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Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 55 - Adam Amin

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5:30 - In Watching "The Last Dance," when did the early memories of being a kid in Chicago watching the Bulls kick in? 7:35 - Did he ever try to emulate any 1990s Bulls when he was hooping it up? 8:42 - How and when did his father, as a Pakistani immigrant, become a huge Chicago sports fans? 10:36 - Their shared love of sports despite never going to a game in-person together 12:53 - The story of a really beautiful connected moment between his dad, him, and Steve Kerr 19:22 - How he views the series through the lens of his family/memories of watching the Bulls as a kid 22:18 - Did the documentary change his perspective at all of the 1990s Bulls? 24:50 - Does he envision more accessibility from teams and players in the future? 29:10 - Did he felt like there was anything left out from "The Last Dance" worth telling? 32:00 - On his competitiveness level and the feeling of having to outwork everyone in his path 37:33 - Is there a way to stay fresh as a broadcaster amidst COVID-19? 40:29 - Any surprise that both the NFL and CFB have operated with a "business as usual" mindset 44:00 - On how he ended up at FOX from ESPN / the relationships he's made at ESPN 48:10 - Nerding out on sports theme music, and now having Roundball Rock (NBA on NBC theme) as a broadcaster on FOX 50:40 - A petition to get the original MLB on FOX music back for FOX baseball

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 54 - Joe Buck

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5:48 - How he admired his dad's ability to remember and connect with everyone he met 7:22 - Have things slowed down for him after starting his career so fast and quickly? 8:41 - Parenting in his late 20s/early 30s vs now at 50 with two young twin boys 10:30 - On his dad being his best friend and how he handled getting the Cardinals gig at age 21 13:21 - Did he feel like he got unfairly singled out early on because of his name? 15:24 - His relationship with him mom/sister and how his mom gave him far more feedback on his broadcasting than his dad 19:10 - Is he still able to get actual legitimate feedback for his broadcasts at FOX 24:15 - Who he envisions as the next Romo & great NFL broadcast analyst 25:56 - When did he feel like he needed to start opening up and feeling like he could be his authentic self 29:04 - On being able to break out of his shell after nearly 20-something years of feeling like he couldn't 30:50 - His newfound relationship with social media and the importance of being your real self on social media 32:52 - His favorite mundane home achievement that he got to broadcast 32:30 - On "Daddy Issues," and the early success of the show 36:00 - On connecting to their podcast audience through their parenting stories and being a dad 38:25 - The star power they've had on the show and gotten them (A-Rod specifically) to be a complete open book 41:15 - What's next for the show 42:30 - On booking on guest just to get another one (great story) 44:45 - If he's had a pot brownie since the infamous night in Cabo 49:00 - Old time crazy broadcaster stories

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 53 - Ernie Johnson

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5:38 - How he and his family are handling/keeping busy during the pandemic 7:30 - On finding a routine / starting EJ's Journalism School 11:35 - Which of the "J-School" lessons has stood out most? 14:35 - His path in broadcasting... was there apprehension about working Braves games with his dad 16:50 - When did he feel like he found his voice in broadcasting? 20:36 - The moment he knew that there was something different and special about "Inside the NBA" 23:45 - On the origin of the "Inside the NBA" games like "Who He Play For?" "How You Say That?" (etc...) 29:25 - Memories/stories of travels and experiences with his NBA on TNT crew 32:21 - His NBA Together show

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 52 - Joe Davis (Fox Sports)

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0:21: Podcast Introduction 5:30: Introduction with Joe Davis 6:35: How he's stayed busy throughout quarantine/stay-at-home in CA 8:47: Favorite spots around the country to find the best smoked meat in America 10:04: First interest in broadcasting and how he started calling his first games 11:05: The first broadcasters he emulated early on 15:13: Getting letters/DMs asking for broadcast advice after he did it when he was a kid 17:00: His college football days - was he good with the media as an athlete? 18:25: His time in Montgomery, taking every broadcast and gig that he possibly could during that time 22:20: What was his first "Welcome to the Big Leagues, kid" type of moment? 23:30: Reflecting on taking over for Vin Scully after getting the Dodgers job 24:41: The unbelievable advice Vin Scully passed along, and who he got that same advice from 26:23: Does he miss play-by-play on radio? 27:24: How he envisions the baseball season going post Corona Virus 30:00: How will the Astros scandal discussion likely unfold once the season begins? 32:57: How he'd like to see baseball improve/connect with younger fans 34:30: If he's had conversations on potentially adapting to betting information/more advanced stats into the broadcast 36:15: RAPID-FIRE! --

AA Episode 51-Dianna Russini

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2:45 - Intro 3:50 - Her start at ESPN, struggles on SportsCenter and how it changed her career 7:00 - How management was committed to helping coach her up and improve 8:55 - Her parents and how their tough love was instrumental early on 12:20 - On being an open book and living her life on-air 15:40 - If her producers have been receptive to her looking for more fun in the shows she's a part of 17:19 - On her famous impression of her mother and how she owes Stugotz the credit for it 20:00 - Her transition from DC to ESPN + why ESPN has found so much on-air talent in DC 24:03 - Where her "newshound" instinct came from 26:05 - If there's a lack of representation for women in sports media 29:50 - On the networking side of the business, and develop sources 33:15 - Has she found any insiders or newsbreakers that have found a work/life balance + how she met Woj 35:40 - Does she have a preference between being a host or being the analyst/insider 37:50 - On a type of show she'd love to pitch/be on - The NFL version of "The Jump" 40:25 - What is she most excited about for viewers to learn about the XFL 42:55 - Her recent interview with Olive

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 50 - Chris Fowler

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3:00 - Why he loves creating a bunch of new content on Instagram/Why it's more positive than Twitter 4:30 - Finding a good balance between talking sports vs life on social media 6:05 - Was leaving Gameday emotional for you? 8:41 - Does he still watch the show? 10:02 - His first interest in college football living in State College 12:08 - Early influences in the broadcast world 14:29 - His father being a Theater Professor and if there's any influence in getting him started in sportscasting/speaking 17:00 - On finding ways to stand out when newer generations are growing up comfortable in front of a camera 18:58 - Starting at ESPN just a few years out of college 22:02 - Does he ever think of the "what if?" Including a decision for him at ESPN that would've taken him away from the Gameday opportunity 25:30 - On the decision to move from Gameday to more play-by-play coverage, specifically the Saturday night game of the week 27:05 - What stands out the most in the 25+ years of being a part of the show 32:53 - On his time broadcasting tennis and how long it took him to get comfortable doing play-by-play for it 36:58 - Previewing the National Championship / Megacast talk

AA Podcast Episode 49 - Todd Fuhrman of "Lock it In" & "Bet the Board"

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3:30 - On him being "Most Likely to Be a Bookie" for his high school yearbook superlative/first interest in sports wagering 6:04 - On choosing the career of an oddsmaker and whether he ever wanted to be a professional better 8:40 - First eye opening experience of working in and for a sportsbook 10:38 - What happens when a sportsbook has a bad day 11:57 - Does he remember the first bet he ever placed in Las Vegas? 12:50 - When he wanted to get out of oddsmaking and into content creation & media 15:33 - What were the conversations like surrounding sports betting in media 10 years ago vs now? 17:21 - How he met Payne, started the "Bet the Board" Podcast and what their ultimate goal is 19:53 - How they can appeal to casual betters, new betters and experts 21:38 - His initial reaction to PASPA being overturned and what the snowball effect might look like 23:35 - The day to day notes of "Lock it In" and what the reaction has been thus far 26:36 - What does he think the biggest misconception in sports wagering 28:12 - How does he anticipate the leagues & media companies changing in-game sports wagering coverage (if its legalized across the country) 30:48 - A guide to terminology and rapid fire advice on wading into the sports betting world

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 48 - Colleen Wolfe of NFL Network

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On this week's edition of the podcast, host Ben Heisler was joined by NFL Network's Colleen Wolfe. 4:20 - Her love for rescuing animals, despite being allergic to them 6:00 - Her rescue pet story gone wrong 7:56 - Family dynamic as a kid in Philadelphia / were they all sports fans? 10:10 - Her mom is a hot take artist 11:22 - Going from a potential art major to communications 14:56 - Her start in radio at WIP in Philadelphia 18:21 - How radio allowed her to have many opportunities and have fun in sports 20:50 - Why she believes there's not more women in sports radio 24:10 - Tough conversations she had with producers/management 27:05 - Being a "one-person band" in TV and doing everything on the fly 29:30 - How she was super close to quitting TV before the NFL Network gig came along 34:15 - When did she finally feel comfortable in her role at NFL Network? 39:00 - An inside look into the postgame show from the crazy ending to Browns/Steelers (the Myles Garrett incident) 47:15 - Stories from the travels with the Thursday Night crew of Michael Irvin, Steve Smith & Joe Thomas

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 47 - Candace Parker

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2:08 - Her dominant High School championship performance against Ben's HS team 3:05 - Where her love of basketball first began 4:50 - How her and her dad were part of the "positionless basketball movement" early on in her life 6:00 - On all the challenging coaches that impacted her life/career 7:10 - Toughest player/competitor on the court she's ever faced 9:18 - Could the NBA learn or grow from anything the WNBA has been doing (or vice versa) 12:55 - Could she see herself running an organization or coaching after her playing career is over? 14:11 - On how she was approached by Turner to be an analyst 15:29 - Early influences in her media career and who helped her along the way 16:20 - Her new podcast with Kristen Ledlow 17:48 - Does she feel a connection to Zion Williamson as two highly touted prospects coming into college/pros 19:40 - Which team does she always have to tune in to watch? 21:05 - Any potential surprise teams this year? 22:55 - Any chance the Bulls could be a playoff team this year/Zach LaVine primed for a huge year

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 46 - Greg Amsinger of MLB Network

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2:20 - On his 11 years at MLB Network 3:00 - What changed in his life early on that made him want to pursue this as a career 4:40 - Growing up with seven siblings 6:30 - How acting class were monumental for his career growth 8:10 - Why he needs to be reactive to be successful and how that's different than "not preparing" 12:00 - When he knew he could be more reactionary and not relying on notes/scripts etc 14:30 - On handling Producers not liking that he shares his opinions and not just "tees up analysts" 15:40 - Did he ever want to do radio or be a talk show host? 17:00 - His love for radio 17:50 - On working with Adam Zucker, Michelle Beadle & Kathryn Tappen back in the day at CSTV 19:20 - His relationship with the other analysts at MLB Network, notably Harold Reynolds 21:20 - What would he like to do that he hasn't done at the network yet? 23:00 - Why people continue to fight the changes and adaptations that baseball is looking to make 27:00 - "Dead Brain Heavers" 29:45 - Would MLB consider changing where and how they hold the MLB Draft? 33:00 - Mike Shannon stories 35:00 - How does he avoid/stay off social media with his job?

AA NFL Opening Weekend Roundtable + Mike Pereira

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ROUNDTABLE (PART 1) 2:00 - Thoughts on the updated ESPN MNF Booth 6:20 - Are we likely to see more "hot take" style analysts on broadcasts in an "embrace debate" society? 8:40 - Tony Romo entering Year 3... is he likely to take more criticism after these last few years? 11:10 - Would they be interested in moving some analysts around to different pairings to try and make it a little fresh in the booth? 12:05 - How much longer is Dick Stockton going to hang around at FOX 13:30 - FOX's new College Football Pregame Show and its new time 18:50 - What role will FS1 play in all this? 20:40 - Favorite/under-the-radar pairings that more people should know about? 23:45 - CFB 150 and the impact it will have on this season MIKE PEREIRA (PART 2) 27:30 - Helping couples fill out a prenup agreement ahead of football season 29:20 - Does he remember the first game he ever officiated? 31:02 - What was his first "Welcome to the NFL" moment? 32:15 - 10 seasons at FOX, what did he think the position would be and how has it evolved? 35:00 - His perspective on the new pass interference review rules 37:20 - What does a typical week look like for an NFL referee: from the moment the game ends to when the next game begins 39:21 - Which former (or current) NFL referee would he most enjoy having a few drinks and grabbing some wings with?

Awful Announcing Podcast: Jason Benetti

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4:30 - Calling an Electrician Championship on ESPN 8 the Ocho this year 7:20 - When he learned that broadcasts could and should be fun 9:28 - Where did his love of sports first come from? 10:20 - How growing up in Chicago in the Michael Jordan era helped make sports part of the every day conversation 12:15 - The value of doing radio early in his life (high school) 13:20 - The impact of early feedback 14:10 - How he responded to the competitive atmosphere and nature at Syracuse 16:10 - Does he regret setting the tone for much of the competitive, aggressive environment 18:42 - What did he want to do when he left college 20:50 - On learning to do TV and deal with the challenges of it for the first time late in his career 25:00 - Did he ever want to be a radio talk show host 28:50 - On the possibility he could return home to the White Sox for his dream job 33:31 - Early broadcaster influences 39:10 - On the pace of baseball & college football and what can be done to fix it (if anything at all) 42:10 - Why do people and viewers get upset when changes happen in baseball? 45:51 - On being a part of the Statcast broadcast and going through trying to make it interesting and unique to traditional baseball viewers 49:45 - His "celebrity" weekend in Anaheim with Bill Walton, Mike Schur, and Mike O'Brien 55:00 - Pizza in a bag and fun times in New York 56:45 - His work and videos for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 43 - Matthew Berry

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4:48 - The challenges and exciting things that come with putting out a 28 hour fantasy football marathon 5:33 - Keeping content fresh vs allowing newcomers to get the core information they need 7:53 - How he's done all 28 hours the last three years 9:30 - What does he remember about the first fantasy team/league he was in? 12:20 - When did his first break come when he was working in show business in LA? 17:42 - The fleeting nature of the TV/movie industry - How unhappy he was late in his show business career 21:30 - When the moment came to him that he wanted to leave show business 26:00 - Why people have a hard time leaving an industry they think they're supposed to be in... 27:00 - Did he have any idea the "fantasy sports revolution" was coming? 31:00 - What ultimately led him to ESPN after starting his own websites and developing a major following 32:30 - The transition from writing to more on-air work and if there were difficulties that came with it 36:00 - Learning the mechanics of TV and finding a dynamic that works 37:50 - How his research process has changed throughout the years 43:20 - How often does gambling/Vegas play a role in his fantasy research 44:17 - Is he a daily fantasy fan as well as the new spinoffs of traditional fantasy football etc... 47:40 - Stories of when he's given great or terrible fantasy advice to high profile celebrities

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 42 - Mina Kimes

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4:20 - Is her next opportunity to be a Head Coach in the NFL now that she's working with Sean McVay 5:35 - How the idea of being a booth analyst didn't really occur to her and how that changed 6:50 - Who were/are NFL analysts & color commentators she's enjoyed viewing/listening to 8:30 - The best way to incorporate more and new information into broadcasts 10:34 - When she knew she first wanted to become a writer 11:15 - Was the transition from the business world of journalism into sports an intimidating one 12:09 - Who helped in the initial transition? Who was in her corner from the beginning 13:05 - Was there a concern that transitioning into sports would ruin her ability to be a fan 14:35 - Balancing the joy of football with the on and off the field issues the sport provides 16:35 - Would football consider a more transparent approach when it comes to injuries/health issues 17:25 - Her takeaways from her profiles of Aaron Rodgers and Baker Mayfield - represent different times of players 19:20 - Do we expect the QB position and personality of that position change in this new generation 20:24 - How she came up with the voice for her dog Lenny on her podcast 21:40 - What's something about the Miami Clevelander studios we wouldn't expect 22:15 - Her viral reaction to Shohei Ohtani signing with the Mariners 23:20 - Her strangest etch-a-sketch 24:00 - Fan of The Bachelorette finale? 25:02 - Any other impressions besides "DMX" 25:35 - Is Pablo Torre as good of a karaoke singer as he claims to be? 26:10 - Who is a non-obvious Super Bowl contender for 2019

AA Podcast Episode 41 - Mike Florio

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2:53 - How he became a Vikings fan growing up in Steelers country 6:40 - Growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia and the impact WTBS had on him as a sports fan 8:50 - When did he take to the NFL away from baseball? 10:11 - How he "stumbled" into his first NFL writing job 13:16 - Did he have ownership stake in the first NFL company he worked for? And how did that lead to a quick stop at ESPN? 14:35 - How his legal degree and career in law has been essential in his work 17:10 - What he considers his most important or memorable work in 18+ years of running Pro Football Talk 19:30 - How does ownership/partnership work with NBC/NBC Sports 20:31 - What would entice him to go out on his own and move away from NBC 21:20 - Al Michaels' career + Can he confirm that he's never eaten a vegetable? 22:52 - Is there a great future NFL analyst none of us are talking about yet? 24:00 - What does he look for in a good in-game analyst 26:20 - What would it take for the NFL and Players to avoid a labor dispute in 2021 28:05 - Are NFL owners actually seriously considering an 18 game schedule with players sitting out two games? 29:40 - Would the NFL/Roger Goodell ever consider transparency when it comes to dealing with player safety information 33:21 - Who's the white whale of guests for PFT Live / Who would he most like to talk to?

AA Podcast Episode 40 - Jay Bilas

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4:42 - His basketball camp wrapping up and if they've had to change their approach with how basketball has changed 7:40 - When did he first start to play and then grow to love basketball? 9:55 - Did basketball ever come easy to him? 11:20 - Life as a Duke player vs life as a Duke Coach (both under Coach K) 14:00 - What was Jay Bilas outside of basketball like? 16:45 - Did he think he'd be a full-time coach and pursue it as a career once he started in 1990? 18:42 - Was there any anxiety in becoming a basketball analyst? (Two-part answer) 21:28 - If there was a moment where he finally felt comfortable knowing he could be good at this job 24:10 - Understanding how to be a good analyst for television - perception of his role as an analyst/commentator 28:00 - On the realization of "you can't please everybody" and having fun with social media trolls 29:15 - Reminiscing over the 2015 Elite 8 broadcast between Arizona and Illinois 33:30 - When did the Young Jeezy daily lyric tweets start to become really popular? 35:35 - The impact of the California bill that would allow college athletes to be compensated for their own name/image/likeness and the NCAA's fight against it 39:14 - Will there ever be a time where the NCAA stops this fight and hypocrisy against student athletes? 45:24 - Would he like to see the "draft process" go away, since it doesn't allow rookies to decide where they'd like to play? 45:43 - Prouder moment: 94 feet with his son, or his son being featured on "Bad Beats" with SVP?

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 39 - Sarah Spain

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4:34 - Her co-host Jason Fitz's inability to pay up on bets 5:40 - The origin of how she became "The Commish" 9:10 - Has there been a scenario where she hasn't been able to solve someone's dilemma? 11:20 - Her time growing with the Le Batard Show 14:03 - What kind of kid was Sarah Spain? 15:56 - Learning to balance so many things all in one day and how it translates to her current career 18:05 - Was being a star HS/College athlete a part of her career path / what her ultimate goal ended up being 21:30 - Her time in Second City learning comedy and improv 24:38 - Does she feel like she was one of the first sportscasters that had to learn how to do everything to break in? 27:30 - The one fear she still has after all these years as an on-air personality and how to combat it 30:40 - Impact of power through association & improvement of women representation in sports media 33:40 - Early and current influences in the industry 36:12 - How Jemele Hill made a huge difference in her life 38:45 - How do we get the hiring practices to change? 42:44 - First working with Jason Fitz and how to get into rhythm with a show where nobody is in the same place 48:00 - The More Than Mean Video - Balancing the joy of winning a Peabody vs the difficulty of replaying awful things said to them 51:03 - Her charitable work and how it turned into everyone on Twitter sending in awkward teenage pictures of themselves

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode #38 - Kristen Ledlow

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RUNDOWN: - 3:43: The insanity of Tuesday night (Magic stepping down, Dirk & D-Wade's last home game) - 4:30 - Her interactions with Wade & Dirk over the last several years - 6:48: Her first interests in playing basketball and playing it competitively for many years - 8:20: Did she anticipate trying to play sports professionally? Or was broadcasting always something she was interested in? - 10:39: Early influences growing up in an era where there were more female sportscasting role models - 13:00: Why she likes to mentor young women in broadcasting and sportscasting - 14:50 - Her growth as a broadcaster and when she started to feel comfortable with her own voice and style - 16:55 - Does she miss being a radio personality at all? - 17:53 - Getting the call from Turner to revive and host Inside Stuff - 22:03 - Having rare opportunities to reflect on her accomplishments - 23:56 - Her friendship with Grant Hill and his influence in helping her make relationships with players/coaches in the NBA - 27:54 - What it's like to interview Gregg Popovich on the sidelines? Is it as intimidating as it looks? - 30:33 - Who's the most surprising interview in the NBA? - 34:00 - Previewing the Eastern Conference Playoff race - 36:45 - Who would be her pick for the next Space Jam Monstars - 38:30 - Stories from the NBA on TNT crew going on Family Feud

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 36 - Hank Azaria

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5:00 - Does he have any optimism for this upcoming Mets season? 8:50 - Was Brockmire created as an homage to the older, more personality driven baseball broadcaster? 10:50 - On his show connecting with younger audiences and millennials despite baseball's issues relating to younger fans 12:10 - On Jim Brockmire starting off Season 3 sober 13:50 - On adding Bob Costas, JK Simmons, Tawny Newsome, Richard Kind amongst others to the mix 14:30 - On Costas and Joe Buck and Brent Musburger really showing a ton of personality on the show 16:40 - How much of the show is improvisation vs entirely by script? 18:05 - The complete and total trust he has for Joel Church Cooper (head writer/creator) 19:10 - How long does it take for him to work on a voice to have total control of that voice 20:45 - The impact of 31 years of the Simpsons 21:50 - The origin of Moe from The Simpsons and the connection he has to Al Pacino 22:43 - Has he lever lost a character voice and if so, how would he try to regain it 23:55 - Where the voices come from; are they based off friends, celebrities etc. 25:05 - Has anyone done voices you do in front of you? 26:10 - How he views voice impressions compared to impression comedians 28:00 - Story of how he would call Hollywood restaurants to get tables as Mickey Rourke and Sly Stallone 30:40 - Any other voices we aren't aware of? 32:20 - His work and volunteering with helping Miami Jewish Health Systems

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 35 - Clark Kellogg

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4:45 - Why the NCAA Tournament is universal for all sports fans, both casual and hardcore 5:42 - His 25-year run at CBS and what's make it work and last 7:07 - His love of the game and if there was ever a moment that basketball wasn't the route for him 8:35 - His insane high school championship game performance and what it's liked to be locked in on a basketball court 10:28 - His time playing at Ohio State and how he's watched the game evolve working in basketball over the last 35-40 years 14:47 - His perspective on Zion Williamson and if there is a reasonable comparison for him 17:40 - Which games from previous NCAA Tournaments most stand out to him during his time at CBS 20:55 - Are there any teams that could have a Loyola-Chicago type of run in 2019? 23:30 - Would he like to see the Selection Committee put more of an emphasis on high quality mid-major programs over bigger schools? 26:00 - Who are the college broadcasters he gets the most hyped up listening to call a game?

AA Podcast Episode 34 - ESPN's Sports Betting Analyst Doug Kezirian (presented by BetDSI)

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4:20 - On getting the show together and the rehearsals taking place this week 5:50 - On the show feeling natural for everyone because sports betting is a passion of theirs 7:50 - When he sensed sports betting was starting to become less taboo 10:20 - Do they discuss how they'll try to market the show to all types and generations of sports fans 14:00 - His time working in Vegas and how it helped shape his worldview of sports wagering 15:20 - Why he feels baseball sets up best for the integration of wagering & live betting 20:00 - What his typical day looks like and what trends is he looking for to wager on a game 24:20 - Any futures bets he likes ahead of the NCAA Tournament, MLB season & The Masters

AA Podcast Episode 33 - FOX Sports' Shannon Spake

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4:05 - Her love for the Howard Stern show 7:40 - Was being on the Stern "Wrap Up" show her most exciting moment as an interviewee 8:45 - Growing up with scoliosis and back surgery to now training for Iron Mans and running marathons 13:20 - Connecting with athletes due to their shared experiences 14:45 - When she went "all in" in broadcasting 18:50 - On sacrificing time with family for the job, and her kids being super excited about her role in Cars 3 20:00 - What was the first NASCAR event she ever attended, even before covering it professionally 22:10 - Who were early influences or helpful coworkers in the industry covering NASCAR 24:20 - What does she see as the biggest storylines throughout Daytona 500 week? 26:50 - Their brand new studio and is it difficult to not make the studio the new "star of the show?" 29:03 - Will FOX mention or reference sports wagering or gambling ahead of their coverage 31:00 - Predictions for the race

AA Podcast Episode 32 - Super Bowl Coverage Roundtable

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3:38: Ratings aside, should CBS feel good about what was in control of their broadcast? 7:11: On the wild live TV moment of the postgame scrum with Tracy Wolfson & Tom Brady 9:50: Has Jim Nantz changed for the better as a result of working alongside Tony Romo? 11:38 - How CBS should feel about the ratings, both on the TV side and on the digital side 14:22 - Should the digital numbers matter more to networks? Would the discussion be different if it were simply a good game? 16:10 - Did it feel like there wasn't a lot of juice leading up to the Super Bowl? 19:53 - What would have been the most ideal matchup for BOTH the NFL and the fans 20:30 - The Barstool vs NFL feud 24:20 - What should we be looking forward to most in sports media in February?

ESPN Broadcaster Bob Wischusen

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3:05 - Life on the road 6:30 - Why calling College Football trains you to be ready for any sportscasting opportunity 10:07 - What he considers the most difficult sport to do play-by-play for, and why you might be surprised by his answer 16:20 - Feeling comfortable as a broadcaster and early influences 21:00 - How he seeks out feedback on his broadcasts 24:25 - Going to Boston College, calling games and doing shows with Joe Tessatore and Boog Sciambi/Wanting to compete against them because of how talented they are 28:15 - Does he ever wish he would've stayed with talk radio and would he like to have his own full-time show down the road? 31:40 - How his gravitation to the talk radio side usually stems from moments when he's watching games 35:20 - Is there different preparation for the different analysts he works with (eg. Dick Vitale vs Fran Fraschilla) 37:40 - How he tanked his audition for the XFL 41:07 - His love for Phish and the first time he ever saw them live

AA episode 30- Jeff Passan

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3:40 - Has he gotten settled at ESPN yet 4:22 - Biggest change from Yahoo to ESPN 6:40 - Is there added pressure in trying to be the Schefter/Woj of MLB 9:20 - His football analogy to what the switch has been like 10:40 - Who his early media/journalism influences were 14:50 - Does he feel like writers need to become specialized? Or can they cover and break news across all sports? 19:40 - Transformation from feature writing to breaking news 21:40 - His appreciation and admiration for Ken Rosenthal & Woj 24:20 - Why covering breaking news can lead you to become a far better writer 25:15 - Who he'll miss most working with at Yahoo/stories from his time there 27:45 - The time he thought him and Pat Forde were going to die covering the Olympics in Rio 30:20 - His thoughts on the Kyler Murray story and what the public perception will be if he maximizes his money 34:50 - The remaining top free agents still hanging around in MLB

AA Podcast: Episode 29 - Tony Reali

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4:00 - His connection to Statin Island and his connection to the Impractical Jokers 6:00 - His move to New York several years ago, working at the new ESPN Seaport studios and the family connection it has for him 10:10 - Is it surreal since he joined ESPN 18+ years ago 14:40 - Early role models in the industry and trying to remain himself as a personality 19:45 - Does he feel like he gets enough feedback from his peers/bosses 22:50 - What does he remember about his first episode of hosting Around the Horn 26:40 - The moments throughout his career where he started to change and work through the uncomfortable to feel more himself 32:00 - The importance of authenticity in this business 35:40 - His struggles with mental health and anxiety and if it helped connecting and sharing those details with viewers/social media 42:50 - His goal to find more humanity in sports television and his connection and love

AA Podcast Episode 28: Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe

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4:01 - The star panel he'll be a part of for "The Match" Tiger vs Phil 5:58 - Embracing the unknown and throwing out the rundown/staying in the moment 7:28 - Starting in local news and changing how content gets delivered over the last 10 years 10:13 - On making mistakes early and whether "going viral" is possible anymore 12:55 - How Awful Announcing played a role in his rise in the industry / the Seinfeldcast & Rapcast 19:00 - The feeling of watching his sportscasts go viral 20:50 - Any current/past influences on his work 23:35 - Describing what the Simms & Lefkoe show is 26:45 - Why hasn't the rest of the media focused on NFL personality driven content & why their show works because they're not in bed with the NFL 27:57 - How the origin and initial pitch of the show transformed over time 31:25 - On golf finally taking a risk and doing something genuinely cool with Tiger vs Phil 34:50 - The sports wagering rise in coverage of our favorite sports

AA Podcast episode 27 Allie LaForce

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3:30 - How she plans to get Astros updates while working Thursday's game (her husband pitches for Houston) 5:10 - What led her to pursue basketball, both playing it in D1 and covering it professionally? 7:50 - Her family ties to modeling, competition and sports and the role they played in her life 9:30 - How being named Miss Teen Ohio made her grow up really quickly as a kid 11:33 - Who was the first interview that made her geek out/get nervous 13:40 - Her first broadcasting moment getting thrown into the fire 17:00 - Who were role model broadcast figures for her 19:35 - Working with high profile women in sports on CBS Sports Network (eg. Lesley Visser, Andrea Kremer etc) 20:30 - What she considered her biggest challenge working her way up at CBSSN 23:00 - On all the roles she had at CBS before moving on to Turner 24:20 - Why she left CBS for Turner 26:50 - Her colleague Kevin Harlan getting to call a game with Olivia Harlan-Dekker on Monday 27:40 - What storyline(s) from the NBA is she most excited about this year 29:40 - Her work with HelpCureHD and helping to fight Huntington's Disease

AA Podcast episode 26- Andrea Kramer

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3:20 - Did she have a vision for what she wanted to do when she started at NFL Films in 1984 7:20 - What she remembers about her first job at a newspaper and how drastically it's changed now 10:40 - On going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and doing it as a mother 17:00 - When she found her voice and confidence as a broadcaster and journalist 19:30 - How she views the conversation of more diversity and more women earning opportunities to call games 23:40 - How she and Hannah Storm were approached about their new opportunity to call Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video 26:30 - What she hopes viewers will take away from their broadcast and why they don't want it to be traditional 33:40 - On how television and sports broadcasts is constantly changing and why that's a good thing 36:45 - Looking back at her longtime career, is there one story or one piece in particular she's most proud of?

AA Podcast episode 24- Pablo Torre

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INTRO: 2:40 - Did they know how they wanted High Noon to sound from the very beginning/not explaining the joke 5:00 - How he and Bomani first became friends 7:05 - Pitching the show to themselves 9:20 - Bomani and Le Batard as wedding guests 12:00 - Learning how to do TV without compromising integrity 15:20 - The power of transparency and being interesting without being "hot takey" 18:05 - What he remembers from their first show 18:50 - The backlash from the music playing the whole time 21:40 - Working with esteemed producer Erik Rydholm 24:30 - Our dislike of the word "talent" 25:30 - Is he responsible for "trust the process?" 28:40 - Does he think Sam Hinkie will get to be a GM or Executive ever again? 30:38 - The irony of Hinkie being let go to be replaced by Bryan Colangelo 32:30 - Can analytics eventually become commonplace in football in relation to the other sports? 35:55 - Is the future of football in trouble because of its inability to evolve? 38:40 - Could transparency work in favor of the NFL? 42:00 - RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS!

AA Podcast episode 24- Maria Taylor

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On her new deal/going from volleyball & women's basketball to everything she's doing in just four years (2:17) How she'd love to do something the NBA as part of all the work she's doing (3:44) How she once considered a career in medicine (5:33) Her first ever broadcast (6:30) The Taylor Rowe'd Trip with Holly Rowe (9:48) The best way to describe SEC Football & SEC Football Culture (12:06) The study that 45% of CFB fans are female (roughly 74 million fans) (15:43) What could college football and/or the NCAA fix - welfare of the student athletes / future of athletes being paid (19:08) Her new opportunity with Get Up (22:25) How she'll handle giving strong opinions on subjects that she also happens to cover (used Ohio State as an example) (23:52) Her ultimate goal of being on Good Morning America (25:40) Who she would take in College Fantasy Football in Week 1 (28:13)

AA Podcast 220-Summer Roundtable

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RUNDOWN: 0:18 - Intro + Game Show 4:30 - Baseball's latest issues 10:00 - What was the most notable sports moment of the summer 14:40 - Who would ESPN choose to keep more: Schefter or Woj? 18:30 - Bill Simmons' new deal at HBO 23:30 - How could Simmons be better used at HBO? 32:12 - James Franco and a possible ESPN movie

AA Podcast Episode 22- Taylor Twellman

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RUNDOWN: 6:05 - His "summer internship" experience with Van Pelt on SC & "Drawing the World Cup" 10:20 - The one goal he had when he was doing his SVP SC hits 11:02 - Was there any benefit for the USMNT not being in this year's World Cup for the viewers? 15:40 - How far out is the U.S team from positioning themselves into being legit WC contenders consistently? 19:20 - Who first inspired him to play soccer + his family's unique athletic background 23:00 - How he never expected to enter the media and who helped him get started as an analyst 25:00 - His perspective on hot take culture in sports talk 27:15 - Has he done a 180 on any strong opinion he's had recently? 32:54 - Working with as many talented broadcasters as he has at ESPN 36:52 - The ThinkTaylor Foundation and helping educate the public on head injuries and concussions 40:42 - Can soccer become a more "safe" sport?