Welcome to the first installment of a weekly mailbag that I will be writing every Tuesday about the world of sports media (and anything else you want to chime in about). Please email me any questions you have to Jimmy.Traina@si.com or send them via Twitter.
Here we go…
I would be stunned if CBS removed Grant Hill from the No. 1 booth before next season when Ian Eagle takes over for Jim Nantz. I think CBS will give Raftery and Hill a year or two with Eagle and then you may possibly see a change since the network brought in Jay Wright, who many are high on as an analyst.
Eagle was recently on the SI Media with Jimmy Traina podcast and said he expected Raftery to be back next season.
I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that Gus Johnson one day down the road ends up back at CBS calling college basketball and the NFL, but I wouldn't expect it to happen any time soon since he's entrenched as Fox's lead college football play-by-play guy.
I didn’t mute you since I saw this question, but now I’m intrigued by what you did that made you think I may have muted you. Please let me know. I have no idea what chatGPT is so I’m not using it yet.
This is an excellent question and something I've never thought about. I don't have an answer for you, but I'm sure this is something that the NFL has never seen as a problem so the league has never addressed it.
I hate Twitter so much, but it’ll be Twitter or nothing for me. I just don’t think a copycat version of Twitter will have much impact.
From things I’ve read, it sounds like pitchers and hitters have done a decent job of adjusting as spring training has gone on. You hit on something that hasn’t been talked about enough, though. The broadcasters will be severely challenged by the pitch clock. It won’t be easy for them to get into stories and anecdotes with pitches coming every 20 seconds.
I doubt it. National regular season MLB ratings don’t justify the need for Joe Davis and John Smoltz to be in a booth every single week.
I think this has changed a lot over the years. Most of the top personalities across the board–Joe Buck, Ian Eagle, Tony Romo, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Harland, to name a few–have great personalities. The sport that probably needs to make the most improvement with this is Major League Baseball.
I expect we’ll see an uptick early out of curiosity. I think the game is going to be vastly different and people will want to check it out. Whether the uptick continues throughout the season, I have no idea. I still think it’s a challenge get get people across the country to tune in to an ESPN game featuring the Brewers and Braves on a Sunday night in the summer. Baseball is a regional sport, so as great as the pitch clock will be, I’m not sure how much it will help ratings. Hopefully it does, though.
Larry David for two reasons. I think there is a 1% chance I could some day interview Larry. I think there is a 0% chance I could ever interview Howard. Plus, as much as I'm fascinated by Howard, I just think Larry would be a better interview. He'd be miserable, but he'd give you more and would get into the banter.
Email question from Paul M.
Hi, Jimmy. I do really like your work. Read your stuff pretty much every day.
But I have one issue: Pro Wrestling. I fully understand these men and women are athletes. I don’t debate that. But it’s not a sport. It’s scripted entertainment.
So I’m at a loss why it’s included in a forum that’s dedicated to sports. Makes no sense to me. So when I see it referenced in your (or anyone else column) my eyes glaze over and I skim to the next topic that includes actual sporting events.
But I’m at a loss as to why you include it in a sports column. I’ll shut up now. Thanks for listening.
The reason it’s included is kinda simple and straightforward. Wrestling content is included in my columns because I want to include it. It’s not really any deeper than that. When I pitched and created the Hot Clicks column a million years ago and then the current Traina Thoughts column, the idea was to write about the stuff that I’m into. I'm into wrestling, so I write about it. Oh, and our wrestling content gets very good traffic.