Bryan Curtis is editor-at-large, and writes and podcasts about media at The Ringer. He joined the podcast this week. We discussed:
- Is the Warriors and Cavs’ dominance over the rest of the NBA, which was covered by SI’s Lee Jenkins, good or bad for the sport long-term?
- ESPN’s NBA postgame show, and the idea of having Zach Lowe vs. Stephen A. Smith debates.
- ESPN’s daytime lineup — what is the goal with the upcoming Mike Greenberg and Bomani & Pablo programs?
- Where does ‘MSESPN’ rank on ESPN’s list of concerns?
- John Clayton’s being included in ESPN layoffs, shifting technologies throughout his tenure there, and the idea of when ESPN prioritizes getting scoops.
- Bryan’s career, including stops at Slate, Daily Beast, and the now-defunct NY Times Play Magazine. How he first came into contact with Bill Simmons, and what he covered at previous outlets.
- Bryan’s writing process: How does he get into the mindset to start a long feature?How does he edit, and how many editors read his work? What does the editor-at-large title entail?
- At the end, we briefly discussed The Ringer’s partnership with Vox, which was announced yesterday.
- There was also a tangent into the upcoming Cris Carter and Nick Wright show on FS1, and the dynamics of Carter’s relationship with Odell Beckham.
Hope you enjoy!
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*denotes Pigsplosion podcast