL Draft to get major TV coverage

AAF suspends operations

April 4th, 2019


The AAF suspends operations but does not close up shop.

AAF could fold

March 28th, 2019


Could it be the last weekend of the AAF?

Romo wants the big bucks

March 26th, 2019


Tony Romo wants the big dollars

NCAA Men's Hoop Tourney a Slam Dunk

March 23rd, 2019


The NCAA Men's basketball tournament is a slam dunk

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