During the Premier League season, soccer or football fans can tune into Rebecca Lowe hosting the studio show to get them set for the weekend’s games. However, if Lowe hadn’t taken one opportunity a decade ago, she might not be where she is today.
Lowe was a guest on the Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy podcast and said that a little over a decade ago, she thought she had reached the point where she wasn’t going to be seen as more than a sideline reporter. Then, she got an offer to be a part of ESPN’s coverage of the Women’s World Cup in Germany.
“I was at a point in my career where I was thinking I’m never really going to get to where I wanted to get to and I was having thoughts about I’m 10 years in, you know what, I think I’ve reached the point where no one is going to take me any more seriously than being a sideline reporter and I’m never going to be a host and I think I’m going to probably start thinking about another career.
“ESPN UK, who I was the sideline reporter for the Premier League for 4 years during that time said to me that ESPN USA would like you to go to Germany to do the Women’s World Cup. I’m thinking I don’t think I want to do that. I said to Paul [her husband], I don’t think I want to do that, what’s it going to lead to? It’s literally going to lead to nothing. I just don’t want to do it. He was like, you’re going. When my husband says you’re going, I’m going.”
Well, Lowe took that chance and it ended up leading to being a part of ESPN’s EURO 2012 coverage the following year and one person took notice of her work, who is now her boss at NBC.
“That led to doing the EUROS the following summer in Bristol and weirdly, who was watching that? My now boss, Pierre Moossa… Pierre was watching EURO 2012 and the rest was history. The 2011 World Cup was a huge part of my journey.”
As the studio host, Lowe is not a fan of when the host is the start of the show because she wants to represent the fan at home.
“I don’t like shows where the host is the star. I just don’t think that’s what you are there for, whether that’s on radio or TV. What do I know? I’ve never played the game. Literally, my job is to represent the person at home watching….I don’t like it when it’s the other way around.”
While the Premier League studio show does have an order format, Lowe mentioned that there is no script and that the whole plan can go out the window depending upon what happens in the first game that day.
“We don’t have a script, we have a vague running order format. Then, we just react as we go depending upon what happens. There’s a rough plan, but very often the entire format from between Game 1 and 2 goes out the window and I just have to put a big line through it and start again.”
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.
Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network
“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”
Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.
“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”
Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.
“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”
Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’
“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.
In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.
The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”
He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO
“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).
DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.
Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.
“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing 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 and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.