Eric Saperstein - Golf Channel & Full Sail University's Dan Patrick School of Sports Broadcasting
This week it's Epidode 11 of The Wormcast. My guest is Eric Saperstein, who was one of Golf Channel's first production employees when they launched in 1994. Eric transitioned into academia and now is the Education Director at Full Sail University in Orlando where he founded the Dan Patrick School of Sports Broadcasting.
We bounce around talking televised golf, Tiger Woods, great interviewers, what should baseball do to get eyeballs on their games and how professional sports seasons are overlapping into one another and finally how Eric ended up in the world of academia including convincing Dan Patrick to start up a program at Full Sail. Enjoy!
Golf Channel's early days
6:45 The Tiger Woods effect on the Golf Channel
10:05 Eric's relationship with Scott Van Pelt and SVP's career evolution
13:15 Peter Kessler, Golf Channel's first on-air star personality
19:15 Great interviewers chat: Larry King, Howard Stern, Bob Costas
23:30 Golf Channel acquiring PGA Tour rights and "Big Break"
28:00 Eric producing "Live From" golf's majors
36:00 Discussion on golf attrating younger viewers through technology
44:00 What does baseball do to get more eyeballs on their broadcasts and how other pro sports are affected by the scheduling shifts due to COVID.
50:45 Eric's transition into the world of academia
56:00 How he convinced Dan Patrick to start up a sports broadcasting school within Full Sail U.