Ethan Strauss Goes Deep into NBA Ratings, Career Path

Ethan Strauss
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Ethan Strauss, an NBA writer for The Athletic, joins the podcast this week! We discussed:

- His great story separating fact from myth on NBA ratings declines, and why we both disagree with Kevin Draper, the New York Times sports business reporter who argues that ratings have no impact on fans' lives.

- Underlying factors discussed include player injuries, cord-cutting, if the regular season has enough stakes, TNT's status as an entertainment programming platform, and more.

- On the margins, have NBA ideologies made some people on the Republican end of the spectrum feel marginalized.

- Would excitement increase for both regular season and postseason if the NBA adopted the MLB playoff structure?

- Strauss's career path: How he got to ESPN, why getting laid off wound up actually being a huge breath of relief, and the story ideation process at The Athletic regarding strategy for converting readers into subscribers.

Hope you enjoy!

Listen and subscribe on iTunes. Previous guests have included Deirdre Fenton, Asaf Peled, Jon Rothstein, Nick Kostos, Logan Paul, Andy Staples, Jenn Decker, Adam Lefkoe, Dan Orlovsky, Adam Amin, Jimmy Traina, Prince & Cecil Fielder, Eric Bischoff, Rob Perez, Conrad Thompson, Bill Pidto, Arash Markazi, BJ Armstrong, Jeff Passan, Pat McAfee, Chris Russo, Nick Friedell & Malika Andrews, Michael Mulvihill, Jeff Goodman, Buster Olney, Kayce Smith, Ryan Ruocco, Patrick Crakes & Bob Seidman, Tim Kurkjian, Matt Vasgersian, Dianna Russini, Albert Breer, Matt Jones, Stugotz, Jorge Sedano, Nancy Faust, Chris & Kyle Long, Lanny Poffo, Greg Norman, Richard Deitsch, and Kevin Negandhi.

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