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"In the Business" takes you inside the sports industry from the people working behind the scenes. Exclusive interviews with writers, on air personalities, and the people who help cover and produce the coverage you see today. 

Does ESPN Have Too Large of Presence in the Sports Media Landscape?

on Tuesday, 15 December 2015. Posted in Back Sport s Page Question Of The Day!, In the Business

Back Sports Page Question of the Day!!


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Does ESPN Have Too Large of Presence in the Sports Media Landscape?

Every Week Back Sports Page asks Five Questions to staff and experts. The questions and answers are posted throughout this week on Backsportspage.com. This week we put the focus around the world of sports!! Check out BSP for this week’s questions

This week we have multiple Back Sports Page Contributors to give their insights to our questions.  

This week we have former WWE, WCW and TNA Star and current owner of Global Force Wrestling Jeff Jarrett joining our contributors to voice his opinion on this weeks topics.

For more on Jeff Jarrett and GFW go to globalforcewrestling.com !! 

BSP Question Of The Day 12/8

on Tuesday, 08 December 2015. Posted in Back Sport s Page Question Of The Day!, Commentary, In the Business

Should athletes who have been convicted of a crime be allowed to play pro sports after their penalty is served?


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BSP Question Of The Day 12/8

Every Week Back Sports Page asks Five Questions to staff and experts. The questions and answers are posted throughout this week on Backsportspage.com. This week we put the focus around the world of sports!! Check out BSP for this week’s questions

This week we have multiple Back Sports Page Contributors to give their insights to our questions.  

Back Sports Page Question of the Day 12/1

on Tuesday, 01 December 2015. Posted in Back Sport s Page Question Of The Day!, Sports News, In the Business, Other Sports

Does the Media have to much of a presence in the sports industry?


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Back Sports Page Question of the Day 12/1

Every Week Back Sports Page asks Five Questions to staff and experts. The questions and answers are posted throughout this week on Backsportspage.com. This week we put the focus around the world of sports!! Check out BSP for this week’s questions

This week we have multiple Back Sports Page Contributors to give their insights to our questions.  

Live Blog: Cowboys-Giants 10/25

on Sunday, 25 October 2015. Posted in Football, In the Business


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Live Blog: Cowboys-Giants 10/25

Have you ever wondered what it was like on an NFL game day? How do the announcers prep for the game? What is it like before, during and after the game from the media perspective?  Well be prepared to go behind the curtain of the NFL media center!

Back Sports Page will be taking you inside the Cowboys-Giants as we break down the role of the media on game day. Follow Randy Zellea on Backsportspage.com and all of the BSP social media networks as he will chronicle the media process at MetLife stadium for the Cowboys-Giants game on 10/125.

Check out the photos:

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BSP Live Blog: Giants-49ers!!

Written by Randy Zellea on Sunday, 11 October 2015. Posted in Football, In the Business

Inside the Media Room!!


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BSP Live Blog: Giants-49ers!!

Have you ever wondered what it was like on an NFL game day? How do the announcers prep for the game? What is it like before, during and after the game from the media perspective?  Well be prepared to go behind the curtain of the NFL media center!

 Back Sports Page will be taking you inside Sunday Night Football as we break down the role of the media on game day. Follow Randy Zellea on Backsportspage.com and all of the BSP social media networks  as he will chronicle the media process at MetLife stadium for the 49ers-Giants game on 10/11.

 Pictures will be available through out the day on instagram \and on facebook.. the Back Sports Page accounts!! 

Real Sports Talk Radio: Mike Greenberg!!

Listen Now


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Real Sports Talk Radio: Mike Greenberg!!

Randy Zellea hosts a new episode of Real Sports Talk Radio produced by Back Sports Page. In this episode we welcome in  Mike Greenberg of Mike and Mike to discuss how he got started in the broadcasting industry, his  love for the Jets, and he and Randy discuss how to fix the NBA. They dont agree shockingly but it is a great conversation to say the least. Check out the show!!

New Episodes drop every Wednesday!!! Randy Zellea tshares his opinions of the world of sports as well as an in-depth interview the personalities in the industry like no other can do. 

In The Business: Eric Bischoff Leaves His Mark On Pro Wrestling!

Written by Randy Zellea on Saturday, 09 May 2015. Posted in Wrestling, In the Business, Other Sports

The Former President of WCW Speaks with Back Sports Page


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In The Business: Eric Bischoff Leaves His Mark On Pro Wrestling!

There are not many people in any industry could say they were the king and the best at what they did. In a span of four years, Eric Bischoff took World Championship Wrestling from losing money on a yearly basis to being the most watched show on cable TV. While accomplishing conquering cable TV, he also pushed Vince McMahon and the WWE to the brink of closing the doors.

Eric started with the AWA in the sales department and slowly worked his way up and became an announcer with WCW. In 1993, Bischoff was give the opportunity to try and take WCW to the next level and with Ted Turner’s blessing started to compete with wrestling superpower Vince McMahon’s WWE.

Eric’s story is well known by now. He got the green light for Monday Nitro and his story had been told by many.  That is not the route Back Sports Page wanted to take on speaking with Eric. Why ask him to share the same stories to us that many have heard...

Mr. Bischoff was nice enough to carve out thirty minutes of his time to speak with Back Sports Page founder Randy Zellea to discuss his love for the behind the scenes aspect of TV production and the pro wrestling industry.    

In the Business: Todd Grisham

Written by Randy Zellea on Wednesday, 29 April 2015. Posted in Wrestling, In the Business, Featured

From WWE to ESPN


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In the Business: Todd Grisham

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Todd Grisham has done that and then some in the sports media industry. While growing up in the south, Todd figured out his passion and chased his dream while enjoying the journey.

Todd most known from his run with WWE, is now a staple at ESPN next to his good friend Jonathan Coachman as they made the successful transition form the Entertainment world to the top of the sports media industry..

In The Business: ESPN's Kristen Balboni

Written by Katie Hutchinson on Saturday, 23 August 2014. Posted in In the Business, Featured

BSP's Special Series of The Rise of The Female in Sports Media


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In The Business: ESPN's Kristen Balboni

“I’ve been a sports fan for as long as I can remember – my dad and both of my brothers are sports fans and so it was only natural for me,” stated Kristen Balboni, researcher from Mike and Mike in the Morning.“Watching sports was something we did together as a family when I was younger, and we still call each other to talk sports when our teams are playing.”

Former New York Giants Icon David Tyree Hosts 3rd Annual Charity Bowl

Written by Randy Zellea, Nick Singleton on Tuesday, 08 July 2014. Posted in Foundation Spotlight, Football, In the Business, Featured

Bowling To Help The Children Of the City!!


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Former New York Giants Icon David Tyree Hosts 3rd Annual Charity Bowl

This past month, former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree hosted the 3 annual Charity Bowl benefitting Children of the City at Bowlmor Lanes at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Tyree, best known for the Super Bowl XLII “Helmet Catch,” invited former and current Giants teammates out to support his organization to raise money to break the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged children and their families.

In The Business: Jonathan Coachman speaks with BSP!!

Written by Randy Zellea, Nick Singleton on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in Wrestling, In the Business, Featured

Randy Zellea Speaks With The Coach As He Talks ESPN, WWE and more with the Coach!!


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In The Business: Jonathan Coachman speaks with BSP!!

Randy Zellea of BSP recently interviewed ESPN Anchor Jonathan Coachman. Many are familiar with Coachman, as he established himself with the WWE where he worked with some of the biggest names in wrestling. Coachmen left wrestling and transitioned into ESPN where he has become a household name, both on Prime Time Radio and TV broadcasts. 

Inside SB Nation

Written by Kira Weinstein on Tuesday, 30 April 2013. Posted in In the Business

An Interview with SB Nation's Lisa Rotter


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Inside SB Nation

SB Nation is a sports website offering over 300 distinct team and sport-specific sites, each with their own writers and community flavor. Lisa Rotter, site manager of SB Nation’s Dallas Mavericks site, Mavs Moneyball, sat down with Back Sports Page. Here’s what she had to say about SB Nation, the online sports industry, and what it’s like being a woman among men.

How did you get involved with SB Nation?

Before college, I wasn’t a big Dallas Mavericks fan or a big fan of the NBA. My boyfriend was really into the Mavs and message boards and blogging so I fell in love with the team through him. He actually made me join SB Nation and about three years ago, I was given the position of site manager.

What are your responsibilities?

I’m kind of an editor-in-chief. I organize the [writing] schedules, make sure content is up, and I have the most access to the back end of the site.

What kind of access do you have to the team?

Every team grants different levels of access. The access [to the Mavericks] has been a surprise benefit; it was not anything I expected. Despite what everyone thinks about Mark Cuban, he’s very open to letting people into the locker room. Whenever I asked for a credential, it’s been granted and I’m treated like any other member of the media. I’m still more than anything, a fan…[so] it’s very surreal. You immerse yourself in the culture and fandom and then you’re literally standing among giants.

How do you feel being a woman in the locker room?

The only difference is that when I walk in, someone yells, “Lady in the locker room.” No one treats me any differently. The pressure I feel because I’m a female, I put that on myself. I want people to take me seriously partly because I don’t have any background in sports. I work really hard at what I do and I do not want people to write me off because I’m a girl.

What do you think is the biggest difference between a site like SB Nation and ESPN?  Are they targeting the same audience?

Honestly, I think it’s the conversation. [While] ESPN has their stable of writers and people recognize and know who they are, SB Nation is a bunch of fans – you can feel the love that goes into a fan-run site like SB Nation. We have the freedom to write whatever we want, good or bad. People will write opinionated [articles] about their teams because they feel passionately about them. [SB Nation] has meaty, substantive writing that truly passionate fans are drawn to and the casual fan can take in what passionate fans are saying.

Is that what drew you into the site when you first joined?

Absolutely. It’s the conversation. I started making [online] friendships and really liked that while sitting alone [watching a game], I had other people commiserating or celebrating with me.

How have you seen the online sports industry change since you first started with SB Nation?

Twitter. It’s the biggest catalyst for the online sports writing universe. As soon as I got involved in the basketball Twitter world, I started collaborating and sharing ideas with people I haven’t met and reading their pieces. All of that becomes possible because of Twitter. It’s a whole mass of communication that is wide open. 

You can follow Lisa on Twitter @LJRotter and keep up with the Mavericks at www.mavsmoneyball.com.

Photo: lisarotter.com

In the Buisness: The Transformation of the White Mamba!!!

Written by Randy Zellea on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. Posted in In the Business

Brian Scalabrine: From Player To Commentator


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In the Buisness: The Transformation of the White Mamba!!!

Brian Scalabrine went from 2nd round draft pick in the NBA to one of the most beloved players by the respective crowds he played in front of. Brian made the transition from player to commentator. Read his story with Back Sports Page. Coming Soon.. we apologize for the delay will be up shortly 

Heart and Soul of the Yankees: The Paul O'Neill Story

Written by Nick Singleton on Sunday, 16 September 2012. Posted in Baseball, Beyond the Athlete, In the Business

Yankee Great Speaks with BSP


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Heart and Soul of the Yankees: The Paul O'Neill Story

It was a cool November morning in 1992 when Paul O’Neill learned his life was about to change forever. He was being traded away from his favorite childhood team, the Cincinnati Reds. Growing up in Ohio, it was O’Neill’s dream to play for the same organization as Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. In 1970, O’Neill had a picture taken of him at old Crosley Field in Cincinnati with a Reds helmet on and a toy bat in his hands. In the background was Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente warming up in the outfield. Fifteen years later, O’Neill would get his start there in the Cincinnati Reds outfield, wearing jersey number 21, just like Clemente.

 

A Life in the Majors

Written by Kira Weinstein on Monday, 10 September 2012. Posted in Baseball, In the Business

An Interview with Athletic Trainer Barry Weinberg


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A Life in the Majors

When you’re in the majors for 33 years, you end up witnessing some historical moments.  For Barry Weinberg, those moments include an earthquake during a World Series game, the death of Thurman Munson and the St. Louis Cardinals’ unbelievable run to a championship in 2011.  And to think, he almost chose a different career.