Welcome to the SI Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina. This podcast, which will be published weekly, will focus on all things sports media via interviews and roundtable discussions. Occasionally, an athlete or celebrity will drop by for a chat as well.
Episode 142 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features two guests: the return of best-selling author James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, “Origins,” and Sarah Kustok, the lead television analyst for the Brooklyn Nets.
In this podcast, Miller discusses ESPN’s two-week suspension of Jemele Hill; how much that suspension was related to ESPN’s relationship with the NFL; how far ESPN employees can go regarding commentary; the future of Hill and Michael Smith with the SportsCenter brand; Hill’s First Amendment right not insulating her from sanction by her private sector employer; ESPN management’s role in discipline; whether ESPN management has any recourse against White House attacks; how ESPN employees should approach social media in the near term; whether ESPN will remain part of a larger culture war, and much more.
Kustok discusses how she studies game film; what she is looking at during a possession; the YES Network naming her as their Nets game analyst alongside play by play callers Ian Eagle and Ryan Rucco; whether sideline reporter positions are a good opportunity for women or whether they reinforce that women are not getting other positions on a sports broadcast; her first assignment as an NBA analyst; the impact of Ann Drysdale, Doris Burke, Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza on her career; the similarities of working in Chicago and New York; her social media approach; what, if any, personal experiences she has when it comes to sexism; why we have not seen a woman calling play by play full-time in the NBA; her 2017-18 scouting report for the Celtics, Cavs, Thunder, Warriors and Rockets; the quality of the Warriors public relations staff, and much more.
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