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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.
 
Jeff Blair. Stephen Brunt. Richard Deitsch. As long-time journalists they’ve all experienced writer’s block, but they never run out of things to say! Opinions, insight and analysis from three of the smartest sports observers in the country. Writers Bloc… sharp takes, not hot takes.
 
Richard Deitsch and Donnovan Bennett host a podcast about how COVID-19 is impacting sports around the world. They talk to experts, athletes and personalities, putting big news into perspective, highlighting great journalism and offering a window into the lives of people we normally root for in entirely different ways.
 
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In the second hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel were joined by Richard Deitsch of the Athletic to discuss the latest sports media storylines. How easy or difficult is it for MLB to flex more interesting games into its primetime positions? The question had to be be asked after White Sox ace Lance Lynn and Rays ace Tyler Glasnow faced off against …
 
Episode 148 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Michael Kay, the television play by play voice of the New York Yankees and the host of The Michael Kay Show, heard on ESPN Radio in New York City from 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Kay has a new book out — Centerstage: My Most Fascinating Interviews—from A-Rod to Jay-Z , which is a co…
 
The NBA Playoffs are in full swing and we're ready to dive in with some Underdog predictions and more on this edition of the show. Host TJ Rives is back and is joined by senior handicapper at Vegas Insider and Majorwager.com, Brian Edwards along with sports media critic of "The Athletic," Richard Deitsch to analyze and discuss it all. First, TJ has…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host! Jeff and Richard discuss the Golden Knights’ Game 4 OT win over the Canadiens and the Hawks’ Game 7 victory over the Sixers. John Chabot, former NHL forward and founder of the First Assist charity, weighs in on the significance of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the work of his foundation, and using hockey as a…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt examine the current state of the Blue Jays following a series sweep to the New York Yankees. Sportsnet Blue Jays analyst Pat Tabler chimes-in with his thoughts on the team, mainly the Achilles heel that is the bullpen ahead this weekend’s series against the Baltimore Orioles (22:45). John Bartlett of the NHL on Sportsne…
 
In the third hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel reacted to Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot releasing a statement responding to the Bears' bid to purchase Arlington Park Racecourse. She insulted them and referenced how the Bears can't beat the rival Packers. She also added they're not relevant after October. Bold strategy if you're trying to get some…
 
In the second hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel continued to discuss the Bears' bid to purchase Arlington Park. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what the Bears could do with the 326 acres where the Arlington Racecourse sits. Hotels, restaurants and general amusement ... but at what cost? They'd likely be losing heritage and history…
 
Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel opened their show by reacting to the breaking news that the Bears have officially submitted a bid to purchase Arlington Park Racecourse in the northwest suburbs. Some believe it's a legitimate threat for the Bears to leave Chicago while others think the organization is just trying to gain leverage on the city in negot…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt open the show discussing Denmark’s return to the pitch at Euro 2020 before covering the Toronto Blue Jays’ most recent loss to the New York Yankees. Blue Jays Central analyst Joe Siddall comments on the 3-2 loss, Ross Stripling showing up teammate Joe Panik, umpire CB Bucknor’s performance behind the plate, and George S…
 
The NBA Playoffs are narrowing down in the Eastern and Western Conference and we're ready for breakdown and some Underdog advice, plus opinions on the MLB pitching crackdown, the College World Series and more on the latest 3 Dog Thursday! Host T.J. Rives is back for some lively discussion on the Phoenix Suns already in the Western finals and who wi…
 
In the third hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel were joined by former MLB pitcher Pat Light to discuss his strikeout of Angels star Mike Trout, his memories of White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech in the minor leagues and the presence of foreign substances on the baseball. Later, WBBM sideline reporter and Score host Mark Grote joined the show t…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt examine the ongoing problems with the Blue Jays’ bullpen and congratulate the Canadian Men’s National soccer team after a 3-0 win over Haiti in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier to advance 4-0 on aggregate (0:26). Sportsnet Sr. hockey writer Chris Johnston talks about the Maple Leafs re-signing Jason Spezza fo…
 
In the second hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel reacted to their interview with MLB statistician Ryan Spaeder in which he accused a handful of teams and players of cheating. Later, they discussed Nets star Kevin Durant's amazing performance in a key Game 5 win against the Bucks on Tuesday night. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informatio…
 
In the third hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel were joined by White Sox stud and Cy Young candidate Lance Lynn to discuss the team's strong play, what he eats to stay a "big guy," the background behind the expletives that he yells on the mound and whether removing the "sticky stuff" is a good or a bad move for baseball. See omnystudio.com/listen…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt react to the Canadiens Game one loss to the Golden Knights and the Blue Jays loss to the Red Sox. NHL on Sportsnet host David Amber discusses Montreal’s scoring woes, how it it will be difficult for the Habs to play catch up when trailing, if Tampa can even things up against the Islanders, and Gerard Gallant coaching th…
 
Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel opened their show by reacting to the news that MLB pitchers will be suspended for 10 games if they use foreign substances on the ball. But here's the kicker -- they're still going to get paid. What? Also, what's more likely, a spike in offense or a complete lack of control from pitchers as MLB institutes a crackdown o…
 
In the second hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel pondered this: Can you believe Alex Rodriguez has the AUDACITY to talk about exposing cheating in baseball? Also, the White Sox's lineup for their evening game is out and guess who’s hitting third? Leury Garcia. Gross! Later we, celebrated star point guard Chris Paul’s performance for the Suns as o…
 
Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel opened their show by discussing how we've got two first-place baseball teams in Chicago. Both the White Sox and the Cubs are cruising into the summer, but only one has hit the key 85% vaccination threshold, as Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward and first baseman Anthony Rizzo have doubled down on their decision to not take…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt look ahead to what should be a busy week in sports, the CFL’s return, and look back to the weekend: notably Euro 2020, and the frightening sight involving Denmark’s Christian Eriksen on the pitch. Hamilton Tiger-Cats President Scott Mitchell discusses when he first sensed that the province of Ontario would allow CFL gam…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch open the show discussing the news of Pascal Siakam’s shoulder surgery and players around MLB who have yet to be vaccinated and the competitive disadvantages that could present to some clubs. The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith comments on when Pascal Siakam may return to action after undergoing shoulder surgery, when the fo…
 
In the last hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel were joined by Marquee Sports Network play-by-play man Boog Sciambi to discuss what the recent Lou Gehrig Day in MLB meant to him and the charity that he's a part of -- Project Main St. Later in the interview, NBC Sports Chicago play-by-play man Jason Benetti joined the entire crew to critique Boog's…
 
In the third hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel reacted to the news that White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal has landed on the 60-day injured list after suffering a proximal tear of his right hamstring. What does it mean for the team moving forward? Later, the guys discussed the Bears quarterback competition taking place between veteran Andy D…
 
In the second hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel welcomed on former Bears linebacker Sam Acho to announce the What About Chicago Radiothon that Parkins and 670 The Score will be hosting on June 23 to benefit the Austin Harvest food mart. After Acho, David Hochberg of Team Hochberg joined the show to discuss his contribution to the initiative and …
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch talk about the Islanders advancing and the raucous crowd at the Coliseum. Islanders President of Hockey Operations Lou Lamoriello (17:53) discusses whether the formula for playoff success is the same now as it was when he was winning Stanley Cups with the Devils, his club’s subpar play just before the postseason began…
 
Biased NBA Analyst Chris Broussard (co-host of Fox Sports Radio's "The Odd Couple") tries, once again, to defend his BFF LeBron James, who just got booted from the playoffs. Also, the guys reveal a global conspiracy involving LeBron guaranteed to blow your mind. Plus, find out why the PGA Tour just made a terrible decision by forcing Jon Rahm to wi…
 
As the month of June rolls on, host T.J. Rives returns to talk NBA Playoffs and more with his guests. T.J. welcomes Brian Edwards of Vegas Insider and Majorwager.com to discuss the Brooklyn Nets looking good in the NBA East, Utah and Phoenix being favored to meet in the West and of course, more on his favorite team, the Hawks trying to upset Philly…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch open the show discussing Toronto’s CN Tower being lit up in the colours of the Montreal Canadiens and the reaction it caused around the city and between sports fans. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti talks about Gerrit Cole’s awkward media availability with reporters, the doctoring of baseballs within MLB, and the New York Yankees …
 
Episode 147 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Ian Darke, the lead play-by-play commentator of ESPN’s soccer coverage. He will be in London this month calling UEFA EURO 2020 for ESPN. Darke is followed by Anthony Crupi, a sports media reporter for Sportico. In this podcast, Darke discusses the favorites for the tournament;…
 
In the final hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel turned their attention to the Cubs. Star infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant was quoted as saying he and first baseman Anthony Rizzo could be a "Bryzzo" package deal in free agency for another team this offseason. Or was he really talking about wanting to return to the Cubs? There’s no way to know. Aft…
 
Canadiens great Guy Carbonneau discusses whether there’s concern Dominique Ducharme’s squad may get too much rest ahead of their next series, the belief the Montreal players have in one another, how Carey Price compares to Patrick Roy, if Marc Bergevin’s & Ducharme’s jobs are safe no matter what happens in the semi-final, and what it takes for a yo…
 
In the third hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel discussed how they've had quite the day of everyone on their show being mentioned -- both positively and negatively -- on other shows on the station. We absolutely love being the popular kids. Put some respect on our names. Also, the Cubs-Padres broadcast Monday was a blast, and Spiegs heard it from…
 
In the second hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel were joined by Audacy Chicago 16-inch softball team manager Lin Brehmer to break down the abomination of a performance in a loss Monday evening. Not great, softball fans! Also, big news here, as the NFL is starting to research whether marijuana is better for pain management than… opioids. We’ll see…
 
Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel opened their show by discussing how the Audacy Chicago 16-inch softball team was absolutely embarrassed yet again Monday evening. Who’s to blame? Someone needs to start pointing a thumb. After that, Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Fox Sports joined the show to discuss the hottest national MLB headlines. Also, are we cer…
 
In the final hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel discussed White Sox broadcasters Jason Benetti and Len Kasper launching their new podcast called Sox Degrees. First guest? White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. We found out Hahn leans toward throwing laundry baskets when he's angry. Which raised the question: When's the last time you got legitimatel…
 
In the third hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel were joined by Score legend and current Bernstein & Rahimi Show co-host Dan Bernstein to discuss White Sox manager Tony La Russa's relentless need to bunt the baseball in situations that don't require it. Then, after his recent appearance on Spiegel Idol, legendary Fox broadcaster Joe Buck left Spie…
 
In the second hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel discussed how Cubs star Kris Bryant has likely played himself out of what the team can afford in a contract offer this offseason. If you're the Cubs front office, would you give Bryant an eight-year deal worth nearly $300 million? Also, Jeff Bezos is headed to space. But ... why? Later, the guys re…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch open the show discussing the Canadian government’s decisions to loosen border restrictions for NHL playoff teams, and media being granted access to the field, but not the clubhouse, in Major League Baseball. NHL on Sportsnet analyst Garry Galley breaks down the Vegas-Colorado series he is working and shares his though…
 
In the third hour, Matt Spiegel and Chris Rongey were joined by NBC Sports Chicago analyst Steve Stone to discuss the latest White Sox storylines. Should manager Tony La Russa have had ace Lucas Giolito's back after his ejection Thursday night? Then, Yahoo! Sports senior columnist Vinny Goodwill joined the show to discuss whether LeBron James quit …
 
In the second hour, Matt Spiegel and Chris Rongey discussed White Sox ace Lucas Giolito getting ejected from his team's win Thursday for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout on a night in which he wasn't pitching. And to the surprise of absolutely no one, manager Tony La Russa didn't have his back. It's getting old. Also, where are we at when …
 
Matt Spiegel and Chris Rongey, who was sitting in for Danny Parkins, opened their show by discussing LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers getting eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. And for the second game in a row, "The King" was basically a no-show. Also, it turns out that Spiegs has a unique kitchen utensil…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt examine Mark Scheifele’s four-game suspension ahead of Game 2 between the Jets and Canadiens. Kevin Goldstein Fangraphs writer and former Houston Astros executive discusses the MLB trade market and how June is typically the time for “reach out” calls between GMs (23:59). Winnipeg Jets reporter Ken Wiebe discusses Scheif…
 
In the final hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel listened and reacted to Bears coach Matt Nagy's recent comments about rookie quarterback Justin Fields. Also, White Sox outfielder Andrew Vaughn was placed in the COVID-19 protocol but isn't expected to miss an extended period of time. After that, the guys discussed tennis superstar Naomi Osaka with…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt discusses the opening game between Winnipeg and Montreal and specifically Mark Schiefele’s hit on Canadiens player Jake Evans. Vegas Golden Knights TV host Daren Millard breaks down the series so far between the Golden Knights and Avalanche, Rielly Smith’s penalty in overtime, and what he saw on the Schiefele-Evans play…
 
In the third hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel reacted to Spiegs making his first of many weekly appearances on the Bernstein & Rahimi Show earlier this morning. You know, so he can talk about baseball with radio hosts who actually appreciate baseball. Also, O.J. Simpson’s longtime defense attorney passed away. We took some time to remember him.…
 
In the second hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel reacted to the city of Chicago announcing it will officially fully reopen with no restrictions on June 11. That's perfect timing for the Cubs to return from a West Coast road trip to face the Cardinals at home in front of 100% capacity at Wrigley Field. Congratulations, Chicago -- you did it. Then,…
 
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