Adnan Virk and Mike Lombardi and John Ourand
Episode 50 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two segments: First up is Adnan Virk and Mike Lombardi, the co-hosts of the new podcast, “The GM Shuffle.” Virk is currently the host of DAZN’s “ChangeUp” MLB whip-around show as well as a host at MLB Network. He worked for ESPN for a decade before he was fired by that company earlier this year. Lombardi is a longtime NFL executive who has worked for ESPN, CBS Sports, Showtime, the NFL Network, Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, The Ringer and The Athletic. In this podcast, Virk and Lombardi discuss how their podcast came together and what they hope to bring to listeners; honesty and authenticity for podcast listeners; how Virk feels about ESPN today; whether he would have been fired by ESPN if he was a bigger name; how ESPNers should feel about management loyalty; who leaked the story of Virk’s firing and whether he leaked that information; Lombardi on how long Bill Belichick can continue to coach; the Kyler Murray-Josh Rosen situation for Arizona, and much more. The second guest is John Ourand, the media reporter for the Sports Business Daily. In the podcast, Ourand discussed ABC bidding for NFL packages during the next round of negotiations including a Super Bowl; the CBS Sports/WNBA deal; Sinclair’s bid for the Fox-branded RSNs and what would that mean if they win it; Peyton Manning turning down ESPN’s Monday Night Football; Abigail Disney’s Twitter thread excoriating Bob Iger’s 2018 compensation of $65.6 million and how laid-off ESPN-ers should feel about it, and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Radio.com 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.