Bob Costas Takes Demetri Ravanos Behind The Scenes Of BASEketball
“At the beginning, it seems like it is fun and then they are tossing some lines our way you can’t believe even though there is one line attached to me that they use in the trailer.”
Listeners to The Media Noise podcast with Demetri Ravanos here on Barrett Sports Media are in for a treat this week. Starting Friday, you will hear Part 1 of a 2-part interview that Ravanos did with legendary broadcaster Bob Costas (Part 2 will air November 24).
During this interview, Costas talks about his relationship with Bomani Jones, who he works with on Back On The Record With Bob Costas on HBO, what his favorite minor league baseball team names are, and much more. But, he also gets into his role in the 1998 film, BASEketball
Costas had interacted with the Zucker brothers before and he actually was invited to do another one of their movies before, but he ultimately had to turn it down.
“They had invited me to be part of The Naked Gun movie that includes all of the scenes at Anaheim Stadium. One of the scenes is when they pan across the broadcast booth, and again a sendup of the idea that you need a battalion of people to call a baseball game. I was supposed to be a part of that and I wanted to do it and I had some kind of conflict and couldn’t. I said to them if you ever have another project, let me know.”
However, Costas’s agent, the late Barry Frank, didn’t really want him to do the movie, but Costas wanted to give it a shot.
During this movie, Costas got the chance to work with Al Michaels in the broadcast booth. The two of them never got to work together until that point. While the two iconic broadcasters never met any of the other key figures in the movies since their scenes were shot on the last day of filming, they knew how important their scenes were.
“They needed our scenes to tie the movie together. Without us, they didn’t have any connective tissue to tie the story to go from one part of the story to the next. At the beginning, it seems like it is fun and then they are tossing some lines our way you can’t believe even though there is one line attached to me that they use in the trailer.”
However, the one issue that comes across is Costas and Michaels figuring out that they are both getting paid different amounts of money to be a part of the film. After Michaels threatens to leave, he ends up getting more money out of it. Neither of them knew how much they were getting until they ended up flipping a coin to determine who reveals their salary first.
“When we take a break for lunch, Al says to me this may be going sideways. I say to Al at least it pays well. He looks at me and he says what do you mean. I said, well it’s more than fair…It turns out I was getting five times as much as he does. At least my agent who didn’t want me to do it was determined if you were going to do it, you were going to get paid through the nose. In the end, he got a little bit extra beyond what I got just so he can say he was made completely whole.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
Dan Le Batard: ‘Does Sports Media Care if Interviews Are Done Well?’
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is.”
Mike Greenberg had praise for Jalen Rose this week. He said that no one but his ESPN colleague could have handled the interview with Ja Morant that has been airing on the network. Dan Le Batard has the exact opposite opinion of what he saw.
“What I saw was soft and didn’t seem to serve anybody except ESPN,” Le Batard said on his Thursday show. “This seems to be a lot of people around the economy of basketball and Ja Morant orchestrating an interview so Ja Morant can move onto the next stage of his branding.”
Whereas Greenberg thought the shared experience of an NBA career made Rose more likely to get answers from Morant, Le Batard said it created a problem. He accused Rose of letting Morant get away with using “talking points” in lieu of answering any actual questions about the string of erratic behavior and disturbing incidents the Memphis Grizzlies star has been involved with.
It wasn’t the only interview that Dan Le Batard pointed to. He noted that Pat McAfee’s interview with Aaron Rodgers may have drawn an audience of nearly half a million, but very little substance was offered.
“Does anybody in the audience, in sports fandom, or even, at this point, in sports media companies, care in a real and legitimate way whether the interview is done well or not?”
He added that the standard has changed for these interviews because the goal has changed. They are no longer about journalism as much as they are about branding, particularly in the case of ESPN’s exclusive interview with Ja Morant.
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is,” Le Batard concluded. “All you need, if you’re the media partner, is please get me the famous guy to sit down.”
Jomboy, Aaron Boone Partner For Weekly Podcast Appearance
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity, and a cool idea. These guys have been innovators in this business and they’ve built a massive, young following.”
It isn’t unusual for a professional sports team to partner with a local radio station for weekly interviews with team personnel. Even though Jomboy Media is a digital outlet, it didn’t stop the company from inking a deal to have Yankees manager Aaron Boone on one of its signature podcasts.
In a move announced Thursday, Jomboy Media has signed a deal for Boone to appear on its popular Talkin’ Yanks podcast — hosted by founder Jimmy O’Brien and Jake Storiale — once a week throughout the baseball season.
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity, and a cool idea. These guys have been innovators in this business and they’ve built a massive, young following,” Boone told The New York Post. “I think Jimmy and Jake are both really good guys. And they’re passionate about what they do, and they love the Yankees. And, sometimes they’re a little misguided and it’s my chance to set the record straight every now and then.”
Previously, Boone had a weekly spot on 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show, which reportedly paid him six figures.
“It’s going to be really fun and it kind of goes with the changing landscape of media,” O’Brien said. “The fact that two fans can create a show and in five years get to the point where they get to ask questions to the manager of the Yankees and bring whatever insight we can get out of that to our audience — it is pretty wild, a little surreal.”
Sports Media Reacts to Aaron Rodgers Telling Adam Schefter ‘Lose My Number’
“Here are some of the best responses from Schefter’s sports media colleagues to the tweet.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday and revealed that if he gets his way, his time with the Green Bay Packers is done. He intends to play for the New York Jets in 2023.
Rodgers told McAfee that the hang-up lies with Green Bay, which is trying to determine the appropriate compensation for trading for a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Rodgers also revealed that he had an interaction with ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Schefter, who was obviously digging as much as he could to get the scoop on what was going on with Rodgers’ future, texted Rodgers trying to confirm the information he had.
“I didn’t respond to Dianna Russini I think her name is,” Rodgers said. “But I would say the same thing that I told Schefty. Lose my number. Nice try.”
Upon hearing Rodgers’ account, Schefter followed up with a screenshot of Rodgers responding exactly how he said, and that sent social media into a whirlwind.
Here are some of the best responses from Schefter’s sports media colleagues to the tweet:
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
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