LISTEN: Should sports journalists like Jemele Hill offer their political views, such as calling President Trump a ‘white supremacist’

Did ESPN’s Jemele Hill have the right to call President Donald Trump a white supremacist on her personal Twitter account? Do sports journalists need to check their personal opinions on social media? Check out this week’s podcast.

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LISTEN: Interview with LGBTQ journalist of the year Erik Hall

On this week’s sports media podcast, we talk with Erik Hall, who was recently named LGBTQ Journalist of the Year by thew association of NLGJA by the national association of LGBTQ journalists. Hall, who writes for Outsports, is the reporter who had been declined press credentials by the St. Louis Cardinals to cover the team’s Christian Day last month.

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LISTEN: St. Louis Cardinals, Notre Dame make poor media relations choices. Cheers to Azusa Pacific athletics

The St. Louis Cardinals organization recently had a bit of a public relations SNAFU involving Erik Hall, a writer for SB Nation’s Outsports website. Jeff and I discuss this on this week’s sports media podcast, along with Notre Dame football’s own struggles with media relations, and various other stories. Please subscribe and comment on iTunes, if you have the time. Thanks for listening.

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LISTEN: Claire Smith becomes the first woman voted into the writers wing of baseball’s hall of fame, the sad death of a former Yankees pitcher, and more

Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 4.10.53 PMIn this week’s podcast, Jeff Owens and I address the historical implications of Claire Smith being the first woman, and fourth African-American, voted into the writers’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame as the recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which has been presented annually since 1962 to those who have offered “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” We also chat about a controversy surrounding Pete Rose and a teen, Sports Illustrated’s deep dive into the troubled life – and death – of former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu, and the lack of fanfare surrounding Adrian Beltre’s eclipsing the 3000-hit mark.

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LISTEN: Are broadcasts of live sports headed to a Pay Per View model? The Big Lead continues to act as if sportswriters’ political beliefs matter. And we’re split on the recent episode of ‘The Walking Dead.’

On this week’s podcast:

Are sports channels, like ESPN, NFL Network and Fox Sports, eventually going to break off from cable packages, as suggested by a media writer on the “Dan Patrick Show”? Will fans start to purchase streams of live games, paying prices determined by the quality of the match-ups? This approach would go against 100 years of progression in both sports and media. Plus, the Big Lead doubles down on its stories about liberal sports writers by citing its poll – a superficial one – that relies on a tiny sampling that includes many outliers. Plus, we address major league soccer ratings, NFL free agency, The Walking Dead and much more. If you enjoy the show, please rate, review and subscribe on iTunes.

LISTEN: Soccer goalies eating meat pies, ideology of sports journalism, beat reporters vs. talk-radio hosts and more

Are sports journalists more ideological in their coverage today? In particular, are they more liberal? This topic has been addressed several times during the past month. We weigh in this week on this, as well as on whether a sports announcer for the Sacramento Kings should have been suspended for calling team vice president Vlade Divac an idiot for trading DeMarcus Cousins, the differences between beat reporters and radio sport-talk hosts, and worldwide coverage on a backup goalie for a low-tier English soccer goalie eating a meat pie during a game, much more. Plus, we discuss our fave show: “The Walking Dead.”

LISTEN: Sports ethics, women’s basketball, top sports broadcasters – and ‘The Walking Dead’

On this week’s podcast, Jeff Owens and I address two potential ethical problems related to sports media at Michigan State and and the L.A. Lakers , as well as:

  • unfair media takes on UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma’s teams having won 100 straight games;
  • the changing of the guard in TV sports now that yet another iconic broadcaster has announced his retirement;
  • comments from two baseball beat reporters on who might be the first unanimous entry into Cooperstown (hint: it won’t be Sammy Sosa);
  • and even some reaction to the season opener of “The Walking Dead.”

Plus, much more.

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