Episode 141 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Steve Kornacki, an NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent who will serve as an insight analyst for NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby. Kornacki previously analyzed NFL playoff probabilities for Football Night In America. He is followed by Tashan Reed, who covers the Las Vegas Raiders for The Athletic.

In this podcast, Kornacki discusses how he landed assignments with NBC Sports including the Kentucky Derby; how he felt his Football Night In America experience went, and whether he expects to be back this fall; whether a knowledge of sports helps with understanding politics and elections; the notion of horse racing coverage within a political context; growing up as a horse racing and Patriots fan in Massachusetts; how is analyzing the Derby for viewers; whether he will place bets at the Derby; the feedback he has received from his sports segments; how conscious he is that some viewers will autonomically wonder or question why a political analyst is on a sports broadcast; the tribute videos Leslie Jones has made for him, and more. Reed discusses covering an NFL team in Las Vegas; working while family members were suffering with COVID; the challenges of covering the NFL Draft amid COVID; what he expects Las Vegas to be as an NFL city; where he expects the Raiders to go in the Draft; his piece on Raiders owner Mark Davis and the Raiders’ social media feed, and more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Audacy, and more.

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