Articles in Category: In the Business
Taking you in the Industry
"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.
A Look Back with Pat Williams
Pat Williams hasn’t looked back since he started his first NBA job in 1968. His resume reads like a mini history of the league: He traded Pistol Pete to the Hornets, drafted Darryl Dawkins and World B. Free for the 76ers, signed Dr. J from the Nets, won the NBA Championship with the 76ers in 1983, drafted Charles Barkley, co-founded the Orlando Magic, drafted Shaq and traded for Penny Hardaway. During all of this, he also ran 58 marathons and raised 19 children. But I digress.
An Interview with Peter Robert Casey
People are tweeting, friending, checking-in and uploading more frequently than ever before. Words that weren’t even in our vocabulary a decade ago have now become such an integral part of our lexicon that we can’t imagine what we ever did without them. (In fact, how many of you found this article through a social media site?). As new social media trends pop up and old ones die down, the world becomes smaller. As sports fans, we are granted unprecedented access to teams, athletes, writers and breaking news making us feel even more connected to our heroes than ever before.
by Nick Singleton
Jared Greenberg, anchor of High School SportsDesk on MSG Varsity, has led anything but a conventional career. With his passion for sports and diverse path in broadcasting, Greenberg has quickly become one of today's brightest young personalities in sportscasting.
Greenberg first got his start while attending Mahwah High School at WRPR 90.3 FM, a local radio station at Ramapo College of New Jersey. It was there where Greenberg first discovered his voice and adoration for sports.
A Candid Conversation With ESPN'S Don LaGreca
“The fan in me still exists, even after being in the industry so long...To me, it’s never been a job.”
There is a youthful energy in Don LaGreca’s voice, an excitement that transcends his position atop the world of professional hockey analysts and reflects the true fan within.
In the second part of our interview with ESPN 1050’s Brandon Tierney, he talks about his path through 1050, comparing TV to radio, advice for sports journalism hopefuls, and even discusses sports topics from earlier this summer. Currently, Tierney co-hosts Mac & Tierney with Jody MacDonald every weekday from 1:00-3:00pm on 1050AM ESPN.
Risk-taker, entrepreneur, social marketing guru, fantasy sports expert: With these aptly fit descriptions, it is not a surprise that Ryan Berger is one of the owners of www.hotboxsports.com, the most innovative fantasy sports website currently on the market. Ryan recently took the time to discuss the site and his involvement with BackSportsPage.com managing editor Seth Kamens.
If you were writing the blueprint on becoming a radio host, you would never follow Brandon Tierney's path. As a child in Brooklyn, Tierney modeled his baseball game after Don Mattingly. He would later attend Marist College where he played baseball. Always a huge sports fan, Tierney knew he wanted to break into the sports industry in some capacity.
Interview conducted by Randy Zellea, CEO of Back Sports Page
Editor’s note: Anytime we transcribe an interview, write a feature, perform for an audience on a radio show, or produce a product for this or any other forum, we are all inspired by someone in the industry who has set the bar extremely high. I think back to when I was 14 years old and listening to the NETS broadcasts on 1560 AM and usually after the games I would call into the postgame show hosted by Ian Eagle and former Nets assistant coach Mike O’Coran and asked my questions. That was my first interaction with Ian Eagle.
Evan Roberts is living the dream. This 26 year old sports nut has a 3 hour sports-talk show during the mid-day on WFAN 660 AM out of New York City. He is a passionate fan, but doesn't let his inner "fan" get in the way of true broadcasting. He also is very good to his listeners as he holds "Twitter Baseball Games" where followers of his Twitter account can get information on pickup baseball games. I can safely say most 26 year olds wish they were in his place.