Chris Long Discusses Green Light Podcast Growth
“I want people to feel like they are sitting in the room with us. That’s my favorite thing is just BS’ing with my buddies.”
Former NFL defensive end Chris Long continues to be one of the rising stars in the sports media industry with the Green Light with Chris Long Podcast that he records three times a week. So, what does he want you to think after you listen to his show?
Long was a guest on The Adam Schein Podcast this week and he said he wants to convey his knowledge about the game, but also he thinks he could learn a little bit from the fans as well.
“Number one is to communicate information to people about the game. If we are talking about the game, I want people to know what I think I know because I look at it a little differently. I think sometimes I can stand to gain a little perspective looking at it the way the fans look at it but I think there is also a time where a little player insight might help.”
While Long wants the show to be educational, he also wants the listener to feel like they are just hanging out with his friends and that the podcast can be dirty sometimes.
“I want people to feel like they are sitting in the room with us. That’s my favorite thing is just BS’ing with my buddies. We edit some things out. The final product doesn’t always look like it sounded in the room, but for the most part, it’s a dirty show. We dirty things up a little bit. It’s going to sound like it would sound sitting on the couch with 3-4 buddies hopefully drinking a couple of beers. You feel like you are sinking into the couch with us. That’s my goal. It’s supposed to be educational, dirty, and feel immersive and inclusive.”
Every Monday, Long has an NFL weekly wrap-up episode with his brother, Kyle and his best friend, Macon. As he tries to prepare for the show, he told Schein he has more of an appreciation for all the information the national media is able to get.
“As a player, I didn’t have the appreciation for what national media goes through on a Sunday trying to gather all the information that people in their respective local markets expect you to master. You can’t fool fans. They know whether it’s the Bengals, Dolphins, Raiders, they know who the third corner is, they know how this guy performed in camp. There’s a tremendous challenge on a Sunday to not master everything, but to get to the point where you can talk about what happened. Then, on Wednesday and Friday, we can color in why it happened.”
Rest assured, Long is putting in the work for that episode, but he also understands that if he messes something up on Monday, he knows he has the rest of the week to correct the mistake.
“I think that’s one of the hardest things on Monday is not overreacting, but also not overreacting to what happened. Let’s dig in and find out why it happened and look at the context around why it happened. The challenge makes me feel like I’m in school again. I’m up till 2 AM watching Raiders-Titans. You do want to know what the hell happened. Hopefully that comes through, but we also aren’t going to be perfect. It’s Monday. You have a safety net. If I didn’t get it right, I have the rest of the week to rectify the situation.”
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.
Dan Le Batard: ‘Does Sports Media Care if Interviews Are Done Well?’
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is.”
Mike Greenberg had praise for Jalen Rose this week. He said that no one but his ESPN colleague could have handled the interview with Ja Morant that has been airing on the network. Dan Le Batard has the exact opposite opinion of what he saw.
“What I saw was soft and didn’t seem to serve anybody except ESPN,” Le Batard said on his Thursday show. “This seems to be a lot of people around the economy of basketball and Ja Morant orchestrating an interview so Ja Morant can move onto the next stage of his branding.”
Whereas Greenberg thought the shared experience of an NBA career made Rose more likely to get answers from Morant, Le Batard said it created a problem. He accused Rose of letting Morant get away with using “talking points” in lieu of answering any actual questions about the string of erratic behavior and disturbing incidents the Memphis Grizzlies star has been involved with.
It wasn’t the only interview that Dan Le Batard pointed to. He noted that Pat McAfee’s interview with Aaron Rodgers may have drawn an audience of nearly half a million, but very little substance was offered.
“Does anybody in the audience, in sports fandom, or even, at this point, in sports media companies, care in a real and legitimate way whether the interview is done well or not?”
He added that the standard has changed for these interviews because the goal has changed. They are no longer about journalism as much as they are about branding, particularly in the case of ESPN’s exclusive interview with Ja Morant.
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is,” Le Batard concluded. “All you need, if you’re the media partner, is please get me the famous guy to sit down.”
Jomboy, Aaron Boone Partner For Weekly Podcast Appearance
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity, and a cool idea. These guys have been innovators in this business and they’ve built a massive, young following.”
It isn’t unusual for a professional sports team to partner with a local radio station for weekly interviews with team personnel. Even though Jomboy Media is a digital outlet, it didn’t stop the company from inking a deal to have Yankees manager Aaron Boone on one of its signature podcasts.
In a move announced Thursday, Jomboy Media has signed a deal for Boone to appear on its popular Talkin’ Yanks podcast — hosted by founder Jimmy O’Brien and Jake Storiale — once a week throughout the baseball season.
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity, and a cool idea. These guys have been innovators in this business and they’ve built a massive, young following,” Boone told The New York Post. “I think Jimmy and Jake are both really good guys. And they’re passionate about what they do, and they love the Yankees. And, sometimes they’re a little misguided and it’s my chance to set the record straight every now and then.”
Previously, Boone had a weekly spot on 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show, which reportedly paid him six figures.
“It’s going to be really fun and it kind of goes with the changing landscape of media,” O’Brien said. “The fact that two fans can create a show and in five years get to the point where they get to ask questions to the manager of the Yankees and bring whatever insight we can get out of that to our audience — it is pretty wild, a little surreal.”
Sports Media Reacts to Aaron Rodgers Telling Adam Schefter ‘Lose My Number’
“Here are some of the best responses from Schefter’s sports media colleagues to the tweet.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday and revealed that if he gets his way, his time with the Green Bay Packers is done. He intends to play for the New York Jets in 2023.
Rodgers told McAfee that the hang-up lies with Green Bay, which is trying to determine the appropriate compensation for trading for a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Rodgers also revealed that he had an interaction with ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Schefter, who was obviously digging as much as he could to get the scoop on what was going on with Rodgers’ future, texted Rodgers trying to confirm the information he had.
“I didn’t respond to Dianna Russini I think her name is,” Rodgers said. “But I would say the same thing that I told Schefty. Lose my number. Nice try.”
Upon hearing Rodgers’ account, Schefter followed up with a screenshot of Rodgers responding exactly how he said, and that sent social media into a whirlwind.
Here are some of the best responses from Schefter’s sports media colleagues to the tweet:
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