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Westwood One Puts Tournament On Smart Speakers

“A study conducted by Edison Research concluded that 24% of smart speaker users accessed AM or FM stations in 2019. That is up from 18% in the same study done in 2018.”

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Westwood One and Google are teaming up to bring the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament to smart speakers again this year. Fans with Google-powered smart speakers will be able to say “Hey Google, play NCAA March Madness on Westwood One” and immediately hear the action.

“Westwood One continues to innovate on our voice platform, with the largest network of custom voice apps, voice landing pages for brands, and a new slate of voice programming in 2020,” EVP of Marketing for CUMULUS MEDIA and President of Westwood One, Susan Grimes said in a press release. “Collaborating with our partners at Google to highlight our NCAA March Madness coverage elevates our voice platform and speaks to our strategy of continuous innovation, all while serving the fan with premium content whenever and however they listen.”

Listeners are using smart speakers more and more for AM/FM radio consumption. A study conducted by Edison Research concluded that 24% of smart speaker users accessed AM or FM stations in 2019. That is up from 18% in the same study done in 2018.

Coverage of March Madness begins on Sunday on Westwood One when the network will present a Selection Sunday special.

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NBA Champion Danny Green Partners with Audacy for Podcast and Analysis

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be in the homes and ears of basketball fans across the country and to share my love of the game with each of them.”

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Audacy announced it has partnered with three-time NBA champion Danny Green for his weekly podcast, Inside the Green Room with Danny Green.  Green will also be appearing as an NBA analyst on Audacy sports stations across the country.

The podcast, co-hosted by Green and Harrison Sanford, offers an inside look into the life of the NBA veteran and welcomes a wide range of sports journalists, players and coaches as guests. New episodes of “Inside the Green Room with Danny Green” are released on Thursdays everywhere podcasts are available.

“I’m excited to join the Audacy team and to be part of a dynamic organization that’s leading the pack when it comes to its basketball coverage,” said Danny Green. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be in the homes and ears of basketball fans across the country and to share my love of the game with each of them.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Danny Green to the Audacy family,” said Danny Freisinger, Vice President, Sports, Audacy. “Danny and Harrison are a dynamic duo who do a great job covering the hustle of professional sports as well as the human experience, bringing listeners a true insiders look at the game.” 

Green won an NCAA Championship as a member of the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2009 and spent 15 years in the NBA, winning championships with the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, the 2019 Toronto Raptors and the 2020 Los Angeles Lakers.

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Dan Le Batard: ‘I Don’t Know If We’ll Make Another Peter King’

“Peter King…leaves a legacy of print journalism being respected by people in football because he did his job well… and he did it for 30 or 40 years.”

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During today’s episode of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, Dan Le Batard celebrated the career of Peter King. LeBatard said he doesn’t think we’ll make another sports media member quite like him. Le Batard credits King’s unique blend of charisma and journalistic credibility when discussing King and his place in sports media.

“I don’t know if we’re even going to make anyone like that anymore, Le Batard said. “The lifetime print journalist in football who has so many relationships, so much credibility, inherited the mantle from Paul Zimmerman…Peter King took what Zimmerman was doing and perfected it, and leaves a legacy of print journalism being respected by people in football because he did his job well, he did his job fair, he cultivated relationships, and he did it for 30 or 40 years.”

King was honored with a Stugotz “Top 5 Kings” list, where he placed second behind DraftKings, the show’s primary sponsor.

King retired after 44 years in a column posted early Monday morning. “Who’s complaining? Not me. I’m the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” King wrote this morning. “To be a long-termer in an increasingly short-term business, to write this column for 27 years, and to be a sportswriter for 44, well, that’s something I’ll always be grateful for. Truly, I’ve loved it all.”

The longtime columnist says his retirement is followed with an asterisk, simply due to the idea that King will continue doing something in the medium space, but just not his weekly column. King said a desire to spend time with his family contributed to his decision.

Le Batard closes the conversation on King with praise of the longtime columnist. “I am grateful for his grace over those years that he would have that many contacts, would be that interested in informing the public, teaching the public about football, and would do what the best of the oldhead dinosaurs do — evolve with the sport the way Kurkjian did instead of fighting the advanced metrics and the changes and the wiz kids, learning how to intermingle with them to keep your career evolving for 40 years and beyond.”

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Richard Deitsch: Would Not Surprise Me if NFL Had Two Streaming-Exclusive Playoff Games Next Year

“And, I agree, you’re going to see, eventually in the next year or two years, whatever it is, another Wild Card game that is going to be on a streaming platform.”

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The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch said on his podcast, Sports Media with Richard Deitsch, he would not be surprised to see more than one streaming-exclusive NFL playoff game by as early as next year. Deitsch had Sports Business Journal’s Managing Editor/Digital Austin Karp as his guest and the two discussed NFL streaming as well as other topics such as the Daytona 500 TV ratings, the upcoming Men’s and Women’s NCAA basketball championships and more.

Last week, CNBC’s Alex Sherman reported Amazon will pay $150 million to exclusively-stream an NFL Wild Card playoff game after reports had first indicated the number would be $120 million. This past season it was Peacock who started the trend as the first to exclusively stream a playoff game, with a $110 million price tag.

“We are going to read this headline now every year,” Deitsch said. “Whether it’s Amazon or someone else, and I would not be surprised if in short order, if we move very quickly to a second postseason game behind a paywall…It would not surprise me if next year someone like an Amazon or somebody else had two of them.”

Karp agreed with Deitsch, saying, “…It has proven out that you can draw a comparable audience for the Wild Card round. As far as sports moving over to streaming with big events like this, it’s incremental. And, I agree, you’re going to see, eventually in the next year or two years, whatever it is, another Wild Card game that is going to be on a streaming platform. It just makes sense, that’s where the eyeballs are going and we have shown that the audience numbers can match what linear TV was able to produce for that round.”

One other item of note covered by Deitsch and Karp was the future of the Sports Media Podcast. Previously the podcast had been hosted by SBJ’s John Ourand along with New York Post senior sports media columnist Andrew Marchand. However, both have changed employers with Ourand now at Puck News and Marchand moving over to The Athletic.

Karp has taken over hosting duties and said, “We are going to stay, obviously, very focused on what our bread and butter is – sports business and sports media, in particular. But, maybe you will see us branch out a little more…We want to try to keep as many of the smart talk elements, and really lean in to what SBJ has been doing for close to 30 years, giving you an insiders look into sports business.”

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