ESPN's Adnan Virk and The Athletic's Calvin Watkins
Episode 11 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is ESPN Adnan Virk, who hosts multiple studio shows in multiple sports and is the host of “Cinephile: The Adnan Virk Movie Podcast.” In this podcast Virk goes deep into how an sports broadcaster in his position deals with a contract negotiation; at what point his agent started negotiating an extension at ESPN; the anxiety of not getting an offer prior to the end of a contract; how to get a sense of what money to ask for; the role of broadcast agents and their importance; how to know what to ask for in terms of salary and beyond; the impact of what others at an organization have on your contract negotiations; the role of relationships with your bosses when it comes to contract negotiations; how he ended up getting tennis opportunities into his new contract; the impact of Mo Salah on the Muslim community; being mistaken for former NHL All Star Chris Chelios, and much more. The second guest is Calvin Watkins, who was recently hired to cover the Dallas Cowboys for The Athletic Dallas-Fort Worth. Watkins discusses the challenges of covering the Cowboys; why Jerry Jones is the most important person for a media reporter; the differences between covering the New York Jets and Cowboys as a press person; where he thinks the newspaper sports section is today and where it might be tomorrow; the influence of his grandfather who worked for Ebony and went on to produce a monthly African-American newsletter called Negro Heritage; working for ESPN’s city sites; what he would say to young people of color who want to get into the business 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 and hear his words at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.