• What's In Store For 2017? Four Bold Predictions For Sports Media
    It's been an exciting and dynamic year in the sports world. We saw the Chicago Cubs win their first World Series since 1908, LeBron bring home a championship to Cleveland, the drama of the Rio Olympics and the Rams' return to Los Angeles. Alongside all of these industry highlights, the sports media world continued to adapt, as digital evolves and new players like eSports emerge as perhaps the next major "league." Here are four areas I'm watching for this coming year:
  • Programmatic TV Ad Buying Will Never Work
    First, let's define "work" in the context of old-media publishers and how buyers agreed to define it. Pre-new media, the definition of a "publisher working" was primarily defined by how many people consumed the content a publisher produced in any media, and the depth of this consumption. The beauty of this old-media definition of working was the proper alignment of incentives. Whether you were a publisher or an advertiser, investing in better content produced deeper connections with consumers. As a result, publishers made more money, and advertisers felt better about spending it. When new-media publishers arrived, driven by the frenzy ...
  • Programmatic Is Problematic, Even When It Works
    The problems with programmatic are well-covered and greatly ignored. Reported growth in spending continues to fan the frenzy, while sweeping significant problems under the rug.