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Courtside with Greenberg and Dakich

Tyler McComas

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Title: Courtside – True Grit

Date: January 24th, 2018

Length: 52 minutes

Cast: Dan Dakich and Seth Greenberg

Extra: You can subscribe on iTunes or find on the ESPN appThe calendar is about to turn to February, which means I’m in a nice rhythm of my nightly activities. On Monday Night, I’m watching college basketball. On Tuesday Night, I’m watching college basketball. On Wednesday night, you guessed it, it’s just like Thursday night and Saturday afternoon, I’m watching college hoops. In fact, as I’m writing this, Kansas and Kansas State are playing in a Big Monday game on ESPN. Anyway, now that we’ve established I’m probably overly obsessed with the sport, let me tell you how much I enjoyed Courtside with Greenberg and Dakich.

First of all, I have great respect for both Seth Greenberg’s and Dan Dakich’s knowledge of college basketball. If ESPN’s goal was to have the best college hoops podcast on the market, they did themselves a huge favor by pairing these two together. Not only do Seth and Dan provide great information, but they also mesh well together. I appreciate Dan’s personality and his ability to deliver strong opinions. I live in the middle of Big 12 country and hear frequently how elite West Virginia is defensively. I loved that Dan challenged that theory and backed it up with good points. He even swayed my opinion on the subject after listening to his reasoning. Minutes into the podcast he had me laughing and now he made me think. If you can accomplish those two things, you’re on the right track.

These guys are at the pinnacle of the business but it’s refreshing to hear a couple dudes just having fun, laughing and not taking the content too seriously. That’s what I wanted to hear with Courtside and I didn’t come away disappointed. An ESPN podcast is always going to have a few built-in advantages that others can’t provide. For starters, both Dan and Seth are on-site for college hoops games across the country. That’s big. So, for instance, when the podcast begins by talking about Oklahoma star Trae Young, both Dan and Seth can give better insight and analysis because they’re up close with access that others don’t have. That’s the power of ESPN and a reason why they’re excelling in the podcasting business.

After 25 minutes of good back-and-forth conversations on the biggest stories in college basketball, Dan and Seth welcome Virginia head coach Tony Bennett to the podcast. Bennett was a great guest to have on because his team right now is very relevant. The Cavaliers have been rolling and might be the best team in the entire country. Landing a coach of that caliber for 15 minutes helps make the podcast worth sampling. Though all the questions asked garnered good responses from Bennett, Dan’s ability to throw in a comment that made everyone involved laugh especially stood out. That goes a long way in establishing a good rapport with a guest.

Final Thoughts:

It’s hard to imagine there’s a better college basketball podcast on the market. I say that for several reasons. First, they’re both well established. Dan and Seth seem to share mutual respect and enjoy being around one another. That’s critical in a world where egos run big. Second, ESPN knows how to image their product and give it a sound that separates it from the pack. Yes, Dan and Seth get the most credit because they’re well informed, experienced, and comfortable offering thought provoking opinions, but whether it’s a well-produced open, close or read, ESPN knows how to give the podcast that extra touch. Another small but noticeable positive with Courtside, is how it’s presented. The cover photo is flashy and catches the eye. That’s appealing to the listener that’s randomly scanning for a new podcast. I also like that each episode has its own title. In this instance, Grit was labeled with the minute and second of each major topic that was discussed. So, if I’m a Kentucky fan (thankfully I’m not) and I want to see what Dan and Seth have to say about UK’s struggles, I can fast forward to the 9:40 mark and find it. Yes, it’s subtle, but its small things like that which listeners appreciate.

Dan and Seth are true professionals. With the backing of ESPN, Courtside will continue to flourish as the standard of all college basketball podcasts.

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BSM’s Black Friday SALE on BSM Summit Tickets is Underway!

Jason Barrett

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Each year I’m asked if there are ways to save money on tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit. I always answer yes but not everyone takes advantage of it. For those interested in doing so, here’s your shot.

For TODAY ONLY, individual tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit are reduced by $50.00. Two ticket and four ticket packages are also lowered at $50 per ticket. To secure your seat at a discounted price, just log on to BSMSummit.com. This sale ends tonight at 11:59pm ET.

If you’re flying to Los Angeles for the event, be sure to reserve your hotel room. Our hotel partner this year is the USC Hotel. It’s walking distance of our venue. Full details on hotel rooms can also be found via the conference website.

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Media Noise: What Does The Return of Bob Iger Mean to ESPN?

Demetri Ravanos

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Demetri Ravanos has questions about Disney going back to the future with Bob Iger. This entire episode of Media Noise is all about what the change at the top of the Walt Disney Company indicates about the future of ESPN.

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Mina Kimes, Bruce Gilbert, Mitch Rosen, and Stacey Kauffman Join the 2023 BSM Summit

“By the time we get to March, we should have somewhere between 40-60 participants involved in the conference.”

Jason Barrett

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The 2023 BSM Summit is returning to Los Angeles on March 21-22, 2023, live from the Founders Club at the Galen Center at the campus of the University of Southern California. Information on tickets and hotel rooms can be found at BSMSummit.com.

We’ve previously announced sixteen participants for our upcoming show, and I’m excited today to confirm the additions of four more more smart, successful professionals to be part of the event. Before I do that, I’d like to thank The Volume for signing on as our Badge sponsor, the Motor Racing Network for securing the gift bag sponsorship, and Bonneville International for coming on board as a Session sponsor. We do have some opportunities available but things are moving fast this year, so if you’re interested in being involved, email Stephanie Eads at Sales@BarrettSportsMedia.com.

Now let’s talk about a few of the speaker additions for the show.

First, I am thrilled to welcome ESPN’s Mina Kimes to the Summit for her first appearance. Mina and I had the pleasure recently of connecting on a podcast (go listen to it) and I’ve been a fan of her work for years. Her intellect, wit, football acumen, and likeability have served her well on television, podcasts, and in print. She’s excelled as an analyst on NFL Live and Rams preseason football games, as a former host of the ESPN Daily podcast, and her appearances on Around The Horn and previously on Highly Questionable and the Dan Le Batard Show were always entertaining. I’m looking forward to having Mina join FS1’s Joy Taylor and ESPN LA 710 PD Amanda Brown for an insightful conversation about the industry.

Next is another newcomer. I’m looking forward to having Audacy San Francisco and Sacramento Regional Vice President Stacey Kauffman in the building for our 2023 show. In addition to overseeing a number of music brands, Stacey also oversees a dominant news/talk outlet, and two sports radio brands. Among them are my former station 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, and ESPN 1320 in Sacramento. I’m looking forward to having her participate in our GM panel with Good Karma’s Sam Pines, iHeart’s Don Martin, and led by Bonneville’s Executive Vice President Scott Sutherland.

From there, it’s time to welcome back two of the sharpest sports radio minds in the business. Bruce Gilbert is the SVP of Sports for Westwood One and Cumulus Media. He’s seen and done it all on the local and national level and anytime he’s in the room to share his programming knowledge with attendees, everyone leaves the room smarter. I’m anticipating another great conversation on the state of sports radio, which FOX Sports Radio VP of programming Scott Shapiro will be a part of.

Another student of the game and one of the top programmers in the format today is 670 The Score in Chicago PD, Mitch Rosen. The former Mark Chernoff Award recipient and recently appointed VP of the BetQL Network juggles managing a top 3 market sports brand while being charged with moving an emerging sports betting network forward. Count on Mr. Rosen to offer his insights and opinions during another of our branding and programming discussions.

By the time we get to March, we should have somewhere between 40-60 participants involved in the conference. My focus now is on finalizing our business and digital sessions, research, tech and sports betting panels, securing our locations and sponsorships for the After Party and Kickoff Party, plus working out the details for a few high-profile executive appearances and a couple of surprises.

For those looking to attend and save a few dollars on tickets, we’ll be holding a special Black Friday Sale this Friday November 25th. Just log on to BSMSummit.com that day to save $50 on individual tickets. In addition, thanks to the generosity of voice talent extraordinaire Steve Kamer, we’ll be giving away 10 tickets leading up to the conference. Stay tuned for details on the giveaway in the months ahead.

Still to come is an announcement about our special ticket rate for college students looking to attend the show and learn. We also do an annual contest for college kids to attend the event for free which I’m hoping to have ready in the next few weeks. It’s also likely we’ll give away a few tickets to industry professionals leading up to Christmas, so keep an eye out.

If you work in the sports media industry and value making connections, celebrating those who create an impact, and learning about the business from folks who have experienced success, failure, and everything in between, the Summit is worth your time. I’m excited to have Mina, Bruce, Mitch and Stacey join us for the show, and look forward to spending a few days with the industry’s best and brightest this March! Hope to see you there.

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