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The Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch is a weekly show that features interviews with members of the sports media about their work, as well as roundtables with sports media reporters about television, digital, audio/radio, print, and other forms of media. You can read Richard’s work at The Athletic and hear his words at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.
 
Jeff Blair. Stephen Brunt. Richard Deitsch. As long-time journalists they’ve all experienced writer’s block, but they never run out of things to say! Opinions, insight and analysis from three of the smartest sports observers in the country. Writers Bloc… sharp takes, not hot takes.
 
Richard Deitsch and Donnovan Bennett host a podcast about how COVID-19 is impacting sports around the world. They talk to experts, athletes and personalities, putting big news into perspective, highlighting great journalism and offering a window into the lives of people we normally root for in entirely different ways.
 
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Episode 134 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Conrad Thompson and Jim Ross, the duo that make up the popular “Grilling JR” podcast. In this podcast, Thompson, the host of six immensely popular wrestling podcasts, and Ross, one of the iconic voices in the history of professional wrestling and a current broadcaster for All Eli…
 
Steve interviews Richard Deitsch (00:40:21) from The Athletic. Richard joins to talk about sports media and his over decade long relationship with The Sports-Casters. Steve and Richard talk about the Barstool/NWHL controversy, the Conrad Thompson podcast empire, and the WWE's decision to move their network to Peacock. Also, Damon Hack (01:33:37) fr…
 
We discuss the Maple Leafs’ play in the North Division, and whether we should already be tired of it. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston on the Leafs and Oilers ahead of the two teams’ series finale tonight, and on the all-Canadian division (20:03). MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger on his excitement surrounding the Blue Jays and their hopes in the AL East, and …
 
We discuss another shutout win for the Maple Leafs in Edmonton. CHED Edmonton’s Rob Brown on the Oilers and Leafs’ last two games (18:30). We discuss the Raptors’ wait for their next game, and Richard brings up an interesting potential addition for Toronto. ESPN’s Chris Singleton on the Yankees and Blue Jays, and the outlook for the AL East this se…
 
We discuss the Blue Jays getting Grapefruit League play underway, and the Raptors’ Sunday game getting postponed due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Leafs Nation pre- & post-game’s Gord Stellick on the Leafs off of Saturday’s win, the absence of Auston Matthews, and Michael Hutchinson getting the call in net for tonight’s game due to the …
 
On the seventh episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's victory over David Schultz at The Met in Minnesota. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about more snow, becoming lapsed fans, and the Miz becoming champion for the first time in a decade. After the break, the guys talk about the history of…
 
Sportsnet’s Michael Grange joins the guys to discuss the breaking news that the Raptors’ coaching staff will, due to health and safety protocols, not be allowed on the bench starting with tonight’s game against Houston 3:32). Hockey Central’s Justin Bourne on his latest piece on William Nylander, the Leafs and Oilers ahead of their three-game set, …
 
Episode 133 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand on the NFL media rights. In this podcast, Ourand and Deitsch discuss where things stand between the football-airing networks and the NFL regarding a rights extension; why John believes CBS and NBC are the furthest…
 
We discuss the Philadelphia Inquirer report on potential Kyle Lowry trade destinations. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston on William Nylander’s big night in the Leafs’ win over the Flames (24:12). We discuss reports out of Seattle on Russell Wilson’s future with the Seahawks, and a robust off-season QB market. ESPN’s Jeff Passan on the start of Spring Tra…
 
We discuss the Montreal Canadiens’ decision to replace head coach Claude Julien. TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie on the Habs’ coaching change (22:49). We discuss Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s comments to the media about his weight loss and on previously showing up to Blue Jays training camps out-of-shape, and Charlie Montoyo’s remarks that Guerrero has been to…
 
We discuss the Maple Leafs’ 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames. Maple Leafs centre Alexander Kerfoot on Monday’s loss, and the team’s season thus far (18:11). We get word of a Los Angeles car crash involving Tiger Woods, of which we provide updates throughout the show. We catch up with Baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins and discuss his thoughts on…
 
We discuss Blue Jays SS Bo Bichette’s first media availability of Spring Training, and how he could be impacted by Fernando Tatis Jr.’s long-term deal with the Padres. Raptors TV voice Matt Devlin on the team’s weekend wins over the Timberwolves and 76ers, and on assistant coach Chris Finch’s sudden departure for the head coach role in Minnesota (2…
 
Sportsnet’s Michael Grange discusses the news that some of the criminal charges against the Raptors’ Terrence Davis have been dropped, with the remainder adjourned, and then takes a look at the Raptors’ second straight win in Milwaukee (3:35). ESPN’s Howard Bryant on Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, and what will happen to women’s tennis when Serena e…
 
Steve interviews Sal Iacano (00:09:36) from Jimmy Kimmel Live. Sal joins to talk about his new book and explains why he decided to write it now. Sal also talks about being in the most famous Fantasy Football league (and getting kicked out of it), doing podcasts with out old friend Dameshek, and the insanity that was the first few months of Jimmy Ki…
 
We discuss the opening of Blue Jays camp, and the Leafs’ win over the Senators. Blue Jays radio voice and Indianapolis Colts fan Ben Wagner on the Carson Wentz trade, and the Blue Jays at the start of camp (20:15). We discuss the NBA’s official announcement of the 2021 All-Star Game. ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Fernando Tatis Jr.’s new contract with the …
 
We discuss an impressive Raptors win in Milwaukee. Leafs Nation Pre- & Post-Game’s Nick Alberga on the Maple Leafs ahead of their next matchup against the Senators (22:28). Maple Leafs radio analyst Jim Ralph on how Frederik Andersen could bounce back from Monday’s loss (48:17). Sportsnet’s Sherman Hamilton on the Raptors’ win (1:06:27). TVA Sports…
 
We discuss the Leafs’ blowing a 5-1 lead in Monday’s loss to the Senators. Sportsnet’s Luke Fox on the Leafs loss, and their acquisition of Alex Galchenyuk (24:43). Milwaukee Bucks TV voice Jim Paschke on the Raptors’ opponent for their next two games (47:07). The Athletic’s Katie Strang on her investigative report on the Arizona […]…
 
Episode 132 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features longtime ESPN Monday Night Football play by play broadcaster Steve Levy. In this podcast, Levy discusses calling Monday Night Football this season; the challenges of broadcasting during a pandemic; what management has told him about returning to the booth along with partners Loui…
 
We discuss the reports of the Raptors’ interest in acquiring Cavs C Andre Drummond, and delve into a tough Raptors loss to the Timberwolves. Writers Bloc co-host Stephen Brunt on the passing and legacy of legendary Toronto Star sportswriter Frank Orr, and on how the media dynamic has changed since Orr’s era (25:24). Raptors TV […]…
 
Toronto Maple Leafs D Justin Holl on his impressive campaign thus far, the team’s strong play, and his pairing with Jake Muzzin (5:28). Sportsnet’s Michael Grange on the Raptors’ loss to the Celtics, and their place in the Eastern Conference (21:14). Hockey Night In Canada’s David Amber discusses Saturday’s Scotiabank Hockey Day In Canada and […]…
 
On the sixth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's victory over Roddy Piper at The War to Settle the Score. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the Super Bowl, snow storms, and the passing of Butch Reed and Rusty Brooks. After the break, the guys explain the origin and history of the ro…
 
We discuss the Maple Leafs’ impressive Wednesday win over the Canadiens. Leafs Nation Pre- & Post-Game’s Gord Stellick on the Maple Leafs’ win (22:47). ESPN’s Jeff Passan on the season ahead, and the Red Sox’ trade of Andrew Benintendi to the Royals (48:45). Sirius XM NBA Radio’s Mitch Lawrence on the jumbled-up Eastern Conference, and […]…
 
We discuss the excitement around tonight’s Maple Leafs-Canadiens matchup in Montreal, and look at the Dallas Mavericks’ decision to not play the national anthem at their home games (and the NBA’s overruling of it). Sportsnet’s Eric Engels on the reignited Leafs-Habs rivalry (21:39). Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Andrew Nembhard (of Aurora, ON) on the top-…
 
Episode 131 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a roundtable on Super Bowl viewership with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and Austin Karp, the Managing Editor/Digital at Sports Business Journal. In this podcast, Deitsch, Ourand and Karp discuss the Super Bowl averaging 96.4 million viewers across all platforms,…
 
We discuss the Maple Leafs’ sweep of the Canucks, and the breaking news that Brian Burke will be leaving Sportsnet to be the President of Hockey Operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins! The Athletic’s Eno Sarris on the MLB decision to “deaden” the baseballs for the 2021 season (17:44). Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston on the news of […]…
 
CBS Sports NFL analyst Amy Trask on the Super Bowl, the key to the Buccaneers victory, and working alongside Al Davis in the Raiders’ front-office (26:52). Sportsnet’s Michael Grange touches on the hypothetical scenario of the Raptors dealing Kyle Lowry and the NBA’s health and safety protocols (49:08). Jeff and Stephen pay tribute to ESPN’s […]…
 
Episode 130 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: Chelsea Janes, a national baseball writer for the Washington Post who previously covered the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. She is followed by Donnovan Bennett, a host, podcaster and writer for Sportsnet in Canada (where I work as well in addition to The Athletic). …
 
We get ready for the Super Bowl, and discuss what changes made in the sports world during the pandemic might remain permanent. CONCACAF President/FIFA VP Victor Montagliani on the new CONCACAF Champions League format, and its positive impacts on the Canadian Premier League, in addition to how a lack of provincial funding for the 2026 […]…
 
We discuss the Raptors’ announcement of GM Bobby Webster’s contract extension, and the Canadian Olympic Committee’s announcement that they are not planning on participating in a proposed 2022 Olympic boycott. Team Canada 2022 Chef de Mission Catriona Le May Doan on the Beijing Olympics being a year away, and how the athletes are feeling about […]…
 
We discuss Fred VanVleet’s Raptors franchise record-setting 54-point night in Tuesday’s win over Orlando. ESPN Chalk’s David Purdum on Super Bowl gambling, and how it will be impacted by the pandemic (18:54). Raptors TV voice Matt Devlin on VanVleet’s night (32:13). Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis on being named Assistant GM for the 2022 Canadian […]…
 
We discuss the reports of Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway’s lewd behaviour towards several women in sports media, and what must be done to address these sorts of inappropriate incidents. The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli on her reporting on the Callaway story, and what needs to be done to improve the treatment of women […]…
 
It’s Super Bowl week! Leafs Nation Pre- & Post-Game’s Gord Stellick on the passing of the iconic Saul Korman, and on the Leafs’ successful 3-0-1 road trip to Alberta (25:35). Raptors TV analyst Leo Rautins on the team’s weekend, and his thoughts on the Brooklyn Nets’ play since their acquisition of James Harden (48:55). The […]…
 
We discuss the Maple Leafs’ win over the Oilers, and the potential implications that Canada’s new border restrictions could have on the Blue Jays (0:42). Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Pierre-Luc Dubois’ departure, what Patrik Laine brings to Columbus, and the team’s season thus far (24:32). We discuss a decision by the Quebec […]…
 
Steve interviews Sean McDonough (00:15:07) from ESPN. Sean talks about broadcasting during the pandemic and explains that all of his games have been called in the arena and why that is a positive and a negative. Then, Sean and Steve settle in and talk about several of the great calls from Sean's career. Sean talks about the 92 NLCS, Joe Carter, Mic…
 
We discuss the Blue Jays’ acquisition of LHP Steven Matz from the New York Mets. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector on the Oilers’ early struggles (20:23). Raptors play-by-play voice Matt Devlin on the team’s early-season struggles, and Wednesday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks (39:07). Former Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero on the team’s acquisition of Matz, and [……
 
We discuss George Springer’s official introduction as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the team’s reported signing of free agent IF Marcus Semien. At The Letters’ Ben Nicholson-Smith on the Semien signing and Springer’s remarks (23:59). We discuss the Maple Leafs’ Tuesday win in Calgary. Oakland A’s radio voice Vince Cotroneo on what […]…
 
Episode 129 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. In this podcast, Deitsch and Ourand discuss NBCSN shuttering at the end of the year and assets moving to Peacock; what the end of NBCSN means for the NHL upcoming media rights deal; the future of Dan Le Batard an…
 
We discuss the first anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others. The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith on the Raptors’ recent play, and his memories of Kobe Bryant (24:24). We discuss the news that Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell will be out for a […]…
 
On the fifth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's victory at the 1991 Royal Rumble At the top, Steve and Dave talk about Tom Brady making it to another Super Bowl and the shocking news that the WWE Network is moving to Peacock.After the break, the guys look back at the history of the Roy…
 
Howard Bryant, author of “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron” discusses the passing of the baseball great (6:01). 630 CHED’s Rob Brown on the Oilers’ season thus far (26:56). Writers Bloc co-host Stephen Brunt on Aaron’s passing, and on the reports surrounding the status of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (34:31). ESPN’s Jeff Passan […]…
 
Episode 128 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests for a roundtable discussion on the Jared Porter story and sexual harassment of female sports reporters: Rhiannon Walker, a staff writer who covers Washington football team for The Athletic; Jane McManus, the Director of the Marist's Center for Sports Communication, a…
 
We start by discussing the Leafs’ loss to the Oilers. WDAE Tampa’s Ian Beckles on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers ahead of Sunday’s NFC Championship (20:24). The Washington Post’s Samantha Pell on the Capitals’ violation of the NHL’s COVID protocols (40:34). Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi on what’s next in the Blue Jays’ off-season (49:04). Sportsnet’s Michae…
 
Steve interviews Jeff Passan (00:10:01) from ESPN. Jeff and Steve look back at Jeff being the first guest to ever appear on an episode of The Sports-Casters. Jeff talks about why he still does this podcast even though he says no to most others. Steve explains a falling out he had with Jeff in 2012 and reads Jeff the email he sent to him to apologiz…
 
We discuss the Blue Jays’ reported agreement to a 6-year, $150M deal with free agent OF George Springer. Buffalo Bills CB Taron Johnson discusses his 101-yard interception return TD in Saturday’s win over the Ravens, and looks ahead to Sunday’s AFC Championship in Kansas City (24:08). Texas Monthly’s Richard Justice on Springer’s time in Houston [……
 
We discuss the early debate over the Maple Leafs’ goaltending situation, and the Buffalo Bills’ win over the Baltimore Ravens as they advance to the AFC Championship. The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia on the Bills’ win, and the matchup ahead for them against the Kansas City Chiefs (21:38). Raptors play-by-play voice Matt Devlin on the Raptors’ […]…
 
We discuss DJ LeMahieu’s reported new deal with the New York Yankees, as the Blue Jays miss out on another free agent target. The Buffalo News’ Jay Skurski on the Bills ahead of Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup against the Baltimore Ravens (23:29). We hear Stephen’s interview with UFC President Dana White on the success of […]…
 
Episode 127 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Noah Eagle, who called Nickelodeon’s first-ever NFL broadcast and is also the radio voice of the L.A. Clippers. He is followed by Ryan S. Clark, who covers the NHL and Seattle Kraken for The Athletic. In this podcast, Eagle discusses the Nickelodeon NFL br…
 
We discuss an exciting return to the ice for the Maple Leafs and Canadiens. Hockey Central’s Justin Bourne on Toronto and Montreal’s season opener (19:01). “Nothing Personal with David Samson” Podcast host David Samson on the slow free agent market, Liam Hendriks’ new deal, and Theo Epstein’s new role in the MLB office (46:32). Baltimore […]…
 
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