In the sports blog universe, Jimmy Traina, the man behind Hot Clicks, created a unique beast. Hot Clicks merged sports and entertainment and it lived on a mainstream media site (Sports Illustrated.com). It had some edge to it, a healthy mix of athletes off the field, highlights, and attractive celebrities or models. Traina is the guest on today’s podcast. Among the topics:
* Media, media, media. We both like to observe the media and write about the media.
* The growth of Hot Clicks has led to an expansion of Extra Mustard. How connected is Traina to Extra Mustard?
* Gambling. NFL. We discuss future plays. He likes the Denver under. I like the Bengals as a Super Bowl sleeper. And the Eagles over.
* Why haven’t any media outlets – say, ESPN, CBS, Yahoo – copied Hot Clicks?
* Obsessed is an accurate word to describe his twitter consumption. How difficult is it to avoid responding to all the angry jabronis online?
* Is the mainstream media going too heavy with bloggy, entertainment-like stories? Do readers care that most were on blogs hours or days ago?
* What happens when the mainstream media gets a taste of the clicks? Will they then struggle to find a healthy balance?
Episode 21: Actor Jerry O’Connell on the Jets, Movies, and Fantasy Football
Episode 20: Peter King of SI Talking About his New Site, The MMQB
Episode 19: Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle
Episode 18: ESPN Radio Host and TV Analyst Dan Dakich
Episode 17: Dick Vitale of ESPN
Episode 16: Dan Wolken of USA Today Sports
Episode 15: Talking Sports Media with Dan LeBatard the Columnist/Radio Host/TV Host
Episode 14: Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio
Episode 13: Manish Mehta of the Daily News and Judy Battista of the NYT Talk Jets, Tebow and Sanchez
Episode 12: Evan Silva and Josh Norris of Roto World Talk About the NFL Draft
Episode 11: NFL Podcast with Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports, Who Hates the Draft
Episode 10: Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports on the NFL Draft and College Football
Episode 9: NBA Playoff Talk with Howard Beck of the New York Times
Episode 8: Talking Michigan-Louisville and the NBA with Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks
Episode 7: NFL Draft Talk with ESPN’s Todd McShay
Episode 6: Kevin Ware Reaction, with John Ourand, Dan Steinberg & Clay Travis
Episode 5: Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network
Episode 4: Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports
Episode 3: Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports
Episode 2: Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports
Episode 1: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors