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.
Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.
Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.
LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.
On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.
Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?
“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism
“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.
During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.
“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.
“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.
“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.
The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio
The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.
The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.
After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.
No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.