ESPN analyst Booger McFarland and Fox NASCAR producer Barry Landis
Episode 100 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features a conversation with two guests. First up is ESPN NFL and college football analyst Booger McFarland, who spent the past two years as one of the analysts on Monday Night Football. He is followed by Barry Landis, the lead race producer for FOX’s NASCAR coverage and a producer on that network’s NFL coverage. In this podcast, McFarland discusses his time as an analyst on Monday Night Football; how he learned he would not return; how he viewed that decision; whether he advocated for one additional year; how he felt about Joe Tessitore also being re-assigned; the criticism the broadcast booth received; what he learned most from the experience; calls he wish he had back; what he hopes to do heading forward in broadcasting; what he thinks of college football attempting to play in 2020; what playing in Tampa Bay will be like for Tom Brady, and much more. Landis discusses the challenges of producing NASCAR during a pandemic; the most challenging thing he faced producing the Darlington races; how he approaches relationships with his analysts; the decision-making process of how to discuss COVID-19 and mask-wearing during racing; the switch from Darrell Waltrip to Jeff Gordon; how he compares producing NASCAR to the NFL and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.
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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.