Covering sports inside a bubble with ESPN’s Holly Rowe, Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times and Stefano Fusaro of ESPN
Episode 108 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is ESPN reporter Holly Rowe, who is covering the WNBA season from inside the bubble in Bradenton, Fla. Next is Tania Ganguli, the Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times who is covering the NBA season from inside the bubble in Orlando. She is followed by ESPN’s Stefano Fusaro, who is covering the “MLS Is Back” tournament from inside the bubble in Orlando. In this podcast, Rowe discusses how she landed the assignment and why she wanted it; her experience leading up to going inside the bubble and her first week there; speaking to her doctors about taking the assignment; the access she has inside the bubble; what WNBA players have told her so far about the experience; getting a daily COVID-19 test; her role on WNBA game broadcasts; navigating stories on social activism with game coverage and much more. Ganguli discusses getting the assignment and how she arrived in Orlando; what the opening weeks were like for NBA reporters; the access she has inside the facility; her interaction with players; what she has been told about game access for reporters; the challenges of covering the Lakers; navigating stories on social activism with game coverage and much more. Fusaro explains how he got the assignment and why he wanted to come to Orlando; his opening weeks inside the bubble; the access he has to MLS players; what players have told him about the experiences; navigating stories on social activism with game coverage; providing news for multiple parts of ESPN; how it works for him during game broadcasts; his experience with doctors prior to arriving inside the bubble 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.