MLB Media Notes

In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes Mets TV and radio broadcasts "continue to be vastly superior to those presented by the Yankees,"  as as a matter of quality and foresight. The Yankees' YES booth now includes “two more ex-big leaguers without a broadcasting portfolio" in Cameron Maybin and Carlos Beltran. They have “added nothing and take too long to say it.” But it seems YES execs “applied no practice-game examination nor helpful in-season counseling.” After two months there has been "no evidence that there has been an attempt to improve them” (N.Y. POST, 5/20).

LIVE ON CAMPUS: In Austin, Danny Davis noted MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" show on Thursday aired live from the Univ. of Texas campus at UFCU Disch-Falk Field ahead of the Longhorns' opening game of the Kansas series. Launched in ‘11, "Intentional Talk" has done on-location broadcasts before but this marked the “first time it's done a live show on a college campus.” The shows' hosts have “ties to the city.” Kevin Millar lives in Austin. Stephen Nelson's wife, Cori Coffin, worked as a reporter at KVUE from ‘14-17. "Intentional Talk" wanted to “find a place that was ‘special and unique, and Austin certainly checks those boxes’” (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 5/20).

ODD MATCH? In Toronto, Scott Stinson writes baseball “seems like the absolute antithesis of an Apple sport," but the company through its new streaming deal is trying to “give a modern flavour to the fusty old game.” Apple is “producing the whole of Friday Night Baseball, from the cameras to the sounds to the on-screen graphics.” Still this leads to the question: “Why baseball, of all sports?” And the short answer is, because it “was available.” MLB, with its 162-game schedule, has a “massive inventory,” and had already “experimented with exclusivity, with a small number of games shown exclusively on YouTube” (TORONTO SUN, 5/20).

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: August 9, 2022

The end of the Bowlen era in Denver; Big Ten media deal close? Also, Jake Paul's venture in sports betting and Eck's walk-off.

SBJ I Factor: Jed York

SBJ I Factor: Jed York, presented by Allied Sports SBJ I Factor presented by Allied Sports features an interview with San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York. York is in his 17th year with the organization and his 12th as CEO. He is a two-time SBJ Forty Under 40 honoree as a member of the classes of 2012 and 2013. York talks with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about what he learned from growing up in the sports business, working in multiple departments at the team, the challenges of building Levi’s Stadium, and how his leadership style has evolved through the years. SBJ I Factor is a monthly podcast offering interviews with sports executives who have been recipients of one of the magazine’s awards, such as Forty Under 40, Game Changers and others.

SBJ Spotlight: Warner Bros. Discovery

CNBC media reporter Alex Sherman joins SBJ’s John Ourand to discuss Warner Bros. Discovery’s streaming strategy. The two talk about the company’s interest in sports rights, with Sherman noting that the company is in a cost-cutting mode, which is one reason why it has not been active in media rights negotiations over the past several months.

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