Jayson Stark, Ken Rosenthal & Tim Layden
Episode 2 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features two segments. First, a conversation with Ken Rosenthal, a senior baseball writer for The Athletic, a reporter for Fox Sports' MLB telecasts and analyst for the MLB Network, and Jayson Stark, a senior baseball writer at the Athletic and studio at MLB Network. The second segment features Sports Illustrated senior Tim Layden on the life and work of William Nack. In this podcast, Rosenthal and Stark discusses how to morph between digital/print and television; the most interesting people to speak with in major league baseball; how to cultivate sources on the baseball beat; how Stark uses numbers and analytics as part of his work; why each joined The Athletic; how shocked Stark was upon learning he had lost his ESPN job; how Rosenthal dealt with learning that Fox Sports’s website was no longer using original writing content; what baseball writing might look like in 30 years; what teams are the most interesting to cover right now; why Shohei Ohtani remains an underappreciated story, and much more. Layden discusses the historical impact of Nack’s work; his best SI pieces; what made Nack great as a writer; whether it was intimidating to follow Nack on the horse racing beat; why Nack was underappreciated at Sports Illustrated; Nack’s love of Secretariat; Layden’s thoughts on Sports Illustrated’s future, the Ringer’s recent piece on SI, and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.
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About The Show
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.