Press Row Podcast

It's the end of the 2010s - and no better time to get our friends together and count down their 5 favorite sports games of the decade! Join Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Kris Jardine (@snaggleJ), T.J. Lauerman (@thatsportsgamer), Kat Bailey (@The_Katbot), and Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) for a rollicking conversation. What franchises made it in? Who's left on the outside?

Enjoy the show!

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Two huge news stories hit today as the NCAA appears ready to open up to college athletes profiting off their likenesses and NBA Live 20 has predictably been canceled.

Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham discuss the ramifications of both. Why does the NCAA news make it more likely that EA Sports brings back NCAA Football video game and when could that happen? Why has NBA Live been canceled for the 4th time in 9 years and does it have any chance of success releasing on the next generation of consoles?

On the show this week:
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_318.mp3
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By popular demand, it's time for our annual NHL 20 Review Roundtable! We gather several old friends and new ones to dive into what people love - and don't love - about EA's venerable hockey franchise. What's working best this season? What needs a little more love? What are the best modes? We've got Kim Wallace from GameInformer, Samit Sarkar from Polygon, Mills from MillsGamingTV, and Kat Bailey from US Gamer all on the show this week.



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NBA 2K20 launched this week with no shortage of controversy. There were reports of glitches, mismatched expectations, and other assorted technical problems - so, naturally, we get Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham together to talk about them. Shocker! Bryan and Rich don't really agree on all that much! But that's what makes Press Row what it is - a place for reasonable and fun conversations about the sports games we love (or love to hate).

Check out Bryan's NBA 2K20 review for Sporting News!

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_316.mp3
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It's our annual Madden Review Roundtable! Join Rich Grisham, Bryan Wiedey, Kat Bailey, and Mills as they take on Madden NFL 20 in its entirety. From franchise to MUT, Face of the Franchise to online, there's a lot happening this season. What's the verdict?

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Madden NFL 20 launches today - Friday, August 2, 2019 - so we bring in two of the key members of the team to talk all about it. We welcome Creative Director (and multi-time guest) Mike Young as well as Sr. Gameplay Designer Clint Oldenberg (making his second appearance) as they dive into all areas of the game - themes, gameplay, history, and much more.

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With Madden NFL 20 having been out through EA Access for a few days Rich Grisham and Bryan Wiedey are brought back together to discuss initial impressions of the game. Discussion in this episode of the Press Row Podcast centers on Face of the Franchise experiences and overall thoughts on gameplay and the dramatic impact that X-Factors are having on it.

On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)

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Happy Summertime! Rich is joined by Mills to catch up on the state of MLB 19 The Show, as well as discuss the upcoming Madden 20 and opine on the future of the NBA Live series.

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In this episode Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham react to the events of EA Play and the E3 press briefings. Reasons to be encouraged by the direction of Madden NFL 20, some questions over decisions being made for FIFA 20, the games that look the best from E3, those that disappointed, Microsoft's new console details, and much more!

On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_311.mp3
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New legislation has been introduced that would end the practice of loot boxes and other forms of digital monetization in video games. It has bi-partisan support and notable momentum but the process will likely see it’s scope and directives altered.

Still, with the potential damaging ramifications for the industry and in particular licensed sports games, it’s important to understand what it all means at this stage and in the bill’s current state, and whether there is real reason for concern for the health and future of video games.

Why have legislators decided they have to step in now? Would any sports games survive such an extreme proposal? What is the most likely scenario given how the bill will likely evolve and face challenges along the way? Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham discuss on this episode of the Press Row Podcast.

On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_310.mp3
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Big news on Madden NFL 20 has brought Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham back together for discussion on the just-revealed rebooted career mode that includes a college football element - what that means for the series, the genre as a whole, and more. Other topics include Madden NFL 20's abnormally early release date and special superstar abilities to differentiate player performance which leads back to the pure skill vs realism/fun factor debate. Also more thoughts on MLB The Show 19's March to October mode.

On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_309.mp3
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An annual tradition! MLB The Show 19 has been out for a couple of weeks, so it's time to get our baseball crew together and break it all down! This year, we're joined by US Gamer Editor In Chief Kat Bailey, OOTP Perfect Team Community Manager Kris Jardine, and The Doddcast's Pete Dodd. We talk everything MLB The Show 19!

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Spring training is here - which means it's time to take a look at everything happening around MLB 19 The Show. We bring good friend Mills back to hear everything he's looking forward to, his thoughts on the overall approach the team is taking this year, and if there are any concerns heading into this season.

Out of the Park Baseball 20 is now available for pre-order! Get 10% off, a free Perfect Team Gold Pack, and 4 days early access to the beta today if you preorder now. Out of the Park Baseball releases worldwide on March 22, 2019!

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_307.mp3
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In this episode of the Press Row Podcast: Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham reunite to discuss recent news including what to expect from MLB The Show 19 as well as its exclusion of an Online Franchise and Take Two and the NBA extending their licensing agreement for $1.1 billion. Additionally there's discussion on the new Alliance of American Football League, Out of the Park Baseball 19 analysis on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the 2018 PCA winners and more!

On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_306.mp3
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Our good friend Mills (@MillsGamingTV) joins host Rich Grisham this week for his unique and honest view of the current sports gaming landscape. Which titles are best serving their audience? Which have the most work to do? What are his personal favorites from the past year? What is he hoping for and expecting from the upcoming crop of titles in 2019? Mills is never afraid to call it like he sees it - which is why we love having him on the show.

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_305.mp3
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Our good friend Kahlief Adams (@kahjahkins) from Spawn On Me joins us this week for his take on the state of sports games - and a whole lot more - as we enter 2019. From his favorite experiences to what he hopes for in the new year ahead, Kahlief is never afraid to let the world know how he feels.

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_304.mp3
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It's a fun two-segment show! Up first is our good friend Cicero Holmes from Spawn On Me, giving us his perspective on last year's crop of sports games as well as what he'd love to see in the year ahead. Also, by popular demand, we go deep on The Golf Club 2019 with our pal Marc Foley from the Doddcast. Marc is a huge fan of the series and he explains why he loves it so much, and how someone who's not yet checked it out can best jump in and have fun.

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_303.mp3
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