Bryan Curtis, The Ringer

Bryan Curtis

The Ringer

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Bryan:

NFL Media Training Camp 101

Fifteen essential rules for how football is covered in the summer → Read More

John Madden Was America’s Greatest Football Teacher

Madden, who died Tuesday at the age of 85, made a generation of football fans smarter → Read More

How to Be a Sports Radio Host With Ryen Russillo

Bryan Curtis talks to the Ringer podcast about his career path → Read More

Meet the Man Who Makes Your Favorite Announcer Sound Smarter

Sports fans have been led to believe that the broadcast booth is typically occupied by just two people—play-by-play announcer and former player analyst. But there’s more happening inside the booth than we see. → Read More

MegaCasts, ‘Madden,’ and the McGloin: The Potentially Exciting Future of Sports on TV

The COVID-19 crisis has grounded sports producers for two months, offering them a rare chance to stop and think about what we see. They have some wild ideas that just might reshape the way we watch games on TV. → Read More

How the NFL Draft Turned Into the Quarantine Super Bowl

When football’s annual event arrives on Thursday, it will be received by a desperate, sports-hungry audience. Here’s how ESPN and the rest of sports media is preparing for it. → Read More

How Sports Radio Hosts Became America’s Grief Counselors

Longtime broadcasters like Mike Francesa and Paul Finebaum have shifted their shows to reflect the coronavirus pandemic. And they’re making their audiences rethink how they see the world. → Read More

With No Baseball, FanGraphs Is in Peril. It Won’t Be the Last Sports Media Operation to Face Hard Times.

Why the next few months are going to be a disastrous professional period for sportswriters → Read More

How Tom Brady and the Patriots Launched a Generation of Sports Media Stars

As the QB heads to Tampa Bay, he leaves behind dozens of reporters and pundits who got their start chronicling the NFL’s 21st-century dynasty → Read More

What Do We Do Now? Sports Media Ponders the Coronavirus.

Writers and broadcasters leapt to action last week as COVID-19 struck the world of sports. But with no games on the horizon, what will happen to the journalists who surround those games? → Read More

Jimmy Garoppolo’s Sad Super Bowl Blues

The 49ers quarterback had history at his fingertips … and he overthrew the pass → Read More

Welcome to Radio Row, the Super Bowl’s Carnival of Celebrity Promoters

Whether it’s weed products or boner pills, the sports world’s greatest native ad is selling something in the week leading into the main event → Read More

Why ESPN Picked Booger for ‘Monday Night Football’

The NFL’s flagship broadcast hasn’t had an African American analyst in the booth in decades. But now, Booger McFarland has ditched the BoogerMobile and ascended to sports broadcasting’s penthouse suite. → Read More

How Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann’s ‘SportsCenter’ Changed TV Forever

Upon the 40th anniversary of ESPN, we revisit Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick, the wisecracking anchors whose "Big Show" revolutionized sports broadcasting and late night TV → Read More

We’re Covering Joe Biden Like He’s an Aging Quarterback

Biden isn’t Tom Brady or Brett Favre. He’s more like the Tony Romo of politics, a guy whose big mistakes threaten to overshadow his talent. But Biden’s narrative arc and an aging quarterback’s are exactly the same. → Read More

Can Bowling Win Over the ‘Lebowski’ Generation?

Fox Sports is certainly betting on it. And it just might have the stars to make it work. → Read More

Kendrick Perkins and the Making of an NBA Talking Head

In the player empowerment era, we need someone who can explain the players who run the league—who can tell us not just what they’ll do but how they feel. Say hello to Big Perk. → Read More

ESPN Just Decided to Stop Sponsoring Sportswriting’s Most Prestigious Prize. Why?

After years of handing out PEN America’s literary award, the Worldwide Leader has decided to discontinue its partnership. What does that mean for the future of writing at the company? → Read More

The Iowa Reporter Working the Nick Nurse Beat at the NBA Finals

The whole world is covering Warriors-Raptors. The New York Times. ESPN. And … the Carroll Times Herald? Here’s why these Finals are so important to a small burg in Iowa. → Read More

“The Bane of My Existence”: U.K. Sportswriting’s Access Crisis

British journalists chronicling mega-events like the Champions League are often operating on a timeline out of their control and with little access to players, publishing stories well after they’ve been reported. Could this be the dark future of U.S. sports coverage? → Read More