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.
Episode 4 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features Doris Burke, the acclaimed ESPN broadcaster who called a full season of NBA games as an color analyst for the first time in 2017-18; and Cheryl Reeve, the head coach and General Manager of the Minnesota Lynx. Under Reeve, the Lynx have won four titles in the last seven years. In this podcast, Burke discusses calling the NBA for a full season as a color analyst; her anxiety over her current contract coming to an end on Oct. 31; why she says she and ESPN will work out a deal for the long-term; calling the Sixers-Celtics series; how she currently feels about working as a sideline reporter after doing a season as an analyst; whether she has let her bosses know if she is interested in joining ESPN’s top NBA team should Mark Jackson get an NBA job; the impact of Kara Lawson, Sarah Kustok, and Stefanie Ready on NBA broadcasting; how she viewed Allie LaForce’s question to LeBron James; her feelings on how Gregg Popovich treats sideline reporter; her evaluation of the Cavaliers-Raptors series; what she thinks of the Celtics and Sixers rosters heading forward; her thoughts on a potential Rockets-Warriors match up, and much more
Reeve discusses why the Lynx have not been covered the way a team with four titles in seven years would normally be covered; why she has become active on social media when it comes to a lack of WNBA coverage; whether the lack of coverage of women’s basketball is due to sexism; what can be done to change attitudes about the WNBA; the amount of coverage the Lynx gets locally versus other teams; her back-and-forth with writers and editors from The Athletic about her team getting coverage; the prospect of moving the WNBA season; coaching an aging group and how she’ll approach that this season; her thoughts on point guard Lindsay Whalen getting the University of Minnesota women’s basketball head coaching job; what she expects from Maya Moore this season and Moore’s place in sports as a winner; the Lynx not being invited to the White House by this current administration and Reeve’s thoughts on it; and much more.
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