1. The NFL gets away with making their schedule release a big deal because 1) it’s the NFL and 2) the NFL schedule is unique each year.
The NBA is now trying to make its schedule release a newsworthy event, but it just isn’t working. We told you in Monday’s Traina Thoughts that the Christmas Day games were leaked, and that’s fine because people care about the games that will be televised nationally that day (although the NFL has been preparing for the take Christmas Day away from the NBA).
However, the league wants its fans to be waiting with bated breath for the full schedule at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
If your season is 82 games long, releasing the schedule isn’t a big deal at all. Outside of opening night and Christmas Day, nothing else matters.
This isn’t exactly groundbreaking news, as many NBA fans were also stunned (and even put off) that the league took this approach.
2. Speaking of NFL dominance, this tidbit is pretty wild. Saturday’s Seahawks-Steelers exhibition game, which aired on the NFL Network, generated 2.16 million viewers. Yankees–Red Sox, which aired on Fox, generated 2.08 million viewers.
3. I don’t want to exaggerate but this is amazing footage. It appears that White Sox manager Tony La Russa actually had to seek strategic advice from a fan in the stands during yesterday’s game against the Astros.
4. Netflix has released the trailer for the upcoming season of Cobra Kai.
5. Speaking of Netflix, its Manti Te’o documentary released today and looks like a must-watch.
6. This weeks SI Media Podcast includes two interviews as well as our weekly Train Thoughts segment.
First up is ESPN’s Linda Cohn. Cohn, who recently re-signed with the network, talks about being with ESPN for 30 years and anchoring more sport Centers than any other host in the show’s history. Cohn talks about how she got into the business, how she was given an ultimatum after her first two years with ESPN, her love for hockey and more.
Following Cohn, former WWE executive writer Brian Gewirtz is joining the podcast. Gewirtz, who is releasing a book titled next week There’s only one problemtells insider stories from his time as a writer Monday Night Raw from 1999 to 2012 and talks about what it was like working with The Rock, Mick Foley, Chris Jericho and more.
The podcast ends with “Traina Thoughts”. This week we’re talking about Sal Licata from WFAN and SNY Hard hitsa recent must-watch show from ESPN and why you can’t take back-to-back naps.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it on Apple, Spotify and Google.
You can also look at those SI Media Podcast on Youtube.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Madonna turns 64 today. I’m old enough to remember when she walked on David Letterman’s show and said the F-word a million times, and it was a huge scandal across the country.
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