Justin Verlander may just be the greatest baseball pitcher of his generation. But when it comes to media relations, he’s like a member of the Tanner Friedman team getting on the mound and trying to strike out Major League hitters. Long story short, the Houston Astro didn’t want to talk to a particular Detroit Free … Continued
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Thanks to news coverage, I know that I’m writing this post 25 years to the day after the monumental Major League Baseball strike. That helps me remember something I learned then that is still relevant now. The players went on strike after the games on Friday night. On Saturday morning, I was producing a local … Continued
Going for a walk on a summer morning and listening to a podcast helped put things into perspective. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic hosts a podcast that has become part of my weekend routine. He talks, in-depth, about media and trends to professionals who happen to cover sports. This week, he focused on two journalists, … Continued
HBO’s Real Sports, a news magazine show focused on sports and sports-adjacent stories, recently turned its focus to Detroit with a report about the much-maligned District Detroit. District Detroit is the area surrounding Little Caesars Arena, home to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, and owned by the Ilitch family, founders of Little Caesars … Continued
Amid the euphoria of Detroit Red Wings great Steve Yzerman returning to the franchise as its general manager is an impressive piece of PR. The team controlled the announcement of its own news as much as any organization could be possibly be expected to own a story of this magnitude, in this environment. Unless you’re … Continued
Oh, the best laid plans. When it was first announced earlier this year, the Alliance of American Football, a new upstart professional football league poised for Spring play, sounded like it had its act together – from branding to promotion to strategy to, most importantly, a viable business model. Yet, despite all of that, it … Continued