The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones on media coverage of a potential Colin Kaepernick return and Leigh Diffey of NBC Sports on calling motorsports and track and field


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Episode 209 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Lindsay Jones, an national NFL writer for The Athletic and the President of Pro Football Writers Of America. She is followed by Leigh Diffey, who serves as NBC Sports’ lead play-by-play commentator for its Indycar WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, MotoGP and Supercross coverage and is NBC Olympics’ primary announcer for Track & Field and has called numerous events at both the Summer and Winter Games. In this podcast, Jones discusses Colin Kaepernick, who last played professional football in 2016, working out for the Raiders and what that would mean regarding media coverage; whether the argument that Kaepernick would be a distraction has any merit; how the NFL sees this; realistically, what can of QB can he be after six years out; what kind of access she expects in locker rooms this year; the Pro Bowl viewership and more.

In this podcast Diffey discusses the elements to being successful as a motorsports broadcaster; the rising viewership of motorsports in the U.S. and whether the sport is having a moment; Scott Dixon and Jimmie Johnson in the Indy 500; James Hinchcliffe’s Indy analyst debut; the skills needed to call track and field; voicing the remarkable men’s Tokyo Olympics 400 meter hurdles final in Tokyo where Karsten Warholm defeated Rai Benjamin; having a voice that is not born in America; the presentation of sports in Australia; whether the Sports Emmys has a bias against motorsports and more.

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