Bomani Jones and Jeff Pearlman


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Episode 187 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Bomani Jones, the sports journalist and commentator whose new HBO show, “Game Theory with Bomani Jones,” debuts this month. He is followed by Jeff Pearlman, the best-selling author of nine books. HBO’s new docudrama “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” is based on Pearlman’s 2014 best-seller “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.”

In this podcast, Jones discusses how his new HBO show came to be; what’s it’s like to be management on a show; what the format will be and the how the show will break down; the idea that there is less ratings pressure at HBO versus elsewhere; the culture of HBO versus ESPN; what happens after his six episode run ends April 17; the short term extension he signed with ESPN; whether he is interested in continuing his ESPN employment; his podcast and more.

Pearlman discusses “Winning Time”; what it’s like when a book you write gets turned into a television show; his best tips on how to promote a book; what he looks for in potential stories to sell a book; whether there is another Lakers era to write about; his upcoming book, “The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson” and more.

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