Katie Nolan is reportedly being wooed by ESPN. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Katie Nolan is a superstar within the echo chamber of Twitter. But outside the cozy confines of social media, she’s a relative non-factor.
With 18 months left on her exclusive deal with Fox Sports, Nolan is reportedly being groomed for a larger role at the network. An unnamed FS1 executive told Sporting News last week the Framingham native’s TV exposure is going to increase “five-fold” following the cancellation of “Garbage Time,” her irreverent and lowly rated late-night talk show. But FS1 may have some competition for Nolan going forward. According to Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy, ESPN is wooing her for a role at the WorldWide Leader, perhaps to take part in a new national morning program with Mike Greenberg. The “Mike and Mike” co-host inked a new mega-contract with ESPN last year that will reportedly pay him $6.5 million annually.
Nolan, 30, first rose to prominence three years ago when she released an introspective commentary about the NFL’s gross mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. In it, she recounts her decision to pull back from asking Roger Goodell about the leniency of Rice’s original two-game suspension at a Fox Sports event, out of fear it would anger her superiors. Nolan chides herself for staying silent, and vows to be a leading opinionated female sports voice.
“It’s time for women to have a seat at the big boy table,” she says. “And not where their presence is a gimmick or a concept. Just a person who happens to have breasts offering their opinion on the sports they love and the topics they know. Because the truth is, the NFL will never respect women and their opinions as long as the media it answers to doesn’t. I’m ready when you are, Fox.”
Roughly six months after the Rice video, which has been viewed nearly 388,000 times on YouTube, Nolan launched “Garbage Time” in March 2015. But outside of a blistering rant about the media’s coverage of Greg Hardy’s return to the NFL, she failed to make noise on her weekly show. Last spring, SportsTVRatings calculated that “First Take,” the often mocked shout fest on ESPN, was nearly 14 times more popular than “Garbage Time.” Nolan averaged roughly 32,666 viewers per episode for her first three shows this year, drawing about one-third of the audience that Skip Bayless’ Undisputed attracted last week –– during the doldrums of the sports calendar. (More recent “Garbage Time” viewership data isn’t available.)
Nolan’s abysmal ratings may be more of a commentary on FS1 than her. The network also cancelled “Fox Sports Live” last week, after the highlight-centric show with Canadian anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole failed to attract an audience in four years. FS1’s lack of live game coverage at night gives it a dramatic disadvantage against ESPN, which owns rights agreements with almost every major sports league. With the absence of a strong lead-in, it’s difficult for FS1 studio shows to gain traction. This was evident last fall, when the station fell from first to 60th among cable networks in primetime ratings after the World Series had started airing exclusively on Fox.
It’s apparent that Nolan is talented and deserves the opportunity to have a bigger platform. Fox Sports missed a chance to do that at the Super Bowl, when it relegated her to social media segments during pregame coverage.
But make no mistake: Nolan is far from a TV star. As she demonstrated with her viral videos about Rice and Hardy, it’s possible to gain traction with a limited platform. As long as the content is good, people will generally find it. But it’s been a while since Nolan has factored into the news cycle. Perhaps her most recent notable bit was her crowdfunding effort last summer to buy David Ortiz a bench to put in Central Park –– a lame gimmick that doesn’t seem befitting for somebody who says she wants be a leading female sports voice.
It must be tempting for ESPN to throw millions at Nolan and thrust her into a leading role. She’s shown flashes of brilliance, willing to buck conventional wisdom and condemn the usually staid sports media industry. But right now, outside of the insulated world of social media, Nolan is a fringe player. She’s more notable in theory than reality.
Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:58am — Anonymous
Adam Schefter of ESPN calls in to talk to Glenn, Lou and Christian about his report from this morning that said the Patriots will not be trading Jimmy Garoppolo,
Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:12am — Anonymous
Hour 4. More on the news that Garoppolo is staying with New England. Trenni says she likes paying taxes.
Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:12am — Anonymous
Albert calls and has some bad news.
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Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:10am — Anonymous
Hour 3. Kirk is upset with some of the decisions being made. Breaking news: Schefter reports that Garoppolo won't be traded.
Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:09am — Anonymous
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry, and Trenni want the Patriots to avoid Peterson. Gary from Chicago is a criminal. The Democrats had a elderly man give their rebuttal.
Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:07am — Anonymous
Hour 1. Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni had different reactions to Trump's speech. Obviously, Gerry loved it.
Wed, 03/01/2017 - 9:43am — Anonymous
Paul Pierce is in a war of words with Draymond Green. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)
After withstanding a Twitter beatdown from Paul Pierce last week, Warriors forward Draymond Green has fired back with vengeance.
The latest chapter in the Pierce-Green feud happened Tuesday, when Green took a shot at Pierce’s career with the Celtics on his podcast.
“People tend to forget he was struggling to to get to the playoffs … Then all of a sudden Ray Allen and KG showed up. Let’s not forget that,” he said. “Just because you were scoring points don’t mean you were carrying the team. If you couldn’t get anywhere and you couldn’t do nothing, where were you carrying them to? … Pierce had had an amazing career. He was a beast. But how far was he carrying those teams? If you weren’t carrying them that far, I guess we’re in the same boat.”
During the Warriors-Clippers contest last Thursday, Green told Pierce, who’s in his final season, he’s not deserving of a farewell tour. That prompted Pierce to remind Green about the Warriors’ collapse against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals last season.
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While Green has a point about Pierce needing Kevin Garnett and Allen to reach the promised land, that’s hardly a negative commentary on the Truth. It takes more than one star to achieve success. Just ask Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who’s averaging a triple-double this season and will be lucky to win a first-round series.
The Clippers and Warriors don’t face each other again this season, so if Pierce and Green are going to continue their beef, it will likely have to wait until the playoffs.
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN, ESPN) NBA: Houston at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) NHL: Pittsburgh at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN) MLB: Exhibition: Boston at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850) MLB: Exhibition: Miami vs. Houston, 1 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Exhibition: LA Dodgers vs. San Francisco, 8 p.m. (MLB Network) College basketball: Arkansas at Florida, 7 p.m. ESPN2 College basketball: Michigan at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network) College basketball: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: URI at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus) College basketball: BC at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-AM 850) College basketball: VCU at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: Kansas State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Louisville at Wake Forest, 9 p.m. (NESN Plus) College basketball: Marquette at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1) College basketball: Michigan State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network) College basketball: Texas at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: Air Force at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: Utah State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 11 p.m. (FS1) Women’s college basketball: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech, 1 p.m. (NESN Plus) Women’s college basketball: BC vs. Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (NESN Plus) Women’s college basketball: North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. (NESN)
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